I think Parottas/Parathas make one of the heartiest meals and use different vegetables (some stuffed, some blended into the dough) and lentils/dals depending on what is available in my pantry. Parathas also make for a good cleaning recipe, it has the power to turn stray vegetables lying in your refrigerator into a tasty, filling meal :-).
My daughter had a long day today with after school clubs and sports practice lined up and since it was busy at work for me too, I planned to make Gobi/cauliflower parathas for her lunch. Lunch is referred to the before sunset meal she has after school which is any time between 3 - 5pm depending on her activities. She has 'the lunch' whenever she gets home from school. As we were going to be driving, I wanted to make something she could easily chomp off without it getting messy in the car. So the Gobi in the refrigerator came to the rescue. I wrapped the hot parathas in aluminium foil, mixed the curd & pickle in a small container and she finished it as we drove to the practice field.
Though roti making seems time consuming, a little bit of planning goes a long way and parathas are very good make ahead recipes too. They tend to remain soft and delicious even if you were to eat it after they cool down. There is a lot in this recipe that can be made ahead and you can prepare fresh, hot parathas as needed if you have prepped it, so go ahead and give this delicious recipe a try for a quick meal or a leisurely one.
What do you need to make Gobi parathas?
1 medium sized cauliflower - florets separated and grated
1 medium sized potato - boiled, peeled and mashed (optional)
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp red chili powder
1 Tsp garam masala powder
1/2 Tsp amchoor/dry mango powder(optional)
1 Tsp dry kasoori methi
2 cups wheat flour
1 cup water (adjust to get the consistency described below)
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp cooking oil
For the parathas:
Wheat flour to dust
2 Tblsp cooking oil
How do you make Gobi parathas?
- Heat a pan, put the grated gobi, salt and cook it covered on medium heat for about 5 minutes
- Add the spices, mashed potatoes and let it all cook until the water evaporates and the gobi is cooked.
- Taste and adjust the spices, switch off and let it come to room temperature.
- Make lemon sized balls from the mixture, cover and keep it aside until needed.
- Take the wheat flour and salt in a wide bowl, mix it dry to incorporate the salt.
- Add water little by little to make a soft, pliable dough
- Knead the dough for a couple of minutes, smear oil, cover and set it aside for 15-20 minutes.
- Make lemon sized balls from the dough, remember you will need as many dough balls as you have the stuffing balls.
One on top is already stuffed, the bottom 2 rows are ready for stuffing
- Smear a drop of oil on the palm of your left hand, take a dough ball and spread it out to fill your palm.
- Put the stuffing in the middle and pull the dough gently on top to cover the stuffing completely.
- Roll this gently between your palms and set it in a plate, seam side down.
- Repeat the process until you have used up the dough & stuffing.
- If you have extra stuffing, plop it into the mouth and enjoy the veggie goodness. If you have extra dough, you can roll them into plain rotis/chapathis.
- If I am making all the prep at the same time as preparing the paratha, at this stage I usually cover the prepared paratha balls and put them in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes, so they firm up and not open when you roll them.
- If you are prepping ahead like I did today, you can do all the steps upto this stage and put them in the refrigerator until needed - Make sure you have wrapped the balls completely in plastic wraps so they don't dry.
- Roll the prepared paratha balls, dusting with wheat flour as needed to a 1/2 inch thick, uniform circle.
- Transfer the rolled paratha to a hot tawa or griddle and roast both sides till golden brown by dropping a few drops of oil on top.
- Serve hot Gobi parathas with Yogurt/curd and pickle or your choice of side dish.
- I like to preserve the natural taste of Gobi in the parathas, so I usually go easy on the spices. You can add/change the spices to suit your taste.
- The gobi mixture needs to cook well for best taste in addition to becoming dry, do the cooking on medium heat.
- I make the paratha dough slightly more pliable than regular rotis for easy handling. Use warm water to get a softer paratha.
- As I mentioned before, this is a great make ahead recipe and you can keep these ready in the fridge for upto 24-30 hours.
- Addition of potato to the stuffing helps bind the mixture and makes it easy to handle, you can skip this if you want to.
- Making a stuffed paratha is a skill but you don't have to shy away from trying it, keep the dough pliant, the dough ball a slight bit bigger than the stuffing and use oil as needed to close the stuffing.