Winter season brings in fresh vegetables and herbs. The cold air tempts us to eat something spicy and tasty. In Gujarat, India, you will find stalls of fresh tuvar (pigeon peas), peas, surati papdi, val ni papdi, fresh coriander, green garlic leaves, green chili, ginger everywhere. The tuvar is fresh and cheap during the winter. The ladies in the houses are busy buying tuvar, peas, surati papdi, val ni papdi. These green pods requires cleaning and removing the seeds from them. This becomes extra work for the cooks in the house. They store them in the freezer for the remaining months. Many dishes are prepared such as Lilva paratha, Lilva Kachori, Undhiyu, Papdi Muthia nu shaak, Tuvar dana bhaat, chutney from the above ingredients.
Winter is the best season to enjoy the Lilva Paratha.
Lilva Paratha is a very delicious and tasty paratha made by using fresh green pigeon peas (tuvar) and peas. The stuffing is prepared by using fresh tuvar (pigeon peas) and peas along with boiled potato. It is flavored with freshly ground ginger, garlic, green chili and garam masala. The flavor is enhanced more by using fresh green coriander and fresh green garlic leaves in the stuffing. Whole wheat flour is used to prepare the outer layer of the stuffing. It is then roasted in a pan with oil till golden and crisp.