Monday, May 11, 2009

Sweet Potato Paratha and a little fusion ( Indian flat bread stuffed with spiced sweet potatoes)

Since I have learnt about the health benefits of sweet potatoes, this handy and healthy vegetable has graced my table in many forms. From curried sweet potato bites to spiced potato oat rolls to sweet potato roti, all variations of this vegetable have been appreciated and enjoyed. On a whim I decided to try using this vegetable as a stuffing in a paratha instead of the usual aloo paratha (potato stuffed Indian flat bread).

Having decided to use this as a stuffing I also wanted to try my hand at using some south Indian spices such as rasam powder to spice up this essentially north Indian preparation. The rasam powder gave this paratha an interesting and intriguing dimension and we thoroughly enjoyed this slightly sweet and slightly spicy preparation.




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Ingredients and Method to make the sweet potato paratha
For the dough
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup water
3 tsp oil


For the filling
2 medium sweet potatoes cooked and mashed
1/4 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder (or according to taste)
1/4 tsp ginger powder
salt according to taste
1/2 tsp rasam powder (or substitute with any garam masala powder or curry powder)

In a large bowl add whole wheat flour and salt and mix well. Add oil and water as required (for this quantity I used about 3/4 cup) and knead to make a soft, pliable and non sticky dough. Keep covered and let sit for at least 30 minutes.

Place the sweet potatoes in the microwave with skin and cook on high power until the sweet potatoes are soft. Cool thoroughly and peel the sweet potatoes and place them in a large bowl
and mash them completely and keep aside.

Alternatively you can peel the sweet potatoes, cut them into cubes and place them in a microwave safe bowl and cook for a couple of minutes or for time required until cooked and soft.Then mash them completely and keep aside.

When the sweet potatoes are a little cooler, add all the spices mentioned in the filling to it and mix well.

Roll into little lime sized balls and keep aside.

Roll the dough into equal number of large lemon sized balls and keep aside.

Using a little flour if required roll out the dough into a pancake sized circle.

Place filling in the center and pull the ends together until it looks a little like a pouch.

Gently flatten the dough and roll it out again into a thickish circle, with the help of a little flour if required.

Continue with this process until all the dough and all the filling gets used up. Then heat a griddle/tawa / flat pan.

Place the rolled out dough on it and cook each side until light pink spots appear on it. Apply a little ghee or oil on each side and cook each side further for a minute or so

Remove the stuffed flat bread and serve hot with a side of yogurt and pickle or dhal and curry.

Yielded about 8 parathas.

45 comments :

Superchef said...

liked the rasam powder twist!

sowmya said...

i love these parathas..the combo of spicy and mild sweet taste.

Varunavi said...

Perfect paratha and unique combo of sweet and hot :)

Neha said...

Hi, u have really tried this veggie in so many ways, i also wanted to incorporate it in my diet,(tried making soup), but still not much succesful... :(

Parita said...

Wow i love sweet potatoes...this is must a try for me..thanks for sharing :)

Sharmila said...

Very innovative Usha! Never thought of sweet potatoes in a paratha ! :-)

Gita's Kitchen said...

Nice rotis Usha...I love the filling...such an intresting combination :)

Happy cook said...

Wow stuffed bread with sweet potato that has to be delicous.

Vishali said...

mmhh those look so yummy and delicious....very filling.

kittymatti said...

very interesting Usha! good post:)

Priya said...

Quite a delicious flatbread!!!look yum!

Akal's Saappadu said...

lovely creation using sweet potatoes and rassam powder, I've always loved sweet and spicy combination (mostly in chinese food);

you've got them perfect:)

Ann said...

Paratha with sweet potato looks real yummy...yum and real professional Usha.

Pavani said...

Healthy & delicious. I love sweet potato in rotis, makes the rotis soft & yummy. Yours look super good.

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! wow! nice pics..:)

anudivya said...

Lot of varieties with sweet potatoes in your blog Usha... I never knew one could make so much with those humble tubers.
I have heard that it is pretty healthy too... I normally don't use them to the fullest potential I think. All I do is microwave them and eat! How boring.

Lisa said...

I too have made parathas stuffed with sweet potato and enjoyed them very much. Your version is tempting indeed!

Shreya said...

cant imagine parathas with rasam powder, but have to try it. When I can have chapathi with sambar, I am sure I can try rasam powder in paratha..grt fusion:-)

Indhu said...

wwoww... lots of dishes with sweet potatoes... love the addition of rasam powder :)

Cham said...

The spicy rasam powde will pair well with the sweet potato i guess!

Smitha said...

I'v heard of many people using rasam powder in many dishes other than rasam. It's a great idea.The parattas look great.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

I like the twist the sweet potatoes in parathas!!! a hot side dish with this paratha, oh thinking about that my toungue is tickling!!!

Ushanandini said...

Extremely creative and exclusive rotis! They look tempting and nice clicks too!

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

Great recipes! Have you ever tried the dough with a gluten-free flour? Wondering what my best options might be.

Arch said...

Great idea - sweet potato parathas sounds fab and rasam powder is a great twist to this...you are really innovative Usha...nice one

Madhumathi said...

Like ur version of paratha..haven't tried with sweet potatoes..I'm sure its yumm!!

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. nice idea.. looks delicious & yummy.. great entry dear..

jayasri said...

i have never tried making parathas like this and with a different flavour like rasam powder that is interesting ..., you have done so many with sweet potatoes, then look into my blog for sweet potato polis !! and try them too...

spicencook said...

Innovative.....Amazing.... :))))

AnuSriram said...

Yummy parathas! Using rasam powder would have tasted different and delicious!

Poornima Nair said...

Great parathas and its awesome using sweet potatoes, so much healthier.

miss v said...

i love parathas!

Curry Leaf said...

Never tried sweet potatoes with rasam ! the fusion is indeed innovative and must try.Love the parathas.

Valarmathi said...

Adding rasam powder its different. Looks delicious.

Bharti said...

Ah yes..I love these. The rasam powder would add really nice flavor.

Soma said...

Very nice idea. great idea using the rasam powder:-)

ARUNA said...

I love this new combination Usha.....yummmm!

A_and_N said...

Very interesting!

Jaya said...

thats very new to me ..good one..
hugs and smiles

Radha Ramaswamy said...

Very nice recipe.

Sireesha said...

Fabulous Parathas:)

kahliyalogue said...

Oh my ! Love this!I also love sweet potatoes,I must give this a try.looks to me like it might compete on being my next comfort food! :) thanx!Mia.

rekhas kitchen said...

wow superb idea I going to make this for today s lunch yum.

Vani said...

sweet potato + rasam powder stuffing sounds really good!

Girl Japan said...

And rasam... oh goodness.. drooling here, drooling = )

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