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I wanted to try my hands at cooking with tandoor but actually don’t own one. For those of you unfamiliar with this term, tandoor is actually a type of oven that makes use of coal or wooden fire for cooking the elements at extremely high temperatures. And since I don’t have one, I’m gonna make use of a pressure cooker for the same. Though it won’t give that real smoky earthy flavor to it, it’s gonna cook the ingredients up pretty much the same!
So the recipe that I’m gonna make is Aloo Paratha. I’m gonna stuff mashed potatoes and red onions in a flat bread made of whole wheat flour- commonly called as paratha/ parantha. I served it with raw mango pickle and yogurt but you can serve it with any pickles or sides you like- goes well with almost everything.And also,this is actually one of the most popular Indian breakfasts and tastes absolutely divine! Here’s the complete recipe-
Potatoes(boiled and mashed) -5
Coriander leaves(chopped) -1 tsp
Green chili(Chopped) -1 tsp
Mint leaves(Chopped) -1 tsp
Roasted cumin powder -1 tsp
Red chili flakes -1/2 tsp
Black pepper -1/4 tsp
Dry mango powder -1/2 tsp
Carom seeds -2-3 pinch
Salt- as per taste
Whole wheat flour -3 cups
How to make-
- For the stuffing, mix all the ingredients except flour with the mashed potatoes.
- Knead a dough using the whole wheat flour. Take medium-sized balls from the dough and roll them into flat discs for the paratha.
- Take some of the stuffing in the center of the disc and fold it around from the sides to seal the stuffing in place.
- Roll it back to a disc so we have the mashed potato mix now stuffed into it.
- Take a pressure cooker and heat it on high flame without covering it with the lid.
- Dampen one side of the paratha with water and stick it to the inner walls of the pressure cooker as shown.(Dampening the paratha with water really makes it stick to the walls without falling off).
- Let it cook for a few minutes and turn the cooker upside down(see Image 4).
- Remove the paratha from the pressure cooker once they are nice and crisp,glaze it with butter and serve with yogurt and pickles of your choice. And so, we have our tandoori paratha ready without actually having to buy a tandoor.
Liked this recipe? Check out our other Punjabi recipe Kadhi Pakora(it’s glutten free as well!)