Tofu Parathas

Tofu Parathas
Time was when I was afraid of tofu.
In the past, my experience with tofu was limited to the times I had it in restaurants, usually Thai or Chinese, where it was typically served up in deep-fried chunks smothered in a sauce.
After one dinner spent chewing endlessly, it seemed, on huge chunks of tofu, I swore I would never again eat this horrible, tasteless food as long as I lived.
Even years later, now a vegan, I resisted. Not least because of the widely-held assumption made by the meat-eating world that every vegan survives on tofu. I knew enough about balancing my meals with whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts and soy products (other than tofu) to feel almost duty-bound to thwart this annoying perception.
Then, one day, I decided to give tofu another chance.
Maybe it was the urge to experiment with new foods, now that I was no longer cooking the old meat standbys. Maybe it was difficult to pass up on its oft-touted, super-nutritious qualities. Anyway, I found myself coming home from the grocery store with a block of tofu.
This was during my paratha phase, when I was trying to stuff everything imaginable within the folds of a simple chapati dough, as an easy, effortless way to pump up the nutrition in our everyday meals while also making them more appealing to Desi who, although he will never admit is, is an extraordinarily finicky eater.
And thus was born the Falling-in-Love-with-Tofu Paratha. The title is self-explanatory. I have since gone on to adapt tofu in several Indian dishes. The blandness that first turned me off this wonder food is, I now find, what makes it extraordinarily versatile and easy to use in just about any dish.
In this paratha,you get all the health benefits of tofu (and it adds a silken texture to the paratha) but you don’t even taste it– instead you taste the vibrant flavors of the ginger and coriander.
Now that’s a star!
Tofu Parathas
 
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Recipe type: Main, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • For the paratha:
  • 2 cups durum atta flour (can substitute whole-wheat flour)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • For the tofu stuffing:
  • 1 block firm or extra-firm tofu, finely crumbled and drained thoroughly (make sure you remove every drop of liquid you possibly can or it will be hard to roll the parathas)
  • ½ onion, minced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, grated
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric (optional)
Instructions
  1. Using water, knead the paratha ingredients into a smooth dough with hands or in a food processor/stand mixer. Set aside.
  2. Mix the stuffing ingredients together.
  3. Divide the dough into lemon-sized balls.
  4. Divide each ball into two pieces, then roll each piece into a disc about 4 inches wide. Flour the surface and the rolling pin so the dough does not stick.
  5. Spread about 2 tbsp of the stuffing on one disc, leaving a 1-cm edge around the circumference.
  6. Moisten the edge with water and place another disc on it, pressing the sides together to seal them.
  7. Roll out into a paratha about 8 inches in diameter, turning it several times so it doesn’t stick. (Don’t panic if the paratha tears. Just patch it with your fingers, sprinkle some flour on it, and keep rolling).
  8. Heat a griddle. Brush lightly with oil and when hot but not smoking, place the paratha in it. Turn when small bubbles start to form. Cook on both sides until golden brown, brushing lightly with a little oil.
  9. Serve piping hot with mint chutney or simply with some spicy Indian pickle.
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7 thoughts on “Tofu Parathas

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    Harini

    March 26, 2010 at 10:20pm

    I am falling in love with this wonderful blog of urs…I think i will need lot more time to go thru each one of them and try them too…too much for a day i must say..hats off once again..

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    SuruaSmilrs

    June 30, 2012 at 3:44pm

    I wonder if I could make this gluten/free?

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      Vaishali

      July 2, 2012 at 8:11pm

      You could try it with a gluten-free flour blend– should work.

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    Mukta

    December 21, 2012 at 11:47am

    Your recipes are so awesome ,Vaishali! Its gonna be a fantastic addition to my existing collection of recipes. Being a nutritionist, I have to come with several tasty food options for my clients. Currently I have over 100 recipes. I m constantly looking for more. Thanks for sharing

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    ppriyaaster

    February 7, 2014 at 7:39am

    i have been a lurker on your blog…and have always wanted tot ell you that I love your blog..tried this recipe for today’s breakfast. It was delicious. Thanks again

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      Vaishali

      February 7, 2014 at 2:52pm

      Hi Priya, thanks for the feedback, and for delurking!:) It’s great to hear from you, and I am so happy you enjoyed the paratha. I haven’t made it in a while so thanks for reminding me too– I am going to make this today. :)

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