Usually on weekends we eat out. I really look forward to catching a break from the same old cooking and dish-washing routine. However, last weekend my husband and I were craving something really Indian and staying in a small town limits are options.
That is when I decided to try my hand at a mini Punjabi Thali from http://www.mykitchentrials.wordpress.com. The mini Thali included:
Palak Paneer, Dal Tadka, Chole served with Aloo paratha and a simple jeera pulao.
The recipes are as follows:
For the dough
- Wheat flour : 1 1/2 cups
Water : as required (about 1/2 to 1 cup, depending on the type of flour)
For the filling
- Potatoes : 4-5 medium, cooked and mashed
- Ginger Garlic Paste : 1 -2 tsp
- Coriander powder : 1 tsp
- Cumin powder : 1 tsp
- Chilli Powder : 1 tsp
- Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp
- Coriander leaves : 1 -2 tbsp, finely chopped
- Oil – 1 tsp
- Salt: to taste
- Add the flour, 1 tsp salt in a big bowl and whisk together. Add water in 1/4 cupfuls and start kneading to get a soft, but not sticky, and pliable dough. Cover and keep aside for at least half an hour.
- Mash the cooked potatoes thoroughly and add in all the dry ingredients. Make sure there aren’t any lumps as they would tear the dough when rolling.
- Roll out one ball of dough into a 3” circle lightly dusting with flour if necessary.
- Place a big spoonful of the filling in the center. Bring up the sides of the circle around the filling and enclose it completely, pinching the dough on top.Flatten it a bit, dust with some flour, and roll into a thick circle of about 1/4 inch thickness. Be careful while doing this, as the filling will split out if you use too much of force while rolling them.
- Heat a pan and cook the paratha on one side till brown spots appear. Flip and cook the other side too. You can add a dollop of ghee or butter on top of the paratha, if you want to.
Jeera Peas Pulao
- Rice: Boiled, 1 cup
- Peas: half cup
- Jeera: 3 tsps
- Salt as required
- Heat oil in a pan and temper Jeera. Once it splutters, add in the peas and fry well.
- Add in the salt and the rice, mix well and serve it up with a spicy gravy!