August 7, 2014

Vetrilai Urulai Paratha / Betel Leaves Aloo Paratha

No functions, auspicious occasions and festivals are celebrated without Betel leaves which is called "Vetrilai" in Tamil, 'Thamalapaku" in Telugu and "Paan" in Hindi. Such an important leaf has lots of medicinal values too. It is very good for digestion and that is the reason, paan is served after a heavy meal on occasions. It has a strong peppery flavor which gives an immediate relief for cold and cough. Couple of fresh leaves will stop throat infection or cold in the initial stage and personally I had tested this and used to follow it till now. Lots of delicious recipes can also be prepared like vetrilai rasam..vetrilai satham etc...

Instead of serving the same Aloo paratha, I made a little twist by adding Vetrilai / Betel leaves to make it more healthy. The betel leaves has its own spicy taste so adjust the addition of leaves and red chilli powder according to taste buds. Lots of festivals coming all the way, so I have few recipes in mind to be made with the leftover betel leaves.. stay tuned :)

Ingredients :

For Dough :

  • 1 Cup Wheat Flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Water ( Adjust water according to the dough consistency)

For Stuffing :

  • 5 Betel Leaves / Vetrilai, Finely chopped 
  • 2 Potatoes, boiled and grated
  • 1/4 Tsp Chilli powder
  • A pinch of Turmeric powder 
  • Salt to taste

Method :

  • Take wheat flour in a bowl and add salt followed by oil.

  • Add water little by little and prepare a dough.

  • Cover and keep side.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and add chilli powder followed by Turmeric powder.

  • Add the chopped betel leaves and mix well.

  • Now add the grated boiled potatoes, mix and cook for a minute.

  • Remove from the flame and cool it for 5 minutes.
  • Add salt to the potato mixture and mix well.

  • Divide the potato - vetrilai mixture into 3 equal balls.
  • Now, divide the dough also into 3 equal balls.
  • Take one ball (dough) and roll it into small circle using rolling pin.

  • Place the potato - vetrilai mixture and fold as given in the picture.

  • Now roll the stuffed paratha into desired shape (round or square).

  • Heat tawa and cook paratha on both the sides (smear oil).

  • Remove from the flame and repeat the process for remaining dough.
  • Serve hot.

Serving Options:

Serve hot with Pickle and Curd.


  1. wow! never thought of a paratha with beetal leaves. It is so healthy, rich in calcium. Lovely recipe and will try!

  2. Very innovative I must say... we don't get them here.. I will try making when I go to India.

  3. using beetal leaves in paratha sounds make it rich in calcium, very well thought..just yum...

  4. Betel leves gives a new flauor. Will try it soon

  5. Inventing and interesting paratha....... Like the way use nettle leaves !!

  6. Excellent,innovative way to add betel leaves in parathas.

  7. innovative use of betel leaves,yummy!!

  8. Unique and very new to me.Will try for sure.

  9. Very innovative idea. delicious....

  10. Innovative n healthy parathas...

  11. very innovative...first coming across this recipe...good combo betle will aid digestion of aloo iam going to try it out

  12. Out of box thinking priya sis...Innovative parantha...mmm...super

  13. very innovative ....totally new for me...wish to try this yummy pratha..thanks Priya..

  14. What a healthy and delicious dish!

  15. Very innovative Priya..yes, with healthy twist...very good idea!Appreciate it...