Aloo Paratha Recipe (Aloo ka Paratha)

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If you’re a fan of bread and potatoes, you’re going to love Aloo Paratha or Aloo ka Paratha. Sometimes spelled alu paratha, this potato stuffed flatbread is a popular Indian breakfast that combines two of my favorite starches in a single delectable package. Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, this humble meal is as comforting as a hug. What’s not to love??

aloo paratha folded and placed on a green ceramic plate on a dark bluish board. sides of butter cubes and mango pickle served in two small ceramic bowls.

What is Aloo Paratha

Aloo means “potato” and paratha means “stuffed flatbread” in Hindi, so the name is quite telling: aloo paratha is an unleavened whole wheat flatbread stuffed with a savory spiced potato mixture.

Though there are many variations of stuffed paratha, many folks like aloo ke parathe above all others. In my home, Gobi Paratha and aloo paratha win all the superlatives.

Hailing from Punjab, India, this is one of my favorite breakfasts of all time! It also happens to be one of the first recipes I learned from my Punjabi mother-in-law, so it holds a special place in my heart.

In Punjabi families, parathas are made with lots of love and affection, not to mention lots of ghee and butter (makhan). If you lean towards a healthier lifestyle, you can easily opt to roast aloo paratha in oil and serve them with curd (plain yogurt) instead of butter.

In this post, I’ll show you two different methods of rolling the potato parathas. There’s no need to be intimidated; this recipe is really quite simple!

To make aloo ka paratha you need two main components:

  1. Dough made from whole wheat flour – a basic dough is made with whole wheat flour (atta), salt, oil and water. Making this unleavened dough is very easy and you can either knead it with your hands or in a stand mixer.
  2. Mashed potato stuffing – potatoes are boiled, peeled and then mashed. The mashed potatoes are seasoned with herbs, spices and salt, and then are stuffed in a rolled dough before being roasted or fried.
Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Aloo Paratha

Before you can make these delicious stuffed parathas, you need to prepare the potato stuffing.

Make Potato Stuffing

1. First, boil or steam 4 medium-sized potatoes in a pressure cooker, steamer or electric cooker. Add enough water in a 2-litre pressure cooker or pan to just barely cover the potatoes.

  1. For cooking in a pressure cooker – On a medium flame, cook the potatoes in water for 3 to 4 whistles. When the pressure settles down naturally, remove the lid and drain the water. Allow the potatoes to cool enough to handle and then peel them.
  2. For cooking in a pan – Cover the pan and cook potatoes in water till fork tender. For this method, it helps to peel the potatoes and chop them in 2 inch cubes before boiling because they will cook faster than whole potatoes. Using a colander, drain all the water and allow the potatoes to cool.
boiled aloo on a plate.

2. If you haven’t done so yet, peel and chop the warm potatoes. Then mash the potatoes with a potato masher.

If you don’t have a potato masher, use a box grater to grate them and then mash the potatoes with a fork.

mashing aloo in a bowl.

3. The potatoes should be mashed very well, with no lumps, chunks or bits. Any lumps in the mix will cause the stuffing to leak out of the dough when rolling.

mashed potatoes in a bowl.

4. Now add the following ingredients, feeling free to vary the spices as you like.

  • ½ to 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chillies (1 to 2 green chilies) or serrano peppers
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon punjabi garam masala powder or Garam Masala Powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder or cayenne pepper or paprika (optional)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder) – or use lemon juice instead
  • salt according to your taste.
add spices and chilies to mashed aloo.

5. With a spoon, thoroughly mix the spice powders and green chilies into the mashed potatoes. Check the taste of the spiced mashed potato stuffing, adjusting the salt, red chilli powder, or dry mango powder if required. Set the prepared aloo stuffing aside.

aloo stuffing in a bowl for aloo paratha recipe.

Make The Dough

6. In a separate bowl, add 2 cups whole wheat flour. Make a well in the center. Add ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste), 1 tablespoon oil or ghee, and roughly ⅓ to ½ cup water.

