At home, all of us are big fans of broccoli. Broccoli has tonnes of health benefits to it and, thankfully, we don’t really have to sneak it into dishes in our kitchen. I love adding the green veggie to stir-fries, Indian-style curries, khichdi, Thai curries and the like. Did you know that parathas are a delicious way to get all of the goodness of broccoli onto your plates? We do that, quite often!
Today, I present to you the recipe for Broccoli Parathas, the way I make them. If you don’t like broccoli, you must absolutely try these parathas out, and I’m sure you will change your mind about the vegetable. If you do love broccoli, like us, of course you need to try these parathas out! 🙂
Here’s the recipe for Broccoli Parathas, my way!
Ingredients (makes about 6 parathas):
For the filling:
- 1 heaped cup broccoli, very finely chopped
- 1 medium-sized carrot, peeled and grated medium-fine
- 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
- About 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 generous pinches of asafoetida
- Salt, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon chana masala or to taste
- 1 tablespoon amchoor powder or to taste
- Red chilli powder, to taste
- About 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour or multi-grain atta
- Salt, to taste
- 1 tablespoon oil + more as needed to make the parathas
- Salted butter, as needed to serve with the parathas (optional)
First, we will get the dough for the parathas ready. We will let it rest while we prepare the broccoli stuffing.
- Take the whole wheat flour or multi-grain atta in a large mixing bowl.
- Add in salt to taste.
- Adding water little by little, knead into a soft, pliable dough.
- When the dough is almost done, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Knead for a couple of minutes more.
- Let the prepared dough rest, covered, till you prepare the stuffing.
Now, we will get the broccoli stuffing ready.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Now, add the asafoetida to it, along with the chopped onion, grated carrot and finely chopped broccoli. Mix well.
- Saute on medium heat till the vegetables start wilting, 2-3 minutes. Now, add salt to taste, turmeric powder, chana masala, chaat masala (if using) and amchoor powder. Mix well.
- Continue to saute on medium flame till the vegetables are completely cooked, about 2 minutes. Switch off gas, and mix in the finely chopped coriander. Keep the filling aside and allow it to cool down completely.
Now, we will prepare the broccoli parathas.
- Set a thick dosa pan on high heat. Allow it to get nice and hot.
- Get out the dough that we had kneaded and put to rest. Take a small ball of the dough and place it on a flour-dusted work surface.
- Roll out the dough into a thickish circle, dusting it with a little more flour as and when needed.
- Place a generous spoonful of the cooled broccoli stuffing inside the circle. Bring the ends of the circle together, and roll out the dough again into a paratha. Transfer the prepared paratha onto the hot dosa pan.
- Reduce the flame to medium. Spread a little oil around the paratha, and cook evenly on both sides. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve the Broccoli Paratha hot, with a dollop of salted butter on top (if using).
- Use all the dough and the broccoli filling to prepare parathas, the same way.
- Here, I have chopped the broccoli really fine. Instead of that, you could separate the broccoli into large-ish pieces and run them in a mixer or food processor, to get a very fine mince.
- Garam masala can be used in place of chana masala. I love using chana masala in this Broccoli Paratha.
- A dash of chaat masala can be added to the filling, for extra flavour. I sometimes add it in, and skip it at other times.
- I have used home-made multi-grain atta to make these Broccoli Paratha. You can use store-bought multi-grain atta or whole wheat flour instead, too.
- Broccoli, carrot and onion go together beautifully in this paratha. I would not recommend skipping either the carrot or the onion.
- You may add ginger-garlic paste to the stuffing, if you so desire. I usually skip it.
- Use bright green, firm broccoli for best results. Do not buy broccoli that is yellowing or sagging.
Did you like this recipe? Do tell me, in your comments!