Many Indian food joints serve different types of stuffed parathas to fulfill the demand of each customer. And even though the preparation method of these parathas is very simple and common, you will never find same taste in two different varieties.
Talking about the varieties of parathas, I think we should be thankful to the person who’s invented the method of stuffing such delicious ingredients in bland dough balls.
This simple trick has made foodies like me go crazy for the stuffed parathas, which has also helped dhabas and thelas in bringing more innovative parathas to the serving tables.
The hygiene issue, however, is still a major concern, if you want to taste these sumptuous parathas on the streets.
It may seem like a convenient option to enjoy it once in a while, but you shouldn’t neglect your invaluable health.
So, what’s the solution?
Here’s the list of veg. stuffed parathas that you can try in your kitchen –
Note – I’ve posted the basic steps required for the preparation of these different types of parathas. So, please use the ingredients as per your own taste and judgement.
1. Aloo Paratha
Aloo (Potato) stuffed paratha is a failsafe combination for any novice chef. You just can’t go wrong with this simple and easy to make recipe.
Have a look at the preparation steps –
- Boil the potatoes and mash them thoroughly.
- In a mixing bowl, add the mashed potatoes, garam masala powder, chopped coriander, chopped green chillies/red chilli powder and salt. Mix nicely and make small balls out of it.
- Next, prepare the dough balls. Get one ball in hand and give it a concave shape.
- Stuff the spicy potato ball inside the dough and gently roll into the paratha.
- Add ghee/clarified butter on the pan and cook your paratha on both sides till it becomes crisp brown.
2. Matar Paratha (Green Peas Paratha)
For simple Matar Paratha, you need to boil the peas in slightly salty water. Once they are cooked, you can coarsely grind them in grinder and use as a plain stuffing for this paratha.
You can also add a little bit of red chilli powder to this crushed mixture.
Its other popular variation i.e. Aloo Matar Paratha can be made with the help of aforementioned recipe.
3. Methi Paratha
Methi Parathas and Theplas have become an integral part of lunch boxes in India. In your school, college or office, you will often find someone relishing on these healthy flat breads with some tangy & spicy mango pickle.
Methi, also known as Fenugreek in English, is a highly recommended veggie for teenagers and adults. Generally, it’s used in different vegetable dishes, but it also tastes great with Parathas.
In order to prepare Methi paratha, you don’t have to cook this veggie separately. Its leaves cook really fast on medium flame, which also means you can directly put them into the dough balls.
If you want spicier Methi paratha, you may include some traditional spices as well.
4. Mix Vegetable Paratha
This is one of my all time favorite parathas in the world. It tastes amazingly good and fills the tummy with lots of nutrients, which you won’t find in many other parathas.
So, how to make this amazing variation?
- Get 3-4 veggies along with potato and boil them thoroughly.
- Once boiled, take them out in a bowl and add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, Amchur powder and garam masala powder.
- Mix these ingredients immediately, and then mash the veggies.
- Use this masala to stuff inside your paratha dough.
- Follow the remaining process to cook the parathas on griddle.
As you may have noticed, I’ve not cooked the masala separately in a kadai. If you’ve some time to kill, make this paratha masala in proper stir-fried sabzi style.
5. Gobi Paratha (Cauliflower Paratha)
Don’t like Gobi much? Try this stuffed paratha variation!
- Grate the cauliflower and rinse with water.
- In a hot pan or kadai, heat oil on medium flame.
- Add the ginger-garlic paste, chopped onions and salt in it. Cook for few minutes.
- When onions turn translucent, add the chopped chillies, grated cauliflower pieces, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
- Cook it for 4-5 minutes under the lid. Finally, garnish it with fresh cilantro.
- Once it’s cooled down, use it as a paratha stuffing.
6. Coconut Paratha/Konkani Paratha
You won’t get any simpler stuffed paratha recipe than one posted below!
Just mix a couple of ingredients and you’re ready to prepare this Konkani paratha.
- Get the grated coconut, sambar powder, crushed garlic and salt in a bowl. Mix it together.
- Use this mixture to stuff inside your paratha dough balls.
- Cook the paratha till you get the golden brown color.
Note – You can also make sweet Coconut paratha using sugar and cinnamon powder.
7. Kerala Paratha
Another offering from South India! This one, though, is pretty similar to our North Indian Laccha Paratha.
Sometimes, it’s also known as Malabar paratha.
- In a bowl, get the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and milk. Mix these ingredients together and knead into a dough.
