vegetarian paratha or maybe paratha veggie burgers?

by Heguiberto on August 20, 2010

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vegetarian paratha or maybe paratha veggie burgers

I absolutely love Indian cuisine and never got around making my own paratha. Paratha is just a pan-fried unleavened flat bread originally from the Punjab region that is popular all over India nowadays. This recipe was adapted from Prerna’s beautiful blog. Her parathas looked so tempting that I had to try them at home. I always have this phobia about making bread even when the dough does not require rising. I’m glad I finally made this one. They are supposed to be flat, but mine turned out kind of thick; sort of like a veggie burger. Scrumptious!

vegetarian paratha

1 bunch of organic spinach rinsed, dried and thinly chiffonaded
1 cup carrots, shredded
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
3 tbsp fat free cottage cheese
1 medium just harvested white onion cut into small cubes
3 small potatoes boiled and roughly mashed
1 clove garlic, mashed
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 Serrano pepper cut into thin disks
5 long beans chopped fine, steamed for 3 minutes
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp ajwain seeds
1½ cups flour
1 cup cream of wheat
Fresh black pepper
Kosher salt
Olive oil

vegetarian paratha is rich in wholesome fresh vegetables

the cream of wheat box is sooooo old-fashioned looking!

Mix spinach, carrots, cottage cheese, onion, ginger, garlic, salt, fennel, Serrano and black pepper together. Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. No other fluid is required as the vegetables will release liquid.

Grease your hands with a bit of olive oil. Grab enough dough to make a ping-pong size ball in your hands. Flatten the dough into thin discs. Place a bit of oil in a non stick skillet, bring temperature to medium and fry parathas about 6-8 minutes flipping half way through. The parathas will turn a bit brown on the surface. Watch out for hot temperature as it may burn the outside and leave the inside uncooked. It is super fun to make this bread, sort of like cooking pancakes.

Serve as a side with rasam, dal or with tamarind, mint and cilantro salsa. Enjoy them on their own as well. These are good!

vegetarian paratha dough is messy fun

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tasteofbeirut August 20, 2010 at 10:54 am

These parathas sound absolutely irresisstible! I am like you in regards to Indian food, I just love it; my problem is with the terminology that confuses me. These have so many wonderful ingredients, not least of which the cream of wheat, which we use a lot in lebanese cooking, and all these veggies!

Bria @ West of Persia August 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

These look incredible! Beautiful job 🙂

recetastrucosytips August 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm

that looks really delicious

congratulations 🙂

saludos desde España

Heguiberto August 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

Thank you! Gracias!
These parathas came out great. Should you try making it sometime, do let us know how it turned out!
Saludos desde San Francisco.

Heguiberto August 21, 2010 at 11:53 am

Hi Bria,

Thanks! They taste great too. I already bought the ingredients to make them again this weekend for an Indian inspired dinner party.

Heavenly Housewife August 23, 2010 at 1:11 am

Oh, these look so nice and colourful 🙂 and packed full of delicious ingredients.
*kisses* HH

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