Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Cauliflower or Gobhi Paranthas

Wheat formed the basis of our diet when we were younger. We had rice once or twice a month. Rotis and paranthas were an everyday meal. Stuffed paranthas of various kinds formed the basis of breakfast along with lassi. I love all kinds of stuffed parathas and have it for breakfast everyday whenever i visit India.

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Now we have parathas for lunch or dinner or as brunch on weekends. Here is the recipe for gobhi parantha.


1 cup wheat flour
1 tsp salt
warm water as needed
1 tsp oil.

Knead the dough as you would for rotis, but not too stiff. The dough should be soft and pliable. After making the dough, put 1 tsp oil on the dough and keep aside for 1/2 hr to 1 hr, covered with a moist cloth or paper napkin.

For the filling:

1/2 cauliflower broken into florets
1 tblps finely chopped onion
1 tsp ginger grated
4 green chilies finely chopped
1 tblsp green coriander finely chopped
1 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp dhania or coriander powder
1/2 tsp ajwain/carom seeds optional
salt to taste

Wash the florets and let them dry. Grate the cauliflower. Mix all the other ingredients. Ensure that everything is very finely chopped or the parathas will tear while rolling.
If the filling looks too watery or if you are having difficulty rolling it and the parathas are breaking, add 1 tblsp of roasted besan or chick pea flour.

While making paranthas, take a small ball of dough, roll it out to about 2 inch diameter, then pinch the sides to make them thinner than the center. Now put about 2 tblsp filling in the center. The more the filling, the tastier the paranthas will be. Bring together all the edges of the dough over the filling and close it properly.

Keep the ball on the surface and press it gently with the back of your palm or your fingers. This helps in spreadng the filling evenly and prevents the parantha from breaking. now roll it slowly into a thin round.

Heat the griddle or tava and cook the paratha on one side for about a min, turn over and cook another min, now put 1 tsp oil on each side and cook for 2 mins more or till the parantha is nicely roasted and turns golden brown.

Serve the parathas with pickles, curds, a dollop of butter and lassi.


Asha said...

After many failed attempts at making Aloo Paratha, I finally made them perfectly last year! Now, it's Gobi's turn to be stuffed!:D
Looks delicious Vimmi.
After we moved out of India, we stopped eating any Indian style breakfast and after having kids, I make Indian food about 3-4 days per week max!:D
Food habits change so much, don't they?:)

vimmi said...

I know Asha,

We also have indian breakfast or brunch only on weekends, though I cook Indian food most days.

Asha said...

Forgot to tell you! I will be making your authentic Bharta tomorrow, got a Baingan! Wish I had fresh Cauliflower for parathas, have only frozen thingies!!:D

vimmi said...

Do try the bharta, you will love it. Do tell me how it turned out.

Laavanya said...

I love gobi paranthas the best! That sounds like a perfect breakfast to have... this and lassi. Looks so good VImmi.

Pooja said...

wow ! gobi ke parathe, reminding me of half of bollywood movies... :)) . favorite of all heros in movie, just next to gajar ka halva :)).
btw, your looks nice , i didnt try it anytime. will try your way and let you know Vimmi !

Shweta said...

Ye hue na ekdum Punjabi gobhi de paranthe! Same goes for your baingan ka bharta. Turns out the best with so few ingredients!

vimmi said...

Thanks Lavanya.
Hi pooja,
Bollywood seems partial to punju food.

Hi Shweta,
Thanks. Enjoyed reading a punjabi comment for the first time. thanks

Meera said...

Wow!! Your picture with makkhan on top looks so good. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe, Vimmi

vimmi said...

Thanks Meera,

Loved eating it with makhan. generally we avoid it, but sometimes ruka hi nahin jata

Vaishali said...

What a lovely parantha, Vimmi. Looks beautiful and sounds very yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

Lavanya Raj said...

vimmi ..paratha looks so good. i will try this soon and let you know. thanks for sharing.

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

YUM YUM YUM! I love stuffed parathas & make them often for lunch! I made a yummy lime pickle & amla pickle yesterday. They go really well with stuffed parathas served with a dollop of white butter & lassi! Your gobhi parathas look scrumptious!:0)

vimmi said...

Thanks Vaishali, Lavanya and Passionate baker,

Some times i dont feel like making both roti and sabji, then I make these.

Uma said...

Looks yummy!

meeso said...

If I had to choose between rice or bread, I would choose bread every time! These look soooo good, I love warm bread.

Dhivya said...

wow paranthas lookd yummy and delicious...will surely try..Thanks for sharing

Kalai said...

Looks beautiful, Vimmi! You're really making me hungry. :)

vimmi said...

Thanks Uma.

I am also partial to breads.

Thanks Dhivya and Kalai

Red Chillies said...

Wow, rice just once or twice a month? I cannot dream of it as I need it eveyday. But your paratha looks yummy especially with the butter.

Jaya said...

yum gobhi ke parathe ...
thats agood tip of adding of besan while filling the paratha dough..
thanks ..
hugs and smiles

shriya said...

WoW! Heard about aloo parathas and tried it but never know there s an gobi paratha. Looks very unique recipe and delicious. Bookmarked your recipe.

Reshma said...

I simply loved your blog title . so many possibilites to be-cooking is just one of them indeed!

DEEPA said...

I missed this one ..excellent yummy yummy !!..I love them...


Hi..am here for the first time and love your stuff here!!
Yummy gobhi parathas!!

vimmi said...

Hi red chilies,
now we have rce mostly 4 times a week bcos my hubby is from Goa.

Hi Jaya,
I used to add besan, but now i can make it without besan.

Hi REshma,
my hubby uggested this itle. we can do so much with our life.

Hi Deepa and sugarcraft, thanks.

vimmi said...

Hi Shriya,
we make paranthas with cooked cauliflower., cooked spinach, dals etc also. will post them soon.

Shella said...

Havent made gobhi parathas the whole season....better do before I cant see them in the market anymore. Thanks for inspiring

niya said...

Hi Vimmi

This's Niya.

Thanks a lot for visiting my blogspot & comment.

Have a nice day

Take care



vimmi said...

Hi Shella,

Do make them.

u r welcome

Anonymous said...

vimmi i have made gobi parathas only once & loved it, & now since i have your tried & tested recipe, will try to do it this weekend. yours looks so inviting with the blob of butter on top:)

vimmi said...

Yes Paati,
try it. tastes wonderful with butter.

Anonymous said...

It took me a long time to search online, only your site open up the fully details, bookmarked and thanks again.

- Laura

Deepa & Divya said...

I tried this recipe and it turned out perfect.thank u so much for this recipe.