Parathas! An Indian food aficionado’s most favorite recipe..
While Parathas are and can be varied and made almost out of any stuffing,the most popular are the Punjabi Parathas ..absolutely mouth watering these are the quinessential breakfast dish up north with some lipsmacking Choles and Curd
Sumilarly the Gobi Parathas, dal ,Gajar and now a days of course the multigrain versions of the parathas are a rage too.And then while these are supposed to be oily,it really doesn’t need that much of oil..
Of late the Gajar(Carrots) parathas have been quite frequently appearing in my kitchen for the health benefits of carrots that it attracts.Carrot of course has its nutrient and vitamins in place as it contains vitamin A, a very essential for bones and and good eyesight.Hence there is a conscious effort on my part to include Carrots as a part of my regular diet be it in salads or perhaps as a paratha. While personally I am not too fond of carrots as a Cooked Vegetable or when the monotony of the same carrot salad evokes a diabolic disregard for the carrot ;that is when I make these Parathas with just minimal oil.Yes, Parathas can be made with just a spoon of oil as well..my mother even makes them with olive oil,however I try and adjust just half a spoon of either refined oil or ghee perhaps..it really doesn’t need too much..
Most often there are two styles or techniques of preparation of a Paratha .While authenticity reeks in the stuffed version,yet for the ease of making,many a households make some of their Parathas especially Gobi( Cauliflower/Cabbage) ,Palak (Spinach),Dal (lentils),gajar(Carrots) as a mix that blends with the wheat flour dough..technically the stuffing or the mix is blended with the wheat-flour and made a dough..no stuffing..
That’s an easier way and equally delicious too..however the original stuffed version of Parathas are the quintessential one..the ones that give you bliss and are indulgent is my opinion.
So for the Carrot Parathas,I often make them as stuffed ones which tastes tad more luxurious and delicious too
Absolutely brilliant and scrumptious,these can be your full meal..the stuffing gives out a beautiful flavor and taste that blends do well with the base of the Paratha ..since i often tend to put more then a generous amount of stuffing,it almost oozes out at times making it even more yummy..slightly spicy tangy and the sweetness from the carrots moves over to the overall taste making it one of the most satiating and healthy Parathas. A full meal or your anytime snack i would say..either as breakfast lunch tea time snack or dinner..the heath benefits of carrots intact this is a great way to break carrots into your daily routine if anyone esp kids abhor the sight n taste of carrots ..just with some pickle and curd or a bowl of Chole ( Chickpeas)these are perfect fir your meal..my grocery bag now often has carrots in the.Am sure they will show often more in your larder of kitchen reserves too once you try these amazing Parathas once.