Monday, May 4, 2009

Aloo Paratha ( Indian flat bread stuffed with spiced potatoes )- With Stepwise Pictures.

Aloo paratha is a famous and well known Indian flat bread stuffed with spiced potatoes originating from Northern India. This delicious and filling dish needs a little knack and patience to make and this causes a lot of people to get turned off and avoid making this dish. One of the secrets to gettting this right is to get the consistency of the dough correctly, once the dough is made right the rest of the recipe is pretty simple and fool proof.

  Aloo Paratha-Indian flat bread stuffed with spiced potatoes

Initially I struggled to get this dish perfectly, but with trial and error, I learnt the correct consistency for this dough and it has been smooth sailing every since.Try this if you haven't....... this soft, melt in your mouth bread will not disappoint. Traditionally this is served with a little plain yogurt on the side and a little pickle , but you could even serve it with some curry or dhal to make it more filling and to make it a complete meal.

 Aloo Paratha- Indian flat bread stuffed with spiced potatoes

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Ingredients and Method to make the Aloo Paratha

For the filling
3 medium white potatoes (aloo/urilakizhangu) (pierced all over with a fork and cooked in the microwave) or cooked in the pressure cooker.
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera/ jeeragam)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi/ manjal podi)
1 tsp salt (or according to taste) (namak/uppu)
1/2 tsp chilli powder (mirchi powder)
1/2 tsp cumin powder (jeera powder)
1/2 tsp coriander powder (Dhania powder)

For the dough
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (atta/ godumai maavu)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup water
3 tsp oil

A little extra clarified butter (ghee/ nei) or any other oil to shallow fry the paratha (about 2 tsp for the entire batch of this size) (use oil for a vegan version)

Place the flour and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Add water and oil and knead till it becomes a soft , pliable and non sticky dough. Keep covered and let sit for at least 30 minutes.


Pierce potatoes with skin all over with a fork and place in the microwave and cook on high heat for about 3 to 5 mins until done. Keep aside and let cool a little. or place potatoes in a pressure cooker and cook until soft. It usually takes me about 3 to 4 whistles in mine to get done.

Peel the skin off the potatoes and mash it in a large bowl.


Add all the dry spices mentioned for the filling and mix well.


Roll the potato mixture into even small lime sized balls and keep aside. ( This quantity yielded me about 8 balls )



Roll the dough into equal large lemon sized balls and keep aside. ( This quantity yielded me about 8 balls)
With the help of a little flour if required, roll the dough into a small pancake sized circle. Place the spiced potato mixture in the center of the rolled out dough and pull the dough from all sides into the center and form a pouch with the dough and then press in the center to flatten it a little.


With the help of a little flour roll out the dough into a small circle of desired thickness and keep aside.
Proceed with the rest of the dough and the spice mixture in the same manner and keep aside.



Heat a griddle/ tawa/ flat pan on medium high and place the stuffed rolled out dough on it and cook for a minute. Flip it over and cook the other side, apply a little clarified butter (ghee) on one side, turn over and apply clarified butter on the other side and cook for an additional minute until light brown spots start to appear on the bread.
















Remove and serve hot with plain yogurt and pickle or dhal and curry of choice.
Yields approximately 8 parathas.

47 comments :

Asha said...

Looks so yum! I love Aloo Parathas with just raita to dip. It took me long tome to make perfect these parathas, but learnt it finally!:D

Asha said...

Just a left a comment, hope you got it. It disappeared!:)

Priya said...

My all time faourite..love it much!

Pavani said...

Aloo paratha look delicious. You make it sound so simple. I have to try these, my parathas definitely need some TLC.

Gita's Kitchen said...

The rotis look perfect Usha...nice step by step presentation :)

Parita said...

Hmm i love aloo parathas...pic looks inviting :)

sowmya said...

looks really good..the last time I made them,,they turned out really good for the first time.

Vishali said...

delicious Alu Paratha Usha....I made it few days back too.:)

Happy cook said...

