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Peethi ki Paronthi (Lentil filled Flatbread)

Posted by vivnidhi on June 4, 2008

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Peethi ki Paronthi & Aam ka Achar (Mango Pickle)

Paronthi is the Parantha’s younger sister OR………. who knows………. maybe Parantha is the husband and Paronthi, the wife. Well, the relationship is quite hazy here. But, as the wise have said……….”Don’t go where you are not required to go” All I can tell you is that the Paronthi is smaller and thinner than the parantha, (may I add , a little more delicate there;) ).

Peethi is a filling made with Urad Daal (Black gram lentils). I have heard that there was a time when people in Northern India would only eat Pooris and Kachoris at every meal. For the longest time, my husband’s Grandmother ate Poori or Kachori, she was not a Roti, Phulka liking person. She was a fabulous cook and would work very very hard to cook good food. I have been fortunate enough to taste her handmade Mungodis which absolutely melted in one’s mouth when cooked. I am mentioning Kachori several times cause a very similar filling is used in traditional North Indian Kachori. But for the faint of heart like me, making a paronthi with peethi is good enough. It’s made very rarely at our place and it is such a treat, that we all end up eating way more than we should.

The Recipe: (For 18-20 paronthis)

For the Dough:

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cups water

For Filling (Peethi):

  • Urad daal/ split black lentils without skin 1 cup
  • Ginger 2″ piece chopped fine or grated
  • Oil 2 tsp.
  • Green chili 2 chopped fine
  • Red chili powder 1 tsp.
  • fennel seeds/saunf 1 Tbsp.
  • cumin seeds/jeera 2 tsp.
  • Fenugreek seeds/methi 1/2 tsp.
  • Garam masala 1 tsp.
  • coriander powder/dry cilantro powder/dhaniya 1 Tbsp.
  • Asafoetida/heeng powdered 1/2 tsp.
  • Dry mango powder/Amchur 2 Tbsp.
  • Salt to taste

Make a dough with whole wheat flour and water. More about the dough can be found in my post here.

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In the plate (clockwise) green chili, red chili powder, fennel seeds,cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, Garam masala, coriander powder, asafoetida powder, dry mango powder, ginger minced and salt in center. Soaked and ground black gram also in picture.

To prepare the peethi for the filling, soak urad daal overnight or at least 4-6 hours. Grind it coarse in a grinder the next morning. In a wok or sauce pan (preferably non-stick), heat 2 tsp. oil and add the rest of ingredients except salt and dry mango powder. Add the ground urad daal and fry a little till it dries. Next add salt and dry mango powder. Mix well.

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Peethi is ready!

Make balls of the whole wheat dough of the size shown below.

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Whole wheat balls with dry flour for dusting

Flatten the dough balls with a rolling pin and fill the peethi as shown below.100_1640

Whole wheat dough flats and the filling

Pull the whole wheat edges and form a ball again. Dust a little flour and roll out the Paronthi. Heat a cast iron griddle. Oil the griddle a wee bit and then put the rolled out paronthi on the griddle. Make sure you put the paronthi only when the griddle is sizzling hot, that is you should be able to throw some drops of water and they should first sizzle and then evaporate. If they evaporate right away, the griddle is too hot. Turn the paronthi over when you start seeing tiny bubbles on the surface. Spread a little oil on the surface of the paronthi and apply a little pressure with a spatula to ensure uniform cooking. Turn it over once more and apply pressure gain. A well made paronthi will puff up on all sides.

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Peethi ki paronthi on the griddle

A paronthi well cooked should not have doughy edges and should be uniformly cooked. Peethi ki paronthi tastes fabulous with achar, dried potato curry or my all time favorite Masaledaar Aloo ki Sabji.

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Have a bite!!

Peethi ki Paronthi is off to Srivalli for the Roti Mela. Looking forward to a variegated collection of flatbreads there.

I was making paper fans for my son and he was scribbling on them. A few minutes later he comes to me & asks me to make a paper AC this time……….ha. I could only look at him in astonishment! Now, if we could all make paper AC’s , wouldn’t that solve India’s energy problems!  I asked my son to grow up and do something about alternative energy as I have little hope from myself. That certainly left him content with paper fans………..for now.

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15 Responses to “Peethi ki Paronthi (Lentil filled Flatbread)”

  1. aa said

    Thanks for the Nice recipe! Will try this soon.
    I loved your dal ka dulha series, and look forward to more paranthas and paronthis.
    This is a good way of getting a little more protein in my paratha (I goontho the atta in soft tofu anyway)
    Hey! Thanks for your kind words. I am sure you will enjoy these. I am so glad that you liked the daal ka dulha series. I should be back with more soon:).

  2. sangeeth said

    yummy recipe….paper AC huh? pretty tough answering to young brains….luv ur sons idea….hoe someone can implement it 😉
    I hope so too! Well! its remarkable at times, what 2 year olds can come up with!

  3. Madhavi said

    Lovely recipe, looks mouth-watering !!!

  4. yumm!!! sounds like an interesting recipe….

  5. Rashmi said

    way to go nidhi !! Lovely paronthi:P

  6. Madhuram said

    Very delicious recipe. I also made a similar paratha for the mela, but yet to post it.

  7. Srivalli said

    Looks wonderful!..do send in the details through mail..thank you so much for such authentic entry!

  8. Hello there. I was sent a link to your blog by a friend a while ago. I have been reading a long for a while now. Just wanted to say HI. Thanks for putting in all the hard work.

    Jennifer Lancey

  9. ranji said

    looks delcious…i have never made this…will give it aa try..

  10. remya said

    yumm!!! sounds like an interesting recipe…wanna try it

  11. Sujatha said

    Looks awesome! Thats such a nutritional dish.. First time to your blog, great recipes!

  12. vanamala said

    Lovely new recipe….

  13. Usha said

    Hi ,

    This is the first time I visited your blog,this recipe of yours looks delicious,I have never had a paratha/paronthi made this way before……..will surely try it sometime.Thanks for sharing the recipe !!

  14. vivnidhi said

    Thanks to all of you….Madhavi, Ramya, Rashmi, Madhuram, Srivalli, Jennifer, Ranji, Remya, Sujatha, Vanamala & Usha. Thank you for visiting the blog & taking the time out to read the recipe and to say such kind words.Please accept my apologies for not replying back right away.
    Try it and let me know what you think!!

  15. mala ramakrishnan said

    hi, tge recipe sounds good and i would like to make for my family. will post thr opinions after making.

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