Shilpi, an ex-colleague of mine has sent across a recipe of palak paratha. Shilpi stays in Sheffield, UK. She’s a mother of two—Rishabh who’s 7 years old and Ryka who just turned four months old. Shilpi’s not new to writing, having worked as a journalist for 7 years. What follows after this are Shilpi’s words.
Shilpi writes: My son started school when he was four years old. Here in UK you can opt for hot school dinners (yes, lunch is called dinner here). But my son, who has always been a fussy eater, didn’t like the food they served and left most of it on the plate. Bland foods do not stimulate his tastebuds. He left me with no choice but give him a packed lunch everyday. That meant I had to think of variety of easy-to-eat foods which were healthy and tasty. One thing which I regularly put in his lunch box is palak (spinach) paratha, and thankfully he loves it.
Looking for lunch box ideas? Here's a keeper. Simple, healthy recipe of palak paratha, made using iron-rich spinach, ideal for kids' lunch box/tiffin.
- 1 cup of whole meal flour ( I use whole meal rather than refined as it is more healthy)
- 1 cup of palak. Chopped, boiled and blanched ( I save the water in which I boil the palak and use it to prepare the dough)
- Pinch of salt
- Two spoons of oil
- Combine the flour and the blanched palak by adding little water (water in which the palak was boiled) and knead into a pliable dough.
- Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
- Make small balls out of the dough and roll them out into nice circular shapes.
- Heat a frying fan and fry them with very little oil. (I put them in aluminum foil so that it stays fresh.)