Methi Paratha, also known as Fenugreek Paratha, is a popular Indian flatbread that’s packed with the distinctive flavor of fresh fenugreek leaves. This nutritious and savory delight is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and pairs beautifully with a variety of accompaniments. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through making delicious Methi Parathas at home.
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour (atta)
- 1 cup of fresh fenugreek leaves (methi), finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
- 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of grated garlic
- Salt, to taste
- Water, as needed
- Ghee or cooking oil, for cooking the parathas
1. Preparing the Dough:
- In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of whole wheat flour and a pinch of salt.
- Add the finely chopped fresh fenugreek leaves (methi) and mix them into the flour.
- Gradually add water and knead the mixture into a smooth, firm dough.
- Cover the dough with a damp cloth and set it aside for about 15-20 minutes.
2. Preparing the Methi Paratha Filling:
- In a separate bowl, combine the cumin seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, grated ginger, grated garlic, and salt.
- Mix these spices well to create a flavorful filling.
3. Rolling and Stuffing:
- Divide the dough into equal-sized balls, roughly the size of golf balls.
- Roll one of the dough balls into a small disc using a rolling pin.
- Place a spoonful of the prepared filling in the center of the disc.
- Gather the edges of the dough to cover the filling and form a stuffed ball.
- Flatten the stuffed ball slightly with your hands.
4. Cooking the Methi Parathas:
- Heat a griddle or a flat pan over medium heat.
- Place the flattened stuffed ball (paratha) on the hot griddle.
- Cook for a minute or two until the bottom side is lightly cooked, then flip it.
- Drizzle a little ghee or cooking oil on both sides and cook until the paratha is golden and crispy.
- Repeat the process with the remaining dough balls, creating delicious Methi Parathas.
- Serve your hot and flavorful Methi Parathas with yogurt, pickles, chutneys, or your favorite side dishes.
Methi Paratha is a delightful and nutritious flatbread that’s easy to make and bursting with the distinct flavor of fresh fenugreek leaves. It’s a wonderful addition to your mealtime repertoire.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
1. Can I use dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) instead of fresh methi?
- Yes, you can use dried fenugreek leaves, but the flavor and texture will be different. Fresh methi is preferred for this recipe.
2. Are Methi Parathas spicy?
- The spiciness can be adjusted by varying the amount of red chili powder to suit your taste.
3. What can I serve with Methi Parathas?
- Methi Parathas are versatile and can be served with yogurt, pickle, chutney, or any side dish of your choice.
4. Can I use oil instead of ghee?
- Yes, you can use cooking oil for frying the parathas if you prefer.
5. Are Methi Parathas vegan?
- Methi Parathas can be made vegan by using oil for frying and replacing ghee with a vegan alternative.