Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Messy & tasty affair...My Zuchinni paranthas/Indian flat bread/roti!

Oh my, I have to blog about my messy kitchen- Yesterday, I tried my hand with something new and the dish was fantastic, came out really good- but the mess I created took double my cooking time. Before creating anything new, I worry about what kind of mess it will create in my cute lil' kitchen. LOL! I know, people worry about the process of creating a new dish and I worry about how long will it take me to clean. I have shades of Monica geller in me (remember the character from Friends serial???)- which means I have this compulsive disorder to clean up immediately or my mind simply preys on the mess. It is a simple parantha or stuffed Indian flat bread dish- trick is the stuffing - once you get it correct then life is simple. I have never tried out zucchini filling and yesterday was my first time. It is a watery veggie and you have to literally squeeze it dry and use it for filling- You grate the zucchini, mix it with salt, squeeze the water from it and mix it with spices for a sumptuous filling. Sounds fun eh? Trust me, it tastes wonderful in a parantha! Worth all my effort :)


For filling-

1 zucchini (grated)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin powder (fry cumin seeds in a pan without oil and then grind it)
Powdered dry kasoori methi leaves (fenugreek leaves)
1 green chilli chopped finely
coriander leaves (about a handful) chopped finely
1 onion chopped finely

For the base

1 cup wheat flour
water to mix
1 tsp oil 
1/2 tsp salt


Knead the flour with salt & water to a smooth dough (add oil towards the end).  Set it aside. For the filling, grate zucchini and mix salt. With your hands make a ball and squeeze out the water from zucchini. It should be dry with no trace of water. Once the water is squeezed out put it in a dry mixing bowl and mix onions, green chillies, coriander leaves and rest of the spices mentioned above (cumin powder, fenugreek leaves). Toss it well and ensure it is a dry mixture and not soggy. Some people tend to saute zucchini with onions before mixing it with spices but I tend to use it raw. If you get the filling right, rest is easy. Take a small ball of dough and flatten it with a rolling pin. Add around 1 tbsp of filling in middle and fold it to a pouch (with filling in middle). Flatten this pouch on a lightly floured surface to a medium sized round shape. Fry it to golden brown on both sides and serve hot with mango chutney/pickle!


  1. These look delicious, I'd love one right now! I always make a huge mess when cooking and baking. I just haven't mastered the art of putting something away when I am done with it. But I always have fun, even if I regret the mess in the end.

  2. Whatever the mess may be, parathas have came out really well.

  3. LOL You should have looked at my kitchen after I finished cooking....messy and chaotic.
    Those zucchni flatbread slices look mouthwatering!

  4. Parathas look just yumm. First time to ur blog. Those muffins look absolutely great. Glad to follow you.

  5. Paratha with zucchini looks absolutely wonderful,inviting and healthy..

  6. don't get zucchini here, but this is a must try for me !

  7. Wow..the parathas look so crispy n delish!

    US Masala

  8. Looks absolutely delicious, don't worry you are not alone with messsy kitchen, when cooking.

  9. hi. I can relate so much with you, even I hate a messy kitchen, but those parathas are worth all the pain.
    If you want you can send it to only-cooking with bread at my place.


  10. I am a bit of a neat freak, so cleaning often takes me forever to clean up!
    But your paratha looks so delicious...

  11. Looks yummy and delicious.I love zucchini
    Do drop by
    when u find time

  12. Looks awesome and a different filling

  13. Hello Suchi, please visit my blog, an award is waiting for you !!



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