- Make small balls out of this dough and keep aside for few minutes.
- Using the rolling pin, prepare the roll on flat surface. Smear some oil on it and pleat from start to end. Then, give it a Swiss roll like shape.
- Use this shape and start rolling again into the usual paratha style. (Dust flour if needed.)
- Cook the paratha on your hot tawa for about 2 minutes.
8. Laccha Paratha
There isn’t much difference between Kerala Paratha and Laccha Paratha. You may follow the same technique to get the desired results.
For Laccha’s preparation, you can avoid sugar and baking powder.
9. Cheese/Paneer Paratha
Cheese or Paneer stuffed paratha is very easy to prepare in the kitchen, as there isn’t much work involved in its preparation.
Mix the grated paneer with a couple of spices and salt, and your stuffing is ready to be used.
10. Dry Fruit Paratha
Want something healthy for a snack? Try this delicious dry fruit paratha.
- Grind the cashew nuts, almonds and pistachios to fine powder consistency.
- Get this powder in a bowl, and add water, chopped coriander, red chilli powder and salt in it.
- Mix it nicely and use for your stuffing.
Note – If you like more crunch in each bite, add chopped nuts while kneading the dough.
11. Sattu Paratha
Sattu is considered as one of the most beneficial flours in India. So, why not use it for parathas?
Let’s have a look at the Sattu Paratha recipe –
- In a mixing bowl, get some mustard oil, Sattu and salt. Mix it well and add water as needed.
- Now, add the carom seeds (Ajwain), lemon juice, finely chopped chillies and ginger-garlic paste to it. Mix again.
- Use this mixture to stuff inside your paratha dough.
12. Mooli Paratha
If your kids don’t like Radishes, you should definitely try out this trick in your kitchen. They will surely love it.
- Grate the radish and mix it along with red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
- If the mixture is too hard, add some water and make thicker mixture out of it.
- With the help of spoon, place this mixture inside your flat dough and prepare the paratha.
13. Baby Corn Masala Paratha
Nope! Baby Corns are not just limited to Pizzas and Sandwiches. You should also include them in desi snacks like parathas.
Check the recipe below to know more about it –
- Heat oil in a kadai on medium flame.
- Add the mustard seeds and wait till they crackle. Then, add the chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste in it.
- When onions turn slightly golden brown, add the green peas, potato pieces, thinly sliced baby corn pieces, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder in it.
- Cook until the veggies are almost cooked, and then add the garam masala powder and lemon juice.
- Once this baby corn masala is ready, switch off the flame and mash it a bit.
- Use the spicy mashed masala for your paratha preparation.
14. Mushroom Paratha
Mushroom is one such vegetable that can be fit into almost any spicy delicacy.
Here’s the recipe for you to add this nutrient-rich veggie in parathas –
- Heat oil in a kadai on medium flame.
- Prepare your tadka using mustard seeds, asafoetida and kadi patta.
- Sauté the finely chopped mushrooms, grated carrot and mashed potato for few minutes.
- Add the finely chopped chillies, garam masala powder, dry mango powder and salt in it. Mix well. Reduce the flame and sprinkle water on this masala.
- Meanwhile, prepare the dough for your paratha and stuff Mushroom masala in it.
15. Spring Onion Paratha
Fresh and evergreen! If you also enjoy Spring Onions, try them with traditional parathas.
Here’s an interesting recipe with Chinese twist –
- In a mixing bowl, add finely chopped spring onions, grated paneer, Schezwan sauce, vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix everything nicely.
- Prepare the paratha dough and stuff this spicy spring onion mixture as per your taste.
16. Palak Paratha
It is one of the most common type of parathas you’d find in Indian restaurants. So, have a look at this Palak Paratha recipe and bring restaurant like taste to your home cooked snack.
- Clean the spinach leaves and boil them for around 5-6 minutes.
- Take out in a blender and prepare the puree.
- While kneading the dough, add the carom seeds, spinach puree, finely chopped raisins (optional) and salt.
- Roast the parathas with ghee.
17. Papad Paratha
Well, don’t be surprised with the name of this paratha variation!
Papad Paratha may not be a very popular dish in the country, but its crunchy texture and different taste makes it a worthy candidate for your must-try list.
Read these recipe steps and see if you can replicate them –
- Fry the Papad using deep frying technique, and crush them when cooled down.
