Gobi Paratha (Spiced Cauliflower Stuffed Indian Flatbread)

8:04 PM

My life seems to be in a jeopardy these days. one after another problems are just keeping on coming like heavy weight punches...whack, whack, whack. once we think that we are going to be stable and plan to arrrange life with a positive note there comes another blow. I dont know if its only me or it happens to all of you, but it seems like a big black cloud is covering our lives. you might think this is another post to announce one more break but no...a big BOLD NO...this time I choose to be brave, I choose to face everything that tries to diminish my spirit. am going to fight and I am going to face whatever comes our way. With my undivided faith in God I leave everything to him and I will do what he chose me to...to be true to myself and to others surrounding me. Here comes another boquet of thanks for my blogger friends. if you are a blogger or a blog reader you would never know what it means to have prayers from online buddies untill you need it. in distress faith and prayers are the weapons that makes you couragious. so thanks friends for all your support.as a lovely blogger buddy mentions blogging gives us time and space to be oueself and to channel out tensions. I cling to this window of mine to be a part of all your lives...There is no way I can thank you enough and ask you to be with me...the way you always do. Just a small note of thanks to have received all your support.

In between all these miseries  my Laptop also decided to leave me which explains my absence from the blogosphere...yesterday got a new one and here I am connecting to you once again. 

Now back to todays recipe. 

On a day to day basis I prefer to cook healthy (like all of you) and with a crazy-haywired schedule like the last few days i mostly resort to one dish meals. Hubby doesnt like to eat rice for dinner so often I make stuffed paratha. some good fat parathas and a yogurt dip (raita) and you are all set to rock the dinner. better if you make some more to have leftover for next day's breakfast. my kitchen often sees many experiments in this regard. Though we love stuffed parathas but when it comes to Bengali parathas...those refined flour tringle piece of flatbread dipped in ghee gets a stern thumb down from both of us. we much prefer their Punjabi counterparts made with wholewheat flour and stuffed with the goodness of vegetables. by 'healthy' I mean thats how I make my parathas. My best friend who is married to a Punjabi family once told that her in laws dining tables always have a big slab of butter in the center and they simply love to generously slather their parathas with it.but if you read my recipe carefully you will see no use of ghee(clarified butter) and very little oil. 

Though these days all veggies are available the year around but it wasnt the case when we were growing up. we had to wait for winter to taste those fresh peas, cauliflowers or tomatoes. come winter Maa would deny to cook if her fridge was not well stocked with ruby red tomatoes, jade green peas or freshest coriander leaves.and if you go by taste you will also agree that these veggies taste much better in season. now when i run my own household in a big city where everything is available if you have money still I crave those freshest of ingredients, nothing can beat the tender taste.so every winter I love to go to my local wholesale market (Madiwala) to indulge in winter veggie basket. the fresh small new cauliflowers, ripe plum tomatoes, fresh baby carrots or green spinach. last weekend we bought a pair of very cute looking new cauliflowers and made our all time favourite  gobi paratha with it. with my black and deker chopper it hardly takes any time to bring hot warming meal to the table. 
Here is how I made it

Gobi Paratha
(Makes 5 parathas)

for the stuffing:
grated Cauliflowers: 11/2 cups (please see the note below)
Onion: 1; small
Ginger-garlic paste: 1 tsp
finely chopped coriander leaves: 1 tbsp
coriander powder: 1 tsp
cumin seeds:; 1/2 tsp
green chilly: 1
chat masala: 1 tsp
oil: 2 tsp

for the dough:
whole wheat flour: 2 cups
ajwain: 1/3 tsp
oil: 2 tsp
warm water

oil: approx. 1/2 tsp for frying each parathas

First take the flour in a big bowl and mix the ajwain and salt. pour the oil in the middle. mix and then knead with warm water to make a soft but firm dough. knead for 2-3 minutes. cover and let it rest for min 15 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and chopped green chillies. once it splutter add the finely chopped onion. fry for a couple of minutes and then add the ginger-garlic paste. fry on low till oil separates. mix in the coriander powder and turmeric. mix.

Add the grated cauliflower, salt and little bit of red chili powder. mix and cover. it will leave water and will be cooked in that juice itself. so cook on low by stirring in between.

Once they turn dry add the chopped coriander leaves, chat masala  and check the seasoning. take off from heat and let it cool.

Knead the dough again and divide it in 5 balls.

By pressing in the center to make a bowl like shape. place a big amount of stuffing in the center. bring the sides at the middle and cover the stuffing.

Press and make it flat. dip in flour and keep covered. do the same for the rest.

Now roll the balls with dry flour to get thick round breads. 

First roast the breads on a dry tawa till brown spots appear. smear the sides with little oil and fry till cooked through center. (for a pictorial of how to make stuffed paratha please see THIS).

Keep aside. Repeat for the other four and keep covered.

serve hot with some yogurt raita.

At late afternoon we enjoyed ours with cucumber-onion raita and home made sweet-n-sour mango pickle.

A Homemaker's Note:
The most important aspect of making this dish is grating the cauliflower florets really fine, almost like coarse breadcrumbs. this is very important as a coarse and lumpy stuffing wiill result in breaking of the parathas at the time of rolling. so do your best if you need soft parathas.

