Vegetable paratha with carrot-garlic spread

Vegetable parathas make a good breakfast, lunchbox recipe or even a mid morning snack when rolled up and had with some tea.

My mornings are probably the most mismanaged hours. No matter what time I wake up-I have to go through the morning ritual of a cuppa chai with the papers. The chai stretches until I'm almost through with the newspapers (which come to some total of 40-50 pages of browsing).

Once I'm done with that, my rush hour starts, where in I have to prepare breakfast and a lunch box for the husband. This is always a very high speed activity to achieve the double end point, of taste combined with wholesome nutrition.

For today's lunch box I made a quick mixed grated vegetable paratha with carrot garlic spread. It is a pretty simple thing to make.

Recipe for Vegetable Parathas

Makes 4-5

1- 1.5 cups- Radish / Bottle gourd, or a mix of both -grated
Handful of fenugreek (methi) leavesfinely chopped
1 tsp ajwain / omam seeds (called Bishop's weed -click for the picture)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 cup whole wheat flour
Pinch of turmeric, salt to taste

Bind the dough with the water released from the vegetables. 
Keep dough covered for 15-20 minutes if time permits.
Divide into 5 portions.
Roll out each portion into small thick chapatis and cook them with some oil / ghee.

Carrot Garlic Spread
Inspired by Tarla Dalal's Healthy Breakfasts

2 medium sized carrots-washed, peeled and roughly sliced
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
sea salt to taste
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp chopped coriander

Grind the carrots, garlic, chilli powder, salt to a coarse paste. Mix in 1/2 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp of finely chopped coriander.

It can't get simpler than that. The sweetness from the carrots, the pungent kick from the garlic and the heat from the red chilli powder make a truly awesome blend of tastes.

This recipe makes upto 3/4 cup of chutney.

Can also serve this as:

Chutney for any parathas, chapatis
Low cal spread for sandwiches
Spicy chutney with Idlis/ Dosas instead of using 'molaga podi' with oil


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Nandita said...

Hey Ramya
Thanks- you have always over-complimented me! If you try out something, do let me know how it turned out- i just finished baking a batch of Chocolate scones (courtesy another blogger's recipe)- the whole house is filled with the aroma of chocolate, butter and vanilla. I wish we stayed closer, so that I could spoil all you guys with baked goodies-you would get fat in NO TIME!!

SusanV said...

I will have to try the carrot chutney. It looks very interesting!

Garam Masala said...

Nandita - This is a power-packed recipe! I am always looking for quick fixes too, this one looks great!

Great blog you've got here.

Puspha said...

That's a beautiful recipe. Well done.

Sri Valli said...


I made this spread yesterday with Dosa. It tastes pretty good.


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Anonymous said...

Bale! kalakka recipe. Will sure try this.

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