Monday, September 17, 2012

Basil Pesto Parathas

          I need not mention again and again how much I like basil, simply love it in all forms, fresh or dry. I like to use the fresh leaves or in their absence, the basil pesto, now available in Chennai too. Apart from using it in pasta and in sandwiches, I wanted to try out something else with it. So this Sunday, I tried out these parathas with it, you can use the store bought pesto or make your own, recipe here. They are very easy to make and very flavorful..

Need To Have

  • Whole Wheat Flour - 1 + 1/2 cups
  • Basil Pesto - 1 + 1/2 tablespoons


          Add the pesto to the flour and mix it, then add water little by little and make a soft dough, keep it covered for 1/2 an hour. Divide the dough into 8 balls, roll it out into round discs.

           Place one on a hot skillet, when the bottom side gets light brown spots, flip it over. When the other sides gets nice brown spots, remove it and put it on the special phulka plate (the side with the dark brown spots facing up) or directly on the flame. When it puffs up slightly, remove it and serve it with any curry.

If your homemade pesto or store bought pesto is too grainy ( nutty) grind it slightly before adding it to the flour, otherwise it might be a little difficult to roll out.
The rolled out parathas will be like slightly thick tortillas.
I didn't add any salt as the pesto itself has enough salt in it.
The olive oil and the cheese in the pesto is enough, but if you feel you need more oil, apply some olive oil on the cooked parathas before serving.
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  1. never tried anything with basil.. sounds too healthy and interesting..

  2. Looks interesting. Our home grown tulasi used to be used only as a garnish in our prasadam!

  3. Omg, wat a flavourful parathas, looks fantastic Hema.

  4. very flavorful n delicious paratha, innovative too...simply love it!!

  5. Very cool idea. I am sure it would have tasted fine.j

  6. i hvnt had anything like this before at all.. looks delicious and yummy

    Today's recipe


  7. Very innovative & tasty parathas!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. Interesting :) Nice trick

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  9. Nice...Im sure they taste great!

  10. Do you think this would work with chickpea flour or buckwheat flour?

    1. I am not sure with buckwheat flour, if you can make a non sticky dough that can be rolled out, then it's possible, regarding chickpea flour, again it tends to be stcky and might not turn out as soft as this, a mixture of chickpea flour and wheat flour will work fine.

  11. Hi Hema,

    I am prathiba frp "The indian food court". This is totally a new recipe to me and would like to try out the same since me and my husband are in my son's house in New york where in this basil etc.., is available here. Do visit my blog at your leisure.