How is your part of the world? Mine is all topsy-turvy! In a flash I am busy and then, all of a sudden I find myself doing nothing. One minute I am thinking of a dozen things and then nothing, blank! Am I going crazy? Or is this just a phase? Hopefully, it is a phase and I shall soon be as normal (or as close as I was to it) as before.
Moving and in a hurry does that to one, I suppose. At least I'd like to blame it on that and get on ~wink~!
I had packed all odds and ends ( last second finds when vacating the apartment) in one bag. Flinging it in in the depths of the SUV, I left it at that, not giving it another thought. After all, there was so much more to worry about. After settling in the new apartment and one fine day 'discovering' the bag in which I had rolled and put an elastic band to secure a bunch of papers covered in my handwriting and photocopies, mostly recipes! My joy was probably a jot short of someone discovering a pirate's chest full of treasure.
I had anticipated my mover to get everything in about 10 days.... silly, naive girl that I was! Of course it took a long time and a lot of stress, calls made, endless follow ups and name calling ( in my mind) I was left to using many shortcuts when cooking. With limited utensils, I could do no more.
But the tummy rules and demands and hence the offering! There are a million ( okay, so I am exaggerating.. a lot, I know) Indian stores in my neighborhood and I like taking turns to go to each and buying what I fancy. I always come back with fresh bunches of Fenugreek leaves (at an unbelievable price of 50c a bunch!~does the absurd 'Dharmendra style' dance here~ ) and think of all the wonderful things I want to make. Well, wonderful things need my cook books / notes etc. and of course my favorite blogs and pots and pans to cook serve and photograph in. I had the blogs and notes but not many pots, pans to cook and none to take pictures in. the notes / photocopies proved useful, I found a copy for Methi Paratha and it was different from my earlier version and I had to try it!
I am glad I did.
This recipe is a keeper, the parathas are good on their own, making them great choices for lunch boxes and picnic food. If eating at home, a side of some stir fried veges, pickle, yogurt make suitable accompaniments.
3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour / Atta
1 1/2 cup Fresh Fenugreek leaves ( wash and finely chop)
1/2 cup Finely chopped Onion
1 Tbsp Finely chopped or grated Ginger
1 Tbsp Finely chopped or grated Garlic
1 tsp Finely chopped Green chilies
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
2 Tbsp Finely chopped Cilantro leaves
2 Tbs Ghee
Salt to taste ( around 3/4 - 1 tsp)
1 tsp Red chili powder
Water as required to make dough
Oil, preferably Ghee to fry the Parathas
Mix together all the ingredients listed above from the Flour to Red chili powder
Add water, slowly, and knead well to form a soft and pliable dough
To make Parathas, heat the skillet on med heat.
Pinch off a ping pong size ball of the dough, using dry flour, roll the ball into 4 inch diameter disc and smear the center with a dab o ghee and fold in half, dab another drop pf ghee on the semi- circle and fold in half to now form a triangle and roll into a triangle do not roll out uniformly thin, leave it slightly thick)
Transfer the rolled paratha onto the hot skillet
Soon you will see small bumps appear on the surface, turn the paratha over ( you will see brown spots on the semi-cooked side) smear with ghee, turn and smear the other side with a dash of ghee.
Turn to cook both sides until light golden brown spots appear.
Similarly make parathas of the remaining dough.
Serve right off the skillet with an accompaniment of your choice. Enjoy!