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Minty Cottage Cheese & Spicy Garlic Indian Flat Breads

3 June 2011 49 Comments

Minty Cottage cheese flat bread

Time flies when you are enjoying what you are doing and doing what you enjoy the most. And I thoroughly enjoyed my vacation at my native Udaipur. Learned to cook a few authentic recipes from mom, visited all the historical places which were in my wish list for long and most important met many of my schoolmates after almost 30 years!

Mom made these two versions of Stuffed flat breads or Parathas for my travel food. My kids dislike air travel and given a choice would always prefer trains over flights. They love to watch green fields, rivers, animals and villages over the dull and gray clouds :) so I booked for the flight for one way and came back by train.

These stuffed flat breads were the perfect accompaniment in the journey along with some ready-to-eat food that I packed along. I had them for my breakfast, lunch and the dinner as well. The breads are extremely easy to make and are scrumptious to snack upon with a hot cup of tea.

1. Minty Cottage Cheese Flat Bread

Minty Cottage Cheese Flat Breads

Roll the flat bread along with its radius..

Ingredients;

(makes 4)

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp of dry mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • Salt as desired
  • 1/2 tsp dry mango powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • vegetable oil
Minty Cottage Cheese Flat Breads

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Method; Take a large vessel and add the wholewheat flour, salt and 1 tbsp of oil in it and rub the dry flour with finger. Add water and knead the dough. Quantity of water may vary according to the flour, if the flour is coarse of home ground it will need more water while a fine ground flour will need a little less.

In another bowl and add the fresh cottage cheese, chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, salt, crushed dry mint leaves in it. Mix all the spices and the cottage cheese well.

Minty Cottage Cheese Flat Breads

Scrumptious treat!

Take a small ball of dough make a perfect round by rolling it in the palm. Dust it with dry flour and flatten it on a board using a rolling pin into a small circular disc.  Spread a teaspoon of oil over it and add about a tablespoon of the above cottage cheese mix and spread it thoroughly.

Make a cut along the radius of the circle as shown in the picture below and start folding the rolled dough in a circular motion till it makes a single long tubular shape. Flatten the dough as shown in the picture below and roll it again into a large circle using dry flour. Make all the flat breads in the similar manner and keep them aside.

Minty Cottage Cheese Flat Breads

Perfect triangles..

Heat a girdle and put the rolled out flat bread on it. Turn to the other side and add 1/2 tsp. oil to the sides of the flat bread. Fry both the sides for 2 minute and cook till golden spots appear on it.

Serve hot with tomato sauce or any spread of your choice. Pack them in an aluminum foil for a great travel and picnic food.

2. Spicy Garlic flat Breads

stuffy parathas or Indian stuffed flat breads

Spicy Garlic flat Breads

Ingredients;

(makes 4)

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 8-10 garlic pearls
  • 1 tbsp. dry mint leaves
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder or 2 dry red chillies
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water

Method; Take a large vessel and add the wholewheat flour, salt and 1 tbsp of oil in it and rub the dry flour with finger. Add water and knead the dough. Quantity of water may vary according to the flour, if the flour is coarse of home ground it will need more water while a fine ground flour will need a little less.

stuffy parathas or Indian stuffed flat breads

Garlic chilly paste..

Grind the garlic pearls, salt and the dry red chillies into a coarse paste.

stuffy parathas or Indian stuffed flat breads

Take a small dough and roll it out into a small circle. Rub a little of the ground garlic and red chilly paste and sprinkle a little turmeric powder, cumin seeds and crushed mint leaves over the rolled circle.

Make a cut along the radius of the circle as shown in the picture above and start folding the rolled dough in a circular motion till it makes a single long tubular shape.

stuffy parathas or Indian stuffed flat breads

Flatten the rolled out dough..

Flatten the dough as shown in the picture above and roll it again into a large circle using dry flour.

stuffy parathas or Indian stuffed flat breads

Roll it again..

Make all the flat breads in the similar manner and keep them aside.

stuffy parathas or Indian stuffed flat breads

Perfect flat bread..

Heat a girdle and put the rolled out flat bread on it. Turn to the other side and add 1/2 tsp. oil to the sides of the flat bread. Fry both the sides for 2 minute and cook till golden spots appear on it. Serve the Stuffed Flat Breads hot with tomato sauce, pickle or any spread of your choice. Pack them in an aluminum foil for a great travel and picnic food. Notes;

  1. These stuffed bread are a healthy breakfast treats.
  2. Makes a perfect travel & picnic food.
  3. Pack them for a handy and healthy lunchbox meal.
  4. Dry mint leaves can be replaced with the fresh ones but the moisture content will make the bread stale faster.
  5. Avoid garlic if you dislike and make only chilly stuffing for the bread.
  6. Roll the flat breads and store in the freezer for many months tightly packed in a zip lock bag. Defrost and cook them with a little oil as and when needed.
  7. Mom used the hand ground wholewheat flour aging for making these flat breads, which gives a crunchy feel to the recipe.
  8. Use Tofu instead of cottage cheese for much healthier version.
  9. To dry the mint leaves, just pluck the fresh leaves without the stalks and spread them over a towel or paper in shade till they are dry. Might take several days for the leaves to get dry fully. Drying the fresh mint in sunlight will make the color of the leaves black and loose the fragrance.
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49 Comments »

  • Priti said:

    Looks just so yum …love that garlic addition
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  • divya said:

    yummy even i made vegetable parota same like this… yummy…layers…
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  • Raks said:

    Wonderful paratha,would love to try,must be so flavorful! :)
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  • Baker Street said:

    Outstanding. Would be perfect with a dollop of butter. Drool.

