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Friday, October 1, 2010

SQUARE WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR PARATHAS

Getting kids to eat hot healthy homemade food is sometimes the biggest challenge - adding fun to everyday food helps & this recipe of Square Parathas does just that ... Drishti loves different shapes, so the same chapati is either round, triangle or square as she wishes everyday ...

RECIPE MAKES 6 PARATHAS ~ SERVES 3

In a big bowl, add 3 cups whole wheat flour. Add 1.5 cups water & knead to a soft dough for 2-3 minutes.

After the dough is well kneaded, apply oil & cover for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, knead lightly once & divide the dough in 6 equal portions.

You will need dry flour for rolling (whole wheat or all purpose flour will do)

Take 1 portion of the dough, press into a patty, roll in dry flour & start rolling it - roll it in a medium round shape like a Poori shape.

Apply oil on it with a spoon, lift it, turn it upside down such that the oil applied portion is facing the dry flour. Let dry flour coat on the oil in one layer.

Put the paratha back on the rolling pan & fold the top side upto the center. Also fold the lower side upto the center.

Again apply oil, hold the oil side down on dry flour & coat it with dry flour.

Put it back on the rolling pin & fold the right side till the center & fold the left side overlapping it to form a square - the square shape patty is formed.

Start rolling it like a regular chapati - only this will have a square shape & many more layers as it has been folded 4 times.

Heat a pan on 6/10 flame, once it is hot, add the paratha on it.

Once you see bubbles appearing on the top side, flip it over, it will start puffing up on the pan itself. Let it cook on the other side too.

Then lift paratha with a spatula, turn it upside down, press with a kitchen towel & puff it up completely till light golden brown.

Transfer to a serving plate - apply ghee or butter, indent with fork so all the ghee gets soaked in the paratha.

Serve hot with any Sabzi, yogurt & pickle.

Prepare & enjoy !!!

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