January 6, 2012

Cucumber Parathas

I am in the habit of mixing in grated vegetables while preparing chapathi dough as it not only healthy but also lets anything go unwasted.  However, I have never thought of using cucumbers in rotis until I happened to watch it on a cooking show on a local Indian channel.  And these turned out to be really good!!

1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup  chopped cucumber(tender ones with not much seeds inside)
1/2 cup chopped onions(I used spring onions)
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/8-1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 long chilli
1 tblsp oil
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
half a handful of coriander leaves

Mix all the chopped vegetables, ginger, chillies and coriander in a bowl.  Now add the powders and salt to it.  Wait for a few minutes before adding the flour.  Knead well along with the oil.  It is not necessary to add water to the dough.  The vegetables will let out water enough to form a dough.  If needed add by spoonful.  Alternately, if it feels sticky add little more flour and knead to form a soft dough.  Divide the dough into uniform sized balls and roll it out into circles.

Heat up a tawa and cook the paratha on both sides and then again with some oil.  Serve with yogurt or pickle.

I usually like doing such kind of parathas in the food processor as the vegetables are then camouflaged well.

Take all the dry ingredients in the food processor and run it for a few seconds to mix well.  Add the chillies, oil, salt, ginger, coriander leaves and the vegetables and run it till it combines well.  Do not add any water to it.  Wait for few minutes and the dough would have let out some water.  While doing this process, I added little more flour(about 1/4 cup) and a few spoons of water to form a nice soft dough.  Take out and knead it once again and leave it covered until you are ready to make the parathas.

I got seven parathas which we enjoyed with some nice simple moong dal.

I am sending this post to Veggie/Fruit a Month-Cucumber an event started by Priya.

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