Cauliflower Parathas

Stuffed parathas with spicy achar pickles and cooling yogurt.
Green chiles, cayenne, and fresh ginger give the mashed cauliflower filling for these whole-wheat flatbreads just the right amount of heat.Eva Kolenko

Gingery mashed cauliflower adds a subtle sweetness to these whole-wheat flatbreads and is balanced by a bit of heat from green chiles. Squeeze to discard any excess moisture before using as a filling.

Equipment

Cauliflower Parathas
Pair these flatbreads stuffed with gingery mashed cauliflower with spicy achar pickles and cooling yogurt.
Yield: makes 4
Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

For the dough:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

For the cauliflower filling:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into small florets (4 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)
  • 1 small Indian green chile or serrano chile, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cayenne
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • ¼ cups ghee or vegetable oil
  • Achar, chutney, raita, or yogurt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the dough: In a medium bowl, add the flour, oil, salt, and ½ cup room-temperature water, and stir with a fork until a dough forms. Knead with your hands until the dough is smooth, soft, and slightly sticky, but not too wet. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to overnight.
  2. Meanwhile, make the filling: In a medium pot, add the florets and enough water to fully submerge them. Bring to a boil, then let cook until soft, 5–6 minutes. Drain the florets, discarding the cooking liquid, and transfer to a large bowl. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. When the cauliflower has cooled, add the cilantro, chile, ginger, and cayenne, and mash well with a potato masher or fork to form a coarse texture. Season with kosher salt.
  4. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions, rolling each of them into a ball. Repeat with the cauliflower filling. Squeeze each cauliflower ball tightly to extract as much liquid as possible before filling the parathas.
  5. Generously dust a clean work surface with flour. Lightly coat a dough ball with flour, then use a rolling pin to roll it out into a 6-inch circle, rotating it as needed to maintain a circular shape and adding more flour to the work surface as needed to prevent sticking. Place a cauliflower ball in the center of the circle, then pull the edges of the dough over the top of the ball to enclose the filling. Pinch together the edges of the dough to seal completely.
  6. Flip the paratha over so the seal is on the bottom. Then use a rolling pin to roll it out into an 8-inch disk. Repeat filling and rolling the remaining parathas.
  7. Warm a medium cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, and set the ghee in a small bowl next to the stove. Once the pan is hot, add a paratha. Cook for 2 minutes, until browned and blistered, then flip. Add 1½ teaspoons of the ghee to the surface of the paratha, and spread it around with a spoon. Cook for 2 minutes, until the other side is starting to brown and blister. Flip once more, and add 1½ teaspoons of the ghee to the top of the paratha, spread it around, and continue cooking until the underside has dark-brown spots, about 1 minute. Flip again, and cook the other side until dark-brown spots form, no more than 1 minute. Transfer the paratha to a plate, wipe out any residual flour from the pan, and continue cooking the remaining parathas in this manner. Serve hot, with achar, chutney, raita, or yogurt, if desired.