Popeye’s secret ingredient ~ Palak Paratha
Whether you like to eat palak raw or cooked, you’re sure to find a tasty spinach recipe everywhere. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A. It is also an excellent source of folate. Palak is sold loose, bunched, in pre-packaged bags, canned or frozen. Fresh spinach loses much of its nutritional value with storage of more than a few days. So it is important to consume it soon unless it is frozen where it could retain it’s nutritional value for a few months.
I love palak paratha. It consists of whole wheat flour and palak, how can it not be good for you, isn’t it? There are multiple ways to make it and today I will share the way I prepared it. It came out perfectly done and properly seasoned that everyone at home enjoyed it hot of the tava.
1 bunch of palak finely chopped or use 1/2 of medium size bagged
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp red chili powder
1 green chili finely chopped
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 – 2 tsp jeera
salt to taste
2 tsp oil
Mix the palak in the flour with all the other ingredients, taste and adjust seasonings. Add water to the mixture and make a dough out of it so that you can roll it out. Knead the dough well and set aside for about 15 minutes.
Dough ready to be rolled
Make small balls out of the dough and roll it using a rolling pin. Sprinkle some flour if needed to prevent from sticking. Roll it to about 4 – 5″ inch in diameter or as per your wish. Heat a tava over medium high and put the rolled out paratha.
Rolled out palak paratha ready to be cooked
After a minute, flip it and pour about 1/2 – 1 tsp oil. In a minute or two, flip again and using a spatula or any utensil of your choice press the paratha so that the oil can surface all over the paratha and cook through. Add another 1/2 – 1 tsp oil on top of the paratha and flip again to cook the other side. Serve hot fresh off the tava with a side of raita and lemon pickle. Tastes so good.
Hot of the tava ~ Palak Paratha
TIP: If too much water was added to the dough and the dough is sticky and not firm, wrap it in a plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. This will make the dough firm and easier to roll.