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Sahjan Ajwaini: Drumstick Curry with Carom Seeds

4 Oct

Drumstick Tomato Curry

Do you use ajwain in your cooking? My long-standing ritual has been to include ajwain in parathas – I put in a few seeds while kneading the dough and let it work its magic in the finished flatbread. Nowadays I’m feeling an extra fondness for this thyme-like spice and am exploring more ways of incorporating it in my food. I’m happy to report on a few super-successful experiments – sahjan ajwaini is one of them.

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Mooli Paratha: Radish Stuffed Flatbread

3 Oct

Mooli Paratha

Grated white radish seasoned and stuffed in flat-bread, pan fried with ghee. Mooli paratha is a delicious wholesome meal, perfect for brunch.

There are two schools of thought on how the filling for mooli paratha should be prepared: the first camp sautés the grated radish before using it for stuffing, the second camp keeps it raw. This recipe gives you my preferred method – the raw.

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Cabbage Paratha: Wholesome Pan-Fried Flatbread

17 Mar

Patta Gobhi Paratha: Cabbage Paratha

Here’s a way to sneak in some cabbage goodness into your meals, without cooking up a full-blown cabbage curry: make patta gobhi paratha / cabbage paratha. With a generous spiking of cabbage (patta gobhi in Hindi) and spices, this wholesome pan-fried flatbread is a satisfying meal on its own. With chutney or pickle on the side, cabbage paratha is just the thing for a weekend brunch or a lunchbox treat.

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Sattu Paratha: Stuffed Flatbread, Bihar Style

18 Aug

Sattu Paratha

Till about a decade back, a mention of sattu in conversation with a non-Bihari audience would be greeted with puzzled stares. Things have changed today. The world around is more health-conscious, and sattu has gained currency for its great nutritional benefits. Rich in minerals, proteins and fibre, low of glycemic index – sattu is said to be the most economical antidote to diabetes.

The better-known style of consuming this miracle food is probably in the form of a cooling sattu drink, but my favorite way is as sattu paratha – flatbread stuffed with a spiced sattu filling.

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Dabba Chaukore Aur Paratha Gol? Bahut Nainsafi Hai!

7 Aug

Do you realize that if you stack round parathas in a square lunchbox, then even with the largest paratha size your lunchbox can accommodate you leave more than 20% of its surface space unused?[1]

Does this er…criminal wastage bother you?

You can’t beat geometry. But you can pack parathas in your square lunchbox without an inch of space going waste. Let me show you how.

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Spicy Rajma Parathas

19 Dec

This happens often with me – I make rajma masala ((red kidney beans curry), there is plenty left over after a filling meal and then I don’t feel like doing a repeat for the next meal. What is the best way to finish off the remaining rajma masala? My vote goes to making these super-tasty rajma parathas, packed with the flavors of the rich tomato-garam masala gravy.

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