Palak paratha recipe – easy, healthy and delicious spinach paratha with step by step photos. I make this often for the lunch box or for the weekend lunch. Regular use of spinach helps us to prevent iron deficiency and boosts our immunity. This is one of the best ways to include it in our diet since the leaves are lightly cooked and most nutrients are still preserved.
Palak paratha recipe has already been shared briefly on a few kids recipes posts. I thought of sharing the same with detailed step by step photos.
You can also use these to make rolls for kids. I make various kinds of rolls with these palak paratha. You can check these Paneer palak rolls which I make often whenever I make these parathas.
Tips to make palak paratha
- I prefer to puree the palak first and then add it to the flour. However you can also add them finely chopped. Since I have fussy kids I do prefer to blend them.
- Avoid adding stalks of spinach as they sometimes lend a bitter or metallic taste.
- I do not blanch the palak or any leaf greens. But if you are on a low oxalate diet, then yes do add the spinach to boiling water and leave for 1 to 2 mins. Then add them to cold water. Drain and use them.
- Adjust the amount of spice powders to suit your taste. The recipe below is make mildly spiced palak paratha.
- You can also substitute little multi grain flour for whole wheat flour in the recipe.
You can also find more Paratha recipes here.
Palak paratha recipe – spinach paratha recipe
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Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
Ingredients to make palak paratha
- 1½ cups Whole wheat flour or atta
- 1½ cups Spinach or palak (roughly 125 grams)
- ½ inch ginger or 1 to 2 garlic cloves
- ¼ tsp garam masala (optional)
- 1 small green chili (optional, skip for kids)
- Salt as needed
- 1 to 2 tbsp water to blend palak (optional)
- 1 tbsp Oil for kneading
- 2 tbsp Ghee for toasting
How to make the recipe
Preparation for palak paratha
- Wash spinach and drain completely.
- Add them to a blender with chili, ginger or garlic and make a fine puree with the help of 1 to 2 tbsp water. Use water only if needed.
- Add the puree to the flour along with salt and spice powders.
- Knead together to make a dough.
- If the dough turns sticky, just sprinkle more flour & knead to a non sticky dough.
- If the dough turns too dry then, sprinkle water & knead.
- Add little oil and knead well to make a soft pliable dough.
- Set this aside for 20 to 30 minutes. Make equal sized balls. Cover them.
How to make palak paratha
- Flour the rolling area and flatten a ball. Sprinkle flour.
- Roll it to make slightly thick palak paratha.
- Sprinkle flour over the paratha as needed to prevent sticking. It has to be slightly thicker than roti.
- Heat a tawa until hot enough. Transfer a paratha to the tawa.
- When the paratha begins to get bubbles over it.
- Flip it to the other side and cook until golden spots appear.
- Smear little ghee. Press gently for the paratha to puff.
- Place a kitchen tissue on a plate. Stack the palak parathas.
- Serve palak paratha with chutney, dal or curry. Or use them to wrap as rolls with veggie or egg fillings.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
If you are a beginner or new to Indian cooking, I highly suggest you to check the supporting step by step photos for best results. Step by step photos with description available below after the recipe card.
Preparation for palak paratha recipe
1. Pluck each leaf of spinach, check for worms. Add them to a large pot filled with water. Once done, sprinkle some crystal salt and leave it for a while. This helps to get rid of pesticide residues. Then rinse them a few times in fresh water. Drain off to a colander completely.
2. Add them to a blender jar with ginger or garlic, chilli. Skip chili for kids. I usually add 1 to 2 tbsp. water to the jar since i drain the spinach completely. This helps to blend to a smooth puree. Adding too much water will make the dough sticky and you may need to add more flour.
3. Add flour, puree, garam masala and salt. I do not use garam masala and salt, but can be used for added flavor.
4. Knead to make a dough. Add oil.
5. Knead again to make a soft dough. Smear oil and set aside for 30 minutes.
6. Divide the dough to equal sized balls and set aside. You will get about 6 to 7 parathas depending on the size and thickness.
How to make palak paratha recipe
7. Sprinkle little flour over the rolling area and then over the ball as well. Flatten a bit and roll them. Lightly sprinkle flour as needed to prevent the paratha from sticking.
8. Heat a tawa on a high flame, next place the paratha when the tawa is hot enough.
9. Very soon you will begin to see bubbles.
10. Flip the paratha to the other side and smear ghee over the paratha.
11. Gently press the paratha to help it puff up. It may not puff if it is too thin or doesn’t get enough heat. Clean up the tawa to remove any dry flour before you begin to roast the next one.
Lastly stack spinach paratha to keep them soft. Place them over a kitchen towel. When they cool down, place them in a box to keep them soft for hours.