Friday, March 23, 2007

Cheese parantha with quick sabzi :)

Paranthas have always been my favorite bread :). Mom used to make the best paranthas and my recipes would try to bring you the same flavor. Parantha is a pan/griddle fried bread, traditionally only meant for breakfast/brunch-but we all know its tempting enough to break these rules ;).

Today i'll make a creative parantha :). Its fun you know, when you end up trying something just like that and it turns out good. Well, thats what this parantha is-total fun! A delish twist to the regular parantha :). So, ready: lets go.

We need:

Whole wheat flour, water, a pinch of salt, ajwain and grated cheese of your favorite variety (i used five cheese Italian blend).

Sift the flour, add salt, ajwain, knead into a smooth dough with water. The essence of any good Indian bread is a good dough, so knead, knead, knead :). The dough should be flexible. Set aside for a few minutes. Heat the tava/griddle and roll a nice chapati as shown in the picture. Heap some grated cheese and fold into a square (or a triangle if you like). Dust with some flour and roll this square. Fry it with lil' oil/ghee on the tava-the cheese melts and makes this ordinary bread into something extraordinary :).

A good parantha should be crispy outside and soft inside.

The regular Punju parantha is prepared in very much the same manner, with or without ajwain and instead of cheese, you just brush the inner lining with ghee. Sometimes, for a change, try kneading the dough with milk (makes soft paranthas) or sour dahi/buttermilk (that would be a home made cousin of kulcha for you).

Oh! but what do we have this paranthas with! Traditionally some achaar/pickle and dahi/yogurt are served with paranthas-and sometimes sabzis too.

So, lets look for a quick sabzi recipe. Now, this one is simple: Splutter jeera in hot oil and then fry chopped onions and tomatoes (the tadka)-as you do this, microwave (WHAT!)-yes, microwave one-two potatoes (4 mins/potato) :)). Cool these, peel and make into cubes. Now, add some turmeric to the tadka, cook and add water to make some gravy-to this add peas/matar, diced carrots and cubed potatoes. Add salt and cook on simmer after covering the pan. It takes just 10 minutes-stir in-between, add chopped cilantro/dhaniya and just a pinch of garam masala.

Hai na mazedar-hope you enjoyed it.

17 comments:

Coffee said...

Now that was real quick!!!!!! I mean for the subzi ;) Welcome to the world of food blogging dear!!!! :) Very happy for you. :) I loved your quick sabzi!!!! And the cheeze paratha........ uuuuummmmmmmm that melting taste of cheeze!!!!!!!! I can't wait to try...... Great going!!! Will keep coming for more!!!. :)

musical said...

Hey coffee, thanks dear, for everything.

Looking forward to more coffee with Coffee ;).

trupti said...

wow,wow, wow!!!!! I am so glad you started this blog! Now I can come here and relish the authentic Punjabi dishes....am adding you to my FOOD blogroll right away!

hugs,
trupti

musical said...

Thanks Trupti :).
Can't thank you enough for the support and cheers :).

Richa said...

paranthe vekhke bada changa lageya, hun mannu bhi banane pangey!!!

cheers!

musical said...

Richa drea, parantha hunda hi vadhiya e :).

Cheers to you too :).

bee said...

hey, this is a nice surpise. i love the colour scheme of your blog.

musical said...

Thanks bee :). am touched that you think of this as a nice surprise.....

Love your profile pic, it super cute, really !

Kajal said...

I like your idea desi khana and desi music. Basically I like desi every item like recipe, music, home interior, dress,…………..everythings. Also you have very creative idea. You are very good manage your blog.

Cheers!!!!!!!!!!
-Kajal

musical said...

Dear Kajal,

Thanks for visiting my blog and the cheers :). Keep coming for more.

Pelicano said...

You make it look so easy... if I master this and gain weight, Musical, I'm gonna blame it on you!!! ;-)

musical said...

He he, Pel. there's a word called excercise ;).

Purnima said...

Musical, I m totally zapped by your parantha techniques!Would try out the cheese one and surely revert with my feedback! Thks for hammering the word *easy* all the time!I m chanting *easy* for hours that I will be in kitchen for this! :D Thankyou for sharing!!

Purnima said...

Musical, thanks a ton..firstly for the brilliant parantha ideas n secondly for mw boil potatoes tip!! I tried both, the cheese par. were awesome, the potatoes came as good as boiled ones, minus the efforts!! SO heartfelt thanks!(chk my blog..posted the par. pic i tried wt due credits to u!)

musical said...

Thanks a ton, Purnima! For the genrous words and for the feedback. It is always a heartwarming feeling to know that these posts are of some help. That microwaving potatoes tip, i have been thanking my friend ever since he told me about it :-D.

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Thanks

Anonymous said...

Very shorts, simple and easy to understand, bet some more comments from your side would be great