Palak Paratha (Spinach Paratha)

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Palak Paratha (Spinach Paratha) is an unleavened Indian flatbread made using whole wheat flour, spinach, and mild spices. It can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Learn to make it in 3 different ways.

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About Palak Paratha (Spinach Paratha)

Palak means ‘spinach,’ and paratha means Indian flatbread with unleavened dough. So palak paratha (spinach paratha) is a flatbread made using whole wheat flour, spinach, and mild spices.

These paratha are super healthy, have a vibrant green hue, and can be made in under 30 minutes.

Palak Ka Paratha is an excellent way to include the goodness of spinach in your family’s diet.

Serve spinach paratha for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with tea. They taste amazing with plain yogurt (or raita), a pickle, and a hot cup of masala chai. These are also great to pack for school or office lunch boxes.

These delicious palak parathas can be made in multiple ways. You can knead the dough with finely chopped spinach, knead the dough with palak puree, or stuff spinach inside the dough.

In this post, I am sharing three ways to make these. Each technique is very different, and the parathas also taste different. Try out all three, as they are all delicious.

You can also make spinach roti or palak poori using the same dough. If making puri, knead a tight dough instead of a soft one.

This spinach paratha recipe is vegetarian.

Here are some more palak recipes that you want to try

Here are some more Indian paratha recipes that you may like: Aloo Paratha, Gobi Paratha, Broccoli Paratha, Methi Paratha, and Thepla.

You must also try Masala Paratha, Palak Paneer Paratha, Gujarati Lauki Thepla, and Namak Ajwain Paratha.

Ingredients

Palak paratha ingredients.

Flour – Palak Paratha is mostly made using whole wheat flour (gehu ka atta), but you can try multigrain flour, too.

Spinach – You can use fresh or frozen spinach to make the paratha.

When buying fresh spinach, look for dark green leaves, free from brown spots.

Oil – I prefer to cook this palak paratha recipe in ghee, but you can also use sunflower oil, canola oil, butter, or light olive oil.

Others – You will also need fresh ginger, green chilies, salt, carom seeds (ajwain), and red pepper flakes. Adjust the green chilies and red pepper flakes to your taste.

How To Make Palak Paratha

Preparation

Discard the hard stems from the spinach leaves and measure 7 oz (200 g) of spinach. Rinse the spinach 2-3 times with water until the water runs clear. Drain well.

Chop the spinach finely.

If using frozen spinach, thaw it and squeeze it to remove any liquid. Then chop and use in the recipe.

Grate a 1-inch piece of ginger using a small grater. Finely chop 1 green chili.

Gather the remaining ingredients.

Make Palak Paratha Dough

Add the following ingredients to a large mixing bowl or a parat (an Indian utensil).

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 7 oz (200 g) chopped spinach
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoon finely chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Flour, spinach, ginger, chilli, salt, carom seeds, oil and pepper flakes added to a large bowl.

Mix well using your fingers and leave aside for 10 minutes. Palak will release some water during this time.

Mix well again.

Now add water (approx ¼ cup) little by little and knead to make a slightly soft smooth dough.

Some water added to the bowl.
Soft dough made.

Cover the dough with a dishcloth and keep it aside for 15 minutes.

Dough covered with a dish cloth.

Make Palak Paratha

Heat a griddle (tawa) over medium-high heat.

Knead the dough again for a minute and divide it into 8 equal portions.

Note – If the dough looks soft at his stage, then add some dry flour and knead well again.

Take one portion and roll it into a ball using a rolling pin. Slightly flatten the ball in between your palms. Apply some dry flour to your palms if it’s sticking.

Keep the rest of the dough balls covered with cloth to prevent them from drying out.

Dough ball made.

Dust the ball with a little flour and roll it to make a 5-inch circle.

Dough dusted with dry flour.

Apply ghee (or oil) over the circle generously and fold to make a semi-circle.

Ghee applied over the circle.
Ghee applied over the semi-circle.

