Friday, May 04, 2012

Pinto bean parathas

I'm beginning to wonder if I should call these "recipes" - they're so basic and samey in the making, especially if you're Indian and make/eat rotis/parathas/etc often. Still, the difference in flavour is obviously marked, different with every filling you choose to use (well, duh, I know).


I don't think I've used a beany filling before, so it's an opportunity to say I used a beany filling and, at the same time, increase the number of recipes on my blog by one. My aim this year is to reach 500 posts, and oh man, is it ever a slooooowwww process! I'm currently at 467, and it's high time I touched the 500 mark - especially as this blog has been going for close on 7 years!


(Actually, it will complete 7 years on the 17th of May - I just checked!). All compliments, congratulations and wah-bhai-wahs as well as encouragement to continue will be graciously and humbly accepted.)

So, the pinto bean filling - it came about simply because there was a small box of leftover cooked beans in the fridge. I just LOVE pinto beans - they're so creamy when cooked, the texture is just lovely. They're probably my most favourite bean, next to chickpeas which, ok, are not a bean really, I know... but you know what I mean, don't you?

Recipe for: Pinto bean parathas
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Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tsp omam (ajwain/bishopsweed/carom seeds)
1/3 cup cooked pinto beans
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1/2 tsp garam masala/pav bhaji masala or spice mix of choice
Water as required
Salt to taste
Pam spray/oil/butter/ghee as required


Method:
1. Put the flour and omam in a medium size bowl, make a well in the middle and add the yogurt. Mix it in, then make a soft dough using just as much water as required. Knead for 2-3 minutes, then cover the bowl and leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
2. Mash together the pinto beans, garam masala/pav bhaji masala and salt to taste. Reserve.
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3. Pinch off a small lime-sized bit off the dough and roll it out on a lightly floured board.
4. Place a tablespoon of the pinto bean paste in the middle of the rolled out dough,
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bring the edges in and make a ball, being careful to seal the filling inside fully. Then roll the ball out into a round paratha.
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5. Heat a tava/pancake pan on medium high and place a paratha on it. Cook the paratha for about 30 seconds, then flip it over and spray it with Pam or spread a little butter/oil/ghee.
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Turn it over again and do the same with the other side. Cook both sides until the paratha acquires golden brown spots. Continue the same way with the rest of the dough.
6. Serve hot with pickles and yogurt, or with any gravy curry, or even coconut chutney.


RECIPE FOR: PINTO BEAN PARATHAS

Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tsp omam (ajwain/bishopsweed/carom seeds)
1/3 cup cooked pinto beans
1/2 tsp garam masala/pav bhaji masala or spice mix of choice
Water as required
Salt to taste
Pam spray/oil/butter/ghee as required


Method:
1. Put the flour and omam in a medium size bowl, make a well in the middle and add the yogurt. Mix it in, then make a soft dough using just as much water as required. Knead for 2-3 minutes, then cover the bowl and leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
2. Mash together the pinto beans, garam masala/pav bhaji masala and salt to taste. Reserve.
3. Pinch off a small lime-sized bit off the dough and roll it out on a lightly floured board. 
4. Place a tablespoon of the pinto bean paste in the middle of the rolled out dough, bring the edges in and make a ball, being careful to seal the filling inside fully. Then roll the ball out into a round paratha. 
5. Heat a tava/pancake pan on medium high and place a paratha on it. Cook the paratha for about 30 seconds, then flip it over and spray it with Pam or spread a little butter/oil/ghee. Turn it over again and do the same with the other side. Cook both sides until the paratha acquires golden brown spots. Continue the same way with the rest of the dough. 
6. Serve hot with pickles and yogurt, or with any gravy curry or even chutney. 

1 comment:

Hari Chandana said...

Nice and healthy paratha.. thanks for sharing !!
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