What does one do with leftover guacamole? That’s not a problem we encounter often. We polish the bowl off in one sitting. However, on the rare occasion when we make a bulk batch for a party and have some left over, we add it to wheat flour to make some parathas.


Avocados and chapati flour have a mutually beneficial affinity for several reasons.

1. The optimum window for citrusy guacy goodness at room temperature, we think, is about an hour. After it’s been sitting around for a whole evening, it demands a new avatar.

2. The chapati flour we get in the U.S. does not yield the same soft outcome as the freshly milled whole wheat atta we get in India. Avocado allows the parathas to maintain their softness even the next day.

3. Avocado-enhanced anything is more nutritious.

The magic created by avocado’s courtship with wheat flour is documented here, and in Mahanandi’s catwalk-worthy creations.

We enhance the nutrient density of these parathas further by adding pureed veggies. There is no added water and the whole thing comes together with the moisture in the veggies, and the yoghurt.
The result is super-soft, healthy, and a great addition to your lunchbox.

In the interest of full disclosure, we solemnly remind you of the PAM Commandment. We tried and failed. PAM claims to be a fat free spray, and tells you that one serving is a spray timed at one-third of a second. You see, if anything has less than half a gram of fat per serving, the product can be labelled ‘fat free’. PAM has 2.4 calories per 0.33 second spray, 100% of it from fat, making it as fatty or ‘fat free’ as any other cooking oil out there. PAM fat free spray is not meant for humans, ‘cos no human we know can count upto 0.33 seconds and cease to spray at that point. If you can, we’d be humbled and like to hear from you.


Veggie-mole Parathas
(Makes 10)

2 cups whole wheat chapati flour (regular whole wheat flour will work in a pinch)
½ cup guacamole (recipe here)
1 cup veggies
(Spinach/chard/kale/moong sprouts/cabbage/pumpkin/cooked sweet potato/blanched broccoli, etc. are good candidates. We used frozen and thawed peas and corn)
1 green chilli
1 clove of garlic
¼ tsp. ginger
2 tbsps. plain yogurt or soy yogurt (we used low fat)
¼ tsp. cayenne powder
¼ tsp. cumin powder
3 tbsps. chopped cilantro
salt to taste

1. If you are using frozen veggies, thaw or microwave them. Puree the veggies with the green chillies, ginger and garlic.
2. Knead everything together into a pliable dough, not too soft, not too firm.
3. Divide the dough ino 10 portions and roll each of them into a ball. Dust with flour, if necessary.

4. Roll the ball out into a circle. Spray, or smear with some oil.
5. Roll it into a long cigar. Spray.
6. Coil it into a snake. Spray.
7. Roll it out again, thicker than the first time.
8. Cook both sides on a dry hot griddle until brown spots form, add a few drops of oil/ghee around the edges, and cook all the way through.

Serve with plain yoghurt and some Indian pickle.

Healthy lunchbox ideas
How to sneak veggies into your child’s diet.

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  1. Suma Gandlur says:

    Jai & Bee,
    Loved your idea of mixing avacado and other veggies to make healthy parathas.I need to try them. Good job guys.

  2. Soumya says:

    Hi J & B,

    Yeah – Avacado parathas rock ! :) . Have you tried Bottlegourd parathas ? Scrapped bottlegourd (with the skin ) and all spices that you like with whole wheat flour tastes awesome. No additional water needed to knead the dough.


  3. bulbul says:

    to J & B,

    this recipe of yours is copied verbatim by one orkut user guy ( http://www.orkut.com/Profile.aspx?uid=12891437063908878065 )and pasted in an orkut forum named “senskitchen” ( http://www.orkut.com/CommMsgs.aspx?cmm=22901848&tid=2513364713617795697&na=2&nst=32 )
    without acrediting you/your site ….
    only one change is made … instead of “we used …” he wrote ‘you can use …’

    thought to inform you as i hate plagiarism from the core of my heart but i don’t know if he took permission from you

    thank you for bringing this to our notice, bulbul. – b.

  4. Mary says:

    Veggie-mole .. cute name hehehe

  5. Mallika says:

    Totally inventive – I’m trying this as soon as my semester ends – no more frozen parathas (well, at least not for a week :) )

  6. Yasmeen says:

    I’m trying these tasty parathas for Tried and Taste.

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