Apply ghee (or oil) over the semi-circle and fold to make a triangle.

Triangle made.

Dust the triangle with some dry flour and roll to make a 5-6 inch triangle. Roll the edges slightly thinner than the center.

5-6 inch triangle made.

Transfer the paratha to the hot tawa (griddle).

Paratha transferred on hot griddle.

Cook until brown spots appear on the bottom side.

Flip the paratha and apply ghee (approx 1 tsp) on the cooked side.

Paratha flipped and oil applied.

Flip again and apply ghee (approx 1 tsp) on the other side as well.

Ghee applied on the other side as well.

Press the paratha using the back of a spatula and cook until nicely browned from both sides.

Paratha pressed with a spatula.

Make all the palak paratha in the same manner. Serve hot.

Wipe the griddle with a paper towel after frying 4-5 parathas to remove the burnt dry flour.

Ready palak paratha.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to prepare spinach?

Spinach or any other leafy greens have a lot of mud in them; cleaning them properly is very important. Start by plucking the leaves and discarding the hard stems. Now, fill a large pot with water and soak the spinach leaves. Gently rub the leaves with your palms and let them sit for a minute. The mud will settle at the bottom of the pot. Now, gently remove the leaves from the pot and discard the water with the mud. Repeat this process until the water is clear.

To save time, buy already-washed spinach.

How do I make palak paratha with palak puree kneaded in the dough?

Preparation
Discard the hard stems from the spinach leaves and measure 200 grams of spinach. Rinse the spinach 2-3 times with water until the water runs clear. Drain well.
Heat 8-10 cups of water in a large pot.
When the water comes to a boil, add ½ teaspoon baking soda and the spinach leaves and cook for 1 minute.
Note – Adding baking soda while blanching the spinach preserves its bright green color.
Drain the water and add the leaves to a bowl filled with ice-cold water.
Now drain the leaves, add them to a blender with ¼ cup of water, and make a smooth puree.
Note – You can puree the spinach without blanching it, but it might taste bitter.
Make Palak Paratha Dough
Add
2 cups of whole wheat flour
spinach puree
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 teaspoon finely chopped green chilies
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
2 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
to a large bowl.
Mix well using your fingers.
Now add water (approx 2-3 tbsp) little by little and knead to make a slightly soft dough.
Cover the dough with a dishcloth and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
Make Palak Paratha
Divide the dough into 8 equal balls and make the paratha, as mentioned in the recipe.

How do I make palak paratha with palak stuffed inside the dough?

Make The Spinach Filling
Discard the hard stems from the spinach leaves and measure 200 grams of spinach. Rinse the spinach 2-3 times with water until the water runs clear. Drain well.
Chop the spinach finely.
Heat 2 teaspoon ghee in a pan over medium heat. Once the ghee is hot, add 1 teaspoon cumin and 1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain) and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.
Pour this tempering over chopped spinach.
Add 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 2 teaspoons finely chopped green chilies, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes and mix well.
Make Palak Paratha Dough
Take 2 cups of whole wheat flour in a bowl.
Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and mix well.
Add water (approx ½ cup) little by little and knead to make a slightly soft dough.
Cover the dough with a dishcloth and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
Make Palak Paratha
Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Make smooth balls from each part and slightly flatten them between your palms.
Take one dough ball and dust it with dry flour. Roll it to make a 5-inch circle.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon roasted gram flour (besan) over the circle. It will prevent the paratha from becoming soggy.
Keep 2 tablespoon of spinach filling in the center of the circle and bring the ends together to make a ball.
Dust the ball and gently roll it to make a 5-6 inch circle.
Fry spinach paratha as mentioned in the recipe above.

Serving Suggestions

Serve spinach paratha with plain yogurt or your choice of Raita for lunch or dinner. It can also be packed in your school or lunch box with a pickle or chutney on the side.

It’s a healthy breakfast with a hot cup of Masala Tea or South Indian Filter Coffee and white butter.

