Matar ke Paranthe

It is 7 pm on Sunday night and I am facing the Dinner Dilemma again. The thing is my Mom is here and generally she takes the onus to decide the menu (and prepare it most of the time also… yeah I know I am lucky) on weekdays as I have office and I come late. But I take the kitchen duty on weekends. So it is Sunday evening and time for dinner and neither of us are hungry. We have to eat sometime though. The problem with us women is that we cook for others and when it is just us women (and only 2 at that), we can make do with anything. So I was tossing options at Mom and she was tossing them back at me and we were at a deadlock as to what to prepare.

Half an hour went back and we were in the same positions sitting across each other chatting genially but the time bomb ticking. What do we do about dinner? What can be made in a minimal time with minimal effort and still be filling and delicious? Tough question I know. So finally I got the brainwave. Yeah…I am bragging cos it turned out great.

The idea of the day prize went to Stuffed Matar Parantha with Boondi ka Raita. Minimal effort. Minimal time. All the ingredients are present in the kitchen. No fancy preparation. And filling too. I walked away with the award cos there were no paranthe left after the meal.

Matar ke Paranthe

Ingredients

1 cup wheat flour

½ cup matar (green peas)

2 tbsp oil

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp red chili

1 small green chili

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp dry mango powder

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 pinch asafetida

Ghee or oil for cooking

Sift the wheat flour in a mixing tray. Make a mountain of it and then make a hole in the centre. Fill the hole with water. Sprinkle 1 tbsp oil and 1 pinch of salt on it. Slowly mix the flour and knead it to get dough of thick consistency. Cover it and set it aside.

In a pressure cooker, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add cumin seed and asafetida. When the seeds start to pop, add the peas, salt, chili, coriander powder and mango powder. Chop the green chili finely and add it to the peas. Add 2 tbsp water and mix. Let the peas cook for 5 mins and then let them cool. This will soften the peas faster though it can also be done in a skillet.

I used frozed peas. You have to defrost the peas before using them. However, you can also use fresh peas.

Once the peas are cool enough, you can mash them with your hands. You can also put them in a grinder and make a course paste of them. This will be your stuffing.

Make a 1 inch ball of the dough and flatten it. Put 1 tbsp of stuffing on it in the centre. Pinch the sides of the flat dough to cover the stuffing and make a ball. Roll it to make a flat circle. Make sure the circle is not too thin or else the stuffing will come out.

Cook it on a griddle with ghee or oil till black spots appear on both sides.

Serve with raita or pickle.

Matar – Health Recipe

Green peas is a very good source of vitamins, minerals and daily fibre. The food that we loved to hate as kids actually provides us with a lot of benefits. They have Vitamin K1, B6 and folic acid which are good for bone-health. Green peas are also a good source of iron. Apart from that, when added to any dish, they impart flavor and color. Buy fresh or store it in deep freezer, green peas contribute to health and just for their versatile use, they can form a key ingredient to be kept in the kitchen.

Preparation Time – 20 mins

Servings – 2

Ingredients

2 cups green peas

2 tblsp Oil

1/2 tblsp zeera

A pinch of hing

1 tblsp ginger paste

1 tblsp garlic paste

1 lemon

Salt and red chilli powder to taste

Heat oil in a cooker and add zeera and hing to it. When the zeera starts to splutter, add the green peas, salt and red chilli powder along with ginger and garlic paste. Cook on high flame for 2 mins and then put on the lid. Let it cook for 5 mins on low flame after one whistle. When the steam runs out, open the cooker and add lemon juice. Serve hot.