NOTE: Be sure to add the water in portions as you go on mixing and kneading the dough. Do not all of the water at once.

whole wheat flour in a bowl with a well in the middle with water and oil added.

7. Bring the mixture together and knead into a smooth, soft dough for 8 to 10 minutes. Add more water if needed. Cover and keep the dough aside, letting it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

paratha dough in a bowl after kneading for 10 minutes.

Stuff The Flatbread

Option 1: The “Double Disc” Method

8. Pinch two small balls from the dough. Flatten them and dust with whole wheat flour.

two small balls of paratha dough on a marble slab.

9. With a rolling pin, roll them into rounds roughly 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Try making both the discs the same size.

two discs of paratha dough on a marble slab.

10. On one of the discs, place the potato stuffing in the center, keeping about 1 inch empty space from the sides.

placing aloo stuffing on rolled paratha using the two disc method.

11. Gently place the second circle on top.

adding second round of paratha on top of the aloo filling.

12. Press and seal the edges with your fingertips. If you are not able to seal the edges, then brush or spread some water on the edges and then seal.

seal aloo paratha by pinching the two discs together.

13. Dust some flour on the stuffed aloo ka paratha and start rolling.

rolling aloo paratha after stuffing and pinching shut.

14. Roll the paratha into a round about 7 to 8 inches in diameter, or about the size of a normal roti or chapati.

rolled aloo paratha on board ready to be roasted.

Option 2: “The Dumpling Method”

15. Pinch off a medium ball of dough. Roll it between your palms and lightly flatten it. Dust with some flour and roll to a circle about 5 to 5.5 inches diameter.

Place the potato stuffing in the center, keeping about 2 to 2.5 inches of space from the sides.

placing stuffing on a single round of paratha dough.

16. Take the edge and start pleating, joining the pleats in the center.

folding and pleating the paratha dough to shut it around the aloo filling.

17. When all of the pleats are joined together, it should look like a Chinese dumpling. Be sure to pinch the pleats together very well so the filling doesn’t leak out while rolling.

after joining all the pleats, the unrolled aloo paratha looks like a soup dumpling.

18. Press the joined top portion slightly downward to flatten it a bit.

press the pointy top of the paratha dough down with a palm to flatten it slightly.

19. Sprinkle some flour and roll this version of stuffed paratha to about the same size as that of a chapati or roti. If some of the filling comes out, then just take a small piece of dough and cover the gap.

Roll, trying to create the same thickness throughout, as you would a pie dough. Avoid keeping the edges thick.

rolling aloo paratha with a rolling pin.

Roast Alu Paratha

20. On a hot tawa (skillet or griddle), place the rolled paratha. The tawa should be quite hot; cooking parathas at a low flame will harden them. Ideally, the finished parathas are crisp as well as soft.

For a thick bottomed heavy tawa, keep the flame to medium-high or high.

For a medium or thin bottomed tawa, keep the flame to medium-low to medium.

dry roasting aloo paratha on skillet.

21. When the base is partly cooked, flip the paratha using a spatula. You will see some air pockets on this side.

frying aloo paratha after flipping the first time - there are very faint bubbles beginning to appear.

22. Spread some ghee or a neutral flavored oil (e.g. sunflower) on the partly cooked part.

the aloo paratha has been brushed with oil and is beginning to puff up.

23. Flip again and you will see nice golden blisters on the second side. To clarify, the side which has been spread with ghee will be on the bottom.

This side has to be cooked more than the previous side.

second side of cooked aloo paratha is still dry, but has a few golden spots on it like a tortilla.

24. Spread some ghee on the second side facing you. A well-made and well-roasted alu paratha will always puff up when roasting.

the second side of the aloo paratha has been brushed with oil and the whole paratha is puffed up in the center like a ufo.

25. Flip again once or twice till both sides are cooked properly, with crisp brown spots. You should also press the alu paratha edges down with a spatula or spoon so that they are fried well. Repeat, making all parathas this way.