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  1. hi, sure i gonna try this... may i know the exact cooking time...

  2. thanks for visiting Jan...you have a wonderful blog too.
    as for the cooking time the stuffing doesnot take 7-8 minutes and you will be needing 5-6 minutes for frying each paratha on low flame. hope it helps.

  3. after trying this can i post this to my blog... sure i ll give the credits to u....


  4. Hi Syantani,

    Lovely parathas dear...Beautiful write up too..Cheer up...Things'l get better dear...God closes one door but He always opens another!!:)



  5. the parathas look very delicious....

  6. Super delicious gobi parathas, truly very tempting and inviting..

  7. One of my fav and i usually do it in a simple way, will try your recipe next time....

  8. They looks so delicious!! lovely pictures.
    Take care

  9. Looks delicious.

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.


  10. thanks a lot Sayantani...


  11. keep your chin up and the parathas going...hope things clear up soon for you and your family. Take care

  12. I hope things will go better for you soon. It is true, for some reason problems love to pile up. It is great that you can keep up with such wonderful and healthy food to feed your family: I'm sure it really helps everybody to stay calm and keep faith.
    Great recipe, and you are right, so healthy!

  13. thats a very nice recipe of gobi paratha. nice clicks

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Sorry to hear you and your family are going through a difficult time. Have faith that things will be better.

    I have never tried paratha but would really like to. Your healthy version sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing it:)

  15. Life here is really tough Sayantani....The best way to cheat these unavoidable circumstances is to face them bravely and do your best to make things right.
    Good to hear that u got your new lappy :-)
    I've lived in north for a long time and these parathas were my daily routine then. Darun baniyecho paratha gulo...Well I love to have these garam garam parathas with butter on top :-)
    Hamaree Rasoi

  16. Whatever the storm is, it will pass-- our best wishes are with you dear Sayantani!Just happy to have you back in the blogosphere.

    Your paranthas look yum---coincidentally, we had gobi paranthas for dinner last night as well! (I put ginger, chillies and cilantro in mine. )

  17. Kaeno koshto dichcho, Sayantani? Eto shundor Kopir Porotha gulo ektu parcel kore pathao na ekhane.

  18. Parathas look delicious and the accompaniments are great too. It is nice to see you back Sayantani! Cheer up...life is but a roller coaster...ride it..and live to the best.

  19. Delicious parathas..yummy spread looks very inviting.

  20. Sayantani, all the very best to you.
    These parathas are great for a weary soul and hungry tummy.

  21. Looks simply mouthwatering..your pics are sooooooooo droolworthy, am craving to eat it right now :)

    US Masala

  22. hey great paranthas...now that winters are here in india they will be frequent at my home.

  23. May God be with u to guide u through the tides and may u find peace and strength to carry on with ur life :)

    These parathas look so fabulous.Yummy spread!

  24. Sayantani,
    Sheet'er din garam -garam kopir porota ar ki chayi..besh dhekhe khete iche hoche..bhalo thekho..hugs and smiles

  25. beautifully made delicious my favourite paratha

  26. hope things get sorted out for you soon, sayantani...never loose hope and faith in God..remember, after every black night there comes a bright morning...Gibi paratha darun hoyeche...konodin barite banai ni

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    Collect one award from my blog .......

  28. Sounds perfect and delicious, your click is always amazing, love to see a new courageous spirit in you..

  29. Thank you Sayanatni ... ami khub touched. Nischoi firbo ... eto bhalobasha fele kothaye jabo bolo? Tomar ekhane eshe janlam tomar khub kharap shomoye gelo ... ektu koshto holo agey ashini bole. Ekhon shob thik ache toh? Strong theko ... pore bhalo laglo je tumi haar manoni ar blogging bondo koroni. Bhalo theko ... am sure kharap shomoye tao kete jaabe khub taratari. Moner jor rekho.

  30. Gobi paratha looks perfect, yummy and mouth watering. I love all types of parathas and gobhi paratha is one of my favourite. Feel like having it now. Wonderful presentation.

  31. Parathas are very tempting and mouthwatering!

  32. oh no, Sweetie, I am so sorry to read the introduction to your delicious paratha.
    I hope things have cleared up by now and send you loads of positives thoughts and energy. There is always a light somewhere, don't loose hope and faith.
    Big hugs.

  33. mmmm, your parathay look perfect! a total indulgence! I've seen people put a slab of butter on top, too!

  34. Hi Sayantani, Seriouslt that was so kind of you..Thank u dear..To be very frank,, ur name is different and different not because u said u liked mine...It's coming straight from my heart..U've a nice space, more precisely, a clear and vibrant space...esp, i like this post with all those loving colours..Am gonna take a trip to ur blog now..

  35. Ki darun baniyecho porota gulo..Perfect circles..

  36. Sayantani, I hope everything is ok. I had been so busy that I had been totally out of loop and have not been visiting anyone. Onek deri te elam. moner jor rakho. The cloud will pass.. my earnest prayers and wishes are with you and your family,

    I have never cooked the gobi while making gobi paratha. Knacha fulkopi grate kore, spice diye use kori. This is new to me. Looks scrumptious.

  37. one of my fav....my mom always prepare this...looks very yummyy..

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