Lauki-Matar ka Paratha
You would have had lauki paratha, but this is a variant recipe of lauki paratha which adds peas/matar to eat which gives a different flavour and texture. Nice recipe to feed lauki to kids. Lauki and matar and mixed with spices and stuffed in wheat ball to make this delicious recipe of stuffed paratha.
Preparation Time – 25 – 30 Mins
Cooking Time – 25 – 30 Mins
• Whole wheat flour – 2 Cups
• Salt to taste
• Oil – 1 Tsp
• Water for kneading
• Ghee as required (For frying)
For Stuffing –
• Lauki (Bottle gourd) – 1 Small size
• Green chili finely chopped – 1 -2
• Amchur (Dry Mango Powder) – 1/4 Tsp
• Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 Tsp
• Chat Masala –1/2 Tsp
• Coriander powder – ½ Tsp
• Red Chili Powder – ½ Tsp
• Fennel Seeds – 1 Tsp
• Turmeric Powder – ½ Tsp
• Boiled Peas (Matar) – 1 Cup
• Coriander leaves finely chopped – 2 Tbsp
• Salt to taste
• Oil – 1 Tbsp
• Take wheat flour in a bowl. Add salt and oil. Mix well.
• Taking water in small quantity start kneading the dough.
• Knead soft dough adding water in between as required.
• Rest the dough for 20mins covering with wet kitchen napkin.
• For stuffing, peel, wash and grate lauki in a bowl and keep aside.
• Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add turmeric powder, finely chopped green chilies, red chili powder and fennel seeds. Mix and cook for ½ a min, make sure spices do not burn.
• Add grated lauki (bottle gourd). Mix and cook on medium flame until lauki is dried up i.e. all the water content of lauki is evaporated.
• This might take 8 – 10mins. Lauki should become slightly brown with mash like consistency.
• Slightly mash boiled peas and add to the mixture.
• Add salt, coriander powder, chopped coriander, garam masala, chat masala, amchur powder and mix uniformly. Stir for next 2-3 mins. Switch off the flame. Stuffing is ready. Let it cool.
• Knead the dough again.
• Divide the dough into equal balls. The size of the balls should be large enough to contain the stuffing.
• Using dry flour for dusting, roll the ball into small circle using rolling pin.
• Apply some ghee over the dough circle.
• Place stuffing on the dough circle. Take few tablespoons of stuffing quantity as per the size of the dough circle so that the stuffing is neither too much nor too less.
• Gather the edges of dough and pinch it into the center to seal properly.
• Roll the paratha into 6-7 inches diameter using dusting flour.
• Heat tawa on a medium flame. Place paratha over hot tawa and cook for about half a minute on one side.
• Flip paratha and cook on other side.
• When both the sides are slightly brown, apply ghee on both the sides one by one and cook till crisp and lightly browned.
• Make parathas in a similar way using remaining dough balls and stuffing.
• Serve hot parathas with curd (Homemade Curd Recipe), butter and pickle.
Tips and Tricks –
• You can also use oil instead of ghee for frying parathas.
• Keep in check the temperature of tawa and regulate it from medium to low flame as required. It should neither be too hot to burn the parathas or too cold.
• Adjust spices as per taste.
• Choose lauki with minimal seeds.
Stuffed parathas are prepared and served in every region of India. This recipe of stuffed paratha is different than usual. It is healthy and a good way to feed your kids lauki. Lauki is a vegetable which is mostly not liked by everyone. But its healthy nutrient makes it a must have vegetable. It is the most underestimated vegetable. This recipe of stuffed paratha will change your taste buds and thoughts about this vegetable.
Facts about Lauki (Bottle gourd) –
Other Names –
Lauki (Urdu) has various different names as –
Bottle gourd (English)
White Flowered Gourd
New Guinea Bean
Dudhi- Bhopala (Marathi)
Its rich in water content make it cooling.
Nutritional Value & Health Benefits –
• Bottle gourd is one of the least calorie vegetable.
• Fresh gourds contain small quantities of folates. Folate helps reduce the incidence of neural tube defects in the newborns when taken by anticipant mothers during their early months of pregnancy.
• Moderate source of Vitamin C.
• Facilitates easy digestion. Helps in relieving indigestion and constipation problems.
• It is low in fat and cholesterol and high in fibre.
Selection & Storage –
Bottle gourds can be available around the season so it is important to know how to identify a fresh one.
• Look for fresh produce featuring tender, medium size, uniform, light green color fruit.
• Its stem may offer a valuable hint whether the produce is fresh or aged.
• Avoid those with oversize, mature, yellow-discoloration, cuts and bruise on their surface. Tiny spots on the surface, however, would not lessen their quality.
• Store them inside the refrigerator set at adequate humidity where they stay fresh for 3-4 days.
The dried and cored thick outer skin has traditionally been used to make musical instruments like the Tampura, Veena etc.