I need not mention again and again how much I like basil, simply love it in all forms, fresh or dry. I like to use the fresh leaves or in their absence, the basil pesto, now available in Chennai too. Apart from using it in pasta and in sandwiches, I wanted to try out something else with it. So this Sunday, I tried out these parathas with it, you can use the store bought pesto or make your own, recipe here. They are very easy to make and very flavorful..
Need To Have
- Whole Wheat Flour - 1 + 1/2 cups
- Basil Pesto - 1 + 1/2 tablespoons
Add the pesto to the flour and mix it, then add water little by little and make a soft dough, keep it covered for 1/2 an hour. Divide the dough into 8 balls, roll it out into round discs.
Place one on a hot skillet, when the bottom side gets light brown spots, flip it over. When the other sides gets nice brown spots, remove it and put it on the special phulka plate (the side with the dark brown spots facing up) or directly on the flame. When it puffs up slightly, remove it and serve it with any curry.
If your homemade pesto or store bought pesto is too grainy ( nutty) grind it slightly before adding it to the flour, otherwise it might be a little difficult to roll out.
The rolled out parathas will be like slightly thick tortillas.
I didn't add any salt as the pesto itself has enough salt in it.
The olive oil and the cheese in the pesto is enough, but if you feel you need more oil, apply some olive oil on the cooked parathas before serving.