I usually stuff and make aloo ke parathe side by side because I love multitasking :-).  After they roast, I keep on stacking them in a roti basket or casserole lined with a towel to help keep them warm. I also add a bit of Homemade Butter on top of each paratha as I stack them.

cooked aloo paratha on skillet.

If your family is ready to eat NOW, you can also serve the aloo ka paratha directly from the tawa (skillet) to the serving plate. Serve some extra butter on the side, along with Mango Pickle, Lemon Pickle, Dal Makhani or some fresh curd (yogurt).

Cooked aloo ke paratha can also be packed in your tiffin for lunch. In fact, aloo paratha used to be my favorite tiffin snack when I was growing up! Some things never change. 🙂

aloo ke paratha folded and placed on a green ceramic plate on a dark bluish board. sides of butter cubes and mango pickle served in two small ceramic bowls.

Serving Suggestions

These delightful potato stuffed flatbreads are a divine pairing with so many things:

  • For a cooling element, try plain Curd (yogurt) or Boondi Raita.
  • Butter (salted or unsalted) is always welcome on any bread of mine.
  • A side of Mango Pickle, Lemon Pickle, or Garlic Pickle can also be served.
  • You can serve aloo ka paratha like many dhabas: with Dal Makhani, Chana Masala, or Kali Dal.
  • You can even serve aloo ka paratha plain – it is still very delicious.
  • They also make a good tiffin box snack as they stay soft even after cooling.

Flavor Variations

I love my aloo filling just the way the recipe is written, but there are a few ways to customize it to your liking. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Apart from the spices listed, you can also add ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain) and ½ teaspoon ginger paste. Apart from these spices, you can also add roasted cumin seed powder (jeera powder), turmeric powder, black salt, dry pomegranate seeds powder (anardana powder) or coriander powder.
  2. For a pop of bright green color and fresh flavor, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of finely chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) or mint leaves.
  3. Another popular variation is to add finely chopped onions if you like. Just remember to chop the onions finely or else they pop out when rolling the parathas.
  4. Add grated cheese or paneer, because potatoes + cheese = yum.
Tips

Expert Tips

  • Cooking potatoes – Potatoes can be boiled in either a pan or a pressure cooker. Potatoes can also be steamed. To cook potatoes in a pressure cooker or pan, add water to cover the potatoes and cook them till they are easily pricked with a fork. For pressure cooking, cook for 3 whistles on a medium flame.
  • Texture of mashed potatoes – The potatoes should be mashed very well, with lumps or small pieces in it so that the parathas do not break while rolling. The texture of mashed potatoes should be light and smooth.
  • Finely chopped additions – Any additions you make to the potato mixture need to be very finely chopped, or they risk popping through the dough when you roll them.
  • Oil or ghee – Either oil or ghee can be used for both kneading and pan frying. To make vegan aloo paratha, use any neutral flavored oil to both knead the dough and roast the parathas.
  • Frying or roasting – Alu paratha can be either shallow fried or roasted on an iron skillet, which we call a tawa. The roadside stalls and dhabas shallow fry paratha in ghee or oil, while at home they are most often roasted. Homemade paratha is therefore usually healthier than the fried paratha available outside.
  • Use an appropriate amount of heat – Keep the flame medium-high to high while roasting parathas. If the heat is low, then the parathas become dense as they take a long time to cook. In case it becomes too hot and the parathas are charring before they can cook, then decrease the flame. You can always adjust the flame when cooking parathas.

FAQs

How do I make the filling tangier?

The mashed potatoes stuffing have a slightly tangy taste from the addition of amchur powder(a.k.a. dried mango powder, made of finely ground sun-dried unripe mangoes).

If you do not have dried mango powder, an easier substitute is lemon juice. Another possible substitute is dried pomegranate seed powder (anardana powder), though this is a more rare ingredient.

Can I make a healthier aloo paratha?

