Peas paratha, also known as matar paratha, is a popular Indian flatbread that is enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This flavorful and nutritious muttar paratha is made by stuffing a mixture of cooked and mashed green peas with spices and herbs into a dough made from atta (chapati flour or Indian whole wheat flour). The dough is then rolled out and cooked on a hot griddle or tawa with some ghee or oil until it's crispy and golden brown on both sides.
Peas paratha is a healthy and delicious way to include some vegetables in your diet. Green peas are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. This paratha is a filling and satisfying meal that can be enjoyed with a side of yogurt, pickle, or any curry dish. Overall, matar paratha is a versatile and flavorful flatbread that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.
Why you will love this peas paratha recipe?
✅ They are healthy, filling, and wholesome.
✅ Peas paratha is a great option for kids' lunch boxes and can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
✅ These parathas are freezer-friendly and can be frozen for up to three months, making them ideal for meal prep.
Green peas: Either fresh or frozen green peas can be used to make the filling of the paratha.
Atta: Atta is Indian whole wheat flour or chapati flour.
Spices: The powdered spices I use are turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, amchur (dried mango powder), and fennel seeds powder. The whole spice I use is cumin seeds.
Besan: Besan or gram flour is used to remove the moisture from the filling and also to thicken it.
Mix whole wheat flour, oil, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly add water and knead into a soft dough. Cover with a damp cloth and let the dough rest for 30 minutes (step 1).
Take peas and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil until the peas are completely cooked but are not mushy (step 2). Strain the water from the peas and let it cool slightly. Mash them using a masher or fork (steps 3 and 4).
Heat oil in a frying pan and add cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add hing and grated ginger. Saute for a few seconds (step 5). Add the mashed peas. Next, add coriander powder, garam masala powder, fennel powder, turmeric, chilli powder, amchur, and salt (step 6).
Mix well and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the besan and mix well. Cook for a further 5 minutes (step 7). Increase the heat and let the moisture content dry. Let the peas paratha stuffing cool down completely (step 8).
Divide the dough into 10 parts. Roll one portion of the dough into a small circle. Place 2-3 tablespoons of peas stuffing mixture in the center. Slowly bring the sides of the dough together and seal it completely (steps 9 and 10).
Roll the stuffed dough into a 6-7 inch disc using some extra flour for dusting (steps 11 and 12).
Heat a tawa or frying pan. Place the rolled paratha on it and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Do not add oil at this stage (step 13).
Flip over to cook the other side. Apply 1 teaspoon of oil or ghee on the cooked side (step 14). Flip again and gently press using a spatula or wide spoon. Apply some ghee/oil and let it cook completely (steps 15 and 16).
Related: Masala roti.
The measurements I have used here will make 10 peas paratha. I use 2-3 tablespoons of the filling for each paratha (see pictures below) and that quantity is perfect for this dough. You can adjust the quantities as per your need.
I use frozen peas to make these parathas. Fresh green peas can also be used. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Make sure the peas filling is fully cooked and does not have any moisture content. If the filling is not thick and dry, it will ooze out when rolling the parathas. Also, make sure the filling is cooled completely before making the parathas.
I mash the boiled peas instead of grinding them. This way, they will not have any extra water content and the filling will dry easily. If you grind it in a mixie, use minimal water.
Adding a tablespoon of besan (gram flour or chickpea flour) to the filling will help with removing the moisture content in the filling. You can also use roasted Bengal gram powder or sattu to thicken the filling.
Pro-tip: Adjust the spices as per your liking in this matar paratha recipe. For a spicier version, add finely chopped green chili to the filling.
These delicious parathas can be enjoyed with butter, plain yogurt, and Indian pickle. You can also pair it with a simple curry for a complete meal.
To freeze these parathas, cool them and stack them by placing a baking sheet or parchment paper in between each paratha. Place them in a freezer-safe ziplock bag and store them in the freezer. To reheat, place the frozen paratha on a hot tawa or griddle and heat on medium heat for a few minutes. You can also half-cook them or freeze uncooked paratha in the same way. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Yes. The filling can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. Make sure it is cooled completely and store it in an airtight container. Place the filling in the refrigerator as soon as it is cooled.
Cool the paratha completely. Roll them and then wrap in aluminum foil and place them in the lunchbox. They will stay soft and fresh for several hours.
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Peas Paratha (Matar Paratha)
For the filling:
- 2 cups green peas fresh or frozen
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 inch ginger grated
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon amchur
- 1 teaspoon fennel powder
- 1 tablespoon besan (chickpea flour)
- ½-¾ teaspoon salt adjust as per taste
For the dough:
- 2 cups atta (Indian whole wheat flour)
- 1 teaspoon oil plus extra for frying the paratha
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Water to knead the dough approximately ¾ cup
Make the filling:
- Take peas and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and boil until the peas are completely cooked but are not mushy
- Strain the water from the peas and let it cool slightly. Mash well using a masher or fork.
- Heat oil in a frying pan and add cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add grated ginger. Saute for a few seconds.
- Add the mashed peas. Next, add ground coriander, garam masala, fennel powder, turmeric, chili powder, amchur, and salt.
- Mix well and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the besan and mix well. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Increase the heat and let the moisture content dry. Turn off the heat and let the filling cool completely
Make the dough:
- Mix atta (whole wheat flour), 1 teaspoon of oil, and salt in a large bowl. Crumble the flour well.
- Slowly add water and knead into a soft dough. Cover with a damp cloth and let the dough rest for 30 minutes
Make the paratha:
- Once the dough is rested, knead it for 2 minutes. Divide the dough into 10 equal parts.
- Roll one portion of the dough into a small circle. Place 2-3 tablespoons of stuffing mixture in the center. Slowly bring the sides of the dough together and seal it completely.
- Roll the stuffed dough into a 6-7 inch disc using some extra flour for dusting.
- Heat a tawa or frying pan. Place the rolled paratha on it and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Do not add oil at this stage.
- Flip over to cook the other side. Apply 1 teaspoon of oil on the cooked side.
- Flip again and gently press using a spatula or wide spoon. Apply some oil and let it cook completely.
- Repeat with rest of the dough.
- Serve hot with yogurt and pickle.
This turned out delicious! I used frozen peas in the recipe and they worked perfectly. We will be making this again. Thanks!
Healing Tomato says
We made these parathas for Sunday breakfast and it was soooo good! I served them with mango pickles and everyone loved it. I made extra, thinking I could eat them for lunch, but there were no leftovers!
This looks so delightful!
These were absolutely tasty and so filling. We loved these spices and filling here. Will make again!
Loved these! I love starting my morning out with flavor and these really delivered! Plus, they're the perfect grab-and-go meal! Yum!
This was something completely different for me, I absolutely loved it. So much flavor and so filling!
Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
My absolute favorite way to start the day! Steaming hot paratha with a drizzle of ghee! Love the green peas filling.
Matar paratha is super yummy. One of my favourites during winter. I use the same filling to make pooris too. It was so good. My family absolutely digs them.
Everyone in my family loved these! It took me a minute to get them stuffed right, but once I got going it was easy. Really loved all the flavors!
I love a savory breakfast and this one was a winner! The combination of spices here is spectacular. Thank you so much for the recipe!