Broccoli Paratha is a fiber and protein-rich flatbread stuffed with a mild spicy filling made with grated broccoli, onion, ginger, chili, and basic Indian spices. It is a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner option for kids and adults. Nutritious paratha that one can enjoy with even with plain curd/yogurt and any pickle or chutney of choice.
Broccoli is a power packed vegetable that can also have a powerful taste to kids. We have found that when we serve veggies different ways, it brings out different flavors and textures and kids will try a veggie they may not have ever wanted to eat.
If your kids don’t like just plain steamed broccoli or grilled broccoli florets then give this recipe a try and see how your kids like to eat this power packed stuffed paratha. It is loved by most kids and a good way to introduce Broccoli to your kids.
Broccoli isn’t a vegetable that most people enjoy or love to eat. However, in our household, it’s a different story. My son just love this healthy stuffed broccoli paratha more than pizzza. Before serving I just top it with some butter and make slices like we make for pizza and serve it with yogurt dip and then just sit and see the smile on his face. What can be more satisfactory for a Mom seeing her kid enjoying the food.
If you haven’t embraced Broccoli as one of the ingredients in your cooking or don’t cook it as much, here is why you should do so right away.
What is Broccoli
Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head, stalk and small associated leaves are eaten as a vegetable.
It resembles like a miniature tree or like a cauliflower. It’s closely related to cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower, all edible plants collectively referred to as cruciferous vegetables.
Broccoli can be eaten cooked or raw, both are perfectly healthy but provide different nutrient profiles.
Health Benefits of Broccoli
There have been many health claims over the years about broccoli and whether it could be labelled a ‘superfood’ or not, but its nutrient-rich profile does offer some real health benefits.
Broccoli is a good source of fiber and protein, and contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as the vitamins A, C, E, K and a good array of B vitamins including folic acid.
One cup of broccoli has as much vitamin C as an orange. You need this antioxidant to protect your cells from damage and promote healing throughout your body.
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Preparation Time: 15mins ∏ Cooking Time: 20-25mins ∏ Servings: 8-10 parathas
Level: Intermediate(Medium) ∏ Measurement: 1 Cup ≡ 250 ml ≡ 250gm
How to make Broccoli Paratha:
Make the Dough
Step1: To make the dough, in a large bowl add 2 cup whole wheat flour, salt to taste and 2 tablespoon oil.
Step2: Knead smooth dough by mixing and adding water in small incremental amounts (1 or 2 tablespoons at a time). The addition of water in small quantities as required will prevent you from adding too much water to bind the dough. The dough should be soft like chapati dough. Grease surface of dough with 1/2 teaspoon of oil, cover it with a clean muslin cloth and leave it to set at room temperature for 20-25minutes.
Make the Stuffing
Step3: Grate the blanched broccoli florets or mince them using the pulse option of the mixer for few seconds. Don’t grind too much as broccoli loses water then mixture will become paste.
Step4: Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan on medium flame. Add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed cook for 15 seconds, or until it sputters.
Step5: Add finely chopped onion and cook for 2-3 mins, until they soften and become translucent on a low medium heat. Do not brown the onions.
Step6: Once the onions turns soft, add grated ginger and chili. (Skip chili if you are making for kids)
Step7: Lower the flame and add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder, and salt as per taste, saute for 30 seconds.
Step8: Add grated 2 cups of grated or minced broccoli to the onion spice mixture.
Step9: Broccoli is already blanched so we do not need to cook for long. Keep Stirring continuously. Saute them for 2-3 minutes on medium-high flame so that the excess water evaporates. Add 1/2 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder), 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder. Mix well.
Step10: Once the mixture looks dry turn off the flame. Adjust spices as per your taste. Add some fresh coriander leaves. Let the mixture cool down completely before making the parathas. Stuffing is ready.
Make the Parathas
Step11: Divide the dough into equal parts and make balls out of it. Divide the stuffing into equal parts. Dust a little flour and roll out the dough into a small circle. Keep 1-1/2 teaspoon of stuffing in the center. Sprinkle some dry flour on top of the stuffing so that it absorbs the excess moisture.
Step12: Fold edges to create a pouch and seal the dough with the stuffing inside. Flatten it lightly. Make sure the edges are sealed. Smooth balls gently between palms.
Step13: Roll out parathas carefully on a lightly floured work surface, making sure the filling doesn’t come out.
Step14: Heat a 10-inch skillet or tawa over medium-high heat. Gently lay a paratha on the skillet.
Step15: Once it starts to change color, turn it over and cook for 10seconds. Drizzle some oil or ghee along the edges of the paratha. Cook for 20-30seconds. Turn the paratha over and drizzle little oil on the face of the paratha. Cook for 15-20 seconds, until brown spots form across the paratha.
Step16: You will get to know the paratha is done when it turns golden brown in color.
- Adding chili and garam masala is totally optional. You may skip if making this paratha for kids.
- Saute Broccoli on medium-high flame so that the excess moisture evaporated from the mixture.
- You may also add a tablespoon of roasted chickpea flour (besan) in the stuffing to make it dry.
- The dough should be of right consistency. Not sticky, not too stiff too. Otherwise the stuffing will ooze out.
- Roll out paratha carefully using light hands, do not apply pressure otherwise stuffing will come out and paratha will break.
- Do not stuff more than 1-1/2 teaspoon, otherwise, the paratha might break and the filling will come out