The huge variety of Indian breads are a great feature of a meal out at an Indian restaurant. We hardly ever think of trying to make them at home, but many of them are quite simple to cook, needing just a griddle or heavy based frying pan to cook over a flame. This recipe is for parathas made with a green pea filling, spiced with green chillis and cumin. They make a great accompaniment to any other Indian dish. Serve them with a curry and a dal for a simple and authentic home-cooked Indian meal to rival restaurant cooking.
Note on ghee: ghee is clarified butter. If you can’t get hold of it, you can either make your own clarified butter or just use regular butter and be careful of it burning.
For the stuffing
2 cups cooked green peas
5 green chillies chopped finely
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoons ghee
For the dough
3 cups wholemeal flour
2 tablespoons ghee
½ teaspoon salt
More ghee for frying
Mash the cooked peas.
In a medium pan that will fit the peas, melt the ghee and fry the cumin for half a minute, add the chopped chillies, cook for another minute. Add the mashed peas and a pinch of salt and stir well, cooking together for one more minute. Allow the mixture to cool.
Now make the dough. In a bowl rub mix the flour and salt and rub the ghee into the flour. Add water a little at a time until it mixes into a soft dough. Knead the dough well and divide into about twelve small balls.
Take a ball of dough, flatten it slightly into a disc and put a tablespoon of the pea mixture in to the centre. Fold the edges over the filling.
On a floured surface roll out the filled dough to a circle the size of a saucer or side plate.
Heat a griddle until it is very hot but not smoking. Put the rolled paratha onto the griddle and cook for about two minutes on one side and then one minute on the other. Brush some melted ghee around the side of the paratha and turn it again until both sides have small brown patches. Remove the cooked paratha to a warm plate, cover with a warm damp cloth and continue cooking the rest of the dough. Serve hot.
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