Recipe: Palak Paneer Paratha
Put a healthy and tasty twist on your routinely monotonous breakfast by including this Palak Paneer Paratha. It is easy to make, loaded with the goodness of Palak and Paneer, and has a taste and colour that your kids will love. It is also the perfect recipe for your child's tiffin.
1 cup wheat flour
250g spinach leaves (washed & trimmed)
1 green chilly
Small piece of ginger
150g paneer (cottage cheese)
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
Pinch of garam masala
1/2 cup coriander leaves
2-3 tsp ghee
Steps to prepare the dough:
Wash and trim the spinach leaves.
Combine spinach leaves, ginger, green chilly, and a little water in a blender to make a smooth puree.
Now take the wheat flour and gradually add salt and spinach puree to form a soft dough.
Let the dough rest for around 15 mins.
Steps to make the stuffing:
Crumble the paneer in a plate.
Add coriander leaves, salt, black pepper powder and cumin seeds.
Steps to make the paratha:
Take a small ball of the dough and roll it into a flat disc.
Apply a little ghee and then add the stuffing.
Seal the ball once gain, and roll out the paratha.
Put the paratha on a hot tawa, and cook on both sides while applying ghee.
Once the paratha is cooked, transfer it to the plate.
Your Palak Paneer Paratha is ready! Serve with mint chutney or curd.
Know Your Ingredients
Spinach is a superfood because of its high nutritive value. It is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, calcium and potassium. Vitamin C plays a role in fighting viruses and bacteria that invade the body and helps boost immunity. Vitamin A makes the nose and throat stronger. It is best to have spinach is winter, because winter spinach is richer in these nutrients. Vitamin C contained in winter spinach, for instance, is 5 to 10 times the amount in summer. Spinach is also low in carbs but high in insoluble fiber. This type of fiber helps in digestion. Spinach has a host of benefits. It can reduce oxidative stress, promote eye health, fight cancer and regulate blood pressure.
Paneer (Cottage Cheese)
Paneer is an excellent source of protein and contains relatively few calories. 100 gm of paneer has almost 18 gm of protein. Paneer is also rich in calcium, which is good for strong teeth and bones. It is also packed with other nutrients, such as B vitamins, phosphorus, and selenium.
This recipe has been contributed by food blogger Vidisha Jindal.