First, look to the filling: you can add a few more cooked and mashed veggies like peas, carrots, or french beans. Some grated cheese or paneer can also be added to make these flat-breads more tasty & nutritious.

Secondly, consider pan-roasting the paratha in a heart healthy oil instead of ghee. I also suggest avoiding shallow frying the paratha like they do at most roadside stalls.

What are the best potatoes to use?

Since they will be peeled before use, you can use either thick skinned jacket potatoes or waxier skinned potatoes – they’ll both be great. I used russet potatoes for this recipe.

How can I fix the consistency of my dough?

If your dough has become thin or sticky, add a few tablespoons of flour to correct it. Mix and knead the dough again.

If the dough looks dry or is not soft, add a few tablespoons of water in stages and knead again. Sometimes you may see that the dough looks sticky but as you continue to knead, the flour absorbs the water and the stickiness goes away.

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Aloo Paratha Recipe (Aloo ka Paratha)

Punjabi aloo paratha is a popular Indian breakfast of unleavened whole wheat flatbread stuffed with a spiced potato stuffing. Learn to make these flavorful and tasty aloo paratha with my tried and tested family recipe.
4.91 from 82 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Cuisine Indian, Punjabi
Course Breakfast
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 10 Aloo Paratha
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Ingredients

For potato stuffing

  • 3 to 4 medium potatoes – boiled and mashed
  • 1 to 2 green chilies – chopped finely
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder or cayenne pepper or paprika, optional
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves – optional
  • salt as required
  • oil or ghee, as required for roasting paratha

For paratha dough

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as required
  • 1 tablespoon oil or ghee (clarified butter)
  • water as required for kneading

For serving

  • White Butter or yogurt to serve with the aloo paratha
  • mango pickle or lemon pickle – as required

Instructions
 

Making potato stuffing

  • First boil the potatoes and peel them. You can boil or steam the potatoes in a pressure cooker, steamer or electric cooker.
  • Chop and then mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
  • The potatoes should be mashed very well. There should be no lumps or small pieces in it.
  • Now add the chopped green chilies, garam masala powder, red chili powder, dry mango powder and salt.
  • Mix the spice powders and green chilies with the mashed potatoes very well. Check the taste and add more salt or red chili powder or dry mango powder as per your taste. 

Kneading dough

  • In another bowl or pan, take whole wheat flour (atta). 
  • Make a well in the center. Add salt, oil and about half of the water.
  • Bring the mixture together and knead into a smooth soft dough. 
  • Cover and keep the dough aside for 20 to 30 minutes.

Stuffing and rolling

    Method 1

    • Pinch two small balls from the dough. Flatten them and dust with whole wheat flour.
    • With a rolling pin, roll them into about 4 to 5 inches diameter rounds . Try making both the rounds of the same size.
    • On one of the rolled dough circle, place the potato stuffing in the center and keep about 1 inch empty space from the sides.
    • Gently place the second circle on top.
    • Press and seal the edges with your fingertips.
    • Dust some flour on the stuffed paratha and roll into a round of about 7 to 8 inches in diameter or about the size of a normal roti or chapati.

    Method 2

    • Pinch a medium ball dough. Roll and flatten it. Dust with some flour and roll it in a circle of about 5 to 5.5 inches in diameter.
    • Place the potato stuffing in the center, keeping about 2 to 2.5 inches space from the sides.
    • Take the edge and start pleating as well as bringing the pleats in the center.
    • Join the pleats together. The pleats have to be joined well, as otherwise there will be gaps while rolling and the filling comes out. 
    • In case you do see the filling, then just take a small piece of dough and cover the gap. Roll to smoothen out the small piece of dough.
    • Press the pleats from center.
    • Sprinkle some flour and roll this version of aloo paratha to about the same size as that of a chapati or roti.

