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Aloo Paratha (Potato-Stuffed Flatbread)

Crispy, flaky Aloo Paratha are an emblem of soulful Indian home cooking. Almost every home has their own unique recipe and technique for making this delicious North Indian stuffed flatbread at home. Of all the stuffed breads India is famous for, Aloo Paratha is the one loved in every family kitchen.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bread, flatbread, north indian, paratha, potatoes, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 10 paratha
Author: Sanjana

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 5 medium-sized potatoes (800g) steamed, microwaved or baked with their skins on until tender, cooled
  • 1- inch piece ginger grated
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp ajwain
  • 1/4 tsp amchur
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

For the dough:

  • 350 g wholewheat chapati atta
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour besan
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 260 ml warm water
  • 1 tbsp oil

You will also need:

  • 3 tbsp ghee or oil for spreading whilst cooking
  • 4 tbsp additional wholewheat chapati atta for rolling out the paratha

Instructions

To make the dough:

  • In a large bowl or thali, mix together the wholewheat atta (chapati flour), chickpea flour and salt. Make a well in the centre and gradually add the water. Use your hands to bring the mixture together. Once it starts looking like a shaggy mixture and more like a dough, knead for 1-2 minutes. Add the oil and continue to knead for a further 2 minutes until smooth and soft. Cover with a damp tea towel and allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.

To make the filling:

  • Peel the cooked and cooled potatoes. Grate them into a bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients for the filling and use clean hands to mash everything together. The mixture should hold its shape when rolled into a ball. Divide the mixture into 10 large balls.
  • Next, divide the dough into 10 balls, about the same size as the potato filling. Cover again.
  • Pre-heat the tawa or frying pan.
  • Roll or pat the dough out to about 8cm in diameter. Place a portion of potato filling on top and pinch the dough together to fully enclose it inside. There should be no gaps or holes the filling could escape from during rolling.
  • Working on a bed of additional wholewheat atta, gently use your middle three fingers (palm-side down) to pat the dough into a thick round disc, starting from the centre and working your way outwards. This will help distribute the filling evenly.
  • Now, place the disc on a rolling board or clean work surface and use a rolling pin to gently roll the Aloo Paratha in a circular motion, between the centre and edges, but not too much over them. You can use your hands to turn it as you roll. Once it reaches the desired size, carefully roll up and down a few times to even out the surface. The Aloo Paratha is now ready to be cooked.
  • Slap the paratha down onto a preheated tawa and cook over a medium heat for 30-40 seconds. Flip it over with a spatula and apply a small amount of oil all over the surface of the paratha. Allow this side to cook for a minute before flipping it over and applying oil on the second side. Well rolled Aloo Paratha should puff up slightly. Once it is golden brown all over, remove from the tawa. Keep warm on a plate lined with a kitchen towel. Repeat for the remaining parathas.
  • Serve hot with your favourite pickle, plain yoghurt and/or masala chai.