Aloo Paratha, Some Milestones and Awards

I am extremely happy today for various reasons!!

My visitors count has crossed 1000...

My post count crossed 50... That's relatively small compared to some of our super bloggers..But still...

I have successfully completed my first year at Zurich!!! Yeah that's a milestone for me! Ask my DH how much scene I created as soon as I landed an year before. Even I was doubtful if I'll stay here for 3 months. But it took only 3 days for me to fall in love with this beautiful city. Now unless the immigration throws me out, I am not gonna go away from here ;)

Above all, I have passed my first level Deutsch certification exam with 1st grade!!!!

Yay, with so many reasons for celebration, I must actually post a recipe for a sweet or dessert. But why in the world am I posting the same, beaten-round-the-bush ALOO PARATHA???? Because it's my favorite, your favorite and most of our favorite! (Actual reason for such a simple recipe is I didnt have anything else in my drafts. But I promise, my next post will be an exciting Swiss speciality. Keep guessing!)

So over to our recipe without much rambling...

Aloo Paratha
Indian Wheat bread stuffed with Potato Masala
What we need:Atta / Wheat flour
Water
Oil - a tbsp
Salt - to taste

For Stuffing:
Potato,medium sized - 2
Cumin (Jeera) - a tbsp
Chilli powder - a tsp
Salt - according to taste
Amchur powder - a tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Fresh Coriander, chopped - a few tbsp

Butter - to top

How to do:
1. Mix wheat flour with salt. Slowly incorporate the oil and water and knead to a pliable dough. It should not be too hard nor to soft. Cover tightly and set aside for half an hour.

Mom's tip: The more you knead the dough, more soft and easy it becomes to roll. This way it also puffs up well. I usually think of somebody/something I don't like, and show all my anger on the dough..Ahem ;)

2. Boil, peel and mash the potatoes. Mix in salt, cumin seeds, chilli powder, amchur powder, asafoetida, coriander and make it into small rounds of golf-ball size.
3. Divide the dough into equal parts. Dust with a little flour and roll into a small disc.
4. Keep in the potato ball in the center, pull up all the sides and pinch to close it. It will resemble a modak or kozhukattai, as in step 4 in the pic below.

5. Press gently on the top, dust again with flour, and roll into thick discs. Don't overdo, otherwise potato may start peeking out. Rolling it on the same side you closed the filling without flipping will help.
6. Cook the Parathas in a hot tava, flipping each side occasionally for 4 to 5 minutes each or till the sides turn golden brown.
Serve with pickle, yoghurt. Drop a generous dollop of Butter over each paratha before serving!

Now it is award time again. Thanks everybody for your unstinted support! Your every visit, comment and award are the constant sources of motivation to me!

my Kitchen (Selvi) has passed on to me:

My dear buddies Priya and Jeyashri made my day with:

Aruna gave me this award, which I'd like to pass on to: Sarah Naveen, Asha, Akal's sappadu, Ambika, Nithya, Sushma, Anupama, Meeso, Babli, Indu a.k.a Kitchen Queen, Lata Raja, Kanchan, Sandhya, Sangeetha, Prasu, Sree, Vidya and Lakshmi, Sree Vidya and Sh... (Buddy, what's your real name?)



Plese accept it dearies!

See you all soon! Till then, Enjoy life, happy cooking and happy Blogging! :)

43 comments:

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Congratulations.. .buddy.. guess I m the first one to comment....

Aloo Paratha is a sure treat.. its my favourite brunch tooo....

Kanchan said...

Menot first but second to comment :D

Congrats.. once .. twice ....... and fifth time !! :P
Four times congrats for your each milestones and last one for Awards :)

And thank you for sharing with me :)

P.S. It seems me commenting on a mathematical blog as I've used so many numbers over here :D

Padhu said...

Congrats on your awards Rohini and also for passing the exams.Aloo paratha is my all time favourite. You can add a little jeera seeds to the stuffings.It will taste heavenly.

Rohini said...

Thanks Sandhya, Kanchan, Padhu for your quick comment and wishes!

@Padhu: Oops, I actually add cumin but I forgot to mention it..Thanks for reminding, I just edited the post! ;)

Akal's Saappadu said...

well, I see perfect aloo parattas there, must be great with any curries or pickles.

CONGRATulationS for all your achievements, adapting to the new country, to the language and also for the success and good work in your blog, and also for the awards dear!! Enjoy and Keep up your courage and good work!!! and wish you more success in everything you do!!!
and my hearty thanks for sharing it with me :) Cheers!!!

lata raja said...

Thanks Ro! Now maavu pisaiyumbhodhu don't ever think of me...Swissla vandhu udhaippaen,,

kitchen queen said...

Congrats Rohini on all ur awards,u truly deserve them.Thanks a lot for sharing the award with me.Nice mouth watering aloo parathas, my favourite.

Priya said...

Delicious all parathas..Congrats on ur milestones ROhini..Keep up ur tremendous work dear..I know how it will be difficult to adapt to a new country, new language and new environment, i also crossed all these difficult moments in my life.. Keep rocking!!!

shanthi said...

congrats on all of your memorable and happy happenings.love the aloo paratha and wish to have it right now

priya said...

yummy paratha, dear....congrats on all ur milestones, dear!...you must be really happy to land on a dream land like zurich...such a beautiful place!...again congrats on ur awards, u truly deserve a lot lot more!!!

