Green Paratha

Today, I am going to share with you a very healthy and satisfying recipe. As a typical Costco-loving family, their bag of fresh spinach tempts me into buying  and yet cannot finish it quickly enough before it gets mushy (shh..my husband hates it when the bag is lying unused and gets dumped in trash).

This is my version of necessity (finishing  the bag of spinach) = invention i.e. a colorful and yummy variant of the classic Indian bread a.k.a paratha (My friend’s brilliant idea on putting the spinach to good use led me to this recipe, so thank you @Taraka Kaul). 

My kidz love this yummy delight!  Mm mm goodness is what they say!! It is also a great way to sneak in some greens into their diet 😉

Ingredients

  • Spinach – 2 cups
  • Plain Yogurt – 1 cup
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp (Ever seen Bobby Flay use this? He loves it)
  • Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Green chili (thai)- 2 or 3  more the merrier:))
  • Ginger – half a thumb size
  • Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Whole wheat flour- 4 cups + extra flour to coat during rolling
  • Water – about 3/4 cup (mix it in accordingly)

Process:

  • Blend all the ingredients aforementioned to a smooth consistency. This is a yummy spinach smoothie (lassi) that you may very well have by itself but not yet 🙂
  • Blend the ingredients

    Blend the ingredients

Smooth consistency

Smooth consistency

  • In a mixing bowl, combine together the flour, 2 tsp of olive oil and yogurt mixture gradually and knead it to a ball
Mix the spinach puree into the flour

Mix the spinach puree into the flour

Knead the dough into a ball and set it aside for an hour

Knead the dough into a ball and set it aside for an hour

  • Set the dough aside for an hour before rolling the parathas. Not only does adding yogurt make the dough soft, it also results in fluffy parathas
  • Divide the dough into equal portions roughly the size of a golf-ball
  • Lightly coat the dough balls with the same whole wheat flour used for making the dough
  • Using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a tortilla like shape. (PS-There are several detailed videos and illustrations on the internet for rolling techniques)
  • Place the rolled paratha on to a flat non-stick pan and cook it on both sides (it is done when a few brown spots appear and it puffs up as shown below)
make the parathas

make the parathas

The parathas can be eaten by itself or served with an accompaniment like raitha. This is how you roll with paratha!!

Until the next foodie idea, adios!

By |2018-09-12T19:19:14+00:00April 4th, 2014|Breads, Vegetarian|6 Comments

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Shruthi
Shruthi is the creative chef and mastermind behind these flavorful chutneys and dishes. Cooking with only the freshest ingredients, she loves using her chutneys to add a new twist to traditional favorites. She is constantly experimenting with new recipes, striving to bring the complex sweet and savory flavors of India into your easy, every-day meals. Shruthi lives in Southern California with her husband and two foodie kids, and looks forward to sharing her passion for food with you!

6 Comments

  1. Tari April 5, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Wow! Shruthi,I am inspired to try and make the mango ogre. It looks soooo delicious and easy to make too. Would you use raw mangoes or half ripe mangoes?

    • Zesteez
      Zesteez April 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Half-ripe is good. Just enough to let you grate it. If it is too ripe, it gets mushy and difficult to grate. Enjoy!

  2. crowdedearthkitchen May 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    I am always looking for new ways to feed spinach to kids (peppermint milkshakes has been my funniest – but successful – attempt so far!). I’ll definitely try this!

  3. Zesteez
    Zesteez May 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Great! It took me awhile to coax my kids to try spinach, but it worked and they love them so much. Would love to hear about it when you try making these parathas.
    You can ping me with any questions concerning this process, Goodluck:))!! Thanks

  4. Lydia May 18, 2014 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    OMG Shruthi…you are my savior!!!! Now I have two new recipes that I am going to try when my In-laws stay with me next week. Mint pilaf n spinach rotis gonna put smile on their faces. Keep it coming Zesteez Goddess. I will keep u posted.

    • Zesteez
      Zesteez May 18, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the wonderful note Lydia! I am flattered :). Btw, my Chutney-Salsa products are going to be launching soon. Stay tuned for updates.

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