March 7, 2011

Spicy Spinach Chapathi

I am tired of trying to feed my sons whole spinach. One of the best disguises, is this colorful spinach chapathi. My son has nick named this as “Shrek-Chapathi”. Whatever, as long as they eat healthy!

What I used: Serves 4, makes about 12 Chapathis
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup fresh or frozen spinach
2-4 cloves of garlic
½ tsp red chili powder
½ tsp salt
2 tsp oil

Crush the garlic cloves and mince them finely. In a skillet on medium heat, add a tsp of oil, and toss the garlic, then the spinach, sauté it just until the spinach wilts and gets watery. Put in a blender and add ½ cup water, make it a fine paste.

Mix the flour, chili powder and salt thoroughly with 1 tsp oil. Add the spinach paste and mix the flour into a soft and pliable dough. Cover and let it sit for about 15 minutes to an hour. Divide the dough equally into 12 lemon sized balls. 

On a rolling board, or flat surface, dip a dough ball in a little flour dust, and roll it out evenly to form a palm sized flat round bread. Heat a flat skillet or pan on medium high, when it starts to smoke, reduce the heat to medium and flip a rolled chapathi on it. Turn it around a couple of times and flip it over until it puffs and gains a golden brown color. You may add a little oil/ghee just before you take it off the pan. It makes the outer layer crisp. Serve it hot with a delectable curry/sauce or chutney. Enjoy!