Bathua-Alu (Potato & Lambsquarter) Stuffed Paratha
Bathua or Lamb's-quarters/pig-weed (Chenopodium album) is a summer weed in UK. In India, it is a popular leaf vegetable during the winter months and it is cooked like spinach. It can be mixed with Chicken and meat to make a saag dish, or with new potatoes to make a lovely vegetable dish, with yoghurt to make a delicious Raita and to dough to give a distinctive taste to Roti poori/puri or Paratha. Bathua has medicinal uses in some skin conditions and its oil is used to treat hook worms. It is said to be high in vitamin A, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, trace minerals, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, iron, and fibre. Do not use it from beds where insecticides or leaf fertilisers have been used. Makes-10. Numbers depend on the size you make.
Title edited November 2018
3 1/2 cups (approximately 500 gm.)chapatti flour (keep a little aside on a plate, to use for dusting)
300 ml. water approximately. Add a little more or a little less until you get a soft dough
1 bunch of bathua (100-150 gm.)
2-3 medium potatoes
1 tsp. chilli powder
A pinch of hing or asafoetida powder
1 tsp. Garam Masala powder
Salt to taste
Oil for pan frying
Place chapatti flour in a bowl, add enough water to make medium soft dough. It should not be too soft to make it difficult to roll out or too firm to make parathas hard. Keep aside covered with a moist cloth.
Boil (or microwave cook for 5-6 minutes), cool, peel and mash the potato.
Boil (or microwave on full for 3-4 minutes) the bathua leaves. Drain and squeeze all the water out, there should not be any water left it it, or you won't be able to roll out parathas. When cool, mash lightly.
Mix well bathua leaves, potatoes, hing, salt, chilli powder and garam masala powder.
Take a golf ball size portion of the dough and make it into a ball.
Flatten with your hand or roll out to 2-3 inch or 7-8 cm. size circle.
Place one generous tsp. of the potato/bathua mix in the centre. Pull the edges together, to close the ball again, with the stuffing inside.
Smooth the ball by rolling between your palms, flatten and dip in a plate of dry flour.
Roll it out with a rolling pin (belan) into a 6-8 inch circle.
Heat the pan or tava to medium hot and place the rolled paratha on it.
After a minute or so, turn it over.
Brush it gently with oil on both sides. I use a small ladle for this purpose. Fry it to nice and crispï¿½ish brown on both sides.
Repeat the procedure with the rest of the portions.