Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pithi Paratha

I saw Chef Kunal Kapoor make this on his programme My Yellow Table.  It looked interesting.  Seemed simple enough for me to try it.  A meal by itself with a bit of pickle, chutney or a raitha.  Mung dal or split green gram/ dal, can be a boring ingredient.  But the powdered spice powder adds a new dimension to the taste.  I did not add ghee as KK did in his preparation.  Keeping that in mind, if you are making a healthy option use oil, if you want to indulge, add the ghee.

I find most recipes for Pithi Paratha using urad dal (split black gram dal) for the filling, but I prefered to follow the recipe that used mung.

Ingredients - Makes 4-5 parathas.


Whole wheat flour - 250 gms
Ghee/oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Water to knead.

Make a dough with the above ingredients.  Knead till you get a soft but firm dough.  Just cover it with a bit of ghee to prevent drying up as it rests.  Keep aside.


Moong dal - 100 gms - soaked overnight or at least for a couple of hours
Salt to taste
Ghee/ Oil - 1 tbsp
Turmeric - large pinch
Green chilies - chopped fine - to taste
Ginger - chopped fine - a small piece
Hing/Asafoetida - generous pinch

Powder- to a coarse powder

Coriander seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Jeera - 1/2 tbsp
Pepper - 1/4 tbsp
Fennel seeds / somph - 1/2 tbsp

Strain the mung dal
Heat water.
Take the dal in a pan, add the hot water, turmeric, a bit of salt.  Give it a boil.  If you want it soft cooked simmer a while, but a single boil is sufficient.
Strain the water.
Keep the dal aside.

Take oil or ghee in a pan, add hing.
  Followed by the powdered masala.
Then the chopped green chilies and ginger
Now add the blanched dal, a bit of salt
Toss till well mixed.
Remove from heat
Allow to cool

Take the rested dough.  Make about 4-5 round portions.
Take one portion.  Roll into a small circle.
Place the spiced dal mixture in the centre.  Fold dough around it.
Roll into parathas.
Toast on hot pan/tawa with ghee till brown spots appear.
Flip to other side.

Serve with pickle, raitha, any thing.


  1. wow..protein packed paratha,yummy!

  2. I once made with left over green gram Sunday, not knowing there is actually a very healthy protein high paratha that goes under this name. Time for me to try this one, the flavours from the powder are too good to miss.


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