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What’s a Sunday without parathas? A fool-proof technique to make them gluten-free

Craving paranthas this weeked? We have you covered!

Written by Shalini Rajani | New Delhi |
May 16, 2021 1:20:40 pm
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Whenever I meet new participants from north India, especially Punjab, I am asked if I can bring parathas back in the menu. There are a lot of renditions that we discuss and work out according to specific millet protocols. But more than anything else, I make sure they learn the technique.

Today’s recipe is a basic ‘how to make a perfect millet parathas’. The stuff on the internet may confuse you. Many would want you to use store-bought millet flours (because they are finely ground), and many others would ask you to add lentil flours, oats powder, and such. I am surprised people are releasing books on millet with techniques not explained fully; that will only lead to acidity and bloating. People are not stressing enough on the fact that a minimum eight hours of soaking time is crucial for any millet grain.

So, here is a step-by-step guide for rolling out a crunchy millet paratha. Go through this recipe and refer to the video attached. I promise this short video will tell you that you can enjoy gluten free meals without a fuss.

Millet parathas. (Photo: Shalini Rajani)

Gluten-free sattu parathas with freshly ground sorghum millet

Ingredients (makes 4 Parathas)

  • 1 cup sorghum millet flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3 drops of cold-pressed oil (optional)
  • Cold-pressed oil for brushing the parathas
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
  • Millet flour for dusting (to keep it total gluten-free)
  • Eco-bake parchment paper for easy rolling.

Ingredients (sattu stuffing)

  • ½ cup chana sattu
  • ½ tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • Himalayan pink salt to taste
  • Juice of half Lemon
  • 1 tbsp homemade pickle oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped coriander and mint

 

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Steps

  1. In a deep wok, boil water, add salt and oil.
  2. Add millet flour in batches, mix it nicely and turn the flame off. Continue to mix.
  3. Allow this mixture to cool a bit, but do not cool to room temperature. It should be warm but easy to handle. Knead it into a soft dough. Leave it for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix all the ingredients of paratha stuffing and keep it aside.
  5. After 5 minutes the dough will be in good shape. Divide it into 4 equal parts.
  6. With the help of eco-bake parchment paper and flour for dusting, you should be able to roll a paratha.
  7. Refer to the video and practise at least once a week. You will be making perfect gluten-free parathas very soon.

(Shalini Rajani is the founder of Crazy Kadchi and holds innovative Millets Cooking Workshops for all age groups.)

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