    Roasting

    • On a hot tava (tawa or skillet or griddle) place the rolled paratha.
    • The tawa or skillet be hot and not at a low temperature. Cooking parathas at a low flame will harden them. Parathas ideally are crisp as well as soft.
    • When the base is partly cooked, flip the alu paratha using a spatula or tongs.
    • Spread some ghee on the partly cooked part.
    • Flip again and this time this side has to be cooked more than the previous side. You will see brown spots on the paratha.
    • Spread some ghee on this side too. A well made and well roasted aloo ka paratha will puff up.
    • Flip again once or twice till both the sides of aloo paratha are cooked properly. You should see crisp brown spots on the paratha. 
    • You can also press the paratha edges with a spatula or spoon, so that they are fried well. As some time, the paratha edges are not cooked well so keep this point in mind. 
    • Make all aloo ke parathe this way and stack them up in a roti basket or casserole.
    • You can also serve the aloo paratha directly from the tawa (skillet) straight in the serving plate. Serve some extra butter on the side, along with mango pickle or lemon pickle or garlic pickle or some yogurt.
    • If you are serving them as an evening snack then you can also serve them with a cup of hot tea or lassi.

    Notes

    1. Adding oil or ghee while kneading the dough makes the parathas soft.
    2. The aloo stuffing mixture can be made according to your taste and liking. You can also add roasted cumin powder (jeera powder), rock salt, carom seeds, mint leaves and coriander powder.
    3. To the aloo stuffing, you can also add other boiled and mashed veggies like peas, carrot, french beans, also grated cheese and paneer, to make it more nutritious and you have your mix veg paratha.
    4. Always cut the onions, chillies, coriander leaves very finely. Also, the aloo should be mashed very well. There should not be any lumps or small pieces in it. This is so, so that, the parathas do not break while rolling.
    5. If you do not have dry mango powder, then you can use dry pomegranate seeds powder (anardana powder) or lemon juice. Add according to your taste and preferences. But don’t make the stuffing taste too much sour. So add in bits, mix and do a taste test.
    6. To vegan aloo paratha, roast the paratha with oil instead of ghee. Also use oil while needing the dough.

    Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

    Nutrition Facts
    Aloo Paratha Recipe (Aloo ka Paratha)
    Amount Per Serving (1 aloo paratha)
    Calories 154 Calories from Fat 72
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 8g12%
    Saturated Fat 2g13%
    Cholesterol 6mg2%
    Sodium 269mg12%
    Potassium 87mg2%
    Carbohydrates 18g6%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 3g6%
    Vitamin A 85IU2%
    Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
    Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
    Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
    Vitamin B6 1mg50%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Vitamin D 1µg7%
    Vitamin E 3mg20%
    Vitamin K 1µg1%
    Calcium 8mg1%
    Vitamin B9 (Folate) 11µg3%
    Iron 1mg6%
    Magnesium 33mg8%
    Phosphorus 86mg9%
    Zinc 1mg7%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    216 Comments

    1. It was a hit in our family! Loved it! My brother remarked that it tasted like Delhi style parantha. Thankyou!5 stars

      1. Good to know and thanks for sharing. Most welcome and happy cooking. Thanks for the rating too.

    2. The other variation mentioned by you sounds interesting.noted the ingredients.will give it a try.thanks.

    3. Aloo parathas are such that it can be prepared in a number of ways using different spices.loved the way you gave such a detailed explanation with so many options.tried this recipe.It was really good.4 stars

      1. yes, winnie. in a recipe like that of aloo paratha, many variations can be done. this is a family recipe, so i have not changed it in any way and shared with the readers. another variation which i make uses ajwain (carom seeds), green chillies, grated ginger, garam masala, dry mango powder, a pinch of hing, red chilli powder, a bit of black salt and regular salt in the stuffing. this one also tastes good.

        thanks again for sharing the review and for the rating. happy cooking.

      2. Tried ur aloo paratha recipe for the first time and it really simple, delicious and mouthwatering.thanks a lot. I have taken your credit home. Lots of love.5 stars

        1. Thank you for the positive feedback and the rating too. Glad to know. Happy Cooking.

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