Chana Dal Stuffed Paratha (Indian stuffed flatbread)

Chana Dal Stuffed Paratha (Indian stuffed flatbread)

Chana dal paratha is a traditional North Indian dish that is usually served with kheer (rice pudding) and potato curry. This traditional Indian meal is a great balance of whole grains, dairy, plant protein, and vegetable servings in one plate. Here I will be discussing the Chana dal stuffed paratha recipe and its health rating and therapeutic benefits. The picture shows all the food group combinations that this great dish can be served in to make it a healthy balanced Indian-style meal.

This is how you make Chana dal stuffed paratha:

1) Steam chana dal (Bengal gram) with about 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker and take one whistle. Let the cooker cool down then open it and strain the extra water. Keep it aside. 2) Make flour dough using water as needed and keep it aside. 3) Put the steamed dal in the food processor and add all the spices (salt, black pepper, red chili, coriander seeds, cumin seeds) and grind it well. Take the mixture out in a small bowl. 4) Divide the dough and chana dal mixture into 8 equal balls. 5) Roll out each dough ball in a small circle then add chana dal ball in the center. Bring the dough edges together and join them together making a bigger ball. 6) Roll the stuffed dough ball with a rolling pin gently using some dry flour to help with the cracks. Roll into a nice flat medium size circle. 7)  Put a flat griddle on the stovetop on medium heat. Cook parathas on both sides applying some oil.  8) Serve with some sweet kheer (rice pudding) and eat with intention, responsibility, and confidence!

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NutriPledge health rating of this Chana dal stuffed paratha recipe:

This food is rated as a Yellow Dot, a healthy balance dish in our food rating system (Food Coach) due to following healthy qualities that are known to promote positive health and wellbeing if consumed as a part of a healthy diet.

  • Moderate in calories per serving
  • A healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat and dietary fiber
  • Contain zero trans fat and no added sugars
  • A healthy balance of sodium
  • Good source of iron (10% of daily value)
  • No food additives
  • No artificial flavor or color

Nutrition Profile and Therapeutic Health Benefits:

Chana dal stuffed paratha is a great balance of healthy carbohydrates, protein, fat and dietary fiber. Each paratha serving provides about 2 oz whole grain and 1 oz protein equivalent of MyPlate on a 2000 calorie diet. This dish a good source of iron and B vitamins to provide steady energy.

*Asafetida has been used in traditional Indian medicine to help with gas and bloating and relieving irritable bowel symptoms. It is commonly used with lentils, beans, and legume dishes to reduce gas and post-meal flatulence.

Dietitian Nutritionist Recommendation:

This great healthy and delicious dish can be easily incorporated into your healthy diet and lifestyle. No one food is perfect food. You need to add foods from all the food groups as a part of an overall healthy diet. This dish is in a combination with kheer (rice pudding) and potato curry makes a perfect healthy IndianPlate as shown in the picture.

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Disclaimer: Please note that this page is not medical advice. This can only be used as general guidance to a healthy and balanced diet for your health and wellness. This food does not ensure an adequate or inadequate and safe level of intake for a single person. Please consult your health care provider and check out our Medical Nutrition Therapy services for the diet plan that is right for you!

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