RECIPE: Moong Dal Paratha (Protein Rich Yellow Lentil Stuffed Paratha)

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Moong Dal Paratha 

Ingredients:
For the Filling:

  • 3/4  cup yellow split moong dal (soaked for 30 minutes)
  • 2 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp dry mango powder
  • 3 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped

For the Dough:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Water to knead the dough
  • Oil or ghee for cooking

How to make Dal Paratha:

For the Filling:

  • Soak the moong dal for 30 minutes.
  • Once soaked, steam the moong dal for about 25 minutes until cooked, draining all excess water.
  • Once steamed and cooked,allow it to cool.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the dal and mix it until it becomes like a ball of mass.
  • Divide it into 12- 15 equal portions.
  • Set aside.

For The Dough:

  • Add flour and salt in a large bowl, adding little water at a time to make soft, pliable dough.
  • Knead dough until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Add 1 tsp oil to coat the dough and knead little more.
  • The dough will be soft and non sticky.
  • Set aside covered for 10 minutes.
  • Make 12- 15 lemon sized balls of the dough and roll them out thin to approximately 3 inches in diameter.
  • Note tossing the dough in dry flour while rolling will prevent it from getting sticky when rolling them out.
  • Add a portion of the stuffing in the center. Gather the sides and bring them together, as shown in the picture.
  • Remove the little excess dough which popped out when you brought them together.
  • Press the stuffed dough down. Toss it in some flour and roll it gently applying just even pressure to roll.
  • Roll it to desired thickness and your comfort level in rolling.
  • Place the stuffed parathas on the hot griddle/skillet.
  • Cook for about 1/2 a minute, flip over and add 1 teaspoon of oil/ ghee in and around the paratha.
  • Keep pressing the parathas while on the skillet so the dough gets cooked and the stuffing also gets the heat and gets pressed down into the parathas.
  • Flip and cook the other side for about 1 minute adding 1 more teaspoon of oil.
  • Cook until light golden spots appear on the parathas.
  • Dal Paratha is ready to serve.
  • Enjoy!

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