Mix vegetable stuffed paratha with the goodness of vegetables and health, is perfect for lunch box and breakfast. The best way to sneak in vegetables in your child’s food. These mix veg parathas are tasty and very easy and quick to make.
I make parathas almost thrice a week and plain paratha is our favorite to dunk in a thick gravy. Stuffed parathas like aloo paratha and vegetable paratha are a meal in itself. The best accompaniment to stuffed parathas are a refreshing bowl of curd and pickle. Mix Vegetable stuffed paratha and aloo paratha are also my daughter’s favorite for her lunch box.
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What is the difference between naan and paratha?
Naan is a very popular leavened flat bread. It’s traditionally made with all purpose flour and no yeast. It’s baked in a very hot stone oven or tava (or griddle) and brushed with butter, garlic, nigella seeds before serving with a North Indian gravy dish!
Paratha on the other hand is an unleavened flat bread usually made with whole wheat flour. It’s usually stuffed with a mixture of spices and vegetables and rolled into a thick paratha and shallow fried on a tava (or griddle). It’s most popular as breakfast in North India.
How do you make a paratha?
Parathas are unleavened flat bread. They are a bit thicker than the roti or chapati. Basic paratha is made with whole wheat flour or mixed grain flour, salt (optional) and water. A soft dough is kneaded with these ingredients and rolled into medium thick roundels. These are then shallow fried on a griddle or tava.
One can also mix grated vegetables and spices while kneading the dough itself. The other way to make delicious and filling parathas, which are a meal in itself, is by stuffing them. There are a variety of stuffed parathas you can make, like aloo paratha, mix vegetable stuffed paratha, peas paratha, etc.
How we can make soft paratha?
A few things you can do to make soft parathas:
- Make a smooth soft dough (which is neither dry nor sticky)
- Rest the dough, covered, for about 15 to 20 minutes
- Add a bit of ghee or oil or milk while kneading the dough.
- Don’t overcook the parathas.
- Cook parathas over medium high heat and quickly. Cooking parathas on very low flame and for longer, makes them chewy and hard.
What is in a stuffed paratha?
In a stuffed paratha, the stuffing is usually a spicy mixture made with mashed potatoes, mashed peas, mashed lentils, mixed vegetables, cauliflower, radish, paneer (cottage cheese), etc. The list is endless.
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Mix Vegetable Stuffed Paratha | Lunch Box Recipe
A very easy and healthy stuffed paratha recipe made with lightly spiced mixed vegetable stuffing. Best served with a refreshing bowl of curd and pickle on the side.
For Paratha Stuffing
- 2 tbsp Oil
- 1 tsp Garlic finely chopped
- 1/8 cup Onion finely chopped
- 1/8 cup Capsicum finely chopped
- 1/8 cup Carrot finely chopped
- 1/8 cup Beans finely chopped
- 3/4 cup Potatoes boiled and mashed*
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tsp Cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
- 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder or red chili powder
- 1/4 cup Coriander chopped
For Paratha Dough
- 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
- Salt to taste (optional), I don't use in the dough
- 2 tbsp Oil or Ghee (optional), I don't use in the dough
- Water to knead the dough
- Oil or ghee for shallow frying parathas
Knead a medium soft dough with whole wheat flour, salt (if using), oil (if using) and water.
Cover the dough and rest it for 15 to 20 minutes.
For the stuffing, heat 2 tbsp oil in a wide kadhai or a deep pan.
Saute garlic for a minute before adding other ingredients.
Now add onion, capsicum, carrots, beans. Mix well. Cover and cook till they are soft.
Once done, remove the cover and add mashed potatoes, salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, lack pepper powder and garam masala powder.
Mix well and keep aside to cool.
Divide the dough into 8 equal small dough balls.
Roll each into a medium sized circle and stuff with 2 tbsp of the prepared filling. Close both ends into a square packet (see the video for more details). Roll it a bit with light hands and then cook them on the tawa or a griddle until cooked on both sides.
A few things you can do to make soft parathas:
Make a smooth soft dough (which is neither dry nor sticky)
Rest the dough, covered, for about 15 to 20 minutes
Add a bit of ghee or oil or milk while kneading the dough.
Don’t overcook the parathas.
Cook parathas over medium high heat and quickly. Cooking parathas on very low flame and for longer, makes them chewy and hard.