Friday, 31 July 2015

Spinach and Potato Parathas


As a child I remember coming home from school, throwing my shoes off and blazer and running into the kitchen where my mum was always found. She would be at the kitchen stove cooking these amazing mouth watering parathas.The kitchen would be filled with a smoky haze from the griddle, her arms dusted in flour as she magically rolled one paratha after another to simple round perfection. The fillings would vary from season to season but the spinach and potato parathas were always a regular. I devoured these hot and spicy paratha straight from the griddle served with sweet, tangy yoghurt and her home made mango pickle. You didn't need anything else with these. They were heaven on a plate.I am sure my mother felt secretly satisfied with a glee of triumph that she had won the battle of feeding her children the dreaded spinach!





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Spinach and Potato Parathas
Indian flatbreads stuffed with spicy spinach and potato mixture.
Ingredients:
  • 3 medium Boiled potatoes
  • 1 cup Blanched spinach
  • 1 teaspoon chilli paste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 240 g Plain all purpose flour
  • 90 ml Sunflower oil
  • 90 ml water
  • 60 g Plain flour for rolling
Method:
1. In a bowl add the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon oil and make a soft dough adding a little water at a time.2. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and keep aside.3.Finely chop the blanched spinach and add it to a large bowl.4. Using a potato masher, mash the boiled potatoes and add them to the spinach.5.Add the salt, green chillies, ginger, lemon juice and turmeric powder and mix all the ingredients together ensuring there are no lumps of potato.


6. Divide the mixture into 8 golf sized balls and keep them aside.7. Knead the dough and divide it into 8 parts.8. Roll out a 3 inch diameter circle of one of the dough balls and place a potato ball in the centre of it.9. Gather the dough around the potato ball to encase it and pinch the dough ends together to seal them.10. Slightly flatten out the potato encased dough ball and dip it in flour. Very gently roll out a 7 inch circle with it.11.Heat a frying pan on medium heat and then gently place the rolled paratha on it for 1 minute.12. Flip the paratha with a spatula and brush this top side with some oil and allow underside to cook for 1 minute or until brown spots appear.13. Flip the paratha so that the oiled side is down and cook for 1 minute until brown spots appear.14.Brush some  oil on the top side and flip the paratha and to cook the second side for one minute until brown spots appear.15. Transfer the paratha to a plate and repeat procedure for rest of dough.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 parathas

36 comments:

  1. That is my tea sorted. I am vegetarian and have bookmarked your site now as I often find I eat the same things over and over! thanks sweetie :)

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  2. Oh those sound so good. Added to my list of recipes to try.

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  3. Those look delicious! I see you have inherited your Mum's knack for getting them perfectly round, too :-) Yum!

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  4. Oh my word, I wish I was your friend when you were a child! I am certainly going to give these a go

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  5. How did your mother and how do you roll your paratha into such perfect rounds - I am quite envious. They sound delicious and I'd be happy to devour one or two any time :)

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    1. Chocolette , I started to roll chapattis when I was 5 or 6 , my mum used to teach me.

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  6. OOh now you make this sound pretty straightforward and I am sure it won't be x

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  7. Oh yum this sounds delicious -I know what I am going to make this weekend. x

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  8. They do seem to be hiding the spinach well

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  9. Sounds delicious. I hope you'll join us over on the #seasonalkitchen linky next Friday, would love to see you there.

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  10. This looks lovely, I will certainly have to give this a go at some point!

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    1. You won't be dissapointed if you do , they are super tasty.

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  11. This looks very tasty and straight forward to make. Yum!

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  12. Oh wow I love the look of these. I am going to start meat free Mondays and these are definitely going to appear on my list of things to try. Sounds fabulous.

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    1. Tracy you will love them once to make them you will want more and more.

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  13. These look wonderful. Are you supposed to keep the potato inside the dough as you roll, rather like making puff pastry with the butter? I have to try making these. GG

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    1. Yes the potato ball is encased in the pastry so when you cook the paratha and tear it open it has a spicy filling inside it.

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  14. These sound delicious, I really must have a go. I love making naan bread but I've never tried paratha before, I always imagined it would be really difficult to make.

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  15. Perfectly made parathas!!! I love thick parathas and the spinach and potato combination is just delicious..

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  16. Good idea of combining spinach with potato for the parathas.. much healthier.

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  17. lovely parathas. Next time I make aloo parathas I will add spinach. I usually add fresh fenugreek.

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  18. These look great, will definitely be making them soon! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  19. These look lovely and simple, and I love how it has evoked some childhood memories for you. I wonder if I can make a gluten free version. In my experience it never tastes the same!

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  20. I love this recipe!! I have a weakness for bread and I know I wouldn't be able to resist this paratha with all the gorgeous flavours you've used! :D Yum!!

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  21. I love parathas, my bread of choice at an indian restaurant! I've never had them stuffed with potatoes and spinach, but I bet they are completely delicious... I also NEED one of those thin rolling thingies...

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  22. I have never heard of these before but would love to try them

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  23. Absolutely my kind of food. I do love your story that goes with them, so homely and lots of love involved in food.

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  24. They sound delicious!I can imagine how great these must have been after school. x

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  25. What a wonderful recipe, must give this a try. Had spinach for dinner funnily enough - not on its own obviously :)

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  26. Mmm! I've never heard of these before but they look yummy!

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  27. I love parathas of any kind ! bring them on! sooo good for a lazy weekend breakfast !

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  28. OMG these look amazing. Right that's it! I'm making some dal tonight and some of these to go with it. My mouth is watering.

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  29. Will have to give these a try soon, love spinach.

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