Monday, March 9, 2009

Aloo-Matar Paratha (Indian bread with potato-peas stuffing)

Let me not bore you by telling, the same thing again that I was a part of a wonderful team, we shared lunch & we used to once a week go out in search of nice food in & around Indiranagar, Bangalore. One such place was this place called “Bobby Tha Dhaba”. I was pregnant during that time & was craving all the time to eat something different & tangy. All decided to walk to that place, but I was given special attention & one of my colleagues took me in his two wheeler (LOL, missing those days!).

The moment I saw those unimaginably small, unhealthy surroundings, I thought not to take anything there, as I had to really take care of myself (I was 6 months pregnant then). There was huge crowd waiting outside the small place. The walls were made with mud & there were just sheets on top instead of a concrete roof. After a waiting time of 20mins, we were asked to enter the place, where food was served. There was small stairs with 4 steps that was quite steep & the width was very less. I got scared to even get down 1 step there. There were hardly around 3-4 tables that could accommodate not more than 10-12 people at a time. No menu card, there was a big-fat Punjabi guy noting down the menu even before you enter inside. I said, I would take 1 lassi & 1 paneer paratha, my team members managed with the rest.

I started feeling, I was sitting in the kitchen itself. The smoke from the flame(the food was being cooked by burning wood, instead of LPG or electric stoves) was directly entering the place where we sat, no ventilation, no fan (forget about AC). It was suffocating there, I started feeling sick, but the aroma of food & extremely good comments about the place gave us some strength. We were served the lassi first (salt lassi) in a big steel glass that can easily hold around 1.5 litres of lassi!!, I thought I cant even finish quarter of this..let alone having it full. I begged one of my colleagues to share the Lassi and she immediately obliged. I think even she had same feelings as mine ;)

Then came a medium sized paneer paratha topped with atleast 50gms of butter & aromatic dal makhni. First bite of it & I forgot all the pain I had suffered so far. I even became a big fan of all things there, the dhaba, paratha, makhni & the lassi. That was the first time ever I had such impressive Punjabi food. I couldnot believe that I finished 3 different parathas, small portion of jeera rice, 1 big glass lassi & 1 cup curd!. I could feel my kiddo inside enjoying what I was eating, best experience. Needless to mention, after that visit I have been to that small, so-called dirty place so many times to enjoy nice food.

The next best taste I got for paratha was during my visit to Haryana & Delhi. I made a point to eat in one of the Haryana dhaba’s. Later in the day, I visited one of my friend’s house, where his mom prepared aloo paratha for me. It tasted heavenly; my father who doesn’t even try eating north-indian food, said.., it was better than what he tasted in Haryana dhaba. I asked his mom for the recipe & started trying to create magic with my fingers on paratha. I know, I cannot even go 10% of what she served, but I’m constantly trying to make it perfect. Here is one such small effort.

For dough:
2 cups atta/wheat flour
3 tbsp curd
Warm water
Salt according to taste
1 tsp hot oil (optional)
For stuffing:
3-4 medium sized potatoes boiled
Handful of frozen/fresh green peas
1 tsp amchur powder
¼ tsp ginger grated
1 tsp red chilli powder
A pinch of ajwain/omkalu
Salt according to taste
1 tbsp garam masala
Wheat flour for dusting
1tsp butter for each paratha.

  • Mix all the ingredients mentioned (for dough alone) & prepare soft dough by adding enough water.
  • Knead it well so that the dough becomes soft.
  • Smear oil to the dough & keep it aside for 30mins.
  • Meanwhile, mash the potatoes thoroughly.
  • Add all the ingredients to the mashed potatoes, mix them well & prepare medium sized lemon balls.
  • Prepare medium lemon sized balls with the dough prepared.
  • Take one portion of the dough, roll it with a rolling pin to a diameter of 4-5inches.
  • Place the stuffing inside & cover it by folding from all directions, ensure it is properly sealed inside.
  • Dust some dry wheat flour & leave it aside for 1-2minutes.
  • Roll it again carefully to a 7-8inch diameter.
  • Heat a griddle, ensure the griddle is very hot & then cook the parathas on high flame both sides by adding ghee/butter.
  • Serve it hot with curd, pickle or any side dish of your choice.

