Sunday, 13 February 2011

Punjabi Pizza or Stuffed Paratha ? What shall I call it?

I have just realised who commands the Daily menu in my kitchen!! It's my children as you always worry if they don't eat their food.  You also worry if they are not eating all their vegetables.  I am always trying to think of ways to make a dish interesting for them so that they eat well.   My young son loves Pizzas and went through a phase where he had to either have a pizza every day or something with cheese added to it to make it look like a pizza!!  That's when I came up with this recipe which is of a stuffed paratha but with some of the pizza ingredients added.   I told my son who was very young at the time that it was a "Punjabi Pizza" and since that day, it's been called that in our house.  We really enjoy this dish as a weekend brunch dish.  I hope that you will all agree with me that this one is a real winner with children.  You can add what ever fillings you like and make it as spicy or as bland as you prefer.

Ingredients for 4 parathas:

For the filling:

2 medium sized potatoes
1 small Onion -cut in thin slices
1 pepper sliced thinly
1 tomato sliced thinly
1-2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
some green chutney or tomato sauce 
small bunch of coriander - cut finely
1/2 a teaspoon salt
1/2 a teaspoon chilly powder
some dried herbs like oregano

For the parathas:

2 cups of chappati flour (strong wheat flour)
pinch of salt
1 clove of garlic - minced
Some sunflower oil


For the filling: 

1. Boil the potatoes and mash them using a fork

2.  Add in the salt, chilly powder, coriander leaves and half the cheddar cheese. 

3. Mix well using a fork and leave the mixture covered.

4.   Slice up all the vegetables you want to use for the filling.

For the dough: 

5.   Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl.

6.   Add the salt and garlic to the flour

7.  Add two teaspoons of oil to the flour.

8.  Mix the dough with warm water and let it rest for half an hour.

9.    Divide the dough into small balls - smaller than a ping pong ball.

10.  Take one ball and roll out the dough to the size of a  6-7 inch diameter chappati

11.  Spread the chutney or tomato sauce on the rolled out chappati.  Recipe for the chutney is here

12.  Spread the cheese and potato mixture on top of the chutney or sauce.

13.  Spread the toppings like you would for a pizza.  I used peppers, tomatoes and onions.

14.  Spread some cheddar cheese and any herbs like oregano on the toppings just like you would for a pizza. Whilst putting all the toppings on the chappati, don't press too hard on it as the dough is quite delicate.

15.   Cover all the toppings with a similar sized chappati.  Now you see why I don't know what to call this dish? Pizza or paratha?? But what's in a name?

16.  Warm a griddle or a frying pan.  Add some oil to the pan and gently heat the paratha on a medium flame.

17.  You want to make sure that the filling cooks without burning the outer later,  You also don't want the cheese to cook too fast  or it will melt and ooze out of the paratha.

18.  Flip the paratha over and allow the second side to cook.

19.  The pizza/paratha is ready to be served.  I'll be very interested in your views on what I should call this dish!!

20.  Some serving suggestions:

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  1. Mina Parathas make me drool that too in pizza twist is lovely..

  2. Wow simply superb.. Can I have some?:)

  3. looks yumm and lovely tempting pictures..

  4. That looks delicious!I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this paratha widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about paratha,Thanks!

  5. First time here and just fell in love with your yummy recipes. And I wouyld claas this pizza paratha. The stuffing is to die for. I can't wait to have a bite of it !!
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    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Gosh I had the same thing to say then seeing Divya had to change it..but these are so yum..

  7. vey innovative and surely kids will love their pizza paratha

  8. I would call it Pizza - Paratha. You can't really call it pizza since there is no yeast in the dough. So it has to be a paratha with some fancy prefix. Good one.

  9. It's Indian quesadilla...Super yummy

  10. this is too good Mina JI...I think its more like a indian quesadilla!...
    I sure my kids will like it...I will make it for them!

  11. he he! whether its stuffed paratha or pizza it looks awesome with its lovely pictures and detailed demo inviting me to grab it and feel its wonderful taste

  12. Wow looks soo yummy..n inviting...:-)

  13. good name eyecatching praths tempting!!!!!!

  14. PARizza - I think.
    Tomorrows Lunch box idea is ready for me

  15. Looks extremely tempting!yummy yum!

  16. I love stuffed parathas, specially the the ones with potato stuffing but don't make it t home though..

    I like your stuffed paratha/pizzas.. another name for your parathas/pizza is quesadilla as the preparation is similar.

  17. i am very hungry after viewing photos and recipes.

  18. good idea! nice presentation

  19. Seriously u r killing me with ur droolworthy stuffed paratha...i'll go for punjabi pizza, that suits prefectly to this paratha..

  20. Oh...please stick to calling it punjabi pizza. The name makes it so appetizing.

  21. Woooow realy a perfect Indian pizza look at that crips layer fantastic dear...

  22. Thx for the idea. I have to try this with my kids. I seriously thought it was a stuffed pizza looking at the first image.

  23. wow, what an excellent idea dear. I am drooling over your pics :)


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