Spinach is a highly nutritious leafy vegetable. It is a great source of folate and vitamins, essential for the proper development of your growing baby. Spinach is also the favourite food of one of the most popular cartoon characters – the super strong Popeye!
INGREDIENTS (250 ml cup used)
- Whole wheat flour – 2 cups
- Spinach – 250 grams
- Green chillies – 1 or 2, finely chopped
- Ginger – ½ inch
- Carom seeds – ¼ teaspoon
- Onion seeds – ¼ teaspoon
- Ghee – 2 teaspoon
- Asafoetida – a pinch
- Salt – to taste
- Oil – about 5 tablespoon
METHOD OF PREPARATION
- Rinse the spinach leaves in running water so that no dirt remains. If required pat them dry using a paper kitchen towel.
- In a pan heat about half cup water, add the spinach leaves and boil them until they turn tender.
- If there is excessive water you may have to drain the water. Draining the water will lead to loss of nutrients. It is better to use less water while boiling the spinach leaves so that no excess water remains.
- Once the boiled spinach has cooled, transfer it to the blender and whisk to a smooth puree with green chillies and ginger.
- In a large bowl sift the flour with salt, carom seeds, onion seeds and asafoetida.
- Add the ghee and pureed spinach to the flour and knead to make smooth dough. Add water only after you have mixed the puree and flour well, as the puree has moisture in it. Adding excess water will make the dough turn soggy.
- Divide the dough into equal portions and roll out the parathas.
- Drizzle oil on the sides and shallow fry the parathas on non-stick tawa.
- Serve the parathas with raita or pickle.
- Spinach is rich in calcium, folate, vitamin A (carotenoids) and vitamin K. 100 grams of spinach contains 23 calories, 9376 IU vitamin A, 28.1 mg of vitamin C, 558 mg of potassium, 99 mg of calcium and 2.7mg of iron.