Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Indian Flat Bread/ Spinach Paratha

Thanks to Popeye , the sailor, (from the famous comic strip ), Spinach is the most popular and  much loved green leafy vegetable , recognized by most children . Our tryst with spinach , too , started way back in school , and has only deepened over the years.

 There is so much much one can do with spinach , it is so versatile , cook it , puree it or blanch it, treat it anyway , it never complains! 
 But for now, it is paratha , filled with nutritious  superfood green spinach.

This is our entry for:  Healing Foods Event-Spinach

Ingredients: serves-3-4

Wheat Flour: 2 Cups
Spinach washed & cooked  : 1 bunch
Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
Paprika Flakes: 3/4 tsp
Haldi/Turmeric: 1/2tsp
Dhaniya leaves / cilantro: finely chopped small bunch
Fine Rava/semolina: 2 tbsp (for crispness)
Til/Sesame seed: 2tsp, roasted and powdered (for flakiness)
Water: to knead the dough
Oil: 1 tbsp (to soften the dough)
Ghee: to make the parathas
Salt: to taste
Chop the Spinach finely and cook

Knead Wheat, spinach, cumin, paprika flakes, turmeric, coriander leaves, fine rava, sesame powder and salt with required water to make dough. Add oil & make the dough to soft consistency.

With a help of a rolling pin take a lemon sized dough & roll it to Paratha shape. (Round)
Heat a flat pan, toss the paratha in & let it cook till it starts to get small bubbles, now turn it around & add ¼ tspof ghee around the paratha. Let it roast nice and crispy (both sides) on medium low flame, serve hot with plain yogurt and a mix of assorted chutneys/ pickles. Enjoy this healthy snack/meal any time of day.

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