BM #116 : Week 3, Day 5
Theme : Indian Flatbread Thali
Mega blogging marathons need a lot of planning and I usually don’t participate since I have this habit of postponing till the last minute. Even for our regular monthly blogging marathons, I end up cooking only on the day of posting. The time difference between US and India work in my favor because I can cook a meal for lunch and post it by evening as we are 9 plus hours behind IST. But for a mega marathon and that too with a Thali everyday theme, planning was needed. Since I joined with just about 20 days before the marathon stared, I ended up continually cooking thalis last month.
The first thing I did after shopping was to cut all the vegetables (not onions and tomatoes, that needs to be done just before cooking). That helped a lot. Second thing was to cook rice before I went to sleep. That way, the next morning, I already had cut vegetables and cooked rice. That’s a much easier place to start. Third was to make a batch of plain chapati dough and another for thepla.
Whenever I could, I would soak and cook the dry beans also ahead. So when I am planned Chana masala for the poori thali, I soaked and cooked extra Chana. That way, I already had cooked Chana when I made chole for the chaat platter.
Once I had prepared a list of the dishes I wanted to make – the choices of Curries (with the A-Z theme in mind as well), parathas and rice, it was easy. All I had to do was to decide what curry to make that day and pair with what kind of paratha and rice. I also decided not to make sweets from scratch, so a couple of canned gulab jamuns was what I decided to serve as dessert.
It helps that I have to cook only for three people. Also since all the thalis have rice and two Curries, I make only 1 or 2 parathas per person. For today’s post, I made the dough only when I started cooking as it’s better that way with avocados. I served 2 chapatis in my husband’s thali. My son had 3-4 chapatis and he skipped the rice.
So when I start cooking for a thali, for most part, I already have cooked rice (which I keep for 1 minute in Manual mode in Instant pot for reheating), cut vegetables and mostly, dough for the parathas also ready. Any experienced cook would tell you that from this point, it’s easy to make two Curries and a few parathas :-).
Read on for the recipe and more pictures.
The thali has
- Avocado paratha
- Capsicum rice
- Green chutney
- Cucumber slices
- Shahi Paneer
- Dry peas (Vatana) curry
- Boondi raita
- 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed
- 2 cups wheat flour (atta)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- salt as needed
- In a mixing bowl, add mashed avocados. Add the flour and spices. Mix and knead to a soft dough. If needed, you can add a tablespoon or two of water to bring it into a dough. I didn’t need any. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
- Take a small lime sized ball and roll it into a chapati. Cook both sides on a heated tawa with a little ghee if preferred.
- Repeat with the rest of the dough. Serve with any curry of your choice.
- 1 tablespoon ghee or oil
- 1 teaspoon jeera
- 1 big capsicum /bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup cooked leftover rice
- 1/4 cup frozen and thawed green peas
- 2 teaspoons biryani masala
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, optional
- Salt as needed
- Heat ghee in a pan. Add jeera seeds. Once it crackles, add the diced capsicum. Sauté until it’s softened a little. Add the thawed green peas. Add the biryani masala, chili powder and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook for a minute or two.
- Add the cooked rice. Mix carefully without breaking the rice. Taste test and adjust seasonings if needed. Cook for a couple of minutes until the rice is heated through. Turn the heat off and serve hot with curry or raita of your choice.
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8 thoughts on “Avocado paratha thali”
You have made some amazing platter in short span of time. Though I was planning for more than a year still could have done better. capsicum rice looks too tempting. avocado paratha is on my to do list for long time
Another amazing thali. I specially loved the capsicum rice, it has come out so well and the rice is perfectly cooked with each grain separate.
Love the way you planned and executed. Yeah cooking the rice and having chopped veggies ready always helps. This is one amazing thali and that capsicum rice so so good. I wish I could grab it right away.
That is thorough planning Rajani. I usually start the marathon with half the dishes ready. But this time since it was moved from April to september, I had all of them done except one and it took so long to get the last one done :) I had a few extra thalis done but most of them were in the simple everyday thali or flatbreads category. The elaborate ones needed the most work. That only makes my drafts folder richer :)
I introduced Avocado to my family with these parathas and never gone back since. Loved them back then.
All your Thalis were amazing and I had to go back for few of the platters to show my family :)
Super planning and awesome execution ! Yet another delicious looking meal .
I can never wait till the last minute for editing or cooking. , I like to schedule my posts and then sit back and relax while the marathon is on . I plan one thali in a fortnight and cook thalis even without this theme .
Valli has got my family addicted to these traditional thalis and every now and then there’s a request from hubby ! So I have a few more lined up in drafts 🥰
Rajani, I am the ultimate procrastinator and I have participated in many mega marathons only with a handful of dishes ready. I don’t draft them until the day it needs to be posted even if I have the dishes ready. I cooked some last March when it was supposed to happen in April and again when it got postponed, I did not try cooking until the end of August. In fact I cooked two platters this month and am planning to redo all my paratha platters for next week. :)
Your advance prep work really helps and in spite of short notice, you are able to create these amazing paratha platters even including rice dishes.
OMG Rajani that account of how you planned is simply superb! that shows how well we can plan on such a large scale…Enjoyed reading your thought process and how well you executed..great job. I enjoyed all your parathas and the thalis..makes it look fantastic on the display though it must have been hard on cooking back to back for you..:)