Mmm, parathas. Delicious breads fried in ghee and stuffed with stuff, be it aloo (potato), gobi (cauliflower), paneer (cheese), palak (spinach)… Or in my case, leftover sweet potato masala (sweet aloo masala?).
First, the masala I used. This is a rather unorthodox method of making parathas but don’t you worry, it’ll be yummy.
Sweet Potato Masala
Adapted from VahChef
Sweet potatoes: I used 4 and they were all varying in size and length. About 500 grams, peeled and cubed.
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon garlic/ginger paste
1/2 tablespoon large black mustard seeds
2 tablespoons urad daal
1 small red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 handful curry leaves
Salt to taste
Boil the sweet potatoes until fork tender. I accidentally overcooked them, making them mushy, which didn’t bode well for this masala on its own. But as parathas… it’s perfect.
Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When they sizzle, add the cumin. When that fries, add the urad daal and turmeric. Add the rest of the ingredients and saute until the onion is browned and tender.
Add the sweet potatoes and let it fry for 3 minutes ish, or until the sweet potatoes caramelize a bit.
I used the techniques used in this recipe from vegrecipesofindia.com
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon oil
pinch of salt
water (< 1/2 cup ish)
Dough: Combine 1 cup of whole wheat flour with a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of oil, and add enough water until a dough forms. Knead this dough and then let it ferment for 25 minutes under a dishcloth.
After 25 minutes, divide the dough into balls and roll out into small rounds.
Heap a few tablespoons of the sweet potato mixture into the center, and then take the sides of the round and bring them together on top of the stuffing, to make a little twisted dumpling.
Roll this out again, and make a bigger round.
Spread some ghee over the surface of this and, on a hot tawa, fry until it gets golden brown in places. Spread some ghee on the uncooked side and flip and cook the other side. Ta da!
Bear with me. This was my first attempt and it was a lot of fun. I don’t usually do step-by-step photos but the process was pretty cool (and messy).
So after you make your dough, roll out a thick round about 3-4 inches in diameter. Spoon some of the prepared filling into the center.
Do THIS! Make a little dumpling out of it. Take the sides and pinch them together.
Then, you’re supposed to squish this and roll them out again, bigger, without actually tearing them. I didn’t really succeed at the no tearing thing.
But: browned sweet potato innards = YUM.
This was my best paratha. Soooo good.
Probably one of my favorite cooking adventures so far. And, a plus, because the sweet potato masala I thought I messed up got a second life as paratha stuffing!