July 19, 2012

Kale parathas (Kale stuffed flatbread)

Kale parathas

My sister-in-law in Naperville is an avid gardener. For the last several years, she rents a community plot every summer and grows all kinds of vegetables and fruits that last her well into the winter. I've blogged about her garden before. 

When we visited her a couple of weeks ago, she was having a bounty of Kale and gave us a bunch as well. I made some into Kale Chips and still had a small batch left over. After debating about what to try next with the leftover Kale, I decided to try some Kale parathas as a way to get Lil A to eat some of it. And guess what? It worked. He ate almost an entire parantha with some yogurt. You can easily substitute kale with any other greens like spinach, or methi (fenugreek).

I chopped the Kale thinly, spiced it lightly and then mixed it with the entire dough instead of stuffing. It made rolling it out easier.

Ingredients: (serves 4-5)
2-3 cups flour
1/2 tspoon salt
1/2 tspoon oil
water to knead the dough

For Kale:
1 bunch Kale
1/4 tspoon grated garlic
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1/4 tspoon cumin seeds
salt to taste
2 tbspoon oil

Wash Kale thoroughly and remove the stem or rib of kale. Chop it into thin and small pieces. Heat a pan and then add the cumin seeds. Once they start sputtering, add the grated garlic and turmeric powder. Then add the kale leaves and let it cook on closed lid for 3-4 minutes.

Remove the lid and stir the Kale and add salt. Let it cook for another 2-3 minutes till the water disappears. Lay it on a plate and let it cool.

Now add it to the flour and mix it well. Then make a well in the center of the flour, add water and knead it to a soft dough. Keep it aside for 30-40 minutes.

Now divide the dough in equal parts and make small balls with your palm. Roll them out in to small, circular parathas, use some flour dusting if it sticks, but not too much.
Kale parathas

Heat a hot griddle or pan, cook both sides with about 1/2 tspoon of oil till the brown spots appear and the paratha looks cooked.

Serve hot with yogurt, pickle or even a side dish.


  1. Paratha looks delicious,..still to try kale,..

  2. Blanching korar por Kale ta dile bhalo hoye ..ami O onek rokom korey Kale use korte shuro korechi ..dekhlaam jey besh bhalo he lagey ..this looks delicious..hugs

    1. Thanks Jaya. Kichu natun try korle bolo :)

  3. I had to repost this blog post as the other one had some problems. So I brought over the comments from the last one.

    Deepanjan Mitra said- Innovative and healthy. Will have to try it out sometimes. What's next? Kale mutton or Kale chicken, ala Palak Saag - thanks a great idea. I think I will try the chicken recipe :)

    PeeGee said - I exactly do my Methi Parathas this way; adding it in the dough instead of stuffing. Kale is such interesting twist. Will definitely try. BTW, your Kale chips are such a hit. I make it very very often and my son loves it too Thanks!

    Priya said Excellent and brilliant idea, stuffed kale parathas look super irrestible. Thanks Priya


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