A 'Paratha' is a flat bread that is stuffed with veggies or minced meat. It is a wholesome meal by itself. It can be eaten with any gravy, sauce, yogurt or plain.
Stuffed Cabbage Paratha.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes 2 minutes for rolling each paratha
Cooking Time: 15 minutes for the filling 3-5 min for roasting paratha
Makes: 8-10 servings
Ingredients For the filling 1 tbsp oil
2 cups cabbage, finely chopped (You can add 1 cup grated carrot and 1 cup cabbage)
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chili powder or to taste
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
Pinch of turmeric
Salt to taste
Few drops lemon juice
For the bread/paratha 1 heaped cup wheat flour
Pinch of salt
Oil for kneading and brushing on parathas while roasting
Method 1. Dough
Knead the dough first. Take wheat flour in a deep bowl, add salt and mix. Pour water, little at a time and knead well. Make a soft dough. Just brush little oil to prevent formation of a crust. Cover and keep aside.
It is important to rest the dough for a while. The salt used tends to swell up and makes the dough soft and gives good texture.
2. For the filling
Heat oil in a pan. Add the ginger garlic paste and chopped onion. Saute well till the onion becomes soft and garlic loses its raw odor.
Add cabbage and salt. Cover and let it cook for a while. Cabbage releases water, thus there is no need to add any extra water.
After 5 minutes, add turmeric, chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Mix well and allow it to cook.
Sprinkle few drops of lemon juice. That should provide some moisture for cooking.
If the preparation is getting dry, sprinkle very little water.
As the cabbage gets cooked, the quantity of the filling will reduce. Once it is soft, switch off heat. Cover and let it cool. Check for salt and rest of the seasonings.
Cabbage Filling for the Parathas.
3. Making parathas
Divide the dough into an even number of portions. Make small balls.
Roll each ball to make flat bread called 'roti' such that they are of almost equal dimension.
Now lay one roti on a flat surface and fill the center with the filling. Take care to leave small width from the perimeter, as shown. (You can sprinkle some cheese for added taste, especially for kids)
Leave some portion on outer side for folding.
Lay the other roti on top of the filling and fuse the edges. Press well. You can wet your finger with little water. Now hold edges of both the rotis that are on top of each other and pinch together as shown in the picture.
This procedure is very easy. This will ensure that the filling is sealed properly.
Pinch together and fold.
Heat a skillet and roast the paratha well on both sides. You can brush a little oil or butter, but that is purely optional.
Have hot with side dish of your choice. It goes best with yogurt.