April 19, 2011

Paneer Peas Rajgira Paratha

Rajgira/Amaranth flour is completely new to me.  I might have come across this flour in any of the food blogs and I'm sure I haven't bothered to find out more since I knew I would not able to find it in my area. Now that I am in a new city, I happened to see the packet of flour in a nearby provision store.  Telling myself that I can google and find out what could be done with it, I bought a packet.

Amaranth flour is made from the seeds and its gluten free. And its mostly considered as upvaas/fasting food when one abstains from eating any cereals. Since it is gluten free and cooked on fasting days, potatoes are invariably added while making tikkis/parathas. I was impressed with the nutritional information found here
Amaranth flour contains more fiber and iron than wheat and it is a good source of calcium. Amaranth flour is high in protein and when it is used in combination with other flours (such as wheat), the protein value is as beneficial as fish or poultry.
You can read about more about it from here, here and here

I did not add potatoes to my parathas and instead used wheat flour for gluten.

You need
  • Rajgira/Amaranth flour - 1 cup
  • Wheat flour - 2 tblspn
  • Salt- 1/4 tspn
  • Red chilli powder - 1/4 tspn
  • Wheat flour for dusting

For Filling

  • Grated paneer - 1/2 cup
  • Fresh peas - 1/2 cup
  • Green chilly - 2nos
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tspn
  • Salt to taste
Microwave peas for 5 minutes or blanch in hot water for 10 minutes. You can use fresh peas as it  is. But I don't like the raw smell of peas. Grind the peas and green chilly together. Don't add water. It need not be very smooth. The peas should be crushed enough that it doesn't stick out while rolling.  Mix the grated paneer, ground peas+chilly paste, lemon juice and salt in a bowl. Divide into 6 portions.

Take the ingredients for the paratha in a bowl. Add enough water to get a smooth dough. Divide the dough into 6 balls.

Take one ball and roll into a small circle. Place the filling.

Gather the ends and close it. Keep the closed end down and roll out into paratha. Dust with wheat flour as you roll. Since the rajgira flour doesn't have any gluten, be gentle while you roll.

Heat a griddle and smear oil on it. Cook the parathas on both sides. Drizzle oil around the paratha while cooking. Enjoy these delicious, soft parathas with a side of a cup  of curd and your favorite pickle.

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  1. Sounds interesting and new to me

  2. hey jayashree, i have been using this rajgira flour along with wheat flour and never knew what it is!!!! thanks for the info!!!
    Paratha's are very inviting!!!!!

  3. need to incorporate ragi in our diet...thnx for the info...the paratha looks super yum all it needs is a blob of butter:)

  4. That's one healthy rotis Jayasree..I am enjoying your treat of rotis!

  5. Yummy looking parathas - have one of these to blog!

  6. yummy...... luks so delicious.. very tempting clicks!!! thx 4 sharing

  7. This looks very interesting..rajgira flour is a recent find for me too and I have since started to add a little rajgira flour to wheat flour when I make rotis.

  8. the parathas very good and yumm...love the stuffing!
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  9. wow tats a super delicious paratha...

  10. Yummy and super parathas...nice info...

  11. Parathas look delicious. A very fulfilling preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  12. Wow wat a healthy paratha,would love to give a try to this rajgira flour,will search for it..

  13. Healthy and delicious parathas :)

  14. Lovely ones, Jayashree. I have never thought of purchasing it though my grocer carrie it. Have to try to buy some next time.

  15. parathas look yum,..never tried rajgira flour,

  16. WOW!! never tried parathas with ragi flour... bookmarked it :)

  17. Very healthy paratha...even the stuffing is super good. I too might buy rajgira flour after seeing this recipe.

  18. wow.. i have never heard of amarnath flour.. :) sounds healthy but..

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  19. sounds so good and delicious..healthy too

  20. Hearing about amarnath flour for the first time...Is there any other name by which it is known? parathas look delicious...loved the peas paneer filling...

  21. @Mehjabeen, glad to have you here. Welcome to my space.

    Kaveri- I know only these two names - Rajgira/amaranth flour. Will search to know if it goes by any other name

  22. Those rotis look so healthy and delicious. Have to look for rajgira flour in my Indian store the next time.

  23. Jayasree hope you are doing great. This paratha with Amaranth flour is a great idea.

  24. Lots of hard work and tons of healthy stuff there in the Paratha.Awesome..!

  25. I am enjoying your treat of rotis! I have since began to add a small rajgira flour to wheat flour when I make rotis.
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  26. Amaranth flour is new to me too.. I think I have seen it in stores but never really bothered to pick it up...your parathas look awesome though!


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