A quick and easy way to make Aloo Methi Parathas, the classic Indian whole wheat, unleavened flatbreads that are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The dough is made by simply kneading flour and water with the leftover vegetable side dish of spiced potatoes & fenugreek leaves.
I care deeply about not wasting any food and appreciate the opportunities to give makeovers to any leftovers that I have, whether they come from my home cooking or restaurant takeouts. Rather than simply reheating them and having the same meal again, I enjoy finding creative ways to turn leftover food into new dishes, presenting them in attractive platters or bowls whenever possible. I do this so frequently that I’ve coined a term for it – “rightovers,” which essentially means doing leftovers right 😉
It’s certainly not a term I coined! I had read an article somewhere and loved it because I’m always thinking about what to do with leftovers, and I thought it was a very cute and creative way to describe it. So, one recent “rightover” I made was Aloo Methi Parathas using the leftover spiced stir-fry of diced potatoes and fenugreek leaves that I had prepared for dinner.
Easy Recipe for Parathas
With about a cup of it left, I stored it in the refrigerator and took it out a couple of days later. I decided to mix it with some whole wheat atta and transform the spiced flavored dough into delicious, soft, whole wheat unleavened flatbreads with slightly crispy edges. This process was super quick and easy, making it a great choice for lunch. I have used this idea several times before, with all kinds of veggies that I whip up every now and then, and it works out very well with most of them, except for a couple of odd ones like okra. You can choose to use the leftover veggies as stuffing, but I prefer to mash them up and mix them along with the flour. It’s way easier and also a bit of a time saver!
I’ve linked a short video below that I put together for you that you can follow and easily whip up this signature concoction in your own kitchen.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your leftover sabziis and turn them into “rightover” parathas!
In a large mixing bowl, place the leftover aloo methi sabzi. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes. Add the flour, salt, oil and stir in water only as needed, in small quantities, so as to incorporate it in the flour and form it into a medium-firm dough. Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside for about half an hour.
Rub some oil onto your palms and knead the dough once again. This will make the dough a little bit softer and easier to roll. Divide it into 6 pieces and roll each into round 2 inch diameter balls by rolling in between your palms.
Preheat a flat pan/griddle over medium –low heat, for about 5 mins.
For rolling into a paratha, take a dough ball, flatten it between your palms, generously dust it with flour on both sides. On the rolling board/surface, with the help of a rolling pin, roll it into a 2-3 mm thick, flat, 6-7 inch diameter circle. Dust flour as needed to prevent it from sticking to the surface.
Dust off excess flour and place on a preheated flat pan on medium heat.
Cook on one side for about a minute, till you see large bubbles and then flip.
Brush it with a little oil, ghee or butter and flip. Roast on the pan till golden brown on both sides. Get a clean paper towel or a flat spatula and press down on the paratha so it can puff up and cool.
Take it off the pan and transfer it to a serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature with condiments likepickles and chutneys or with ketchup, yogurt, etc.
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I share a modern take on Indian cuisine made using nontraditional techniques and ingredients, while staying true to its authenticity. You’ll also find classic recipes from my beloved Maharashtrian culture and heritage.