Punjabi Aloo Paratha (Multigrain Potato Flatbread) are healthy, delicious flatbread/paratha stuffed with potato filling. They are made using homemade multigrain flour which can be customized as per taste/need.
Being a Delhi girl, the approaching winter season is a perfect time when I crave some typical ‘Dilliwala’ (Delhi) food and one one such dish is a warm, slightly crisp stuffed paratha with a tiny dollop of homemade butter and my hot cuppa masala chai …. you give me this and my day is made. Being a foodie, I feel especially excited about this season as this is when we crave and relish most of our comfortfood recipes.
Now, you may ask, what’s so special about ‘Punjabi Aloo Paratha?’ – Well, first you gotto try them to actually feel that crispy-warm – melt in your mouth texture and the divine taste and second, I’ve mixed different flours and flax seed to give this traditional dish a healthy twist. Paratha/Flatbread are a very famous or common morning breakfast in Northern part of India and are often relished as weekend brunch too. They are made plain or with choice of filling but the most famous or I can say World Famous are ‘Aloo Paratha‘ (Aloo means Potato). The potatoes are boiled and mashed to a smooth consistency, then spices (less or more) are added, this filling is then stuffed into each flatbread and finally the flatbread are cooked over stovetop using oil. Now that is the general way of cooking flatbreads.
For ‘Punjabi Aloo Paratha‘ their are couple of added steps:
- First – while preparing the filling, we add Ajwain (carrom seeds), add slightly more chilies (red or green) and some white butter (homemade butter is preferred but you may use store bought too).
- Second – the paratha’s are usually thicker and larger in size as they are generously stuffed with the potato filling.
- Third – paratha’s are cooked over medium flame and more butter is added while cooking them
Most of the time, the paratha is the only item served for that particular meal with a dollop of homemade butter, hence it’s stuffed generously with the potato filling. Some people might serve it with plain yogurt or Indian pickle but that’s about it – there is no curry or vegetable along with it.
Do give this a try and hope you and your loved one enjoy this as much as I do. The recipe is simple and very much customizable as per your taste. If in a hurry, you can make the potato filling and the paratha dough a day before. The dough can be frozen for upto 2 weeks.