Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Navratri Vrat Recipes: Easy and crispy Lauki Paratha!


Navratri has started from today and for the next nine days, people all over India will be fasting and welcoming Goddess Durga into their homes and seeking her blessings. With these nine auspicious days ahead, here is a very simple, easy but very tasty recipe of Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Paratha!

Ingredients:

1 Bottle Gourd (lauki)

1 tsp of cumin seeds (jeera)

1 tsp of carom seeds (ajwain)

1 tsp of asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp of mustard seeds (rai or sarson)

2 cups of Kootu atta (Buckwheat flour)

1 cup of Singhare ka atta (Water chestnut flour)

1 tbsp of Desi Ghee

1/2 tsp of red chilli powder

1 tsp of Dhania Powder (Coriander Powder)

Sendha namak (rock salt) to taste


Feed Count: 3 people


Steps to Prepare:

1) Grate lauki (bottle gourd).

2) Heat 1/2 tbsp of Desi Ghee in a pan. Add ajwain, hing, rai and jeera. Let them crackle and add red chilli powder, salt and coriander powder.

3) Add the grated lauki and let it stay on low heat until all the water evaporates.






























4) After all the excess water in the lauki is removed. Switch off the flame and sprinkle green coriander, green chilli pieces and you can even add one grated potato. Mix well and your filling is ready!

5) Add the flour to this and prepare a dough by adding the remaining ghee and some water.

6) Form small balls of this dough which already contains the filling and make thin parathas.

7) Heat a flat bottom pan and cook the paratha until it gets a reddish brown look and is cooked.

8) Serve hot with curd, chutney or a sabji and enjoy these crispy, light but very filling Lauki Parathas!

Cool Tips:

1) Kootu and Singhare ka Atta create heat in our bodies. To combat this Desi Ghee is used to prepare any recipes containing these ingredients. Desi Ghee combats the side effects to the heat these flours create in our body.

2) Kootu Atta used alone is difficult to mold in a uniform roti or paratha. Combine it with 2:1 ratio Singhare Atta and the dough is soft, uniform and it's easy to make rotis or parathas.

3) Singhare Ka Atta also makes any dish more crispy.


Hope you like this recipe as much as I liked it. Do try it in your kitchen and share your thoughts with me. I love hearing from you. 

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