Alu Paratha

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Flat bread filled with spiced potatoes

Preparation time: 30 min
Standing time: 30 min
Rolling and cooking time: 8 min for each paratha


  • 2 cups (200 g) atta or sifted whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup (100 g) white flour
  • 4 tbs butter
  • ½ cup (125 ml) warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 medium-sized potatoes 1 tbs ghee
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 ½ tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs chopped coriander leaves


1Make the dough as directed in the recipe for paratha (see page 154) and set aside while you prepare the filling.

2Boil the potatoes until soft, rinse under cold water, peel, and mash coarse. Heat a tablespoon of ghee in a saucepan, put in the cumin seeds, and stir-fry. A few seconds later, add the grated ginger, cayenne pepper, and turmeric. Stir-fry a few seconds more. Add the mashed potatoes and fry for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring all the time. Pour the lemon juice over the mixture, sprinkle in the salt and coriander leaves. Mix thoroughly. Spread the mixture on a plate to cool.

3When the filling has cooled, form the dough into 10 balls and roll one out into a 6-inch (15 cm) disc. Brush some ghee over the surface of the disc. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center. Lift the edges of the dough over the filling and twist them together. Pull off the excess dough and seal the opening by pinching it firmly. Now dust with flour, flatten into a patty, and roll out as thin as possible, being careful that the filling does not break through.

4Grease a heavy-bottomed frying pan or griddle with ghee. Fry the paratha (or several, if the size of your pan allows) slowly, turning it” over as many times as it takes to cook both sides. When both sides are golden-brown with reddish spots, it is done. Repeat the procedure to make 10 parathas.

Alu parathas are delicious served hot with a wet vegetable dish and a raita or plain yogurt.

Do not forget to offer everything to Kṛṣṇa through His bonafide representative – His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda



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