A Tortilla meets a Croissant…
A paratha is a flaky unleavened flatbread from the Indian subcontinent. You’ve probably seen them at your favorite Indian restaurant. They can be eaten plain, or flavored and they are often stuffed with a vegetable mix of sort, such as mashed peas and potatoes. When pan fried in a bit of oil they will get puffy, flaky and crispy all at once, as if a tortilla fell in love with a croissant and made a baby.
Making parathas from scratch does take a bit of work, which is not something I’m looking for this particular weekend morning. You can find a recipe here.
However, thanks to technology and globalization, it’s quite possible that you can find frozen parathas where you live (we have a brand called Kawan). Each pack has 6 parathas and you can keep a stash in your freezer for when you need them. Super easy, super convenient!
I’ve discussed the virtues of pastry and cheese before (See Don’ let the hanger set in!). This time, convenience and tastiness make for a great breakfast treat that your child will love.
Ingredients for 2 egg parathas
- 2 parathas (I’m using frozen, but feel free to make your own)
- 1 egg, beaten and split into to small cups
- Stuffing for the kids: shredded cheese of choice (anything that melts well)
- Stuffing for the parents: chopped onions, fresh chilies, bit of garam masala, ground cumen or chili powder, salt, pepper – all to taste
- Vegetable oil
1) Heat a tea-spoon of oil in a heavy pan or skillet (read the instructions on the package)
2) Mix you stuffing of choice with the beaten 1/2 egg mixture
3) When the oil is hot, place the still frozen paratha in the pan and let it cook for about 1 to 1.5 minutes. You’ll see it start to puff up.
4) When the bottom of the paratha has gotten a nice color, flip it
5) Pour the egg mixture onto the paratha and carefully fold over the paratha into a half moon. If it’s a little rigid, making a little crease in the middle with the spatula.
6) At this point, I turn the heat down so that the egg mixture can cook without burning the bottom.
7) Flip it for fun
8) Check if the mixture has cooked by pressing down on your impending snack with the spatula.
9) Take the paratha off the heat and chop into wedges. Serve immediately.