They look beautiful and yummy.Must say i have never made them at home, should try to make them once.

jayasri said...

hi, usha, ur making me hungry..., lovely discription....nice explanation......lovely snaps too...

Vrinda said...

Alu paratha looks perfect.Would lov to eat with thick yogurt,yum...

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Delectable Aloo Parathas... comfort food hot hot parathas during these cold evenings would be a delight...

Trupti said...

aloo paratha looks delicious Usha. This is my fav paratha

Indhu said...

yummy parathas.... I fail miserably everytime I try to make parathas... I guess I should keep trying till I succeed :)

Prathibha said...

lovely parathas usha..

Arch said...

My all time favourite - can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner !! Long time since I saw a post from you...wanted to tell you I tried your molaga pudi and your cumin crackers - both were a hit...thanks so much

DEESHA said...

I love these .. really yum

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! this one is my all time fav ..will make this twise a week :) ..my husband likes this dish ..looks little differnt .Must try ....Thanks for sharing :)

Superchef said...

my all time favourite!!!

Anu said...

Yummy soft parathas. Looks perfect!

Priya Sriram said...

Never tried aloo paratha, maybe I'm not confident enough on myself.. :P he hee! Yours looks absolutely delicious Usha! Nice step by step presentation!

Cham said...

paratha with yogurt/pickle would be a great comfort food!

Vegetation said...

Yum! Aloo Paratha is one of my favourite dishes (I should make it more often than I do!).

Madhumathi said...

Love aloo parathas so much..yours look perfect!

Shama Nagarajan said...

all time favourite parathas...delicious

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow this is my favourite....Looks yum....

kittymatti said...

Beautiful space Usha... U have a rare collection of recipes. The step by step Aloo parata looks sooo good! Thnx for yr lovely comment.

AnuSriram said...

Yummy parathas.. Love to have this with a cup of curd.

Ann said...

My Fav too Usha..yummy and healthy.

n33ma said...

I love these great looking parathas......especially with butter and pickle.

Shreya said...

my fav paratha.. looks great..lovely steps, though i am never able to stuff and then roll, so i need the mashed potatoes into the dough with the masala and then start rolling..have to try this original method..

Sumathi said...

Parathas looks perfect and yummy..

Uma said...

aloo parathas look great Usha! Nice instructions too :)

Valarmathi said...

Looks yummy. My favorite one.

Pavithra said...

Looks yummy dear.. always fan of aloo paratha

A_and_N said...

I can never make them, but thankfully I have a husband who does ;)

Great with some pickle no?

anudivya said...

He he, managed to make it! And I am back, not with a bang but with a small thud! LOL
How have you been Usha?
Parathas today I see... hmm.

anudivya said...

Hmm... means looks fabulous.

Ramya said...

I just made it yesterday...My all time fav.

Rajee said...

Yummy. Loves to eat aloo paratha with ranch dressing (fat free)

Taste sooooooooooo gud. You try it.

Varsha Vipins said...

My all time fav Usha..:)

Ana Powell said...

Hi Usha
It looks absolutely fabulous and yummy.
Beautiful recipe.
Have a great weekend x

jayanthi said...

hi usha,
saw your aloo paratha recipe. as u rightly said, the consistency of the dough should be right. this applies to most recipes involving stuffings--any stuffed parathas and also things like kozhakattai. the inner and outer stuff should be more or less of same consistency.
a variation to your aloo paratha recipe-- use small cut green chillies and fresh coriander leaves finely chopped and omit the chilli powder. this also gives a different taste.

Girl Japan said...

Perfection, perfection. I am missing so much right now- I need to get more spices and I have not had fresh coriander since i've been here = (

Ashwath said...

Your article is a treasure for bachelors like us.

Sathya said...

Thanks a lot.. very accurate recipe.. followed it to the T and i got very good parathas after a long time...

Vidhya said...

Aloo Parathas perfect for this weather. My girls love it..

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