Thanks a lot for passing the awards Archy. It really means a lot.

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I am sending this paratha to CFK-Potato, hosted by Deepa’s Kitchen & Sharmi's blog


  1. We used to live in Jeevan Bheema Nagar when my dad was working there and used to make rounds in and around Indiranagar eateries! :D

    Good to read that.

    Aloo Matar parathas look gorgeous, all in one meal! :)

  2. Paratha looks very delicious Sushma.

    If you want you can send this recipe to CFK: Potato event

  3. love it...wonder where the bobby da dhaba is in going to Bangalore and have made up my mind not to miss any of the good stuff!

  4. Congrats Sushma on ur awards :)
    Aloo Mutter Paratha looks yum, wanna have a bite and nice click :)

  5. I enjoyed reading your experiance in that small Punjabi hotel :D 3 parathas, rice, lassi and dahi! wah re wah..
    that peas and aloo paratha looks so nice Sushma, will make them one of these days for lunch box.

  6. Thats a delightful post :) And no punjabi place is authentic if it doesnt dump that huge dollop of butter on their paranthas :) And the butter should have been fresh and white ;) I've experienced that several times myself ;)

  7. @Asha,
    Indiranagar is a very nice place to stay, but I was missing typical kannadiga food there :(
    I had to go to Basavanagudi, Jayanagar, Malleshwaram for authentic kannadiga food.

    Thanks, will send in for the event

    Bobby da Dhaba is very near to Trinity Circle, MG Road. It is on Old Madras Road & very close to Gurudwara. I can mail you the details, mail id plz:)

    Thanks a lot, manege banni khanditha kodthene ;)

    it is a perfect lunch box item, filling, nutritious & healthy.

  8. @A_and_N,
    very true, white butter(without salt) melting on the hot parathas.., wow, lip smacking..
    Thanks for the comments.

  9. looks so yummy! Congrats on the awards.

  10. Umm paratha looks so gud and your memories taking me to Chennai's dhaba's a cool place too...and making me miss India so much now :(

  11. As i am punjabi, so love parathas anytime..nice combo..i make aloo parathas and peas parathas too haven't combined the two..but it looks so yummy..

  12. Aloo Mutter Paratha is tempting...!

  13. @Priti,
    Are you from Chennai?
    Thanks for the comments

    Punjabi food is finger licking good, but calorie concious people need to think about consuming it often ;)
    Thanks for the comments.

  14. next time when i am in b'lore i will make sure to visit this bobby tha dabha :) i love the one near gurudwara in MG road. awesome food... and not to forget VV puram food street. ah, good old days... and i always remember that the best food you can have is at some small food joints or roadside and never in air conditioned five star hotels.
    coming to ur parathas, they look perfect.

  15. Hey, i used to stay in Jeevan bheema Nagar, i have visited this dabha.. its gud an famous for his taste :)!!

    Parata looks gud with peas popping up !! Congrats on ur well deserved award dear !!Enjoy !!

  16. @Sia,
    Thanks a lot, may be you have visited Bobby Tha Dhaba itself, because it is very close to Gurudwara & on the small street adjacent to Old Madras Road.There is no name board for this dhaba, I dont know how it got the name, "bobby tha/da dhaba".
    Even I agree to the fact that, small joints provide tastier food.

    Thanks a lot.

  17. Wonderful post, though I have been to Indiranagar I seem to have missed this dhaba. Sounds like the food they serve is great !

    Your parathas look delicious and perfect :-)

  18. Aloo mattar parathas look absolutely the pic...Thank you Sushma for the lovely entry.



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