Brown Cow-Peas Paratha

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Brown Cow Peas Paratha

How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings: 6 parathas

Lentils are commonly used in Indian Kitchens to make side dishes and especially usli as a side dish for rotis. Among lentils, brown cow peas, green gram, Bengal gram, kabuli chana, white peas, green peas, lima beans are popular. I have previous put up recipes of saru-upkari and a gravy side-dish using brown cow peas that is otherwise known as Alasandebi in Konkani or Alasande in Kannada. Today I would like to put up brown cow peas stuffed Paratha that was well received at home. A successful experiment that I’d like to share with you now.

What you need to have:

1. Dry Brown Cow Peas – 1/2 Cup


Red Cow Peas

Sprouted Brown Cow Peas

Ingredients for Seasoning:

1. Chopped onion – 1/3 Cup

2. Tomato chopped – 1 (medium)

3. Ginger-garlic paste – 1/2 Teaspoon

4. Cumin seeds – 1/3 Teaspoon

5. Chilli powder – 1 Teaspoon

6. Turmeric powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

7. Dhania Jeera powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

8. Garam masala powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

9. Chopped Cilantro – A handful (For garnishing)

Ingredients of Seasoning & Garnishing

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and soak brown dry cow peas in water overnight. Drain water and tie the lentils in a cloth and keep it aside for 8-10 hours – this will help them sprout. Soak it in water again and sprouted brown cow peas is as shown in the image-2.

2. Cook the sprouted brown cow peas with a little salt in the cooker till smooth. Drain the stock and keep it aside.

Cooked Brown Cow Peas

3. Place a skillet with 3-4 Teaspoons of cooking oil on low/medium flame. When hot add cumin seeds to it and once they splutter, add chopped tomatoes to it and fry it for a while. When almost done, add chopped onions and required quantity of salt to it and let it fry till done.

Seasoning for the stuffing in progress

4. Add all the powders and ginger-garlic paste in a row and toss them well.

All powders & Ginger-garlic paste being tossed in the seasoning

5. Finally add cooked cow peas from step-2 to it and garnish with chopped cilantro.  The mix should be smashed well and should be solidified so as to stuff it in the paratha.

Paratha stuffing

Ingredients of the outer dough:

1. Wheat atta – 1 Cup

2. Cooking oil – 3-4 Teaspoons

3. Salt – As per taste

                                                                                                      Ingredients of the Paratha dough

6. Prepare a pliable dough with atta, salt and oil adding water in steps. Pinch out a small portion of the dough and roll it into 4′ diameter and spread the stuffing in it. Close the edges as shown in the image below.

Paratha dough, rolled small roti  in which stuffing is placed

7. Close the edges and roll it on a thick plastic sheet dusting it in wheat atta to required thickness.


Rolled Paratha

8. Place a roti tawa on medium flame splashing a little cooking oil on it. When hot just place the paratha on it and fry it till done.

Paratha being roasted

9. Flip and roast till dark brown spots appear on it splashing a little oil on it. Repeat the process for the remaining dough.

Roasted stuffed Cow peas paratha

10.  Enjoy either with Tomato sauce or with Amul butter.  Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm

Ready to serve stuffed cow peas paratha

How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings: 6 parathas

4 thoughts on “Brown Cow-Peas Paratha

    maayeka said:
    December 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    very healthy and filling paratha..never tried this filling before..,will try for sure

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Maayeka,

      Thanx a lot for your comments.

    Priya said:
    December 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Omg, wat a super healthy paratha,simply inviting.

    dapperdolly said:
    December 29, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Damn looking at your blog is so tantalizing, I could eat so many foods from your recipes! (and not care… too much…. about the weight gain, certainly not enough to stop)

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