Monday, May 13, 2013

Red Capsicum and Green onion paratha. {Veggie and Herb enriched Indian unleavened flat bread.} {Indian Lunch Box Recipe}

In my home vegetable parathas are regularly prepared to pack in the  lunch box. During morning rush hours I find it easier to make 5-6 wholesome vegetable parathas, it takes just half an hour time. Each time I  pair up  available veggies and herbs to get variety of flavors. Today's combination was  red capsicum and green onions with addition of  fresh chopped cilantro. I used Aashirvad multi grain aata to add some more nutrition. I didn't use any spices, dough was prepared in vegetable juices. These parathas are packed with natural flavor of veggies, onions and cilantro.

Ingredients :
(Makes 5 parathas)
  • 1 heaped cup -  finely chopped green oinions
  • 1/2  - portion of small size red Capsicum,(yield around 1/2 cup)you can use any type of capsicum.
  • 3 - scallions (white onion portion)
  • 2/3 cup - wheat flour (I used Aashirvaad multi grain flour)
  • 1/4 cup - all purpose flour or rice flour for dusting or use the same wheat flour.
  • 2 green chilies - roughly chopped.
  • 1/4 cup - finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup - packed chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tb.spoon - Oil + some more to spray over paratha while frying.
How to make spring onion and Lal simla mirch Parathas :
  1. Rinse green onions, discard bottom root portion, roughly chop green portion and finely chop white onion portion, Keep aside.  Roughly chop red capsicum portion, around 1/2 cup. Chop handful cilantro, around 1 cup tightly packed. Chop small piece of onion to get around 1/4 cup chopped quantity. Combine everything along with 2 chopped green chilies in a small blender, pulse few times to get coarse mixture. Do not make fine puree. I got total 1/3 cup slightly heaped quantity.
  2. In a small size bowl  place ground coarse mixture along with its juices. Add salt and around 2/3 cup flour or little more until mixture absorbs enough flour to bind the dough, knead the dough for 2-3 minutes, Once the dough is merged into soft ball apply oil all over and knead again to make smooth dough.
  3. If dough handling feels sticky, apply oil over palms to make 5 round balls. Roll between palm, slightly dust with flour. Keep them aside.
  4. Dust rolling surface with flour and roll around 5-6 inch diameter round paratha. This paratha dough  has  lot of roughage of veggies and herb particles so you may not get smooth edges. Hold spatula or knife vertically beside edges, pat to get smooth round edges. You can do this by using fingers and palm too. Dust off white patches of dusted flour by brush or pat with moist paper towel.
  5. Heat griddle over medium heat, keep heat level to medium low heat before placing paratha.Roast slowly by flipping one or two times, drizzle some oil around paratha edges. While roasting increase heat to  to medium for few seconds, pat gently with soft ball of paper towel or chapati press. Give around 2 minutes of roasting time for each paratha. Transfer paratha over paper towel lined plate, cover with dome lid to maintain softness. Serve with mint infused yogurt, raw onions, fresh herbs, green chilies or whipped cream cheese or melt some butter over paratha and enjoy. These parathas are full of flavor, you can make a roll and eat without any seasoning.

 pat uneven paratha edges with spatula to get smooth edges.

Simla Mirch and kandyachya paati che parathe.

parathas prepared on 18th April, published on 13th May.


Nava K said...

I enjoy plenty of veggies too. Thats a fabulous idea of incorporating healthy ingredients for a lovely lunch box meal.

Usha said...

Navaneetham, recently mixing few veggies and herbs in paratha dough is my favorite food to pack in lunch box. I will be posting few more paratha recipes.

Thanks for your comments and taking time to check this post.

akash kadam said...

nice recipe, I like it...