AshKuku said...

Thanks deary for remembering.... & considering me for the award....

That was so kind of u..... Have a Happy Time preparing & sharing!!!!

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Babli said...

I love alu paratha very much. Its my favourite. Oh! it looks so delicious and yummy. I feel like having it now itself. Very tempting.
Heartiest congratulations to you for all your awards. You deserve it.
Thanks a lot for sharing your award with me.

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Same pinch da..I too prepared aloo paratha for my BF.Congrats on ur well deserved awards and thank u so much for sharing with me dear!!!

Sh... said...

Gr8 to know that u have started to love your city. U better, coz its most of our dream city..:) I long to be there at least on a vacation.. :). Congrats dear for clearing the certification. Will ur post still be in English??And I loved the whole wheat aloo paratha too...Easy to make and delicious too..Thanks so much for passing on award to me. I'm honored.

Tina said...

Delicious aloo paratha....

Sushma Mallya said...

Congraz for everything rohini,and thanks for sharing the award with me as well..aloo paratha is really everyone's fav, love to have it with pickle or curds..love to have it anyday..

Shama Nagarajan said...

congrats dear....nice recipe

SE(Denufood) said...

hey rohini...lots of congratulations!!!!!aloo paratha sounds and tastes heavenly..and I can totally agree about the emotional journey that starts when you land up in a diff country..glad you are loving the city now..

Latha said...

Congrats for everything.....Aloo paratha looks delicious & tempting.

Sarah Naveen said...

Hey dea..!!
Congrats on all ur milestones!!! and awards too...
Thanx a lot for thinking of me too..
Allo paratha looks soo yummy!!!!

Nithya said...

WOW.. A big CONGRATS to you.. lovely milestones.. Feeling really happy for you :) Keep it going. :)

Thanks for all the awards.. :) Buddy got a comment from you on the awards but I don't find my name here??? :(

Preeti Kashyap said...

Congrats on the milestone.....aloo paratha is my fav! Nice recipe.

Prajusha said...

congrats..aloo parata looks yummy
prajusha
www.icookipost.com

sowmya.s said...

congratulations on all your achievements...Aloo paratha looks yumm..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey,
Congrats.Good to know that you have passed that exam..i guess now its butterflies in your stomach rather than that familiar queasiness..loving this dish very much..you have the knack of taking a simple dish and making it special..keep up the good work..did you know that I hit the milestone(1000 visitors) mark the same day? So do you get a same pinch or what? **virtual pinch** i didn't hear an ouch.

vineetha said...

Hi Rohini..
Visiting ur blog first time..U have a lovely blog..
Congrats on all ur milestones and for ur awards..
Aloo paratha looks yummy..I loved the way u pictured each step..will help even beginners to make good parathas..:)

Gulmohar said...

Congrats buddy....:-))Perfect parathas..I wish I could grab that plate...;-)

Nithya said...

Its really okay buddy.. no issues.. its human to err.. :) Thanks a million for the awards. Luv you :)

Anupama said...

Every step in anything that we decide to pursue is considered to be an achievement, be it big or small.. so, BIG congrats on all your achievements.. way to go buddy!

Thanks for generously sharing the awards as well.

***** I usually think of somebody/something I don't like, and show all my anger on the dough..Ahem ;)***** -> me tooooooo... I don't know where I get all the energy to throw and make such a loud noise with the dough while kneading it... he he he... but that is a good strategy to get everything out of one's system ;-)

munchcrunchandsuch said...

whoa..congrats honey..for all the milestones and the awards..give urself a pat on ur back..will ya? aloo parataha as u said is everyons fav..just have it with some curd and pickle..u r transferred to heaven.

Uma said...

looks so delicious Rohini!! Congrats on the awards :)

kothiyavunu said...

Aloo paratha looks perfect and tempting..feel like having rite now..:)
Congrats dear..wishing u many more to come..Thanks for sharing with me..so sweet of u...will update it.

meeso said...

Congratualtions on so many milestones and awards, and for sharing with me! The paratha's look too good :)

Ambika said...

Hey Rohini, You are most welcome anytime...I actually wished you stayed close by so we could visit each other!! But alas, at least we have the blogs... Congratulations on all the milestones and awards...and thanks a ton for thinking of me!! Aloo parathas look soooo yum!

Chitra said...

Congrats on reaching so many milestones and those awards..Aloo paratha looks very nice and tempting.Expecting ur swiss spl post :)

Vaish said...

Congrats Ro - for the row of achievements u made...So..u gonna start writing blogs in Deutsch?

San said...

Congrates Rohini!!! Good going.Paratha is perfect n one of my favs too.That was loads of sweet news to share with the visitors.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Congrats and keep rocking.

Sree vidya said...

Wow! Way to go!
Congrats dear.
Thanks for the award.
Finally I got down blogging after the long break.

Sara's Corner said...

yummy paratha....congratson your award...

my kitchen said...

Congrats dear,delicious paratha

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Looks utter irresistible and would love have a bit:)

chakhlere said...

Congratulations dear for so many milestones. Keep going!!!

Aloo paratha is a great way to celebrate...looks lovely!