I watched an interesting programme on TV today. It made a statement that "happy thoughts lead to a healthy body." and "Depressed and angry thoughts lead to an unhealthy body and reduced immunity." So anyone suffering from any chronic illness or some sort of physical pain has been advised to keep a check on their thought pattern as thoughts generate certain chemical reactions within our body which consequently lead to either serenity, peace, energy or high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
Unfortunately, happiness or unhappiness rests on circumstances. We mortals don't have any power to control circumstances in our favour. Unconsciously, in times of unhappiness, rage or depression, thoughts relating to the goodness of health take a backseat and we tend to ignore our health. I doubt if anyone suffering from any toxic feeling like depression, anger prioritise health over their misfortunes or not. But I believe when we cannot change our circumstances, we can at least make an effort to channelize our negative thoughts into a positive act of creativity or doing something we get pleasure from. This way our mind will remain engaged and will have less time to brood on failures or emotional baggage.
As far as myself is concerned, whenever I feel a heavy feeling bogging down my spirit, I try and try my best to get over the feeling by occupying myself with something I really enjoy doing, like cooking, stitching and beading. I tell you hobby is so important a thing to cherish in life.
Back to the recipe, parathas are my all-time favourite snack items. Contrary to the convention, I don't take parathas at the breakfast cause I find them heavy for breakfast. I rather prefer them on dinner, simply because they are easy to make and I hate going to bed feeling heavy in stomach. Parathas, for me, are ideal for dinner.
So whenever my hubby, drool-eyed, asks me to cook something of his favourite, I prepare parathas cause he relishes them delightfully. In case if you have read and enjoyed the recipe of aloo paratha, you must try out the following paratha too.
Ingredients: Cooking time: 30 minutes
ü 1 cup all-purpose flour
ü 3 cups whole wheat flour
ü a pinch of salt
ü Water, as per need
For the filling:
ü 1 medium sized potato (boiled and mashed)
ü 1 cup cauliflower (minced)
ü Half of an onion (finely chopped)
ü 1 tsp cumin powder
ü 1 tsp red chilli powder
ü 1 tsp garam masala powder
ü 1 tsp aamchur powder
ü 3-4 green chillies, finely chopped
ü Few sprigs of coriander leaves, finely chopped
ü Salt to taste
1) Make dough out of wheat flour and all-purpose flour mixing them together with a pinch of salt and required amount of water.
2) Make medium sized balls from the dough and with a press of your hands, shape them into round.
3) Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients for filling.
4) Roll the balls out into circular shape of about 2 inches in diameter. Put the filling and wrap them in as shown below:
5) Roll them out into a bigger paratha. (Keep dusting with flour while rolling out to prevent the cauliflower mixture from tearing the paratha apart.)
6) Fry the parathas in oil.
7) Serve hot with yogurt or any pickle of your choice.