Has it ever happened to you that you bought a spice mix for a special dish and then it was left in the Pantry since you couldnt make use of it again? One such spice mix would be Pav bhaji Masala. I used to buy it when I made Pav bhaji and then it used to be unnoticed until the next time I made the same. Hence I started trying to incorporate ways and means to include it in any other dish and this is another one in which it works really well. This following is my variation of the famous Aloo Paratha

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  • Serves: 2 people
  • Yields: Makes around 10 parathas, depending on the shape
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup All purpose flour + some for dusting
  • 2-3 medium potatoes, boiled
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger/ ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp Shahjeera (caraway seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp fennel
  • 1/2 tsp cumin coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala ( or you can use garam masala)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (or as per taste)
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp amchoor powder
  • salt to taste
  • few sprigs of cilantro, chopped

Add the flours and salt together and stir to mix.


Add water until it comes together into a soft dough. Set aside while you make the filling.


Add rest of the ingredients for the filling and mash it together until there are no lumps.Make small balls out of the mix.


Now make round balls of the dough and roll it into a circle using a rolling pin, a little bigger than the filling balls.


Now place the filling in the center of the dough.


Bring the edges together on the top of the filling.


Now press the top of the filling with the palm of your hand until the dough gets depressed and forms into a flatbread.


Now slightly roll into a circle. Usually the Parathas are little thicker and not as thin as roti’s. Use some flour to dust the flatbread in order to help the dough from sticking to the dough. refer pic.


Heat a non stick pan and add Ghee/oil and place the Parathas. Roast them for 1-2min in med-high flame.


Turn them when some brown spots start appearing on the surface of the flatbread. Do the same for the rest.It is best with pickle / Raita and some butter/ghee :) I also take it with some onion slices.

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By Madhumitha on Jan 13, 2012

I'm new to cooking (by myself that is). So far, my aloo parathas have never been so tasty. But after I followed your recipe, they came out amazingly tasty. My husband loved it!! Thank you so much for this recipe. I will definitely try it again.

By Sirisha on Oct 22, 2010

followed the procedure given and yummy parathas ready :)

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By Aditi on Jan 6, 2014

Hi DK One question, after adding salt to the stuffing, how to avoid it to become mushy / watery? Every time I add salt and mix the stuffing, it becomes too soft and unmanageable. Thanks!

By DK on Apr 17, 2013

Looks delicious. One question though, how soft should the dough be? If the dough is not loose enough, when i put it on tava and take it out, the paratha becomes very crispy, more like stuffed khakhra. Can you help me there? Thanks

By kiran singh on Dec 12, 2012

so yummy :-P

By Trish on Jul 22, 2012

This is more on the thought of spice mixes than the actual recipe...does anyone know where I can order Indian spice blends/ingredients (of good quality) online? There is NO WHERE in my area to buy locally. I have asked around ( I work in a large, very ethnically diverse hospital) but they all say the same thing...they do their grocery shopping in NYC (2 hours away and if you don't speak the language, good luck reading labels!)

By Madhumitha on Jan 23, 2012

Loved the aloo parathas. I followed your recipes to the book and it came out amazingly well. They were so delicious that my husband loved it too and asked me to make it again!! Thank you for this recipe DK. :)

By Anu on Dec 23, 2008

Thanks a lottttttttttttttt fro posting this recipe. I tried this recipe yesterday. The aloo parthas are very yummy. My husband liked it a lot. Today i am gonna make it again.

Thank you.

By Divya Kudua on Nov 13, 2008

Something which I could never get the desired results..theres always something missing with my aloo parathas...yours look delicious..;-)

By Medhaa on Nov 11, 2008

An All time fav breakfast

By Uma on Nov 10, 2008

yum, yum, yum, delicioso!

By Roopa on Nov 10, 2008

Excellent presentation DK :) I was a novice at making these and had a hard time making it when I was new to it. But now learnt the tricks of the trade :)

By Kalai on Nov 10, 2008

Delicious aloo parathas, Dhivi! I love the use of pav bhaji masala. Great to know since I have the same problem with forgetting about it! :)

By Sharmi on Nov 10, 2008

what a lovely way to tempt:)

By Madhu on Nov 10, 2008

Aloo parathas are always tempintg.Looks delish.

By raaji on Nov 10, 2008

Nice theme......roti...nice step by step procedure divya...

By Divya Vikram on Nov 10, 2008

Just perfect Dhiv!

By Srivalli on Nov 10, 2008

ehmmm..aloo paratha is so yummy!

By ANJALI J. on Nov 10, 2008

Lovely parathas.. Adding pav bhaji masala is a nice idea. Every bite of the paratha would remind us of Pav bhaji.. Yummy!!

By shriya on Nov 10, 2008

Nice step by step instructions. Very nice pics and recipe.

By Curry Leaf on Nov 10, 2008

Lovely and my favourite.But not yet tried,as mine always ends with one side missing or torn and whatever mishaps possible.

By lakshmi on Nov 10, 2008

you know what i did - saw your awesome pics and ran to the kitchen and put couple of potatoes in the fridge

By Bhawana on Nov 10, 2008

delicious aloo paratha.

By Alka on Nov 10, 2008

Wow the twist in recipe(pavbbhaji masala)is indeed rocking
I sometimes use pavbhaji masala to make softbuns (laadi pav)in onion potato tomato gravy...very popular in sindhis as seyal maani or seyal pao and trust me it changes the whole flavor of the dish..it tastes really spicy!
And i am sure u wud have relished all these spicy parathas ,without leaving a morsel for us;-(

By SMN on Nov 10, 2008

Aloo paratha all time fav with pickle and curd. loved the step by step instructins

By Lakshmi Venkatesh on Nov 10, 2008

Wow that was yummy paratha and very nice presentation.

By Ramya on Nov 10, 2008

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