Stuffed Chana Dal Paratha is basically an Indian Flat Bread stuffed with protein-rich lentils and spices. Chana Dal Paratha can be served for breakfast and can also be packed for Tiffin.
We happened to buy a Cuckoo clock about 2 weeks back. It was one of the many in the list of Dilip’s longtime wishes.
When we moved into the new house, he had this plan of buying one of these. But then there were multiple things that made us push the plan out.
In fact there wasn’t really a store anywhere near us where we could get one of those original wooden Cuckoo clocks. And the replicas were all plastic and didn’t quite have that genuine look and feel to it.
I still remember the day when Dilip happened to discuss the plan of buying one of these, with me. These Cuckoo clocks costed a lot here in India primarily because these were imported. So it was in fact like buying a piece of furniture for your home.
He had this story to narrate about one of his school friends who came from a very well to do family. His family was into some kind of business and their lifestyle was much better than a lot of the others in the same school.
This friend would often call Dilip to his house. A lot of times he would take Dilip along with him to his house, after school.
“You know, everytime I went to his house it was like walking to a dreamland for me”. Dilip said.
And I could relate to him. Because there were many such instances that I too, came across.
“He had a lot of those very sofisticated toys, that he would play with along with me. I always longed to buy one of those, but the price tag was pretty hefty for a middle class dad to buy it for his son”, he said.
“That’s when one day he took me along into his drawing room and showed me the Cuckoo clock. I remember standing there and looking at for almost 15 minutes to see the cuckoo come out. And when it finally came out and chirpped, I felt that it never stopped chirpping”, he continued.
He had an embarrasing smile on his face as he continued, “Thereafter, I would find a reason to go to his house and look at the Cuckoo clock until the day we moved out of the city”.
And when we finally bought the Cuckoo clock, I saw that child in Dilip as he kept looking at it as the Cuckoo came out and chirpped.
The next day when my daughter’s friends came home, she very enthusiastically showed them the clock. All of them looked at it for a few minutes and then went into her room and started playing there.
As I looked at them and then went into a flashback to recollect the way, Dilip was looking at the Clock the previous day I realized that things like a Cuckoo clock do not make the kids of today awestruck anymore. Because they are used to much bigger and advanced things.
And I asked myself, “Are we the reason for the lost innocence in our kids?”
Are our kids a victim of PIW (Parent Induced Wastefulness)? By providing them with everything they ask for, are we making them devalue their belongings? Are we preparing our kids for failure?
A lot many questions need to be answered. And we need to answer it to none other but ourselves.
Stuffed Chana Dal Paratha – Indian Stuffed Flatbread
Just like any other stuffed paratha’s, stuffed chana dal paratha also tasted great. Chana dal stuffing gives this paratha a very unique taste and texture. This recipe is a combination of chana dal, some Indian spices along with other complimentary ingredients like onion, tomato, green chili etc.
Stuffed chana dal paratha goes really well along with sweet tomato chutney, raita, curd or any pickle.
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Stuffed Chana Dal Paratha
Ingredients to cook Chana Dal
- 1 cup Chana Dal
- 1 Cinnamon Stick small piece
- 1 nos Black Cardamom
- 1 tsp Ginger
- 1 nos Bay leaf
- 1/4 tsp Hing
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
- Salt to taste
- 2 cup Water or as required
Ingredients to make Stuffing
- 1 Onion finely chopped
- 1 Tomato finely chopped
- 1-2 Green chilli finely chopped
- Coriander leaves handful chopped
- 5-6 pods Garlic crushed
- 1 tsp Garam masala powder
- 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Ingredients for Dough
- 3 cups Wheat flour/atta
- 1/2 tsp Carom Seeds
- Water as needed
- 1-2 Ghee/oil tsp
- Salt as required
- Mustard oil or vegetable oil for frying the parathas - as required
Method to cook Chana dal
- In a pressure cooker add chana dal, cinnamon stick, black cardamom, ginger paste, bay leaf, asafoetida, turmeric powder, salt and water.
- Pressure cook the chana dal for 4-5 whistle or till the chana dal gets cooked well and slightly mashed. (Take out and throw all the whole spices added to it, since its flavor would already have been absorbed by the dal)
Method to make Stuffing
- Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds and let it splutter.
- Once it starts spluttering add garlic and fry for few second.
- Now add chopped green chilli and onion, fry until golden brown.
- Now add chopped tomatoes and garam masala to it and mix well.
- Cook until the tomatoes are slightly mashed.
- Now add the cooked dal in it and mix well.
- If dal is too soft then stir fry, to bring it to the right consistency, else it will be difficult to stuff.
- And at the same time if it is too dry and crumbly then you can add little water to it.
- At last add the chopped coriander leaves and give it a nice mix. Set aside.
- Let the mixture cool down completely.
Method to mix Dough
- In a big bowl add wheat flour, carom seeds, oil and salt.
- Mix and rub the flour for few minutes so that the oil and salt gets mixed well.
- Then add water little by little to knead and make a stiff dough.
- Rest the dough for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Cover with wet towel or a plate, so that dough doesn't dry out. Set aside.
Method to make parathas
- Make small balls of the dough. Take one dough ball and roll it out with a rolling pin. Take a small amount of filling and place in the center of the rolled out dough.
- Wrap the dough around the filling ball, close and seal it from all the sides.
- Dust some flour and then lightly flatten the dough with hand.
- With a rolling pin, roll out carefully to make a round paratha.
- Heat a tawa or a non-stick pan, on medium heat and place the paratha in it.
- Smear some oil on top and around the paratha.
- Flip and cook evenly on both sides until golden brown in color on both sides.
- Serve hot with raita, pickle, tomato chutney or tomato ketchup.
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