December 19, 2013

Palak Paratha

A healthy paratha recipe that is loaded with "green-goodness".. need I say more!!

Loaded with spinach, this paratha is hearty & healthy for your kids & family. With just pickle, raitha (or) any of your favorite gravy, palak paratha works great for lunch-box.

Basic Info
Complexity - Medium
Prep time - 45 mins
Cook time - 1 hr
Serves - 15-18 parathas

Whole wheat flour - 2.5 cups
Vital wheat gluten - 1/4 cup (optional)
Salt - to taste
Spinach - 2.5 cups (packed)
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp (replace it with red chilli powder)
Oil - 2 tsp
Water - as required

Heat a tsp of oil in a pan. When hot, add cumin seeds and let it sizzle. Add roughly chopped spinach and saute until they wilt. Let it cool. (I got about a cup and a half of saute'ed spinach)

In a big bowl, mix whole wheat flour, vital wheat gluten, salt, turmeric powder, hing, sambar powder and mix well to evenly combine. Add the saute 'ed spinach mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Add water little by little as required until the dry ingredients starts to come together.

Turn the dough on to a working surface and knead. Knead for atleast 20 mins for a smooth & soft dough. Coat the dough with a tsp of oil and let it rest for 30 mins. Make 15-18 equal sized balls. 

Heat a griddle on medium. Using a rolling pin, roll the balls into thin parathas. If required, use flour for dusting. When the griddle is heated enough, cook the rolled out parathas until golden brown on both sides.

Serve hot (or) keep them covered until served. 

- Sending this off to Made with Love Mondays!