If you want to enjoy the delicious flavours of Indian food but don’t fancy making anything complex, why not make a stuffed paratha?
Whereas the dosa is popular in South India, in North India it’s the paratha that’s everywhere – and unlike dosas, parathas are pretty quick and simple to make. Usually eaten for breakfast, stuffed parathas also make a great lunch or hearty snack.
You can stuff your parathas with whatever you like – meat, veg, cheese – but spiced mashed potato is most common (aloo paratha). So if you have any leftover mashed potato and want to knock up a quick meal, it’s the perfect comfort food!
The parathas themselves are made from flour, water, and salt and the dough takes minutes to make – so as long as you have some spices at home, this is an Indian dish you can make without having to go to the shops.
You can add whatever spices you like to the potato, but cumin, chilli, garam masala, and coriander are usually used. If you have fresh coriander and chilli, adding that gives a fresh, zingy hit.
Once you’ve rolled out your dough, spoon the potato into the centre, then wrap the sides up so it’s enclosed. Roll it out gently so the stuffing doesn’t come out, then fry for a few minutes. Crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, each bite of a stuffed paratha is a joy! Serve with pickle and yoghurt.
To make authentic aloo paratha, follow this recipe by Cook With Manali, or watch the video below.