  • Belinda @zomppa said:

    I’m totally in love with this! Such beauty in a bread. =)

  • Deepa said:

    Dear it was a welcome change to read that your kids prefer train journey over flight. Good to hear that you are enjoying your vacation here. Paratha looks wonderful and love the way you have rolled it.

    Deepa

  • Faith said:

    Both of these flat breads look incredible!! I’m bookmarking this post and I can’t wait to give them a try!
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  • Junia @ Mis Pensamientos said:

    sanjeeta, this flat bread looks so savory~~~ mmmm!
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  • sangeeta said:

    We love our parathas too . All variants and with a bowl of dahi they make the best breakfast . These are all winter favorites though.
    Fabulous pictures all of them.
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  • Reva said:

    This is yummy yum… I love the stuffing.. it is so delicious..:)
    Reva
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  • Lyndsey said:

    I would really love this for breakfast, or travel or anytime. I am definitely going to make these wonderful recipes. Thanks for sharing the best!!
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  • Priya said:

    Fabulous flat bread, with my fav cheese and garlic…stunning clicks!
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  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    I love how you have cut and rolled it into paratha. I am going to try this method for stuffed paratha. Both the parathas look amazing :)
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  • Yuri said:

    Love the flavors and appearance of these flatbreads :) first time I hear about mango powder. The way you rolled these is similar to chinese pancakes, right? Happy Friday!
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  • Madhavi said:

    Oh love this flat bread and lovely flavors too!!!

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  • Sonal said:

    Wow..can you please give me the recipe for that yum looking bharwa hari mirch. Thank you! You have a lovely blog.

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  • Nishi said:

    Loved both the parathas. Loved the way they were folded. Thanks for posting the recipes Sanjeeta :)
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  • pigpigscorner said:

    Love the touch of mint in this! Great flavours!
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  • Krithi said:

    Wow.. this is a great travel meal… reminds on our train trip to delhi when we packed food to go… It was soft rotis and an awesome subji (I dont remember the subji, oh my it was before 14 yrs :D)

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  • Hari Chandana said:

    Very interesting combination.. looks really good.. thanks for sharing :)

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  • biny anoop said:

    wow dear looks amazing….pics make me hungry

  • VeenaAravind said:

    Drooling over that garlic bread :)Thats my favourite flavor !! great recipes…:)happy to knw that u had a wonderful time in ur mom’s.Nothing can beat the happiness we get even for a moment in the place you were brought..up.

  • chinmayie@lovefoodeat said:

    looks so spicy and delicious! mint, paneer and amchur powder will be great together! Have to try this paratha!

  • kankana said:

    I love stuffed bread .. but i suck at making them. They break apart all the time. This looks perfect!
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  • Heather @girlichef said:

    These sound delicious…I just love the flavors in them and they’re so new to me. I want to say I prefer train travel, too…only I’ve never actually been on a plane, so I guess I just like trains. Period. ;)
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  • aarthi said:

    This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that

  • Apu said:

    Its been ages since I had a paratha like this!!
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  • Jayashree said:

    With goodies like that, who wouldn’t love to go on a lo…..ng train journey??? Everything looks so tempting.
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  • Anna Johnston said:

    Stuff bread…, YumO. I love the garlic addition & mint too. Nice one.
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  • kadhyaa said:

    thats a very nice combo for indian bread looks very yum .
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  • Julie M. said:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation! Those stuffed breads look like the perfect accompaniment for a train ride. Yum!
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  • Shilpa said:

    How nicely done! Just perfect lunch box treats too.. love your take on the traditional recipes….absolutely love your blog…

    -Shilpa
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  • Sadhana Valentina said:

    Very tempting one dear. Lovely presentation. Glad to follow u for more recipes.
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  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy said:

    The picture with green chilli is making me hungry.Love paneer paratha!Glad to know that you had a wonderful vacation.
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  • rebecca said:

    oh wow these breads look amazing and wow that must have been a long train ride :-)
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Rebecca, it was a long journey, but we didn’t quite feel like. Since we had booked an independent coupe for us..we enjoyed our private moments and cleanliness which is often missing in long train travels. And with all the ready-to-eat food and indoor games with us it was more like a prolonged picnic :)

  • Anita Menon said:

    Excellent. I HAVE TO TRY THIS. *scribbles in her note pad*
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  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    This sounds so good, I’d love to try this!

  • pachecopatty said:

    Gorgeous flat breads;-) I’m going to dry some of my fresh mint, thanks for the idea!
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  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    yuuummoooo this is ultimate stuffing is great!!
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  • Magic of Spice said:

    Oh my this is such a wonderful combinations of flavors…delicious!

  • bunkycooks said:

    What a great recipe! I think these would be perfect to serve as a nibble with cocktails in the evening. I am glad that you had a great trip and learned some new recipes. :)
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  • Jen said:

    Wow. Just the name of this recipe is intimidating! But it sounds like an amazing combination. I adore Indian food. And would so love to try. Thanks!

  • sarah, simply cooked said:

    Sanjeeta, I included this recipe in my weekend links post today–I just think it looks delicious. :)
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  • latha said:

    wonderful iwill try this week seems to be very tsaty and mouth watering

  • subharekha said:

    Hi,
    I ve been using ur site mostly for breakfast bites! Love them! Definitely going to try out ur mint parathas, looks yum!

    Subharekha

  • arpitha said:

    Hi,

    Can you please share the recipe of that Green Chilli . I am desparatly looking for that
    Thanks
    Arpitha

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Arpitha, try this recipe at Lite Bite; http://litebite.in/healthy-pickle-recipe-green-chili-pepper/

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