Stuffed Paratha (4 pcs)
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Flat bread with wheat flour and choice of stuffing
Stuffed Paratha (স্টাফড পোরোটা) | 4 pcs.
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Vegetable Stuffed Paratha | স্টাফড পোরোটা
Discovered (or rather invented) quite easily, actually. The existence of the Indian stuffed paratha as we know it today goes back to somewhere in the early medieval period, well before the 12th century CE in fact. The parathas, when first invented, were usually sweet though. Similar stuffed sweet dishes, although of different shapes and sizes, were popular since the early centuries of the first millennium CE, and so a stuffed flatbread wouldn’t have been too difficult to imagine. After all, the plain wheat-flour flatbread (roti, chapati) was a staple.
The Chalukya king Someśvara III (r. circa 1126 to 1138 CE) is known to have written an encyclopedic book on called Mānasollāsa, or ‘That Which Delights The Mind’. In the section devoted to the culinary arts, he mentions the pūraṇa, a flatbread made of wheat flour and stuffed with jaggery and gram paste. This dish was the precursor to the modern hōl̥ige/obbaṭṭu of Karnataka and the pūraṇ-pol̥ī of Maharashtra and Gujarat, now stuffed with boiled chana, jaggery and coconut. I’m sure regional variations of the sweet-dish exist in other parts of the country. The book also describes other variations of stuffed wheat parathas like veṣṭika (a wheat-flour preparation stuffed with chana and spices such as cardamom and black pepper), maṇḍa/maṇḍaka and polika. The latter was similar to the pūraṇa and when stuffed with savoury preparations, was called angarapolika. The maṇḍaka, a large paratha stuffed with sweetened pulse paste and baked on an inverted pot, is probably much older and dates to the timeline of Classical India. This is the precursor to the maṇḍigē or māṇḍē popular in northern parts of Karnataka. The Gujarati text Varanaka Samuchaya, written around the year 1520 CE, mentions that spicy parathas like the mēthī-thēplās were made from wheat-flour and were eaten with rāita.
Anyway, the potato and cauliflower — like chillies — aren’t native to India and our ancestors didn’t eat the aloo and gobi parathas that some of us, moi included, are so fond of. This doesn’t mean that some enterprising Indian chef didn’t make spicy stuffed parathas from other Indian vegetables and spices, though.
The cuisine of Bengal consists of dishes from both East and West Bengal i.e. undivided Bengal era as well as the dishes which originated in the city of Kolkata during the British rule. There is an emphasis on vegetarian cuisine, specially during festivals and is most commonly prepared without onion and garlic. A Mughlai influence on the cuisine is due to the their rule over certain parts of Bengal and the last Mughal emperor Wajid Ali Shah has said to have contributed a lot to the Bengali cuisine. There is an array of lesser known dishes cooked every day at home. Panch Mishali Torkari (five vegetable stir-fry), Chapor Ghonto (vegetable mishmash), Neem Begun (neem leaves stir fried with potato and brinjal), to name a few.
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