If you are like me, you get host-crazy when you have people for dinner, or when you throw a party, especially in the side-dish, condiment area. Like everyone else, I have some go-to main meals when I have people over, but its the side dishes that I have trouble nailing. I always keep wanting to have more options, thinking ‘what if they don’t like this?’. And such-overengineering/over planning, led me to have a huge bowlful of raitha when I threw a party for my son’s birthday. It was for about 30 people, and I misjudged and made the raitha for about 50 people I think.
I couldn’t figure out a way to consume this huge amount of raitha and I didn’t want to throw it away either. I decided to make a paratha out of it, and it turned out to be the most flavorful, soft paratha I have had. I didn’t even need a side dish for the paratha, just pickle and it made for a good dinner.
In case you don’t have leftover raitha, make the raitha by combining 2 cups of yogurt, 2 grated cucumbers, finely chopped onion and carrot(1 each), chopped cilantro, salt and cumin powder. Let sit. ( I was so busy, that I didn’t get a good picture of the raitha itself)
3 cups of leftover raitha
3 cups of chapati flour
1 tbsp oil
Combine all the ingredients to make a tight pliable dough. Divide the dough into small balls. Roll out dough into thin parathas. Cook on a hot griddle, turning both sides until cooked. Serve hot.
You can and should make the parathas right after to make the dough. Do not let it sit, since it gives out water and would make the dough sticky if sits. Add more flour if sticky.
Verdict: Nothing goes to waste…and everything tasted yummy. The yogurt from the raitha, added a slight tang to the paratha, and the cucumber I think made it soft and flaky. It was a better choice than to make a pulav/briyani to go with the raitha, as usual, which we were so bored of, since we had eaten leftovers from the party for a couple of days already. Healthy too.
I am sending this paratha to ‘Scrumptious Delights from Leftovers’ Event.
I am also sending her another recipe from my ‘Leftover Makeover’ category.
Kaima Idly, that I had made from leftover mini idly.Pin It