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[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

If you find yourself in the North of India, the paratha will find you. Mainly at breakfast time, but not only then. This wholesome flatbread, sometimes plain, sometimes stuffed with various vegetables, is one of the most filling and delicious ways to kickstart a day. This recipe uses aloo or potatoes as a stuffing, but you can try any vegetable you like.

There's nothing quite like a piping hot paratha served with a dollop of homemade butter, on a nippy winter morning. I've found that they taste even more delicious on northern highway dhaabas or eateries on the highway, where the beauty of the surrounding countryside adds to the whole experience.

This is hearty food, meant to keep you going 'til lunch. Have it straight off the fire with a dollop of butter, a side of curd and a little Indian achaar or pickle.

About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.

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