Spicy Indian Hummus stuffed in Methi Paratha Pockets
Guess the main ingredient in the above dish. Also guess the kitchen gadget that I have used for this recipe.
Main Ingredient: Chick Peas (Many of you got this right)
Gadget: Pressure Cooker (No right answers there)
Over to the story…
This was supposed to be my entry for my favourite gadget at Posie’s Place. And the gadget is indeed the pressure cooker. My 2 L Hawkins pressure cooker does the toughest of jobs in minutes sparing my time for more interesting activities like -you know what !
The ingredient used was Kabuli Chana aka Chick Peas. The chick peas when soaked overnight almost double up in size. I’m always in awe of this little miracle of nature.
Soaked chick peas get cooked to a mashed consistency in a matter of 10 minutes when a pressure cooker is used. I could never keep it boiling on stove top for 1-2 hours. Firstly I don’t have that kind of patience when it comes to cooking and secondly the LPG prices aren’t exactly that low and thirdly I don’t want to be depleting the world’s energy resources. For all reasons mentioned above, pressure cooker is my favourite gadget in my kitchen.
Coming to the recipe, i made two recipes with the same cooked chickpeas. One, a spicy hummus (which quite some of you guessed right) which I stuffed inside a methi-ajwain roti (my substitute for Pita bread). This was for breakfast.
With most of the other cooked peas, i made Chole (Pronounced as Cho-lay). Chole is something almost every Indian family makes in it’s own style. And probably I shall blog about this national favourite someday. But today’s post is dedicated to the Indian style hummus and the roti-technique which I learnt from a friend’s mom.
For boiled chick peas -Soak the peas overnight with a pinch of soda-bicarb in the water. In the morning, rinse off well, and place directly into pressure cooker with water to cover plus a little more. I don’t generally add salt while cooking, as it toughens the peas. (I believe so.) Close the lid of the cooker, place the whistle. After 3 whistles, reduce the flame to SIM and keep it for 7-8 minutes. Since the cooker I used is the mini 2 Litre version, the whistles start blowing almost as soon as I close the lid.
Kasoori Methi and Ajwain Paratha:
Kasoori methi is dried fenugreek leaves, which have a very intense flavour. It is generally used along with vegetables like potatoes or to flavour up a gravy. You may very well use this to make Methi parathas, when you are out of fresh methi.
Ajwain is another very strong herb / spice. Called Bishop’s weed in English, it is a wonderful home-remedy for indigestion / flatulence / bloating. Since chick-peas are reknowned for gas production, I found it logical to combine it with the ajwain in the parathas.
Spicy Indian Hummus in Methi paratha pockets
- 1 cup chick peas very well cooked
- 1 large clove garlic - finely chopped
- one lemon Juice of
- Pinch chilli flakes
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds - roasted and coarsely powdered
- 1/3 tsp sea salt crushed
Kasoori Methi and Ajwain Paratha:
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp ajwain (bishop's weed)
- 1 tbsp methi Kasoori (I use Everest )
- 1 tsp salt
- water . to bind the dough
- For hummus:
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mash well with a fork. I like it a little rough and grainy. If you like it silky smooth, use a processor by all means. Check for salt. Garnish with a few fresh coriander leaves and red chilli powder.
- I have omitted the olive oil, but you may mix in a tbsp of the same.
- This hummus tastes spicy and tangy. The sesame seeds lend their nuttiness. I call it Indian style because of the red chilli powder and coriander used.
- You can use this one in several set-ups. As a healthy spread on toast for breakfast, along with chapatis, as a 'thuvaiyal' with dosas. Another wild idea would be to mix steamed rice with this as a 'chutney'.
- For Kasoori Methi and Ajwain Paratha:
- Mix the ajwain and kasoori methi into the flour and bind it into a dough of chapati-dough consistency. Once the dough is done, knead well for 2-3 minutes with a little oil, to make it smooth.
- I followed the following procedure to make thick rotis, which split into two layers once cooked (I'm not talking about a phulka here.)
- Roll out a big lemon sized ball into a long oval.
- 2. Pinch it towards the center-making a waist. Apply a dot of oil / flour on both the upper and lower circles.
- 3. Bring the upper circle onto the lower, making a two-layered round.
- 4. Roll out this into a round paratha.
- Cook this on both sides on a hot tava (griddle) till brown spots appear. Remove from tava.
- Spread the hummus on one half of the paratha. Place a few slices of tomato and fold the paratha in half. Cut into two pieces.
Is the main ingredient Potato?The kitchen gadjet that you might have used could be a potato masher ??
Dito to the comment from Ashok. I say potato and a potato masher.
I’ll guess chickpeas and a food processor?Brandiehttp://kajismom.blogspot.com
Well it looks like mashed potato and then the gadget would be a potato masher. But then on second thought it could be fine semolina. But then i don’t know the gadget. And ofcourse congratulations on winning the My local market contest.
Hmmm…..will wait for a few more of my favourite guessers and then give you the answer 🙂
mashed potato or chickpeas with a wooden masher ????
It looks like hummus to me. So chickpeas or some other legume?And a whisk? A hand blender?Oh come on N…out with it already!!
Mashed potato… like a filling for aloo paratha? Gadget : well u can use the masher, but hands are an option too!
Looks like a rice flour with Red chillies.??
Looks like fine sooji/rava to me…
Looks like hummus. the color cud be from any # of things, sun dried tomatoes?gadget – blender 😀
It looks like chick peas to me. Did you use a wooden spoon to mash them?
I think you used a masher to mash… hmmmm.. potatoes w/ red chili flakes..
Hi Nandita,Some flour????
some dal grinded or mashed???
It looks like hummus…..and a food processor will do the trick. – Food Lurver
Hummus and you used mortar and pestle!
Ok, check the post my dear guessers 😉
Hi Nandita,Thanks for sharing 100% healthy recipe. Nice idea of making 2 layer paratha.
Hi Nanditha,Hummus in methi paratha is a sure to try out one..I like ur method of 2 layer paratha.. I usually make the triangle shaped ones. next time would try ur 2 layer paratha. thanks for the recipe.
Never thought of using kasoori methi for parathas. Quite a tip. Thanks for a healthful recipe Nandita.
I do make Hummus and Kasoori methi parantha at home but never thought of combining the two. This is a very innovative idea. Thanks for much for sharing
Thanks a ton for your appreciation friends !
Lot of details and pictures , good job! Looks delicious , thanks!If you want a dessert to go with it, you need to check out my blog!!:)
WOW …the Methi Pockets do look yummy….will have to try them out soon. Hummus has been on my to-do list like forever..!!! I have to get around to making it soon.
congratulations Nandita on winning the FD-2. It’s great news. The paratha with hummus looks delicious. Nice picture!
Fantastic Idea Nandita of Methi paratha pockets and hummous. Just bought some low fat version from M&S today. Its a great idea for tiffin box too.
hinanditagreat recipea definite try for mei love methi parathas and parathas in general so will let you know.
Hey friends,Thanks and do let me know if you try it out!
Hi, I’ve been looking for a Hummus recipe for some time. Moved to Spain last year and it is very difficult to get. Thanks for this one.
You welcome Kerris- Im sure with the amazing kinds of Olive oil you get in those parts of the world- your hummus will taste wonderful with a good swirl of olive oil too!