The last job in the kitchen, for the day at my parent’s place, is making rotis or parathas for dinner. Amma would have almost cleared most of the kitchen, dishes done and dough ready. All the little odds and ends usually transferred to small bowls and kept aside. Amma would have near made most of the chappathis and the last one she always stuffs with a bit of the leftover coconut and a tiny bit of sugar or some jaggery to make a sweet paratha. This was a treat for the well-behaved child!! I don’t have to tell you however horrible I was on that day, she will still give it to me. It is a subtle reassurance that they are there for me, it was a big deal to boost my confidence.
Over a period of time, I make this sweet paratha when I miss them. The sweet-toothed kid of mine seems to have taken a serious liking to the same. The recipe is far simpler than an obbattu. The filling pretty much the sweet ends that you can gather together. The coconut and chocolate together make the best combo for sure. Here are some other additions we have tried.
- Finely chopped dates
- Crushed jaggery and cardamom
- Flax and chia seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Powdered nuts
- A few raspberries with chocolate
The winning combination at our house is the coconut, chocolate, chia seeds with orange rind stuffed in the sweet paratha. Sounds exotic, isn’t it!!
The filling is the only difference. Roll, stuff and pleat and roll again. Cook the parathas on medium heat as the chocolate can burn very fast. I have used freshly grated coconut as it has a bit more softness than the dissipated ones. However, the desiccated ones are fine. Sprinkle a bit of water on them and set aside for 5 minutes and then use them so they are softer.
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The recipe was originally published when I had just moved to Malaysia and was setting up my pantry. The minimal ingredients available at that time brought back these simple treats alive, but at that time I had no clue what content meant. Now, with a bit more experience, Updating the content and images with Foodies redoing old posts. Hope you also like the new food props done in collaboration with Vidhya Arts and Crafts.
Most of us do love a sweet treat at the end of the day, so why not. After all, it is a hard day at work and anything that makes you smile is a plus. Hope you will test out my recipe.
Sweet paratha with coconut and chocolate
- mixing bowls and spoons.
- frying pan
- Cutting board
- Rolling pin
For the dough
- 250 grams whole wheat flour
- 175 grams drinking water
For the topping
- 1/2 cup grated coconut
- 1/4 cup chocolate grated
- 1 tsp sesame seeds white
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp orange zest
- Add teh whole what flour into the mixing bowl.
- Add the water, stir it , cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
- knead the dough gently after 10 minutes to form a ball.
- Portion out the atta ( dough ) into lime sized balls.
- Keep under a moist cheese cloth.
- Mix the chocolate, sesame seed, chia seeds, orange rind and coconut in a bowl to form a dry filling mixture
- Spread the dough into a small disc. Place the disc on your palm.
- Place a tbsp of the filling on the centre of this disc.
- gather the ends of the dough towards the centre so as to seal them in the centre.
- Roll it back into a ball.
- On a floured board roll the paratha to about 1/2 cm thickness.
- Heat a flat griddle pan, place the paratha and cook on medium heat on both sides.
- Avoid high heat for this paratha as the chocolate tends to become burnt quickly.
- Spread the oil or ghee and enjoy a warm sweet treat.