Preparation time: 45 mins | Cooking time: 60 mins
Chilli powder (to taste)-1/2tsp
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)-3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Chapatti flour-400 to 500gms
Salt to taste
Ghee or oil-2tbsp
Enough water to make the dough
Boil potatoes until tender. Cool, peel and mash. Heat some oil in a pan, add onions and saute for 5 mins. After 2 mins add all the spices and mix well. Now add the mashed potatoes, salt, coriander leaves and mix well and cook for 5 mins. Keep aside.
Mix the flour, salt, and 2 tbsp oil or ghee and add enough water to make a soft dough. Knead well for 5-6 minutes.(parathas will be softer when knead well and it would be easier to roll them too).
Leave to stand for 10 minutes or so. Knead briefly again.
Separate dough into approximately 10-12 portions. Keep covered with a moist cloth. Dust 1 ball with flour and roll out, 8-10 cm. in size. Take roughly 1/10th of the filling and place in the centre of the circle. Pull in edges and press in the centre, to make a ball (dumpling). Heat the griddle or tawa. Dip the stuffed dough ball in dusting flour on both sides and roll out gently, to approximately 20 cm. in size. Roll from centre outwards, so that the edges are thinner than the centre. You will need to dust it with dry flour a couple of times during the rolling out process. If a little filling escapes, don't worry, just remove it.
Place the paratha on the heated tawa or griddle (medium hot, not smoking hot). Turn it over when it changes colour slightly, you can see a few blisters on the under surface. Cook the other side the same way. Turn it over again. Brush oil on both surfaces, one by one, using a long handled spoon or ladle. Press gently all over, using a flat spatula. This helps to fluff it up into a ball, as well as making it crisp. Cook until nicely browned and crisp on both sides. It is important that you crisp the paratha on medium heat and not cook them too fast.
Serve hot with a knob of butter, pickles of choice, natural yoghurt.