Friday, November 29, 2019

Spinach Chapathi | Palak Roti | Green Roti

Palak Roti/ Spinach Chapathi, a healthy and tasty indian flat bread made from wheat flour and spinach puree. I got inspired from the green tortilla wraps available in the store and started to make this roti/chapathi whenever i had excess of spinach which were about to expiry soon and now it's became one of the regular dish in my kitchen. It looks so vibrant, appealing and at the same time it's healthy and quick to make. Instead of serving this with curry, you can use this as wraps too. Here today, i have served this with veg kadai curry, but i had tried using them as wraps with panner/veg stuffing, that too tastes delicious and also it makes the best lunch box recipe. In the recent instagram post, i have shared this chapathi along with rajma curry  and got few dms about the recipe, so here i'm with the post. If you haven't tried the spinach chapathi/roti before, do give it a try and then just like me, you may also obsessed with this green chapathi/roti :-)
Recently i read a book "The Hidden Lives of Tree" by Peter Wohlleben, in that book, the author(a german forester) explains about the communication between trees, apart from that, there are lot of other interesting facts about trees, most of them are totally new to me.
Speaking of green color, we all knew that green leaves in the tree is due to photosynthesis, in one of the chapter, the author said that all the light spectrum is not used by chlorophyll in the process of photosynthesis (converts into food) and some are wasted and the waste spectrum of light is green and that's what we see in the leaves(that's really new to me, guess that was not taught by text books in school :-)) and he mentioned that scenario like "One man trash is another man treasure". How interesting, it is !!! The rejected part of tree only makes the world greener and gives such a treat to our eyes. After reading that, whenever i see green leaves/color, that thought pops in my mind, just like when i started to write this post. Ok, enough with the stories, if you get your hands on that book, do read, it's really interesting. Now let's check out the recipe for this "Green" Roti/Chapathi. 

Spinach Chapathi | Palak Roti

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsMakes : 8-10  
Recipe Category: Curry | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Chapathi, Green Roti, Healthy, Roti, Spinach, Palak Palak Roti/ Spinach Chapathi, a healthy and tasty indian flat bread made from wheat flour and spinach puree.
Ingredients
Wheat flour - 2 cups
Spinach - 1 cup(tightly packed)
Green Chili - 1 
Cumin seed - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water as needed

Procedure
First let's blanch the spinach, bring a pot of water into boil and add the spinach, let it sit for 30- 40 secs.Next immediately drain the spinach and run it under cold for 2 mins. Put the spinach into the mixer/blender jar along with green chili & cumin seeds, grind into smooth puree.Take the wheat flour in a bowl, add enough salt, mix it well and then add the spinach puree.Add little water in the mixie/blender jar, swirl it to remove the sticking puree to the jar and add into the flour and mix it well. If needed add more water and make a smooth,pilable dough.Let it rest for 10-15 mins.Divide the dough into equal parts and roll them into smooth balls.Dust the working surface with flour and using rolling pin spread the dough into thin sheet.Heat the tava and grease the tava with oil, place the rolled thin sheet on the tava and cook for 30-40 secs on one side, when you see the bubbles on the top, flip into other side and cook till the brown spots occurs. It may take another 30-40 secs.Tasty, healthy & vibrant Spinach chapathi/ Palak Roti is ready.Serve it with you favorite curry. We had it with Kadai Vegetables
Notes:
  • I have used baby spinach here, but you can use regular spinach too.
  • Don't let the spinach in hot water for longer time, otherwise it loses the vibrant green color.
  • The tava should be hot for soft and vibrant chapathi. For each chapathi, it shouldn't take more than 1&1/2 mins to cook.
  • Without green chili also, you can make this chapathi.
  • Cumin gives nice flavor to the chapathi but that also optional.
  • The dough should be soft and pilable for soft chapathi. 
  • With the same dough, you can make phulka too, refer here to make phulka.


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