Monday, November 1, 2010

Turkey Kheema Paratha

I always wished I had a sister. Growing up surrounded by boys close to my age in all shapes and sizes and not many girl cousins that wish was always simmering under the surface and now it has only gotten even stronger. New research shows that my happiness might be at stake because of the fact.

Brother and boy cousins no offense to any of you. I had great fun with all of you running around like a tom boy and doing things that most boys do. Those girly feelings and emotions never had a chance. My brother and cousins, they are still the best in their own way. They are not sisters that's all :)

cooked turkey kheema

Those of you who have sisters talk to them a lot, those sisterly chats you have with them is supposed to make you happier. Read this article in the New York Times - Why Sisters Chats Make People Happier. Those of you with sisters might say duh!

Stuffed parathas always make me happy cooking them and seeing the family, myself included enjoying them. If you happen to have some minced meat, I have used turkey, any minced meat would work these tasty parathas is something you ought to try.

After tasting minced turkey from the Lancaster Dutch market I cannot bring myself to buy anywhere else.

Turkey Kheema Paratha
1. 1 lb minced turkey
2. 1 cup of finely chopped shallots
3. 1 tbsp grated ginger
4. 5 garlic cloves finely chopped
5. 1 tbsp red chili powder
6. 1 tsp cumin powder
7. 1 tsp fennel seeds (or roast and powder) + 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
8. salt to taste
9. 1 tsp of oil

1. Prepare the chapati dough and let it rest. I usually add salt and a few tbsps of yogurt to make the dough.
2. In a wide mouthed pan heat the oil, add the fennel and cumin seeds followed by the onions and saute till they turn translucent
3. Add the grated ginger and garlic and let them brown
4. Add the powders and mix it in
5. Now add the minced turkey and salt and saute for a few minutes. Cover the lid and let it cook
6. Open the lid and let the liquid evaporate and make sure the turkey is completely cooked. Set aside to cool
7. Now take a lemon sized ball of dough and roll it a cirlce of about 4 inches in diameter
8.Place the minced turkey in the center, gather the edges and make a ball
9. Roll the dough but carefully so the stuffing does not spill out. Make the paratha as thick or thin as want
10. On a hot gridle place the rolled out dough, spray oil on the sides and on top. Cook on one side, flip and cook on the other side

Serve with raita or pickles.


  1. what a coincidence...y'day only my older son was asking if I could make stuffed chicken paratha...and I was telling him that I would sometime soon...
    yummy paratha...delish!

  2. Hey Indo.. that paratha looks delicious!

    Interesting article. Also implies that your brothers/cousins must be happier becos of you, their sister! :)

  3. Hmmm.....I'm not sure I missed a sister - I have the most wonderful best friends who fill my world with their love and affection. AND I have a brother who is seven years older than me and dotes on me...he actually looks up to ME sometimes. what more can I ask for.

    having said that, I worry about my daughter growing up as an only child, I would have definitely missed a sibling I'm sure if I didn't have one and I feel sad that she won't...

  4. Turkey keema paratha - what a lean, healthy choice for a lovely stuffed paratha!

  5. Btw, wish you a very Happy Diwali!

  6. Hi Indo. I know it's been a long time but not ready to come back yet. Just wanted to wish a very happy Deepavali to all of you!

    Yeah! I wish I had sisters too. I have 2 sisters-in-law but it's different. Bummer!! May be that's why I enjoy blogging to have so many blog sisters. Seriously!!:)

    Turkey Kheema looks yum, my kids would love to have them.

  7. Mouthwatering kheema paratha, love it..

  8. Hi Indo,

    I love stuffed parathas as well but have always tried veg stuff. Did not have the confidence to try non veg before but your recipe looks yummy so will try this one soon.
    I have an older sister eight years older and we never had a sisterly relationship. She is more like a second mom..I always wanted to have an older brother and reading your article thought grass is always greener on the other side!!

    Happy Diwali and please post any special dishes that you cook for Diwali.

  9. Girija, I always cook almond burfi but it mostly ends up as halwa.

    I am going to try besan ladoo, let's see how this turns out. Visit the facebook page, I am reposting some of my favorite Deepavali sweets.

    I will sure keep you posted about what I make this year.

  10. I was just thinking of turkey kheema paratha when I made kheema yesterday for dinner. :) sounds yummmm!!

    sisters are so much fun! I miss mine terribly. She's just a phone call away, but two continents apart and that is absolutely no good, in my book!!


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