Serve it with a Curry and Dal for lunch or dinner. My favorite sabji are Baingan Bharta, Aloo Gobi, and Achari Bhindi Masala.

This delicious palak paratha can also be used to make rolls or wraps. It’s a great way to make your wraps a little healthier.

Storage Suggestions

Spinach Paratha tastes great when served right out of the griddle.

Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for a day.

You can also refrigerate it for 3 to 4 days.

If you want to store palak parathas for a longer time, freezing is the best option. Once the parathas have cooled down to room temperature, stack them with parchment or wax paper in between to prevent sticking, and place them in an airtight container or a ziplock bag. Label the container or bag with the date to keep track of freshness. Frozen palak parathas can be stored for up to 2-3 months.

To reheat refrigerated or frozen palak parathas, you can use a tava (flat griddle) or a non-stick pan. Heat the tava or pan over medium heat and place the paratha on it. Cook for a minute or two on each side until it’s heated through and becomes slightly crispy. You can also apply a little ghee or butter to enhance the flavor.

If you’re in a hurry, you can use a microwave to reheat the parathas. Wrap them in a slightly damp paper towel or microwave-safe cover to prevent them from drying out, and microwave on medium power for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until they are heated thoroughly.

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Palak Paratha (Spinach Paratha) is an unleavened Indian flatbread made using whole wheat flour, spinach and mild spices. It can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try it!
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Easy Palak Paratha Recipe (Spinach Paratha)

Palak Paratha (Spinach Paratha) is an unleavened Indian flatbread made using whole wheat flour, spinach, and mild spices. It can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Try it!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 25 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (gehu ka atta)
  • 7 ounces spinach (palak) (200 g, fresh or frozen, finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • ghee or oil for frying
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Instructions 

Make The Dough

  • Add whole wheat flour, chopped spinach, ginger, green chilies, salt, carom seeds, oil, and red pepper flakes to a large bowl or a parat (an Indian wide and large utensil).
  • Mix well using your fingers and leave aside for 10 minutes. Palak will release some water during this time.
  • Mix well again.
  • Now add water (approx ¼ cup) little by little and knead to make a slightly soft smooth dough.
  • Cover the dough with a dishcloth and keep it aside for 15 minutes.

Make Palak Paratha

  • Keep a griddle (tawa) over medium-high heat.
  • Knead the dough once again for a minute and divide it into 8 equal portions.
  • Note – If the dough looks soft at his stage, then add some dry flour and knead well again.
  • Take one part and roll it into a ball. Slightly flatten the ball in between your palms. Apply some dry flour to your palms if it's sticking.
  • Keep the rest of the dough balls covered with cloth to prevent them from drying out.
  • Dust the ball with more dry flour and roll to make a 5-inch circle.
  • Apply ghee (or oil) over the circle generously and fold to make a semi-circle.
  • Apply ghee (or oil) over the semi-circle and fold to make a triangle.
  • Dust the triangle with some dry flour and roll to make a 5-6 inch triangle. Roll the edges slightly thinner than the center.
  • Transfer the paratha to the hot griddle (tawa).
  • Cook until brown spots appear on the lower side.
  • Flip the paratha and apply ghee (approx 1 teaspoon) on the cooked side.
  • Flip again and apply ghee (approx 1 teaspoon) on the other side as well.
  • Press the paratha using the back of a spatula and cook until nicely browned from both sides.
  • Make all the palak paratha in the same manner. Serve hot.
  • Wipe the griddle with a paper towel after frying 4-5 parathas to get rid of the burnt dry flour.

Video

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Notes

Adjust the green chilies and red pepper flakes as per your taste.
Replace half of the spinach leaves with methi leaves (fenugreek leaves) and make palak methi paratha.
If using frozen spinach, thaw it and squeeze it to remove any liquid. Then chop and use in the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 57mg, Potassium: 516mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 4954IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 73mg, Iron: 4mg
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