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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Chanadal Parathas

I am doing weekend brunch dishes this week and trust me, nobody has the patience to skip breakfast and wait for a brunch in my household. Everyone including me start to get grumpy when breakfast is not served by 8 am, which is actually late in our books. The kids are used for a 6.30 am breakfast on weekdays and so asking them to skip one on weekend seems lousy. This was supposed to be posted a couple of months ago when I picked the 'Brunch Dishes' theme for the blogging marathon. However I got lazy when I noticed how lengthy the recipe was turning out to be and so it sat in my drafts folder up until now. The post finally gets to see the light of the day as it fits in perfectly for this week's 'Lentils' themed BM.
These dal parathas are stuffed ones and obviously is based on chanadal stuffing. The stuffing turned out so yummy and spicy that we absolutely loved these parathas. These parathas are filling and nutritious and taste good on their own if the stuffing is kept on a spicier side. If the stuffing is mild, go along with a spicy pickle and a bowl of yogurt on the side and your meal is taken care of. Both the paratha dough and stuffing can be made ahead the previous night and a hearty breakfast can be made in minutes the next day.

Ingredients for the parathas: (Yield - 6 parathas)
1 cup wheat flour + extra for dusting
Salt to taste (optional)
1 tbsp. oil + Extra for toasting (I used canola oil.)

Preparation of dough:
* Combine wheat flour and 1/4 tsp salt in a mixing bowl. Add water in small increments and prepare a soft, pliable dough. (I added little less than 1/2 cup water.)
* Next add oil and knead the dough for a couple of minutes. Cover and allow it to rest anywhere between 30 minutes to a few hours.
(You can proceed with the below recipe to make parathas at this point or refrigerate it to use the dough within a day or two. If refrigerating, bring the dough to room temperature before rolling out the parathas. Or to quicken the process, cover the dough and put it in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 10 - 15 seconds depending upon the quantity. The refrigerated dough would be ready to work with, in a jiffy this way.)

Ingredients needed for the stuffing and preparation:
3/4 cup chana dal / Bengal gram 
1 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. grated ginger
2 green chillies (adjust as needed.)
1/4 tsp. chili powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp. amchur powder
2 pinches of turmeric powder
1 tbsp. minced cilantro

* Soak chana dal in water for about a couple of hours or so. This step is optional if pressure cooker is used to cook the dal but I follow it anyway. 
* Drain the soaked water and rinse the dal thorougly. Add dal and 1 & 1/2 cups water to the pressure cooker and cook until soft, to about 1 or 2 whistles. When the valve pressure is gone, transfer the dal to a colander. Let the dal sit for a while until all the water is completely drained.
* Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds. When they start to sizzle and brown, add the ginger. Fry until it starts to turn golden brown and add chillies. Saute for about 30 - 40 seconds. Add cooked dal, turmeric, chili powder, amchur powder, cilantro and salt. Give a stir to combine and cook for a minute or so. Turn off the stove and let cool the stuffing. 
* The stuffing can be prepared ahead at night and can be used to prepare the breakfast the next morning. (Just remember to cool the stuffing and refrigerate it overnight.)

Rolling the parathas - Method 1:
* Divide the mixture into about 6 portions and roll them smoothly between your palms to shape them into balls.Work with one dough ball at a time and keep the rest covered. 
* Roll a dough ball into 3 - 4 inch disc and place about 1 - 2 tbsp. of filling, depending upon how comfortable you are with the rolling part. Place the stuffing at the center of the disc, leaving the edges free. Bring the edges together so that there are no gaps and the stuffing is inside intact.

* Press it into a disc taking care that there are no gaps anywhere so that the stuffing wouldn't spill out while rolling. Roll the disc carefully into a 5 to 6 inch thin circle, dusting with flour if necessary. Take care not to break it or let the filling coming out. Repeat the steps of paratha making with the remaining dough.

Rolling the stuffed parathas - Method 2:
* Divide the mixture into about 12 portions and roll them smoothly between your palms to shape them into balls.Work with one dough ball at a time and keep the rest covered.  Roll out a couple of balls into 4 inch discs, dusting with flour if necessary.
* Spread about 2 tbsp. stuffing evenly on one disc, leaving out the edges.  Cover it with another rolled disc. 
* Neatly seal them so that the stuffing wouldn't spill out when they are rolled againDust the work surface and stuffed disc lightly and proceed with the rolling part. Gently roll it into a thin disc.
Toasting the parathas:
* Heat iron griddle or a shallow, non stick pan and place the rolled out paratha.
* Toast the parathas, brushing generously with oil / ghee, until both sides are cooked well and brown spots appear.
* Repeat the steps of rolling and toasting the parathas with the remaining dough balls and the stuffing. Serve them hot with yogurt and a spicy pickle.

This goes to BM #54 under the theme "Cooking lentils in 3 ways". Check here to see what other marathoners have come up with, for today.



Sathya- MyKitchenodyssey said...

delicious looking parathas.too good

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and fulfilling looking parathas. This is what I call a innovative preparation.

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

healthy and filling paratha!!! yummy one!!

Kalyani said...

isnt this so much like savoury Obbattu ?? am loving the stuffing a lot... bookmarking to try..

btw, the struck off portion on ur blog post applies to my house as well :-)) grumpy if breakfast isnt on the table by 7 am.. weekdays and weekends :D

Sandhiya said...

Healthy and fulfilling parathas..Looks yummmy..

kitchen queen said...

delicious paratha.

Pavani N said...

Those parathas look so hearty and nutritious.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Like Kalyani mentioned, I also felt this is the savory version of bobbattu :) Absolutely love the spicy filling in there..

Priya Suresh said...

Thats an incredible stuffing, parathas came out very much prefect Suma..

Sapana Behl said...

Paratha looks so tasty with that interesting chana dal filling .

sneha datar said...

This is a filling brunch.

Chef Mireille said...

love these very similar to roti we make in the caribbean - dalphourie -

Srivalli said...

Haha when I saw the striked out notes I thought something wrong with my view! Glad this finally sees daylight! The parathas are looking so inviting. The first pic is beautiful.

praba bubesh said...

really a great brunch..interesting parathas..

Abid Bhatti said...

Thanks for the healthiest recipe. I just love Paratha addition of chanadal makes it so delicious.