Stuffed matar parathas is a winter delicacy. They come in abundance in winters and are super sweet. I slightly spice the peas and stuff them in parathas to give a nice wholesome flavour. You could simply grind the peas and stuff them too if you are in a hurry. Parathas/Stuffed Flatbreads are loved by everyone in India and had with curd, butter or pickle or all together. J
PREPARATION TIME: 15-20 minutes
COOKING TIME: 15 minutes
DIFFICULTY SCALE: Medium
For the stuffing –
- Peas – 1 big bowl, 200gms
- Green chilli – 1, finely diced
- Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- Ginger – 1 small piece, finely diced
- Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
- Coriander leaves – 2 tablespoons, finely diced
- Salt – to taste
For the dough –
- Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
- Gram flour (besan) – ¼ cup
- Millet Flour – ¼ cup
- Oil – for shallow frying
- Salt – to taste
- Mix all the flours in a big bowl and add 2 tablespoons of oil and some salt to make crispy parathas.
- Add some water and knead it to make a soft dough (though not very soft).
- For the stuffing, take a small pan and add oil to it.
- Add cumin seeds and allow them to crackle.
- Add ginger, chilli and saute them and add the peas and salt.
- Allow the peas to cook and add the lemon juice. Squeeze the peas and allow the mixture to cook on slow heat and dry out.
- Allow it to cool before stuffing into the parathas.
- Make small balls from the dough and roll them with a pin.
- Add some oil and add 1-1/2 tablespoons of the stuffing depending on the desired thickness of the parathas.
- Close the paratha and make it into a round stuffed ball.
- Apply some dry flour and press lightly with the pin to make the stuffed paratha/flatbread.
- Heat a non-stick tawa or flatpan and place the paratha on it.
- Allow it to get slightly brown on one side and flip it over. Apply some oil on the brown side.
- Allow the paratha to cook and brown on the other side as well for 2-3 minutes and then flip again.
- Oil the other side as well and press with a serving spoon to make it crisp.
- Serve hot with butter/curd and pickle.
- Add as much water to the dough as per your choice. Making an extremely loose dough might make it difficult to stuff them.
- You could add more chilli if you like to make it a bit spicier.
- Allow the mixture to cool before stuffing it otherwise the parathas would not bind properly.