Friday, May 8, 2009

Paratha Series

Paratha’s are a wonder food. They not only filling but also flavourful and a convenient way of consuming nutritional veggies and protein rich dals. 2 weeks back I was in a paratha crazy phase. It happens so many a times …I get over obsessed with something and go on and on with it till I've had had enough of it. During this paratha obsession I went through many sites, blogs and dug into my recipe collection. I mixed and matched many recipes and made changes to suit my taste.

Paratha’s are actually a sinful indulgence, if it’s over eaten, it leaves you feeling guity. The main reason behind the guilt is the oil/ghee which is used quite generously to fry the paratha’s . We had a family friend who visited us a few days back. I had made aloo paratha and some side dish for him . A told me that he was dieting and so had cut down oil to the maximum. He told me to make parathas without oil; I looked heavenwards for help, as I hadn’t tried zero oil parathas :( I offered a liitle prayer and got started…lol They turned out just brilliant. I am so glad I tried it. It was a total hit with S. After that I made a series of zero oil parathas and had it with zero guilt :)

Today’s post is dedicated to A coz if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have dared to try oil free parathas. My blah blah….is becoming a bit too lengthy, cutting it short and moving on to the recipe of the day. I came across this recipe in on of the Tarala Dalal’s Cook book. As mentioned earlier, there are slight changes done to the basic recipe. Read on...

don't go by the way it looks :) it tastes amazing

For the Dough:
1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
¼ cup quick cooking rolledoats
2 tbsp low fat curds
Salt to taste

Spring Onion Filling:
½ cup spring onion whites, chopped finely
½ cup greens of the spring onions, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp ginger- green chilli, minced
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
½ tsp oil
Salt to taste


Combine the ingredients for the dough and knead it with sufficient water to get a soft and hand friendly dough :)
Divide the dough into equal portions and set it aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds after it crackles add the whites of the spring onion, ginger-chilli mince, ginger garlic paste and cook it till translucent.
Next add greens of the spring onion, salt cover and cook till all the water evaporates. Remove from the heat and cool completely.

Making Parathas:

Roll one portion of the dough into a small circle
Spoon some spring onion mixture in the centre of the dough circle.
Fold together all the sides and converge to one point and seal it.
Flatten and roll gently into a circle considerably thick, dip in flour while rolling if necessary.
Dust off extra flour from the paratha.
Cook the paratha on a non-stick pan, use a clean folded kitchen cloth to press the edges and centre of the paratha to get it well cooked inside out, flip over to the other side and cook till done
Serve hot.


Pooja said...

Wow yummy n healthy parathas for a guilt free indulgence :)

ARUNA said...

recipe sounds interesting, i will try this!!!!

Suparna said...

Hi Pooja,
That was quick :) thanks

Superchef said...

oats n spring onion, I can only imagine how good n healthy that will be. Yeah, it is always the ghee that i put on parathas that makes me guilty but what is parathas without that ghee smeared on top!!!

Parita said...

Now thats one healthy dish..i love spring onions :)

Priyameena said...

Suparana..Wow. zero oil parathas..Cool..Excellent recepie!!

Lisa said...

I love parathas and I too like to cut down on the use of oil, so I was very interested to see how you made these. Sounds great.

Le @HC said...

wheat and oats.. really healthy.. With yougurt, its so whole some, isnt it..

Cham said...

Adding oats add more value to health benefit and sneak an healthy stuff to kids. Good one:)

Mangala Bhat said...

Hi Suparna ...chennagide ri ...very nice post ...Thanks for visitng ..and ee weekend try madatene ..looks soo healthy

indhu said...

yummy parathas... the moment I saw these were oil free, I bookmarked this recipe :)

- Indhu (

a2zvegetariancuisine said...

Wow, Never tried Paratha by adding oats. Very healthy recipe.

Prathibha said...

Lovely parathas lol....with spring onions..never thought of it.. he he:)

Anonymous said...

Suparns,you are totally right there..parathas make wonderful food with all its yummy and nutritious fillings..looks awesome with to try..thanks

Valarmathi said...

Never tried with oats. Very healthy one. Yummy.

Suparna said...

Thanks dearies for ur time and comments :) I know most of you love parathas cooked with oil/ghee or even with an extra helping of ghee :)while eating.
This is just an alternative that thrilled me to the core so I thought of sharing it with u all :)
am so glad u all encouraged the idea of zero oil parathas.
Happy weekend

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Obviously its a wonder food you can play with it as you like with filling with different flour... Parathas are looking so fat and soft...

Gita's Kitchen said...

Awesome paratha Suparna, healthy way of indulging :)

Ammu said...

Wow! thats wonderful combination of oats n spring onions in paratha. Just like it!

Smitha said...

I'm crazy abt parattas too. They are so versatile and can be stuffed or fried or pan cooked. Love it.

Red Chillies said...

Aree wah, you puts some oats also into the parathas. So glad you got this oil free idea.

Vicky Xavier. said...

Paratha looks so perfect n yummy.

phanitha said...

these parathas sound new and healthy...great recipe

Suparna said...

Ramya,geetha, smitha, supriya, vicky,ammy thanks for visiting :)

Bharathy said...

Glad that you liked the beet root recipe :)..
Love your blog!..stacked with wonderful homely recipes..:)!!

Varunavi said...

Why i didn't see ur post yesterday,yesterday for dinner i wanted to make paratha,i have done many varities but spring onion paratha didnt strike me,ended up doing carrot and gobi paratha.
Will do urs next :)

a2zvegetariancuisine said...

Thanks for visiting my blog..
Oats & oil free paratha sounds very healthy..very creative minded.

Soma said...

We are paratha freaks too:-D this is a very healthy & flavorful version.

Sujatha said...

oil free parathas sound great Suparna! Bookmarking..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Healthy parathas! Wow - looks great!

Suparna said...

Thanks HCOF,sujatha,soma,a2zV,varunavi,bharty for the visit :)

Priya said...

Healthy Parathas Suparna, i love anything as parathas splly with oats, looks yummy!

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