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PUMPKIN PARATHA

March 11, 2012 11:02 am 0 comments

Pumpkin Parathas is an excellent dish made with whole wheat flour stuffed with a mix of cooked grated pumpkin or yellow squash), Indian spices and garlic. This paratha in particular is soft, has a unique taste and will fulfill your dinner as well. It also makes for a good scrumptious low calorie breakfast.

Pumpkin is remarkable and versatile vegetable that is low is calorie, high water content and is loaded with more nutrients. It is a perfect paratha that can be eaten on its own or accompanied with any variety of raita or curd or served with a yummy and delicious gravy/ curry. A perfect low caloric paratha that can be enjoyed without any guilt, stomach filling with distinctive flavor!

Yellow squash belong to the Gourd family or categorized under Summer squash varieties. They are sweet mild in flavor with soft flesh and tender skin and are quite versatile for any preparation. They are widely used in preparing of Dal recipes like Khatti Dal, Dosakaya Pappu, White pumpkin mor kulambu and pumpkin pachadi etc. Though considered a vegetable in cooking, botanically speaking, squash is a fruit (being the receptacle for the plant’s seeds). Squash can be served fresh (in salads) and cooked (squash stuffed with meat, fried squash, baked squash). Some pumpkins are good for pickling.

Paratha is very popular Indian flat bread that originated in the Indian subcontinent. The word Paratha is an amalgamation of the words ‘parat’ and ‘atta’ which literally means layers of cooked dough. There are a variety of parathas that one can prepare. Parathas are usually stuffed with vegetables that includes boiled potatoes (dish named Aloo paratha – paratha stuffed with spiced Aloo), leafy vegetables (Methi paratha – stuffed with fenugreek leaves), Radish (Mooli paratha – radish-stuffed paratha, popular in most regions of northern India and the Punjab region of Pakistan and India), cauliflower (Gobi paratha – stuffed with flavored cauliflower) or paneer (Indian cottage cheese – paneer paratha) etc.

They are the most popular unleavened flat breads in Indian, Pakistani and Bengali cuisines and are made by pan frying whole wheat dough on a tava. The paratha dough usually contains ghee or cooking oil which is also layered on the freshly prepared paratha. A paratha (especially a stuffed one) can be eaten simply with a blob of butter spread on top, with chutney, with pickles and yogurt, or with meat or vegetable curries. Some like rolling the paratha like a tub and eat it often dipping into the tea.

Making of paratha would be easy and simple with practice. Generally the process of layering the “skins” of dough in paratha can make preparation a difficult process. This, mixed with the popularity of this flatbread has opened the market to several ranges of frozen paratha — especially in Western markets where consumers seek the authenticity, but lack the time required to make a paratha from scratch.

To prepare a nutritious and appetizing homemade Pumpkin paratha, firstly take some whole wheat flour, salt, oil and make into soft dough. Keep it aside for about 1 – 2 hours.

Heat oil in a kadai and add finely chopped onion, garlic, grated pumpkin or yellow squash, all spices, salt to taste, sugar and cook for 15 mins until they get cooked and becomes dry. Keep aside and cool this stuffing.

Roll lemon sized dough, fill with stuffing and nicely seal the edges. Roll this with the rolling pin carefully into a 5 inches diameter paratha. Grease a non-stick tawa with little oil and cook the paratha on both sides till golden brown in color. Serve hot with chilled curds.

This is one of the diet recipes to many as pumpkins are a perfect vegetable for persons who watch their weight. It is also rich in potassium and the bright orange flesh of pumpkin is loaded with beta carotene and this vitamin is an important anti oxidant that helps us fight free radicals, it’s rich in fiber which may prevent cancer, heart disease and other serious aliments. As such Pumpkin has good source of vitamins which is necessary for our day to day energy.

Do try this recipe, click on Pumpkin paratha for detailed recipe. Enjoy Cooking!

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