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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Broccoli Parathas


Another round of BM#8 starts from today and among the various interesting themes given, I chose to go with "Cooking with five or less ingredients" this week. That means the recipes I am going to post for the next seven days contain five or less ingredients. Srivalli however has given a concession that the seasonings / salt together can be considered as one ingredient. My first post under the above said theme is going to be broccoli parathas. And check what the other marathoners are cooking today.


My son has always been an easy going kid and so before I had my daughter, I thought raising kids was child's play. :) Oh boy, my daughter showed me practically how wrong I was. Everything turns into a fuss when dealing with her and of course it's more obvious when it comes to food. If anyone chooses to start a "picky eater club", my daughter would be the perfect president for it. She prefers to go hungry instead of eating something that is not appealing to her. Whenever she has to eat something, she has some standard lines to say - "I am not hungry" or "this looks gross / weird" or "I don't like it" or "I asked for that, not this" or "this is not my favorite" or "I asked for rotis" (particularly when I don't have dough handy) or "I will eat later" and the list goes on. I like the roti excuse more since I can sneak in whatever veggies I like and I know that she is going to like and eat some healthy food in the process. Over the years, my daughter has taught me that if a kid doesn't like any particular veggie / fruit, sneaking it in other forms works better than presenting it in the most obvious fashion. These parathas are one such example. No steamed broccoli / broccoli soup suits her and so I puree the broccoli and add it to the roti dough. Any faint smell that broccoli rotis have is masked by the side dish that goes along with them. I thank God that she likes rotis or otherwise it would have been a different story altogether. :)


Ingredients (for 20 parathas):
3 cups atta / wheat flour + extra for dusting
1.5 cup broccoli puree (Broccoli florets lightly cooked in microwave and pureed.)
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp oil (optional) + Oil to make rotis
(Green chilli - ginger paste can be added if preferred.)

Method:
* Combine atta, broccoli puree, salt and a Tbsp of oil in a mixing bowl. Gradually add water as needed to form a firm, pliable dough. If the dough becomes too sticky, add some extra flour. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes and shape it into a ball. Cover and allow it to rest at room temperature for at least an hour.
* Place a cast iron skillet or a low rim frying pan over medium heat. While the skillet is heating up, knead the rested dough for a minute. Divide the dough into 20 equal portions, roll each portion into a ball and flatten it between your palms. Take a flattened dough ball and keep the remaining ones covered. Dip both sides of the flattened dough ball into loose flour, place it on a flat rolling surface. Roll it into a thin circle of about 4 - 5 inches diameter.
* Place the rolled out circle on the hot skillet, cook for about 30 - 40 seconds and flip it using a spatula. There should be brown spots on the flipped side. Cook for another 30 seconds and flip again. Spread 1/4 tsp oil around the edges if desired. Press down on the bread with spatula while cooking to allow the bread to puff up. Remove it after it puffs up and you see brown spots on both sides.
Repeat the steps with the remaining dough.

Note:
If not using immediately, the dough may be refrigerated for a couple of days. Just remember to bring it back to room temperature. Or put in the microwave covered, for about 30 - 60 seconds depending upon the quantity of the dough.

26 comments:

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Love the veggies paratha.. would love the speckles of broccoli all over..
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Smitha said...

yummy n healthy!....if kids love it its a plus point!:)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Suma, your daughter sounds like my older one. He is an easy going kid for everything except food. He used almost the exact same excuses you mentioned there. Those parathas are great way to sneak in veggies :)

Priya's Feast said...

This luks as super green roti by brocoli puree...yum.

harini-jaya said...

I can understand the excuses cited as I myself was a picky eater when I was a kid and my older one is just as picky! The additional disadvantage is she smells the sneaked in ingredients :(

Archana Vivek said...

healthy parathas.nice way to use up the brocolli.

SnehaPrasad said...

My 3 years old son is exactly same as your daughter, he never touches food which he does not know as well.. Nice idea of adding broccoli to parathas.

Usha said...

This is a nice way to sneak in veggies into your daughter's diet. Parathas look normal and one would not even guess broccoli was sneaked into them.

munchmunchcrunchcrunch said...

parathas look yummy...and healthy too...i have been trying to include brocolli in our diet...but have not found any recipe to our liking...i will give this one a try...can we taste brocolli or does the taste of chapathi dominate in this one?

Pavani said...

Rotis look delicious and nutritious. Very interesting way of sneaking broccoli into rotis. I'm going to try these and see if my picky 3 year old will like them.

Deepti said...

i too love to add broccoli in parathas...Urs looks great

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vaishali sabnani said...

ha ha...I understand what u all r going thru raising these naughty kiddos...the excuses have been the same for generations now,but trust me they all learn as they grow...i need to bookmark this for my grandkids:))

Hari Chandana said...

very new to me.. healthy and delicious paratha.. Yummy :)
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Kalyani said...

very healthy parathas.. and same pinch on the theme for BM ;)

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jayasree said...

Good way to include broccoli in the diet. Looks soft.

Vardhini said...

I love broccoli .. nice way of including in parathas.

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Spandana said...

Delicious and delicious pics too :-)
My son is also like ur daughter.. i have to try this with him.. hope it works :-)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Healthy n yummy parathas

Srivalli said...

One would never know that the parathas have those tucked in!..lovely looking parathas Suma..:)

Priya said...

I was searching for the green broccoli bites, well done Suma, love the way u prepared this paratha with puree..fantastic..

Happy Cook / Finla said...

Wowo they looks super soft and yumm.

Kalpana Sareesh said...

For a not easy daughter perfect paratha.. i hv to try this so good..

Prathibha said...

I tried stuffed version of broccoli paratha,this sounds easy..:)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

What a delicious and healthy parathas! Love the click!

Shanavi said...

Very vreative idea of using broccoli in parathas..YUM

Nirmala's kitchen said...

Healthy and delicious one!!!!!