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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

MINT LAYERED ( LACHHA ) PARATHAS




OK. Let me honest here. I have been having so many of these recipes prepared , clicked and nicely tucked away in many folders on my computer. I thought it was high time I sent in all these recipes when I read about Srivalli's Roti mela. Parathas have always been my fav breakfast ever since my very good punjabi friend Vaishali introduced me to them. Not that I never ate one all my life:-) but just that I was used to different kinds like the ones made in south india. This is the way she makes them every day at home and I am so thankful to her for showing me how to prepare these plain lachha parathas (layered parathas). I use the same method for all parathas except for the stuffed ones. Vaishali, this is to you my dear friend!

Ingredients:
Wheat flour - 2 cups
To fry and grind:
Mint (Pudina) leaves - 1 bunch
Green chillies - 3 to 4
Garlic - 2 cloves
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Jeera (cumin seeds) - 1 tspn
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tspns

Preparation:
1. Fry all the ingredients mentioned above with oil starting from cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, green chillies and finally mint leaves. Fry till the leaves shrink and then add salt and allow it cool. Grind this fried mixture.

2. Prepare the dough by mixing wheat flour, salt, 1 tspn Oil and the ground mixture. Mix the dough first without any water and then keep adding little as and when required. Take care not to make it too soft.

3. Once the dough is ready. Divide the dough in to equal portions of round balls. Take the first one and flatten it to a small circle using a rolling pin. Add ½ tspn oil in the middle of the dough and spread it.
4. Using a knife, make a small cut from the centre as shown in the picture.

5. Fold the dough in the form of a cone from the cut end.

6. Once you fold, you will end up with a cone. Flatten as shown in the picture and stick the cut ends.
7. Now roll it again. This will give you the desired layers.
8. Heat a flat non- stick pan, fry on both the sides with ghee till they turn slightly brown on both the sides. Serve hot with chutney, yoghurt, dhal or pickles.
The smell of mint leaves oozing out of the parathas is just heavenly!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is one of my 3 entries to SRIVALL'S ROTI MELA!!!!!

12 comments:

Sujyothi said...

my order please, can i have a missi paratha?
mouthwatering...i wish i cud extend my hand from the comp and take them out....
good one...
Keep posting more!
Love
Jo

apu said...

lovely recipe. i like the way you've shown the layers step by step - i never could get the idea when i just read about it, having a visual aid helps so much...i have a nice bunch of pudina lying in my fridge...will try this out!

Sagari said...

what a beautiful looking paratha VEDA, love the green color

Madhuram said...

I have to try this method of folding for parathas. I also recently prepared mint chapathis but also added equal amount of coriander. It tasted very good.

Veda Murthy said...

Dear sujyothi,

Will surely give many more such varieties! thank u very much

Dear apu,

Thanks a lot....thats a suggestion my dad gave me....to help show things through photos is always helpful than just typing there......let me know after trying it!

Dear sagari,
Thank u very much my dear, u always have such lovely things to say!!!!:-)it really encourages me

Dear madhuram,

Thank u for that good tip!!!!....next time I prepare I will think of incorporating coriander too!

Thank u all so much!!!!!!
Regards,
Veda

Medhaa said...

Never made paranthas in this method and Love the green color can imagine how devine the Mint would be smelling. Lovely Post

Usha said...

A very unique technique of making parathas,they look yummy too !

kavitha said...
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Veda Murthy said...

Hello kavitha,

There must have been some problem in the way u prepared ur dough. U must knead it well and it shouldnt be too watery. it should be just perfect. Also rolling out the dough is one more technique u might have to practice. every single step in making a chapathi or paratha is important for u to get a right one. so go ahead dont lose heart. keep trying u will succeed!

My best wishes....I have many people who have tried this recipe and they were very happy with it...and so i am sure u will also get through it...would love to hear from u again!

Also a small correction kavitha...the author of this blog is veda murthy which is me:-)....and NOT sujyothi.

Best Regards,
VEDA

kavitha said...

Thanks so much veda for takin time to reply...well, i juz want a lil more explanation on hw i hav to roll the paratha..i did cut it as u mentioned n rolled..i kept rolling the cone till i reached the other end of the cut end...is tis hw i hav to do cos i did nt get tat dough with layers(as shown in ur pic) once i was done with the cone rolling..is thr a chance tat i cud hav wrong here...plz advice..

Pramod said...

I tried the pudina paratha, it came out very good, the directions are very accurate, thank you Veda

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Please give me more explanation on how to roll the paratha. I still don't understand the picture.

Thanks

Aru