Palak Paratha, a deceptively delicious paratha with the goodness of spinach which can be enjoyed with your favorite pickle and bowl of yogurt.
2 cups spinach chopped and blanched
3 cups whole wheat flour
salt to taste
an inch of ginger
2-3 green chilies
water as needed to knead
1.5 tsp garam masala
1.5 tsp amchoor
3/4 tsp red chili powder
olive oil to fry
First blanch the chopped spinach in boiling water for a few minutes. Let it cool down. Now puree the spinach in a blender along with ginger and green chillies.
In a mixing bowl, add wheat flour along with garam masala, salt, amchoor powder, red chili powder. Mix it all together, and add the spinach puree to it.
Knead a medium soft dough and set it aside to rest for at least 20-30 minutes. Cover it with a wet napkin or with a lid.
Heat the tawa or frying pan to cook the parathas. Divide the equally into small balls, size of your palm. Take one dough ball and place it in the dry flour turning both sides. Now place it on the flat surface and start rolling using a rolling pin.
Make a small flat disc and put a little butter, salt and red chili powder if needed ( i do test the spices by making a tiny small paratha before starting to make the regular sized ones) and then bring the two ends together and make a square shape.
Roll it using the dry flour if needed into a desired size. Try not to roll out too thin or thick. Once rolled place it on the heated tawa. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and turn it to the other side.
Then turn again after a couple mins, put about 1/2 tsp of oil or ghee or butter whatever you are frying it in. Using a spatula, flip the paratha and let it fry.
You can press lightly to make sure it has cooked evenly and then turn again. Add oil, butter or ghee if you need more and fry the other side.Make sure it is cooked evenly and it is crispy.
Now your paratha is ready. Serve it with your favorite pickle and bowl of plain yogurt or a just a cup of tea.
Press the paratha very lightly while shallow frying with the spatula.
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