Thursday, July 17, 2008

Palak Paratha

I love leafy vegetables, and try to include them in my diet as much as possible. Palak (Spinach) is such a rich source of iron, and instead of making Dal Palak or Spinach Thoran, I try to make parathas occasionally. This time, I was in a hurry, and decided to try and make them as quickly as possible.

This is what I used to make the Palak Paratha:

Palak - finely chopped - 4 cups
Wheat flour/ Atta - 2 cups
Ginger - peeled and pounded - 2 tsp
Jeera/ Cumin powder - 1 tbsp
Red Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp (for palak); per taste (for roti)
Salt - to taste

Method:

  • Heat oil in a kadai, and add the jeera powder, red chilly powder, ginger, palak and salt, and stir well for 2 minutes
  • Leave to cook and when the colour of the palak changes and water from the vegetable evapourates, leave to cool
  • Take a mixing bowl and knead the flour with the palak and keep aside (Do not add water, you can add more salt per taste)
  • Heat the griddle, sprinkle oil and spread with the flat ladle
  • Make small balls with the dough and start rolling them with a rolling pin, using oil if you wish to
  • Cook both sides of the flattened rolls using oil per requirement, and store in a hot pot

I am a little sceptical about using oil, so I did not use oil while kneading, and while rolling them flat. They were still soft and tasty. The parathas definitely taste better with more oil, I can't deny that!

My six parathas were ready in about 30 minutes from start to finish!

Serve with pickle/ chutney/ youghurt/ raita

32 comments:

Valarmathi said...

First time here. Goodcollection of recipes. Pictures look great. Thanks for visting my blog

Purva Desai said...

hey! visiting ur blog for the first time. Palak paratha looks yummy

kat said...

oh that certainly does look yummy. I'm going to have to start investigating if I can find a place to buy Indian ingredients in Minnesota!

Madhavi said...

Lovely paratha, looks delicious!!!

Suma Rajesh said...

i too have made palak paratha but in different way ie grinding process..ur too looks delicious..

Priti said...

hmm and I thought you are sick? Posting palak paratha dear?? Paratha looks yummy..but do takecare

Kevin said...

Those spinach Parathas look and sound good!

Nags said...

shreya, here is a tip. while listing out ingredients, why dont u try putting the main ones first. like u put palak first but followed with ginger. maybe atta should have followed :)

hope that makes sense.

i make this paratha all the time, but dont add ginger :)

A_and_N said...

I love leafy veggies too! Good one here :)

Shreya said...

Valarmathi, Purva - thanks so much! and do keep visiting:-)

Kat - Thanks, :-). I'm sure you can find an Indian store somewhere, Google Local search?

Madhavi - Thank you!

Suma - Thanks. Actually, I used to do that way, but found it tedious, especially kneading the paste with the flour. I am sure it tastes as good, and probably better:-)

Priti - I am so much better now. Thanks:-)

Thank you, Kevin.

Nags - This is a wonderful tip, I never noticed I was listing the ingredients without much thought. I will keep this in mind henceforth. Have corrected this post:-) Thanks so much!

A_and_N - Thanks:-)

ChichaJo said...

I love Indian food!!! That looks fabulous...I cannot imagine making my own parathas but you make it sound so easy :)

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

palak paratha looks yummy .. less oil makes it very healthy

Myviews said...

Palak paratha looks yummy...you have gud collection of recipes. Pictures look great.

Jeena said...

Lovely paratha it looks really tasty, I love spinach it is so healthy. :-)

bhags said...

nice idea of frying the palak....lovely parathas

notyet100 said...

THIS LOOKS DELICIOUS...MY MOTHER USED TO PREPARE THE SAME IN WINTERS,..

Vaishali said...

Delicious parathas, Shreya. They look gorgeous and are so amazingly healthy!

meeso said...

I love spinach, too... These are an awesome way to eat it :D

Rashmi said...

Hi thanks for visiting my blog... and as u told... what a coincident we both made and posted spinach chappathi/ paratha on the same day....

i have a tag waiting for u in my blog
http://envittuvirundhusamayal.blogspot.com

Illatharasi said...

Good and healthy one, that too without oil.... :)

Sagari said...

nice and yummy parathas

Grace said...

i love spinach, but i only ever eat in salads. this looks like a great and tasty way to incorporate more into my diet. must find jeera powder. :)

Laavanya said...

That looks good.. I make spinach parathas too but just puree them without pre-cooking the spinach and add - saves one step :) I have posted on my blog too.

Sireesha said...

palak paratha looks lovely and delicious....

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

shreya
simply good....a new way to eat spinach..thats so healthy ...

Bharti said...

Palak parathas are my favorite. Will try adding ginger next time.

Shreya said...

ChichaJo - Thanks, I am sure you can make parathas, do give it a try, and let me know:-)

Vegetable Platter, MyViews, Jeena, Bhaga, NotYet100, Vaishali, Meeso, Illatharasi, Sagari, Sireesha, Anamika, Bharti - Thank you so much for the nice comments:-)

Rashmi - Thanks for tagging!:-)

Laavanya - Puree way is good too:-), just that I personally dislike the pasty feeling while kneading.

Grace - You can make cumin powder at home, just roast the cumin seeds lightly and grind them.

OhioMom said...

Oh this looks wonderful, I love spinach .. I would like to try making this.

Lavanya kodishala said...

Hi, Its first time visiting your blog.. I tried this Palak parata.. its superb.

reva said...

hi this recipes looks good if u have time please do visit my blog revarasoi.blogspot.com u can find varities of parathas

forkbootsandapalette said...

wow so healthy..we've had palak puri but then this is so healthy..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Healthy and tasty parathas!