Ground Beef stuffed and folded Parathas or Flat-bread
For making the dough
  • Wheat flour or Atta- 3 cups
  • Warm water- 1½ cups
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Vegetable oil- 1 tbsp
For Making the ground beef saffron stuffing
  • Ground beef- 1 lb or ½ kg
  • Onion, minced- 1
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- ½ tsp
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Saffron, soaked in water- a pinch (optional)
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- 1½ tbsp
Step 1: Making the dough
  1. In a large bowl add warm water, salt and add wheat flour slowly and mixing it with the end of a wooden spoon.
  2. Combine everything well and transfer the dough on a flat platter or wooden cutting board.
  3. Using your hands, knead the dough thoroughly for about 5 minutes until soft and smooth.
  4. Knead the dough into a round shape and pour oil on top, combine it one more time.
  5. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
  6. To prevent the dough from drying out, cover the dough with wet paper towel or clean wet kitchen towel.
Step 2: Making the ground beef saffron stuffing
  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, add oil, add cumin seeds and saute till it gets aromatic.
  2. Add minced onion along with salt to the oil and saute till tender.
  3. Add ground beef to the onions and break the beef without lumps using a wooden spoon.
  4. Let the beef cook well and turn brown.
  5. When the ground beef starts to brown, add chili powder, fennel powder, coriander powder, garam masala and saute for a few minutes.
  6. Finally add saffron soaked in water to the browned beef and mix well. Adding saffron is optional.
  7. Add cilantro, remove from the flame and let cool down.
Step 3: Rolling the parathas and stuffing it
  1. Kneaded wheat dough
  2. Wheat flour for dusting the dough
  3. Browned ground beef saffron for stuffing the parathas
  1. Make large balls out of the kneaded wheat dough and keep aside.
  2. Place the ball on the rolling mat or a board dusted with wheat flour.
  3. Roll the dough into a round shape using the rolling pin.
  4. Place 1 to 2 tbsp of beef stuffing on to the middle of the round dough.
  5. Fold the two ends of the dough with the stuffing on the middle and press the dough to stick it.
  6. Now, fold the other two ends and press the dough on the top to seal it.
  7. Flour the stuffed, wrapped dough and roll it into a square shape, roll it up and down first and then sidewise.
  8. Repeat this and roll the rest of the dough and stuff it.
Step 4: Cooking the Beef stuffed parathas
  1. Ghee- enough for spreading the parathas while frying it
  1. Heat a tawa or non-stick skillet over medium heat, spread the pan with little ghee and place the rolled dough on it, let it turn golden.
  2. Flip it to the other side, spread little ghee and using a spatula press the paratha, it would puff up slightly.
  3. Cook on both sides until it turns golden brown, adding ghee according to your needs.
Parathas without the stuffing
  1. Follow the same method for making the dough.
  2. After rolling the dough ball into a round shape, fold the two sides of the round dough.
  3. Now, fold the ends as well and press on top to seal it.
  4. Dust the folded dough with wheat flour and roll into a square shape, roll side wise first and then up and down to make the square shape.
  5. Cook it on the tawa by spreading ghee on it.
Step 5:Serving
  1. Serve the beef stuffed and folded parathas with Raita or your choice of sides.
  2. Plain parathas can be served with chicken curry, lamb curry or vegetable korma.
For healthy parathas, avoid using ghee or use very little.
You could even make this without folding it, just roll the dough into a round shape and fry this, this will give you Chapatis.
Leftovers can be refrigerated. Heat it in the microwave or on stove top before having it.
Rolled dough without the stuffing can be stored in the refrigerator for a week. While storing this in an air tight container, dust wheat flour in between each rolled dough, this will prevent the dough from sticking together.
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