December 12, 2013

Purple Sweet Potato Stuffed Parathas

This is my son's favorite anytime of the day; for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack. I guess stuffed parathas (stuffed indian flat breads) are a universal favorite amongst Indian kids. It is a common topic of discussion among Indian moms as to what is the new stuffing that they have tried on their kids :-). So here's my latest, purple sweet potatoes. This of course is a healthier version of the potato stuffed parathas (classic Alu parathas).  Sweet potatoes have a much higher nutritional value compared to potatoes and makes it a better substitute without loosing much of the classic taste, and the purple sweet potato adds color to your plate too :-) 

For paratha (roti) dough:
  • Organic whole wheat pastry flour - 3/4 flour
  • Organic sprouted spelt flour - 3/4 flour 
  • Virgin coconut oil - 1 Tbs.
  • Filtered water  - 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs.
  • Sea salt  - as per taste

For stuffing:
  • Organic purple sweet potato - 1 medium
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp 
  • Ajwain (Carom seeds)  - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1 tsp 
  • Sea salt  - as per taste

Make the dough: 
  • Mix all the ingredients and knead for 5-10 minutes. (I use my bread machine's dough setting for this, hand kneading works just fine) 

Make the Stuffing:
  • Wash the sweet potato and peel and slice into 1/2 inch thick slices. 
  • Powder the spices using a coffee/spice grinder.
  • Steam cook sweet potato. Let it cool and mash well without big chunks.
  • Add the ground spices and salt and mix well and make sort of a dough. 

Make the stuffed parathas:
  • Divide the paratha dough and sweet potato into 6 equal sized balls each.
  • Take one ball from paratha dough, press it with your palms. Keep a sweet potato in the middle and cover it with the paratha dough.
  • Roll it out into 6' diameter paratha. Repeat for remaining dough and sweet potato stuffing. 
  • Heat a griddle on medium-high heat and the rolled out paratha. Once you start seeing small bubbles, flip and cook on the other side. Repeat this for a couple of times more till parathas are cooked evenly on both sides, it would take about 3-4 minutes in total. 
  • While parathas are still warm, spread a pat of ghee on each side. 

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