Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Simple Steps to make Aloo Parathas

Just as North Indians love South India's idly, dosa, chutney and sambar, I love their Aloo Paratha, Dal Makhani, palak paneer, bhindi masala, dhoklas, shrikhand etc. Out of interest, I learnt many North Indian dishes from my north Indian friends. Aloo Paratha is one of my favourites. Initially, when I tried aloo paratha, all the stuffing used to come out and my kitchen will become a total mess. Now with practice, I have learnt the art of making delicious parathas which I would like to share with you. My kids love aloo paratha very much. I have given 2 stuffing recipes and you can follow any one which you like. Today we will learn how to make aloo paratha following our step wise pictures.

Aloo Paratha

How to make Aloo Paratha (Potato Stuffed Indian flat bread)

Aloo Paratha-How to make Aloo Paratha

Aloo Paratha

  Prep Time : 15 mins | Cook Time : 30 Mins |   Yields :  5 parathas

   Ingredients needed

   Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
   Salt -1/4 tsp flat
   Oil -2 tsp
   Wheat flour for dusting
   Oil for cooking the parathas

  Method #1 For the Stuffing

  Potatoes- 1 big or 2 medium size
  Green chillies -1-2 finely chopped
  Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  Coriander leaves -fistful (finely chopped)
  Garam masala or Kitchen king masala - 1/2 tsp
  Onion - 1 small finely chopped (optional)

  Method#2 For the stuffing

The stuffing alone is different in this method. Rest of the procedures are the same.

 Oil -2 tsp
 Cumin seeds -1 tsp
 Onion-1 finely chopped
 Green chillies -1-2 finely chopped
 Potato- 1 big

 Coriander powder -1 tsp
 Cumin powder -1/2 tsp
 Kitchen king masala powder-1/2 tsp
 Chilli powder -1/2 tsp
 Salt needed
 Coriander leaves finely chopped -2 tbsp


In a wide bowl, add 1 cup of wheat flour, salt, oil, needed water and prepare a soft, smooth, pliable dough. Grease your hands with a tsp of oil and knead the dough well. Cover and keep it aside for 15-20 minutes. Prepare the dough just as you prepare for roti. For more details, refer my roti recipe. Now our paratha dough is ready.

Preparation of stuffing for method#1

Pressure cook potatoes for 3 whistles or until soft. Peel the skin and mash it well. Add chillies, cumin seeds, garam masala powder, salt needed, coriander leaves and mix well. Now your stuffing is ready.

Preparation of stuffing for method#2

Potato stuffing for aloo paratha

Pressure cook potatoes for 3 whistles or until soft. Peel the skin and mash it well.

Heat 2 tsp of oil, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add finely chopped onions, green chillies and saute until onions turn transperent. Then add the mashed potatoes, coriander powder, cumin powder, kitchen king masala powder or garam masala powder, chilli powder, salt needed and cook for 2-3 minutes until every thing gets blended well.

Add finely chopped coriander leaves, mix well and leave it to cool.


aloo paratha-step by step pics

Divide the dough into 5 equal parts and make balls out of it.

Divide the stuffing into 5 lemon sized balls ( you can use either stuffing-1 or stuffing-2)

Dust a little flour and roll out the dough into a small circle.

Keep a tbsp of stuffing in the center, gather all the corners and seal the dough with the stuffing inside. Press it down gently to flatten it.

Dust a little four and roll out the flattened dough with the stuffing into a 6-7" circle. Do not apply too much pressure as the stuffing might come out.

Heat a tawa and place the rolled out dough.

When you will find small bubbles forming on the surface, spread a tsp of oil and flip it over to the other side.

Spread a little oil on the other side also and cook both sides well until golden brown spots appear.

Remove from tawa after both the sides are cooked well. Serve with curd or chutney or pickles. Enjoy yummy and delicious aloo parathas.

Tips for working women- If you want to prepare aloo paratha for breakfast, you can prepare the stuffing the previous night and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature before use.

My opinion -I have tried both the methods several times and both are delicious. Personally I love the second stuffing very much in which the onions are cooked. Green chutney goes very well with aloo paratha.

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  1. Thanks for explaining it so well along with pictures :-)

  2. Nice way to learn for beginners..very useful for them...looks very delicious and loved the step by step procedures too ...

  3. lovely step by step presentation dear.....nice clicks ...keep rocking.

  4. aloo partha looks delicious..Nice step by step directions.Very useful..Keep rocking!!

  5. Mmm.. yummy paratha.. looks good!

  6. Yummy paratha... I just love them....

  7. I've never tried them at home but I love to eat (hehehehe); nice instructions with images; very nice!!

  8. Mmmmm, looks perfect and so delicious!

  9. They look so yummy, can you come in Italy please and make a batch fo me ;-)

  10. pictures r perfect nd so ur yummy dishes

  11. hmmmmmmmmm..............................very yummyy

  12. Thanks a lot. ur explanation is good and understandable. herebefore i didn't know how to make aloo parathas. when i searched for it, i found ur's. now i got it. its great and keep moving on. good job. Thank u.

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  14. i have been craving some aloo paratha for so so drooling

  15. perfect snaps.. yummy paratha.. thanks for such a tasty recipe

  16. Thanks... came out good.. i can't believe i did it!

  17. Hi Padhu your blog..esp the step by step picture recipes..but when i roll out the parathas it breaks and the aloo comes out.. is it beacuse the stuffing is more ???what should be the ratio of dough to stuffing ..Thank you ..

  18. Anie - thank you so much for liking my blog. Reduce the stuffing if it comes out or take a slightly bigger ball of dough.

  19. thank you for this wonderful i enjoyed eating veg-dishes

  20. Wonderfully explained step by step procedure :)! Loved the recipe as well :)!Keep going and looking forward for more such delicious recipes !

  21. wau. I tried it.. really gr8..thanx dear

  22. My stufffing is bursting out from the chapattis...i tried around 5 6 times...where did i go wrong

  23. Abc -either your dough is less or your stuffing is more. Take a bigger ball of dough or reduce the stuffing.

  24. hi,

    i am new for cooking, it is awesome recipe,,,!!

  25. Thanks. Cleared my doubts to cook ;)

  26. Hi Padhu..luv u'r blog. My daughter is a very fussy eater and gng now for her 1st full day school.i pack u'r lunch box rice recipes for her daily and feel very happy when the box cums bck empty :-). I want to pack stuffed parathas for her but am worried that they will become dry and hard.wht shud I do for the parathas to stay soft? Thanks. .

    1. Thank you so much Harini for liking my blog. After making aloo parathas, apply little ghee on top.Roll and wrap it in a soft cotton cloth or aluminium foil and then pack it in a stainless steel container or air tight box. If you follow this method, aloo paratha will not be hard or dry, if packed.

  27. Wow..i tried it and it came out so well

  28. hi padhu, i just love your blog... i tried aloo paratha, ennai kathirikkai kulamu, rice paal payasam, mor kulambu, chutneys and many... all came out well. thanks a lot.... :))

  29. hi padhu i jst love ur blog..ur recepies are sooper i tried almost evrything and ur the best :)


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