Sunday, December 23, 2007

Festive parathas

Festivities are in the air. The holiday spirit is at the highest level. Goodies & gifts adorn every aisle in the supermarkets. Reindeers are seen in front of almost every house. the lights, trees and decorations are so charming that one falls in love with them instantly.The Color red is so charming that you fall in love with it instantly. Red color is associated with festivities, happiness, love etc. Every culture globally has some specific goodness associated with the color red. In US red marks festivities, holidays and its also one of the colors in their Nation Flag.

Meaning of RED color around the globe
Red represents beauty in many languages and cultures.In Chinese culture, Red is associated with fire, south, and summer. They have associated primary elements with a specific color.And also with good luck and fortune. Chinese New Year is celebrated by wearing red clothing and decorating the house with red. Red envelopes with "luck money" are given to unmarried children to bring good fortune to them for the rest of the year.

Most Japanese think that the sun is red. Japanese flag has Red colored circle which signifies "sun's Circle". Since "Nihon (Japan)" basically means, "Land of the rising sun," the red circle represents the sun.

In Greece, Easter eggs are dyed red and the Greek expression "piase kokkino" ("touch red") is said when two people say the same thing at the same time. It is believed that such an occurrence is an omen that the two will have an argument in the future, which can only be broken when the two touch the closest thing that is red.

In India, a red marks good luck, prosperity etc. It also symbolizes joy, life, energy, and creativity. Islamic, Hindu, and Chinese brides traditionally wear red.
In Aztec culture, red was connected with blood.

In Singapore, the color red traditionally symbolizes joy.
[I googled the info & significance of red color, I cannot remeber the site from where i got this info :( ]

There are many more beliefs associated with color red. But One thing which is globally associated with Holidays & Red is Santa Claus. I too wanted to make something special for Christmas but i have been eating too many cookies, chocolates etc and I am sure Santa also might be more than a little bored eating cookies & milk in every house on this planet. I made every cell in my brain work overtime to come up with something festive, easy ( on tummy), something with Desi touch ( was optional). My brain doesn't work as fast as google so i spent more than a hour thinking finally I got the answer. It was Paratha...Yeah yeah its a little off- beat since its BEET paratha. It was delicious, easy to make & festive looking.
Lets chk the recipe.

Beet Paratha
1 cup wheat Flour
1 beet
1 Potato ( small)
1 t spn ginger paste
1 t spn garlic paste
2 t spn cilantro leaves
Little bit of oil to drizzle over the parathas
salt to taste.

Cook beet and potatoes in pressure cooker till done ( upto 3 whistles is sufficient). Alternatively you can cook them in the microwave. Do not discard the water in which beet was cooked, This has nice red color which will enhance the color of the dough. Peel the outer skin from both, beet & potatos. Mash potatoes and beet together. In case the beet isn't as soft as potatoes, just grate it and mix. Mix all the other ingredients in cooked mixture and knead it till soft. Use the red water for kneading. Roll these like chapatis but a little thicker and cook on the griddle. Serve with chutney, pickles, sabzis, raita etc or anything else of your choice. They are so versatile that they taste nice with everything.

Merry Christmas !
Feliz Novidad !
joyeux Noel !


Asha said...

Red and green are the colors to go these days!:D
Looks delicious Pooja, happy holidays!:)

Jayashree said...

Nice write-up....and nice looking paratha, too.

Namratha said...

Perfect for this season Pooja, Merry Christmas to you too :)

bee said...

wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year.

Jeena said...

Lovely deep red colour it looks so tasty. :-)

Pooja V said...

Asha : Happy Holidays to u too.

Jayashree : I am glad u liked it.

Namratha :I am soooo in this holiday spirit.

bee : To u too :)

Jeena : I am glad you liked it.

Cynthia said...

You have definitely captured the colour of the season with these parathas.

Happy Holidays!

Sagari said...

wow paratha looks so beautifulll nice post pooja

Sig said...

Nice festive color... :) Happy New Year Pooja!

Laavanya said...

Nutritious and delicious way of getting in your vegetables as well. Nice color the beets give the rotis. Happy New Year Pooja.