- In a mixing bowl, add the crush papad pieces, mashed potato, chopped green chillies, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, chopped coriander leaves and salt.
- Mix well and keep aside.
- Prepare the dough with whole wheat flour and stuff this mixture in the paratha balls.
18. Lasooni Paratha (Garlic Paratha)
Generally, Garlic is considered as a helpful ingredient to combat cold and soar throat issues. So, why not use it in parathas?
This will be an amazing recipe for you and your family in chilly weather –
- In a mixing bowl, add the garlic paste, finely chopped garlic shoots, dry mango powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and oil (few drops).
- Mix it together.
- Use this mixture to make the Lasooni Paratha.
19. Moong Paratha
Bored with regular breakfast? Make this proteins-filled Moong Paratha and kickstart your day with more power –
- Heat oil in a pan.
- When oil turns hot enough, add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a minute.
- Now, add the sprouted Mung beans, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, dry mango powder and salt in it.
- Stir-fry for few minutes, and then add the mashed potatoes. Stir-fry again for few minutes.
- Once the Mung dal is cooked, switch off the flame.
- You may use this masala mixture to stuff inside the paratha dough balls.
Similarly, you can make this type of parathas using onions as well.
20. Pav Bhaji Paratha
Don’t throwaway the excess Pav Bhaji!
Store it in the refrigerator overnight and use it for Pav Bhaji Paratha next day.
Note – Please check the smell and taste of Pav Bhaji before using it in the following recipe.
- Get small portion of leftover Pav Bhaji in a bowl.
- Add the wheat flour, salt (don’t add too much) and lemon juice in it.
- Prepare the dough out of this mixture.
- Roll the dough balls into parathas and roast them nicely on the griddle.
21. Pizza Paratha
If you’ve prepared Indian version of Pizza with local bakery breads, use the same method for this interesting fusion paratha. It’ll bring back the memories of good ol’ days.
- Heat Olive oil in a pan on medium flame.
- Add the onion juliennes in hot oil and sauté till they turn translucent.
- Now, add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, red chilli sauce, salt and ketchup in it.
- Toss it nicely and let everything cook for few minutes.
- Once the tomatoes turn mushy, add the chopped capsicum, mushrooms and corn kernels.
- Toss again and cook till they’re almost cooked.
- Finally, add the dried Oregano and grated cheese in it. Stir well and keep aside.
- Prepare regular paratha with the dough.
- While roasting the paratha, spread the Pizza mixture on top of it.
- Grate Mozzarella cheese in the end and serve hot.
22. Shahi Paratha
Starting a new diet tomorrow? Then, treat your taste buds with this Shahi Paratha for one last time!
- In a mixing bowl, add the mawa/khoya, powdered sugar, salt, crushed cashew nuts, pistachios, almonds and raisins.
- Mix them well, and then add few drops of rose water.
- Stuff this mixture in dough balls and prepare your sweet shahi parathas.
23. Gur Paratha (Jaggery Paratha)
Wanna taste simple and sweet paratha at home?
Read the following recipe of Gur Paratha –
- Prepare the dough balls with whole wheat flour.
- Take one ball in left hand and make a hole using your index finger.
- In this hole, add the crushed jaggery and sliced pistachios. Once filled, cover it with the dough.
- Roll this dough like usual paratha and roast on the hot griddle.
24. Onion Paratha
Don’t have much time to prepare exotic stuffings? No problem!
Check the recipe below.
- Take a bowl and add the finely chopped onions, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chopped coriander leaves, salt and few drops of oil in it.
- Mix it together and use as a stuffing to prepare the Onion paratha.
25. Papaya Paratha
Yes! You can use Raw Papaya as main ingredient in traditional paratha stuffings.
So, follow the given recipe and surprise everyone with this unique combination.
- Get a mixing bowl and add the grated raw Papaya, cumin powder, asafoetida, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, dry mango powder & salt in it.
- Mix it well and keep aside.
- Prepare the dough balls using wheat flour and gram flour mixture.
- Stuff the prepared mixture in these balls and make parathas out of them.
As you can see, the paratha preparation is not as complicated as it seems. The stuffing process does require good amount of time, but I think it’d be worth to spend that much time for tasty outcome.
Paratha is one of those rare Indian dishes that you can relish in all courses of the day. You don’t have to wait for a particular time period to take the bites out of hot ń filling parathas.
So, enjoy your parathas and spread the word about our desi snacks!
What’s your favorite paratha anyway?
Do let me know in the comments below.