Broccoli is a very healthy vegetable and one that is full of nutrition. But broccoli is still trying to find its place in Indian kitchen due to its different taste and a slightly pungent smell. Most of us (Indians) seem to be oblivious to the place of Broccoli in our modern diet. Broccoli is rich in many essential vitamins and minerals, and is also very low in calories. It is a great source of vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6), Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc in addition to fiber, folate, and lutein.
I used to make broccoli curry (dry) for our meals but one day it struck me to make paranthas of it. For the benefit of all global citizens, we Indians always love to have different paranthas (stuffed bread) 🙂 and I am definitely not an exception. My hubby used to only eat Potato paranthas but he took an instant liking to my Broccoli paranthas – being healthy and still sticking to the high carbs that we Indians love to devour !
The ingredients for making the Dough are :
- Wheat Flour : 2 cup
- Oil : 1 tsp
- Salt : to taste
The ingredients for making the Stuffing are:
- Broccoli : 2 medium
- Onion : 1 (chopped)
- Garlic : 1 Tbsp (chopped)
- Ginger : 1 tsp
- Green chilli : 3 (chopped)
- Cumin seed : 1/2 tsp
- Carom seeds (Ajwain) : 1/2 tsp
- Asafoetida (hing) : a pinch
- Salt : to taste
- Red Chilli Powder : 1 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
- Coriander Powder : 1 tsp
- Dried Mango Powder (Amchur) : 1/2 tsp
- Garam masala : 1/2 tsp
- Dried Pomegranate Powder (Anardana) : 1/4 tsp
Mix all ingredients for making dough and, knead a soft and smooth dough by using water. Cover it and keep it aside for 15-20 minutes; you can prepare the stuffing in the meanwhile.
Cut the Broccoli into small florets. Wash and rinse them with water. Now steam them. (I always try to do healthy cooking so prefer steaming over boiling). Let it cool down a bit and then mash the Broccoli.
Heat oil in a pan; do tempering with cumin seeds and carom seeds. Add garlic, and sauté for a minute; now add onion and again sauté till it becomes translucent.
Add green chillies, ginger and sauté for a minute. Now add the steamed Broccoli into the pan and add all spices; mix well and sauté for 3-4 minutes. The delightful stuffing is ready!
Take out a lemon size ball from the dough, and roll it out in a small circle. Now put 1 Tbsp Broccoli stuffing in the center of the rolled out dough. Bring all the edges together, seal them tightly in the centre and press down gently.
Apply some wheat flour on this stuffed dough ball, and gently roll the stuffed dough with a rolling pin. Make sure that the parantha does not breaks. Dust with more flour if required. Roll it into a size of a normal parantha.
Heat a skillet / griddle (tawa) and placed the rolled out raw paratha on it. When you see bubbles forming on the top, flip it over and spread oil evenly on it. Shallow fry both the sides and cook well until brown spots appear on both the sides. Your healthy and yummy Stuffed Broccoli Parantha is ready to be served.
Serve this healthy Stuffed Broccoli Parantha with yogurt, pickle, chutney or simply enjoy with tea / coffee !
Insider Tips / Finer Points :
You can omit onion and garlic.
If you want, you can skip the step of tempering – just mix all spices in the steamed Broccoli,mix well and then make paranthas; they will be equally tasty / delightful.
You may adjust the spices according to your taste buds.