November 8, 2015

Pumpkin Parathas (Pumpkin Flatbread)

My son loves Parathas with pretty much anything. So going with the seasonal theme, it is pumpkin parathas this time of the year. Pumpkin comes loaded with vitamins and minerals - vitamin A, Vitamin C and potassium to name a few. You can use any variety of pumpkin for this, or you can also use any winter squash too. Pumpkins also give a nice color to your Parathas, you can serve it for festive occasions like Diwali to add color to your food and life :-)

Since pumpkin has a lot of moisture content, I am using it to directly knead the dough instead of making the paratha stuffing from it. You can serve it as a breakfast with yogurt, or serve it as dinner with your choice of side dishes, or you can also use it as a wrap for a to-go meal.

  • Whole wheat flour - 2 cups (or more if needed for kneading)
  • Pumpkin - 2 cups (Skinned and cubed)
  • Fresh ginger root - 1 inch
  • Garlic - 2-3 cloves 
  • Green chilly - 2 
  • Dried fenugreek leaves - 2 Tbs (Kasuri methi) 
  • Dried mango powder - 2 tsp (Amchur powder) 
  • Sea salt - as per taste. 
  • Coconut oil - 2 Tbs
  • Add the pumpkin, ginger, garlic and green chilly to food processor and process till finely chopped (almost ground).
  • Add wheat flour and all remaining ingredients to the food processor and continue to process till everything mixes together and forms a smooth dough. 
  • If the mixture is too dry drizzle water and continue. If the mixture is too sticky add a few tablespoons of wheat flour. It all depends on the moisture content of the pumpkin, use your judgement here.
  • Take out the dough, make a smooth ball out of the dough and keep aside covered for about 30 minutes or so.
  • When ready to make the parathas, heat a cast iron griddle. 
  • Take out small lime sized balls and roll out into approximately 6 inch circles. 
  • Cook on the hot pan till you start small bubbles rising up. Flip and repeat the same 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.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough. 
  • Serve with yogurt or with your choice of side dishes.
  • Enjoy!!

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