Avocado Paratha is an insanely delicious option for Indian takeout that you have ever dreamt of making under 30 minutes. And there is no close replacement for this protein-packed avocado Paratha.
This is a fusion recipe for making Indian recipes with American vegetables. Clean eating real food is possible with pantry-ready ingredients which are available in most of the kitchens. Prepared with whole wheat flour, avocado, cilantro, and red chili powder.
Heck, you can cobble together for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Invite the whole family together and enjoy this avocado Paratha well over and over again.
I have grown up with a tradition of eating parathas on every weeknight. And so I have made parathas zillions of times with many variations like gobi paratha, cauliflower paratha, aloo paratha.
I'm also obsessed with repeating the same every weekend until today. Since it is minimal and delectable, it has been able to occupy the permanent place in our list of favorites.
I find making avocado Paratha is the coolest way to include avocados in our menu. Furthermore, this is one of the best avocado recipes I have found recently. My husband is not a huge fan of avocados, so obviously this recipe would be the best in my opinion to consume nutrient-rich avocados.
Avocado Paratha has neutral flavor, taste, and looks green in color. While tasting no one can predict the ingredient of the paratha unless you disclose them.
Accordingly, this became one of the tasty paratha recipes for the lunch box and one of the easy avocado recipes for kids.
What is Avocado paratha?
Paratha is an authentic Indian flatbread typically made with whole wheat flour and vegetables. Always made fresh just a few minutes before eating, which is one the important secret for its deliciousness. In Vegetable parathas, veggies often stuffed or at times it is mixed along with the flour.
If you want to relish Indian food and worrying about long-listed ingredients? then this healthy paratha is the best to start with. The basic ingredients are simple and may be readily available in your kitchen already.
Since avocado and whole wheat flour has a neutral flavor, many improvisations and customizations can be done on top of it. Avocado paratha or avocado chapati or guacamole paratha, however, you call it, at the end of the day it is an ultimate effortless healthy dish.
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How to make Avocado paratha
The ingredients and substitutions
Avocado and whole wheat flour are the basic ingredients of this recipe. So substituting these two ingredients would result in a whole new dish.
Avocado. Any variety of avocado will be working out for this recipe. Ripe ones are great for making this recipe. Before cutting, make sure the avocado is soft when touched. This buttery texture makes the paratha soft and smooth.
Whole wheat flour. You can use any brand of whole wheat flour. Do you know how to find the best flour by looking at its package instructions? It is super simple. While purchasing, make sure the package says it is 100% whole wheat flour or it is pure whole wheat flour. You may also confirm by looking at the ingredients list on the reverse side of the package.
Red chili powder. Adding red chili powder to this dish is to increase the color and to balance the subtle taste of the main ingredients. Red chili powder is not easy to get here in the United States other than local Indian stores. This can be swapped with cayenne pepper, paprika.
Instead, substitute with Kashmiri chili powder for better color and lesser heat.
Cilantro. Fresh cilantro or coriander leaves make the paratha fresh and green. Avocado always plays a perfect role with cilantro. In its absence, you may replace with fresh mint leaves or fresh fenugreek leaves. Each of these herbs has its own strong flavor, so each addition of these herbs brings a new face to the avocado paratha.
The recipe directions
Prep the ingredients. Choose a ripe avocado, and cut it into half. Remove the seeds and the skin. Add it to the large mixing bowl. Mash them completely without any lumps. Secondly, mince fresh cilantro finely.
Mix. Add red chili powder, salt, minced cilantro, and wheat flour, combine them to form a smooth dough. Add little water at a time, if necessary.
Pro-tip. Knead the dough without adding water at first. Incorporate mashed avocado well with the flour, and then add little water at a time to avoid any disappointments.
Knead. This is fairly the important step in this recipe, knead until it forms a smooth ball. The more you knead the softer the paratha would be. Add the final stages of kneading add a teaspoon of cooking oil and knead for another 2-3 minutes. The cooking oil will further the dough softer.
Make paratha. Divide the dough into small size balls evenly. Dust the dough with wheat flour on both sides. Using a rolling pin spread the dough like circles(similar to Tortillas).
Cook. Heat a flat-surfaced pan on the medium heat(a griddle would be working fine). Cook both sides until it cooked completely, by applying oil.
Pro-tip. How to determine whether paratha is it completely cooked? Small dark spots will be visible on the surface, the paratha would be firmer when cooked.
Transfer. Transfer to the serving plate and serve immediately.
How does avocado Paratha taste like?
It has a mild flavor and tastes subtle which is like warm tortillas with cilantro and avocado flavor.
What and when to serve?
Avocado paratha is best to serve with raita(Yogurt infused with vegetables). Perfect to serve with masala raita or pomegranate raita, or cucumber raita. Or just the Indian lemon pickle would be a great companion.
This is a perfect dish that can be served as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Depends on your time and mood, you can have this wholesome meal for any time in a day.
Variations for avocado Paratha
As I discussed earlier, this dinner recipe has a neutral taste. So it has got more room for modifications and customizations.
Spice it up. You can spice it up with more red chili powder.
Alternatively, use minced green chili(Thai chili or serrano peppers). Deseed them to minimize the heat level.
Add authentic flavors. To make this paratha with more Indian flavors, add Ajwain(caraway seeds) which boosts the flavors to 200%. Use half to one teaspoon ajwain depends on your preference.
Asafetida is another ingredient with authentic Indian flavor. What would be the portion size? from a pinch to quarter teaspoon would be perfect to serve for 2 people.
Add Herbs. You may also add chopped fresh fenugreek leaves or chopped fresh mint leaves.
Add lemon juice. To make a wholesome self-serving dish add lime or lemon juice.
- 2 avocado pitted and peeled
- 3 tbsp cilantro minced
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- ½ tsp salt
- water as needed
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil for applying
For the dough
- Mash avocado without any lumps seen.
- Mince cilantro finely.
- In a mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour, mashed avocado, minced cilantro, red chili powder, and salt.
- Knead them to form a smooth ball by sprinkling water in between when needed.
- Add a teaspoon of oil and knead again for 2 minutes.
- Divide the dough into equal sized balls.
- Using the rolling pin, spread like flat circles.
- Heat a flat surfaced griddle in a medium flame.
- Cook the parathas on both the sides by applying cooking oil.
- Transfer to the serving plates and serve immediately.
- Store the leftover in the refrigerator for two days.