Matar Paratha
Matar Paratha
5 from 1 vote
Indulge in a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines the goodness of peas with warm, flaky parathas. The recipe features a delicate balance of spices that elevate the taste of the dish. Perfect for a hearty meal that will leave your taste buds craving more.
Matar Paratha

The recipe for Matar Paratha is relatively simple, making it a favorite among home cooks looking for a tasty and filling meal. However, the process of creating the perfect paratha requires a certain level of skill and patience.

From kneading the dough to stuffing the filling and cooking the paratha to perfection, each step plays a crucial role in ensuring the final dish is flavorful and satisfying.

What sets Matar Paratha apart from other Indian flatbreads is the addition of the savory green pea filling, which adds a burst of freshness and texture to every bite.

Whether served with a dollop of creamy yogurt, tangy pickle, or spicy chutney, Matar Paratha is sure to please even the most discerning of palates.

Ingredients

Whole Wheat Flour: This nutrient-rich flour is used as the base for the Matar Paratha dough. It adds a hearty, earthy flavor to the dish and provides a good source of fiber and essential nutrients.

Green Peas: These vibrant and sweet peas add a burst of freshness to the paratha filling. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them a healthy addition to the recipe.

Onion: The pungent flavor of onions adds depth and complexity to the Matar Paratha filling. They also provide a subtle sweetness that balances out the other spices in the dish.

Green Chillies: These spicy peppers add a kick of heat to the paratha filling, giving it a flavorful punch. Green chillies are a common ingredient in Indian cuisine and are known for their fiery taste.

Ginger: Fresh ginger adds a warm and slightly pungent flavor to the Matar Paratha. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and aids in digestion, making it a beneficial ingredient in the recipe.

Cumin Seeds: Cumin seeds have a warm, earthy flavor that enhances the taste of the paratha filling. They are also known for their digestive benefits and are a common spice used in Indian cooking.

Garam Masala: This aromatic spice blend adds a rich and complex flavor to the Matar Paratha. It typically includes a mix of ground spices such as coriander, cumin, cardamom, and cloves, giving the dish a warm and flavorful profile.

Turmeric Powder: Turmeric powder adds a vibrant yellow hue to the paratha filling and also provides anti-inflammatory properties. It has a slightly bitter flavor and is commonly used in Indian cooking for its health benefits.

Chilli Powder: This spice adds heat and color to the Matar Paratha filling. It can vary in intensity depending on the type of chillies used, and it adds a fiery kick to the dish.

Salt: Salt enhances the overall flavor of the Matar Paratha filling, balancing out the spices and other ingredients. It also helps to bring out the natural flavors of the dish.

Fresh Coriander Leaves: Chopped fresh coriander leaves add a pop of color and a fresh, citrusy flavor to the paratha filling. Coriander leaves are commonly used in Indian cuisine for their bright taste and aromatic qualities.

Ghee or Oil: Ghee or oil is used for shallow frying the Matar Paratha, giving it a crispy and golden-brown crust. Ghee adds a rich, buttery flavor to the dish, while oil provides a lighter option for cooking.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

Matar paratha is a delicious and nutritious Indian bread stuffed with a spiced green pea filling. Here are some serving suggestions and variations to elevate your matar paratha experience:

  • Serve hot matar parathas with a dollop of butter or ghee on top. The richness of the butter complements the spiciness of the paratha.
  • Pair matar parathas with a side of yogurt or raita. The coolness of the yogurt helps balance out the heat from the spices in the paratha.
  • Accompany matar parathas with a tangy pickle or chutney for an added burst of flavor. Mango pickle or mint chutney works well with this dish.
  • For a heartier meal, serve matar parathas with a side of dal or sabzi. This combination makes for a satisfying and fulfilling meal.
  • To make variations of matar paratha, you can add grated cheese to the filling for a cheesy twist. Paneer or tofu can also be added for a protein boost.
  • Experiment with different spices in the filling to customize the flavor profile of your matar paratha. Cumin seeds, coriander powder, or amchur powder can be added for a different taste.
  • To make a healthier version of matar paratha, you can use a mix of whole wheat flour and chickpea flour in the dough. This adds a nutty flavor and extra protein to the dish.
  • If you prefer a gluten-free option, you can substitute the whole wheat flour with a gluten-free flour like almond flour or buckwheat flour. The taste and texture may vary slightly, but it’s a great alternative for those with gluten sensitivities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Matar Paratha?

Matar Paratha is a popular North Indian flatbread made with whole wheat flour and a delicious filling of spiced green peas.

How do you make Matar Paratha?

To make Matar Paratha, first prepare the filling by sautéing green peas with spices such as cumin, coriander, and garam masala. Then, stuff the filling inside a rolled out dough made with whole wheat flour. Cook the stuffed dough on a hot griddle with some oil or ghee until golden brown and cooked through.

What can I serve Matar Paratha with?

Matar Paratha can be enjoyed on its own or with a side of yogurt, pickle, or chutney. It also pairs well with a cup of hot tea or a refreshing glass of lassi.

Is Matar Paratha vegan-friendly?

Matar Paratha can easily be made vegan by using oil instead of ghee for cooking the parathas. Just make sure to use vegan butter or margarine in place of ghee when adding it to the dough.

Can I freeze Matar Paratha?

Yes, you can freeze Matar Paratha for later use. Simply cook the parathas as usual, let them cool, then stack them with parchment paper in between each paratha before placing them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. To reheat, just place them in a hot skillet until heated through.

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Matar Paratha

Matar Paratha

by Nabeela Kauser
Indulge in a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines the goodness of peas with warm, flaky parathas. The recipe features a delicate balance of spices that elevate the taste of the dish. Perfect for a hearty meal that will leave your taste buds craving more.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 364 kcal

Ingredients

  • 250 g Whole Wheat Flour
  • 150 g Green Peas boiled and mashed
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • Salt
  • Coriander chopped

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour with a pinch of salt. Gradually add water and knead into a smooth dough. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add chopped onions and sauté until golden brown.
  • Add grated ginger and chopped green chillies. Sauté for a minute.
  • Add mashed green peas, garam masala, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and salt to taste. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and let the filling cool down.
  • Divide the dough into equal-sized portions and roll each portion into a ball. Flatten each ball into a small disc.
  • Place a spoonful of the cooled green peas filling in the center of each disc. Bring the edges together and seal the filling inside the dough.
  • Gently roll out each filled dough ball into a paratha, ensuring the filling spreads evenly.
  • Heat a skillet or tawa over medium heat. Place the rolled-out paratha on the hot skillet and cook until brown spots appear on one side.
  • Flip the paratha and spread a little ghee or oil on top. Cook until both sides are golden brown and cooked through.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling to make more parathas.
  • Serve hot Matar Parathas with yogurt, pickle, or any side dish of your choice.

Notes

Ensure the filling is cooled down before stuffing the parathas to prevent the dough from becoming soggy.
Adjust the spiciness according to your taste preference by increasing or decreasing the amount of green chillies and red chilli powder.
You can use homemade ghee for a traditional flavor or any cooking oil of your choice for frying the parathas.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 18gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 92mgPotassium: 662mgFibre: 18gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 217IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Cooking, Flatbread, Food, Matar, Matar Paratha, Paratha, Recipe, Vegetarian
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