Ever thought of cutting up some paratha’s into bite sized pieces and stir frying or tossing them in some spicy sauce & having it as a snack? Who so ever stumbled upon this idea was a big time foodie for sure. This snack is just so brilliant.. its quick, hot & spicy.. has some veggies.. you can make is tangy by squeezing some lemon juice which blends perfectly to add a zing or kill the extra spice & to top it all its a tummy filler for sure..
This snack is very famous in Tamil Nadu, a state in the southern part of India. This is available in all small & big restaurants around Tamil Nadu in the evenings., You would also find small stalls selling them.. The aroma of the herbs & the spices added is heavenly.. You also get variants of the same with egg, chicken or mutton.
I had visited a restaurant in Glasgow recently with a some friends & found this on the menu & one of my friends ordered this dish. It was so damn tasty that I had to add it to my to do list :D. I ended up preparing this today as my evening snack..
Ingredients: (Serves 1) Preparation Time: 15 mins
Red onion – 1, small/medium-sized, chopped as shown
Frozen/ fresh paratha’s – 2
Ginger – a small piece, finely chopped
Garlic – 1-2 cloves, finely chopped
Green chilli’s – 2-3 as per your taste, chopped finely & divided into 2 equal portions
Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp
Fennel Seeds – 1/4-1/2 tsp, crushed using a pestle
Coriander leaves – 2-3 sprigs, finely chopped
Curry leaves – 2 sprigs, roughly about 10-12 leaves, torn roughly
Lemon juice – 1 tsp (optional)
Chilly Tomato sauce – 1.5 tbsp
Peppers – 1 cup, chopped as shown
Cooking oil – 1.5-2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Heat a fry pan & fry the paratha’s. I used frozen paratha’s. Make sure the paratha’s are slightly crispy. Take off the heat & cut them into bite size pieces as shown.
Now heat the oil in the fry pan. Set the heat to medium. Make sure the oil is hot, only then add the cumin seeds & lift the pan off the heat, you don’t want to burn them. Next add ginger, garlic & one portion of the green chilli’s. Sauté them for a few seconds, again lift the fry pan off the heat if required. The garlic needs to still look white/cream in colour. Immediately add the onions & the curry leaves, toss them around. Add salt, red chilli powder, sambar powder & mix well. Now add the tomato sauce & mix well. Next add the bite-size pieces of the paratha’s. keep frying them till they turn brownish & get a little crispy as shown.
Now add the crushed fennel seeds & mix well. Turn the heat off.
Garnish with the chopped peppers, green chilli’s, coriander leaves. You may throw in some extra curry leaves for some added flavour. You may squeeze some lemon juice too, this will also help if the dish is too hot for your taste.
Serve hot as an evening snack with some tea or coffee.
1. You can skip using Chilli tomato sauce & add fresh tomato puree with a pinch of sugar & some extra red chilli powder instead.
2. If you want to make this as a snack for your kids then you can skip the red chilli powder & the green chilli’s & add some regular tomato ketchup.
For more quick snacks check – Egg Stumbler/ Spicy scrambled eggs tossed with bite size bread pieces, Bun Masala / Scrambled Egg Burger, Egg Pakodi Chaat etc.
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