Thursday, July 7, 2011

Exciting Lentils (dal parantha- Indian flat bread stuffed with lentils)

I was in mood for something special- not the same old boring dal and roti or dal and rice. So I am raking my brain and in hunt for something sizzling! I was surfing TV when I landed up on this cookery show where they made some spicy dal. Then suddenly it dawned on me, why not make the dal interesting by filling it in a roti and making dal parantha?? So, I took time to make some lovely paranthas- come, join me for a bite- won't ya??

What goes in?

For the filling-

1 cup Chana dal- soak it for an hour or two in water.
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 tsp Garlic and ginger paste
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
salt according to taste

Other minor ingredients required for filling- 1 onion chopped, 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves.

For the base-

wheat flour


  1. Knead the flour with salt and water to a smooth dough (add oil towards the end to make it silky). Set it aside (I used about 11/2 cups of flour, you can use as per your requirement).
  2. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add cumin seeds. As the seeds begin to sputter add garlic-ginger paste, green chilli pieces. Cook for few seconds on a low flame.
  3. Add garam masala, coriander powder, red chilli powder and salt.
  4. Rinse the lentils thoroughly in water and add them to the above cooking spices.
  5. Add around one cup of water and pressure cook the lentils till they are soft and have absorbed all the water.
  6. Once the lentils are soft and well cooked, gently smash them with a spoon.
  7. Add the chopped onions and coriander leaves to the cooked lentils, mix them thoroughly and ensure it is a dry mixture and not sticky- our filling is ready!
  8. Now, take a small ball of dough and flatten it with a rolling pin.
  9. Add around 1 tbsp of filling in middle and fold it to a pouch (with filling in middle).
  10. Flatten this pouch on a lightly floured surface to a medium sized round shape.
  11. Cook the roti (both sides) on a frying pan with sufficient oil.
  12. Serve hot with mango pickle and raita! Enjoy-


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  2. This looks interesting...yummy..

  3. Yummy.....this looks too good!! Nutricious too!!

  4. Looks so delicious and yummy parathas,nice idea.

  5. yummy pratha i eat it any time
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  6. loved the all-new look of your blog suchu; hey the grab n go attracted me like crazy- and lentils parathas look great

  7. Lentil paratha looks real yum.

  8. This is great! I love dal and I love dipping naan in it, or eating it with rice as you said, but trying it in a unique form is always fun, and these stuffed parathas are a great vehicle for dal stuffing :) Yum!

  9. Wowww.. Mouth watering and healthy paratha.. looks absolutely good.. Thanks for the awesome recipe dear. .First time here.. Wonderful blog with lovely recipes.. Gr8 job :)
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  10. That reminds me of childhood - and my mom making these for us. Delicious, healthy, and comforting!



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