Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gobhi Paratha

I have always believed that the most challenging task for any home maker would be deciding on the day to day menu. It becomes even more difficult if you have someone as picky and critical as S for a husband. Believe me. I spend almost an hour everyday thinking about the next day's menu. However, yesterday was different as I had some unexpected errands to run and I did not plan for S's lunchbox. Needless to say, I had a tough time in the morning. Apart from raking my brains about what to make for S's lunch box, I had to deal with the two AC technicians and my hyper active two year old. I just rummaged into the refrigerator and found this 3day old cauliflower that waiting to be used. At that moment I decided to make gobhi paratha.

Even though I had never made Gobhi parathas before, I remembered this recipe which was given to me by a punjabi friend. I just decided to go with my memory and made these impromptu yet tasty parathas. These parathas are a great combination of rotis and cauliflower and are lightly spiced. They are just perfect for my husband's palate. The surprising thing about these parathas was they appealed to Purvi as well. Due to this, I had a tough time shooting these. You don't believe me? Take a look at the picture below!! :)

Gobhi Paratha recipe:
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 20min
Makes- 6-7 parathas

For the outer covering:
Whole wheat flour- 2cups+2tbsp
Salt- 1/2tsp
Water as required to make the dough
Oil- 2tsp
For the stuffing:
Cauliflower- 1 large, grated
Onion- 1 small, finely chopped
Oil- 1tbsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Garam masala- 1/4tsp
Coriander seed powder- 1/2tsp
Turmeric- 1/4tsp
Green chilli- 1, finely chopped
Red chilli powder- 1/4tsp
Coriander leaves- 2tsp, chopped
Lime juice- 1/2 tsp
Oil or ghee to shallow fry the parathas

For the outer covering:
  • Mix the whole wheat flour, salt and oil in a bowl.
  • Add water gradually and knead the ingredients to form a soft pliable dough
  • Cover and allow the dough to rest for 30min
For the filling:
  • Heat oil in  a pan and add the cumin seeds
  • Once they turn brown add the chopped onion and fry till they turn translucent
  • Add the green chilli and the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes
  • Add the grated cauliflower, turmeric, coriander powder and salt and fry for 3-4 min
  • Add the garam masala and fry for a min more and take off the heat
  • Stir in the lime juice and garnish with coriander leaves
  • Cool the mixture completely before making the parathas.
To proceed:
  • Divide the dough and the stuffing into 7-8 portions
  • Roll one portion of the dough into a circle of 3" in diameter and place a portion of the stuffing mixture in the middle.
  • Wet the edges of the circle with some water and gather all the sides and bring it to the middle and seal tightly.
  • Roll out again into a circle of  6" to 7" in diameter with the help of a little flour
  • Shallow fry the paratha on hot tawa or girdle using a tsp of ghee or oil until brown spots appear on both sides.
  • Repeat the same process for the remaining dough and stuffing to make the remaining parathas.
  • Serve hot with yogurt and pickle
These parathas are my contribution to Nancy's Your best recipe event


  1. Oh these sound amazing! I can tell by your itty bitty that you had a great dish :) Very nice mystery fridge lunch box! Buzzed!

  2. Such yummy and healthy flavorful paratha..loved the second last picture and I am glad your daughter has good eating habits..


  3. wow delicious paratha,clicks are words dear...Hats off!!!

  4. Wow beautiful clicks and yummy parathas..perfected to the core

  5. Yummy parathas ....looks fab ..n so perfect

  6. Yummy parathas and beautiful pictures

  7. SUPERB Nandita!!!!! Soft & too mouthwatering parathas!!!! And is that pickle by the side??? These clicks are making me have my lunch again!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone. @Pratima Yes that is lime pickle! I lam glad you like it Pratima :)

  9. Picture perfect parathas ~ round n beautiful golden with the nice filling peeping and the pic of your kiddo enjoying them is precious!

  10. Lovely Gobi parathas Nanditha..
    Though I make Gobi side dishes often, I've never quite tried making paratha. Next time I buy Gobi, will surely give it a try.
    Parathas are my favorite way to sneak in veggies for my little one..

  11. Lovely parathas...Nice clicks too....

  12. I love stuffed parathas and haven't had one in about a million years...these look delicious! Such a great recipe. I only wish I had the ability to actually make them! :)

  13. I can have parathas for breakfast lunch or dinner!! These look so perfect. Lovely photographs too!

  14. you know my husband loves gobi paratha and i can never make it successfully. It always tears apart!
    Your daughter is so adorable and the photos are amazing.

  15. Very nice, perfectly made & pictured parathas

  16. Oh I want to eat these right now! I love the photos too, so cute:) Thanks for participating in September's YBR :) Sorry I'm so late in getting here.

  17. Your daughter is the cutest little doll!! just the other, my hubby was complaining that i haven't made Gobi Parathas :) looks so delicious. U know I have never cooked the gobi when i make gobi paratha!! i use raw gobi :D


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