Saturday, December 10, 2011

Beetroot-and-Potato Stuffed Paratha

I think the best thing about India is not the Taj Mahal

nor her colourful temples

but most definitely the food :)
Not only are there a lot of vegetarian dishes, it is also soooo yummy. We stuffed ourselves with masala dosa, rasam, daal, and all kind of goodies while we were in Delhi. One thing I wanted to try out at home were dosa and lately I learnt about paratha and desperately wanted to try them out. So when Vatsala's Let's Go Stuffed Series

featured stuffed parathas for this month, I couldn't resist and finally tried my hand on them.
The idea to feature stuffed parathas came from Vardhini who also hosts the December event. For my very first paratha I used Radhikas (Just Home Made) recipe as a base and Indian friends from a friend (complicated isn't it?) sent me a video for the 'how-to-do'. Thank you Madhu :)
First I prepared the beetroot and potato filling:

Then you put the filling in little dough bowls

While carefully trying not to squeeze the filling out, roll out the paratha

and fry, ideally in a tawa, but since I do not own one, I used my fry pan

and then serve; we had  chickpeas and spinach with it. 

Beetroot-and-Potato Stuffed Paratha


for the filling
  • 1 medium beetroot, grated
  • 2 medium potatoes,  boiled and mashed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1-2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2-3 teaspoon coconut oil
  • salt to taste
for the dough 
  • 3 cups wheat flour
  • additional wheat flour for rolling and dusting
  • salt
  • hot water
  • oil for roasting
Mix the flour and salt with hot water and knead into a soft dough. You should be able to knead it, but it should still be quite soft (careful, it will be hot at the beginning). Cover and set aside for at least 30 mins.
Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and let them pop; add the other spices and the beetroot grates. Sauté for 5 to 10 minutes until the beet root gets tender. Add the potato mash, garam masala, and salt and mix everything. Set aside and let it cool down somewhat.

Knead the dough well again and roll it into lemon sized balls; shape the dough ball into a bowl. Put a spoonful of the filling into the dough bowl. Close the edges well, put on flour dusted surface and carefully roll out. Don't use too much force or the filling will ooze out.
Heat some oil in the frying pan and add your flattened paratha. Fry until it gets brown spots on the surface; turn around and fry the other side.



  1. That is simply cool!
    Those parathas look perfect...

  2. @Radhika: Thanks so much :) I was really pleased with my humble first try. And there are so many options for stuffed parathas ... I think your recipe was the snowball that will cause a paratha avalanche LOL

  3. Wow, looks so yummy and perfectly made. Hard to believe it is the first try :). Thx for linking to the event.

    Event: Sinful Delights
    Event: Stuffed Paratha

  4. India is def. a vegetarians delight.

    I love cauliflower paratha and my husband like beetroot paratha. I can make it, but choose not too, why when my mother makes the best stuffed cauiflower, potato paratas served with a mango or lime pickle. Oh my mouth is watering at the thought, not healthy - but delicious and yours look super duper too. Fab work.

    You've introudced me to this event now,that I may participate.

  5. very nice effort Torwen. Paranthas are really nice to have in breakfast :)

    UK Rasoi

  6. @Vardhini: No, thank YOU. Without your event I wouldn't have found out how much I like parathas *hehe*

    @Shaheen: oh, yes please, make parathas! Share your mother's recipe and the beetroot one, too. I would love to try my hands on them :)

    @Nupur: thank you :) I think they are nice at any time of the day. At least I wouldn't say no if they came for lunch ... or dinner ... or supper *hihi*

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  8. @Arthi: thanks a lot for your compliment! You have an awesome blog yourself! Quite professional, I guess I will try a recipe or two from it :)

  9. Hört sich lecker an. Muss ich wohl mal ausprobieren!

    Viele Grüße

    1. Ja bitte unbedingt probieren! Ist sehr sehr lecker und gar nicht so schwierig wie zumindest ich immer gedacht habe :)
      PS Petersburg habe ich noch in sehr sehr schöne Erinnerung, deine Fotos sind klasse geworden :)

  10. Excellent attempt for a first timer! Looks delicious...What a lovely space :) Happy Blogging!!

    1. Thanks Rosh! They might not look as beautiful as your creations (fantastic blog) but they were sure delicious ... and better than in some Indian restaurants. Last time I was so dissapointed in a restaurant, luckily I can now make them on my own :)