December 16, 2012

Avocado Paratha- Layered avocado flatbread

Trying to get some vegetables and fruits into your picky little eaters? Here is a great way to disguise avocado into chapatis. 

Avocados are good for you but also have a rich, buttery flavor that's rarely found in healthy foods. Although they are relatively high in fat and calories, avocados are loaded with beneficial fats,vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Chapati is flat bread found all over India and most of the Eastern world. This bread is usually made of whole wheat, all purpose flour or a combination of both. Chapatis can be rolled out into flat rounds, or layered into different shapes and sizes. Here is one of them, our layered triangles. 

What you need: Yields about 12 parathas
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup warm water
½ tsp salt
To layer and dust: A cup of wheat flour and a ¼ cup oil


 
Cut the avocados in half. Seed and scoop out the pulp. Mix the flour, avocado and salt thoroughly. Add warm water and mix the mixture to soft yet pliable dough. Refrigerate the dough in an air tight box for about 15 minutes. Divide the dough equally into 12 lemon sized balls. 
On a rolling board, or flat surface, dip a dough ball in a little flour dust, and roll it out evenly to form a palm sized flat round bread. 

Spread ½ tsp of oil on the top, and then sprinkle some flour on it. Fold the round bread into a semicircle and then a triangle. Roll out this triangle sandwich into fairly thick bread. Dust the surface with flour to prevent it from sticking to the surface. 

Heat a flat skillet or pan on medium high, when it starts to smoke, reduce the heat to medium and flip a rolled paratha on it. Turn it around a couple of times and flip it over until it puffs and gains a golden brown color. You may add a little oil/ghee just before you take it off the pan. It makes the outer layer crisp. Serve it hot with a delectable curry/sauce or chutney. Enjoy!