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Monday, August 25, 2008

Mixed veggie paratha with dates chutney

To me, a wholesome mixed veggie stuffed paratha is a meal in itself. And when in combo with a yummy sweet, tangy, and spicy dates chutney, it's 'heaven on earth' for breakfast/dinner !!!

For the paratha dough
Whole wheat flour - 2 cups
Vegetable oil - 1 teaspoon
Warm water - to knead
Salt to taste
Knead everything together to form dough. Cover with soft muslin cloth and let stay atleast for half an hour.

For the mixed veggie filling
Potato - 1 large
Carrot - 1 large
French beans - 150 gms
Onions - 1
Ginger - 1" piece
Green chillies - 5 nos
Garlic - 3 cloves
Cook the potato in jacket. Cool, peel, and use a fork to crumble. Finely mince the carrots and beans. Chop the onions. Grind the ginger, garlic, and green chillies. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a skillet and saute the ground paste. Add the onions and saute till traslucent. Add the carrots and beans, and stir fry till 3/4th done. Add the crumbled potato and salt to taste. Take off flame and cool.
For making stuffed parathas
Shape large lemon sized balls out of the dough. Roll (leaven) them out as ordinary chappthis/tortillas. Keep one chappathi on a plate and place a liberal quantity of filling over it, leaving the sides clean. Place another chappathi over this and press down well to seal sides and remove air. Heat a girdle (dosa pan/tava) and rub on a little oil. Place the stuffed paratha on and cover with a conical shaped lid. Allow to simer cook for a minute. Turn over and repeat with other side. Ocassionally,press down using a flat ladle to allow even cooking. Remove from girdle and using a sharp knife cut the paratha into halves.

For dates chutney
Deseeded and chopped dates - 1 cup
Tamarind - about 5 gms
Ginger - a short piece
Vinegar - 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder (cayenne pepper) - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Water - 1/4 cup

Put everything together in a mixer/processor and grind to paste. Presto! your yummy chutney is ready.

Serve with hot mixed veggie paratha!

This is my entry to Latha's WBB - Combi Breakfast event series. The event is on at http://masalamagic.wordpress.com/2008/07/29/announcing-wbb-combi-breakfasts/. Hurry all you fellow bloggers, the deadline is August 31st.

My dear blogger friend, Lubna of kitchenflavours has passed me the 'Wylde Woman Award'. The purpose of this award is to send love and acknowledgement to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

The rules of this award are:
1.You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post
2. Link back to this blog site http://tammyvitale.typepad.com/ so that Tammy, the originator of this award, can go visit all these wonderful women.

I in turn would be delighted to pass this onto:
Purva of purvasdaawat
Usha of veginspirations
Vidya of iyercooks
Meera of enjoyindianfood
Suma of vegetableplatter
Rashmi of delhibelle
Seeema of myrandap

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We need friends to comfort uswhen we are sad,and to have fun with us when we are glad.

We need friends to give us good advice,

We need someone we can count on,and treat us nice.

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I would like to pass this to:

Sunshinemom of Tongue Ticklers (tumyumtreats); Nidhi of sizzlingbites; and Srilekha of srishkitchen; and Lubna of kitchenflavours.

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Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank u dear. viggie paratha looks awesome.


veggie paranthas look lovely .. Thanks so much for passing the award to me ...

delhibelle said...

Delicious parantha and chutney.
Thank you so much for the award,and thinking of me.

Usha said...

The Veggie parathas looks delicious,the dates chutney sounds good too ...Thanks for passing the award to me :)

Vidhya said...

Veggie parantha looks yummy. BTW is this chutney we make for samosas???? just curious cos was looking for the recipe for a long time.

thanks dershana will post it in my blog

Dershana said...

Vidhya, the katti meeti chutney served with samosas and other chaat items is generally made mainly out of tamarind and jaggery with a little bit of spices thrown in.

Nidhi said...

I love mix veg parathas..Your have come out really well. Parathas with date chutney is an interesting combo.

Congrats on all your awards. Thanks for passing it to me.

Purva Desai said...

Wow veggie paratha is my favourite paratha with date chutney seems nice accompaniment...
Congrats on well deserved award and thanks for sharing it with me :)

Divya said...

Dates chutney sounds very interesting. Must try it when I have dates on hand. Lovely recipe!

Vidhya said...

An award waiting for you in my blog. Please visit

Priti said...

Veggie paratha looks gud with dates chutney..nice combo....Congrats for the awards

easycrafts said...

Thats a very nice combi Dershana..an award for u on my blog

easycrafts said...

Thats a very nice combi Dershana..an award for u on my blog

yasmeen said...

hi dershana,
the vegetable loaded parathas with sweet date chutney are a unique combo.
congrats on your awards!

Nidhi said...

Have tagged you for a meme...Check it out.

Srivalli said...

Thank you for your support!

Sunshinemom said...

Nice combination. I make these parathas but did not think of this combi. Good one:)

Nidhi said...

Hey Dear..in that case I would have mentioned the meme passed and linked the old one to it (I did similarly for 'Booky Meme'). You take a call.

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