Punjabi Wadi with Layered Paratha

My mom used to make ‘moong wadis’, which are these little ‘drops’ or nuggets of dried lentils cooked in a think gravy. It was everyone’s favorite dish at home and it is actually pretty popular in Indian Cuisine as well. You can find these ‘moong wadis’ in any Indian store, or you can even make them at home. I never liked them, hardly ate them and guess what, they are Arvind’s favorite. I have now realized that our taste bud doesn’t match at all when it comes to vegetarian dishes. I can count at least 5 veg dishes so far, which I don’t like to eat (given a choice) but they are his absolute favorites. It does makes sense .. opposites attract! 😉

Last weekend, when we went for our grocery shopping, he saw these Punjabi Wadis and you could almost see the twinkle in his eyes.. the way my eyes twinkle when I see a beautiful shoe that fits my super tiny feet! He explained me how he likes it and after doing some research, I came up with this simple recipe. These Vadi are spicy, so you may want to think twice before adding any extra spice in your dish. The ingredients that were used to make the wadi : white lentils, black pepper, cumin, cardamom seed, coriander, clove, mace, nutmeg, ginger and cotton seed oil.

They taste best with paratha. I however decided to make layered paratha and he sure did enjoy it 🙂

Punjabi Vadi

Ingredients :

  • 10 to 12 Punjabi Wadis
  • 1 medium potato, cut in bite size
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 cup coriander leaf, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilly, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbs cumin seeds
  • 1 tbs mustard seeds
  • 1 tbs fennel seeds
  • 1 tbs chilly powder
  • 3 garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbs finely chopped ginger
  • salt
  • oil

Directions :

Boil the potatoes and keep them aside

Heat a pan and roast the wadis. You can even fry them in some oil, but I avoided that as it soaks a lot of oil.

Cool the wadi and crush them to bite size.

In the same pan, heat some oil and then add ginger and garlic along with the dry spices (cumin seeds, mustard seeds and fennel seeds)

Add half of the chopped onion and salt. Then, saute them till they are light brown in color.

Turn off the heat and take the mixture from the pan to the food processor. Blend it to form a paste and keep it aside.

Place the pan and add some more oil. Fry the rest of the onions till they are soft and golden brown

Add boiled potatoes and fry them for a while

Add the spice paste and tomatoes and keep cooking for another 2 minutes.

Add 1 cup warm water, lower the heat to medium, cover and let it cook for another 5 to 7 minutes

Add the fried wadis and add some more water. The amount of water depends on how much gravy you want in your curry.

Lastly, add chopped cilantro and serve it hot.

Now let’s look at layered paratha

Layered Paratha

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup wheat flour, plus extra while rolling the paratha
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tbs oil
  • pinch of salt
  • warm water to knead
  • oil


Add all the ingredients in a big bowl and keep kneading till it’s soft and not sticky.

Cover the dough in kitchen towel and lest it rest for 15 minutes

Divide the dough into tiny balls and using a rolling pin, roll them in circular shape

Cut them in half and fold each half into a triangle

Dust the folded triangle with some flour and roll them to form a bigger triangle

In a flat pan, add few drops of oil and when the pan is hot enough, place the paratha

Add oil on the other side of the paratha and fry till it’s cooked and slight brown in color.It should take about 4 minutes on each side, depending on the size and the thickness of the paratha.

Serve it hot and enjoy!

comments on this post are currently closed.

Manu says:

Kankana, thanks for sharing this recipe. I am learning so much about Indian food from your blog!!! I love all Indian bread. I have made chapatis and puri, but have never made parathas. As soon as I have a little time, I’ll surprise my husband with some freshly made parathas. We all have a cold here… 🙁

Raji says:

Now this dish is looking absolutely rocking… what a delicious combo of wadi and paratha.. presentation is very beautiful.

Priyanka says:

Lovely dish thanks for the recipe 🙂

Priya says:

Am inviting myself to ur place, those layered paratha and wadi both makes me hungry..

Mary says:

This looks delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

Alea says:

This looks incredible and the flavors sound absolutely delicious!

I am visiting from The 21rst Century Housewife and am now following you on twitter and RSS. I am currently taking a blogging break, but have some sweet bloggers filling in for me through the end of the month.

Vimitha says:

Tempting and inviting parathas there

It looks great.And those paratha seems me like the mexican tortilla. Really like to try it.
Thanks for your receipe I am going to enjoy it.

This looks beautiful! It’s something that I have not tried, but would love to give it a go…thank you for sharing… this sounds amazing!

delicious combination I love the use of whole wheat in the paratha

Lori says:

Wow, this looks and sounds so flavourful! I have never tried it but it does look so nice! My husband and I have differing tastes on many things as well…keeps things interesting!

visda says:

Sound wonderful with all the spices combination. It should smell great too. Also thanks for sharing the Paratha recipe. I love Indian breads and is very inspiring to learn from your recipes.

It looks fabulous! That’s funny about you and your husband’s opposite taste buds :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Sandra says:

This is absolutely delicious looking meal! Love all the colors and beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Tes says:

The layer paratha looks so temting! I can’t wait to try this at home 🙂

Manu says:

Kankana… please post another of your great recipes!!!!! Impatiently waiting! In the meantime, I am passing on a “One lovely Blog Award” to you. You can find it here: http://www.manusmenu.com/first-event-and-second-award
Have a lovely day!

Hi there – visiting from the Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home Blog Hop – thank you for linking up!

Isn’t it funny how our tastes can be so different from our loved ones? This sounds like a totally amazing dish – the spices sound wonderful and I think my husband would love it. It might be a little spicy for me though – as you say, opposites attract! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

aipi says:

Always ate these tikona parathas growing up..your post brought many memories back 🙂 I have the recipe in draft..will be posting soon :)..I love wadis too , my mom often used to cook it with potatoes n eggplants and I simply loved it..whenever I visit India mom packs kilos of these homemade wadis for me to bring back 🙂
Loved your post!

US Masala