Pumpkin Paratha

Pumpkin Paratha
Among all the different kinds of stuffed Parathas,  my Mom's Aloo Parathas are the ones I love most. But variety is the spice of life. And if a recipe satiates taste buds and provides nutrition too, why not try something new. 
One such interesting recipe is Mixed Veggie Paratha with Pumpkin. This Pumpkin Paratha recipe is shared by our friend Rahul's Mom who is an amazing cook. Hope you guys too relish these parathas as much we did.

Whole Wheat Flour/Atta - about 2 cups
Grated Carrot - about 1/2 cup
Grated Pumpkin/Lal Bhopla/Kaddoo - about 1/2 cup
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - few sprigs
Coriander/Dhania Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin/Jeera Powder - 1 tsp
Sesame/Til Seeds - 1 tsp
Green Chili Paste - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp (optional) 
Oil or Ghee/Clarified Butter

How to make Mixed Vegetables Paratha:
  • In a mixing bowl, add pumpkin, carrot, chopped cilantro, green chili paste, coriander powder, cumin powder, sesame seeds and salt. Mix and keep it aside for 15 - 20 minutes or longer. This will soften the veggies and release water.
  • Now, add wheat flour (as much the veggies can hold) little at a time, to form a soft dough. No need of adding water. Add little more flour if required.
  • Sesame Seeds or Til add a nice nuttiness and aroma to these parathas. In Marathi, we call it as KhamangpaNa. I would suggest not to skip this ingredient.
  • Add about 2 tsp oil and knead the dough well. The more you knead, the softer the parathas will be. Let the dough rest for about an hour or so. Keep it covered at room temperature.
veg Paratha
  • Divide the dough into 8 medium size balls. Roll each one as per desired thickness dusting some flour. Some like their parathas thick, some prefer thin as roti.
  • Heat a griddle/tawa and roast the parathas applying butter or oil.
  • Enjoy hot Veggie Paratha with curds and/or mango pickles and/or curry.
  • You can freeze the leftover dough, but the dough turns watery after thawing.  
  • Then add little flour and knead again. Instead of that I prepare all the parathas and store the leftover parathas in the refrigerator or freezer. Microwave for a couple minutes or reheat on the griddle again and hot Parathas are ready for you.