Broccoli & Potato Paratha

by Kiran on August 17, 2012 · 40 comments

in bread, Indian, Vegetarian

This few days just flew out of the window. Olympics came and gone in a bleep, and I’m sleep deprived.

The culprit : A homemade paratha, cuppa Indian ginger spiced tea and pickles. Those were the essential foods missing in my life for a while now.

Well, for a week. Really.

That goes without saying, how much I love my weekly dose of Indian flatbread, spiced tea and hot pickles. Even if its 100F out there, there’s nothing stopping me from savoring every single bite and sipping every single drop of tea.

So long we aren’t running out of ingredients. That happened a few days ago and it literally freaked me out.

Allow me to back up slightly for a story-telling.

A few days ago, after a doctors appointment which took half a day (argh!), I had this brilliant idea of getting my grocery done while out. So I cruised to the Indian grocery store to get my fix on ingredients that I must have in my life.

Whole wheat flour.

Indian tea.

Pickles. Hot.

And guess what?! The store and everywhere else was closed for a special occasion!!! I almost cried.

I went from being a kind wife to a wife-zilla of sort. For an entire 24-hour. You would too, if you made this paratha’s and got hooked to it forever. Imagine not having enough ingredients to make it?


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  • 4 small potatoes, boiled-peeled-lightly mashed
  • 2 cups grated broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions
  • 3 to 4 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt + black pepper
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • some flax seed/almond/ghee for oiling


  1. Add everything except for whole wheat flour and warm water, in a large non-reactive bowl. Mix well and taste for seasonings.
  2. Sprinkle in whole wheat flour and gradually add warm water to the mix until it binds into a soft dough. Knead for 5 minutes and allow dough to rest for 5 more minutes.
  3. Heat an iron skillet on medium.
  4. Divide dough into equal portions, roughly the size of a golf ball. Roll between palms and apply gentle pressure till the balls are smoothly rounded. Make as many to keep ready for rolling out.
  5. Flour surface and rolling pin. Flour the dough ball as well.
  6. Roll dough ball into 6 inch circles or as thin as possible without tearing. If the dough begins sticking on surface and rolling pin, lightly dust with some whole wheat flour on both sides.
  7. Place paratha on hot skillet for a few seconds before flipping over. At this point, some brown spots would begin appearing. Brush on some flax seed/almond oil and flip it over again. Using a spatula, lightly apply pressure to the puffed ares all around.
  8. Flip again and lightly apply pressure making sure paratha is golden brown on both sides.
  9. Serve hot with fresh yogurt, hot pickles and a pot of spiced ginger tea. Totally yum, guaranteed 😀


It’s raining cats and dogs over here. A perfect excuse to get into the kitchen for a pot of fresh ginger tea. Nothing compares to the aroma of ginger tea infusing my home.

I think, hot pickles is a great contender. For my appetite at least. Not as a infuser 😉

What’s your must-have foods?


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1 Rosa August 17, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Mmmhhh, that is an interesting combination. Those parathas must be really tasty.



2 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Rosa — thanks love and it is very tasty!

3 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 17, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Sounds wonderful, I like that there’s broccoli grated right in there.
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4 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Sylvie — thanks dear 🙂

5 marla August 17, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I think I could live on these!! Beautiful presentation 🙂

6 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Marla — oh, thanks my dear friend 🙂 xo

7 Jaime {sophistimom} August 17, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I’m with Marla. I think I could live on this, too—along with a big bowl of Chicken Coconut Korma.

8 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Jaime — I couldn’t agree more 🙂

9 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Haha, wife-zilla! I love that word, Kiran, very creative! Yum – homemade paratha! I go to Indian store to buy pre-made. =P My friend make it from scratch at least 2-3 times a week. If I am lucky I get to visit her on the day she makes and I can have some… broccoli and potato, that’s a nice combination!
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10 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Nami — go and bug your friend to make you homemade stuffed paratha’s. It’s so delish and freezes well 🙂

11 Choc Chip Uru August 18, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Stuffed paratha are undoubtedly the best, this looks fantastic 😀

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12 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Uru — so true!

13 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 18, 2012 at 5:16 AM

Love stuffed flatbread! Super idea of using broccoli.
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14 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Angie — Love it too!

15 shama August 18, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Delicious !!!

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16 Kiran August 18, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Shama — Thank you for commenting. I would truly appreciate it if you refrain from writing about something that is totally unrelated (i.e fast food event, etc).

17 Pepy | Indonesia Eats August 18, 2012 at 7:07 AM

LOL wife-zilla! Those parathas look good esp there are green chilies 🙂

My must-have food is sambal! 🙂
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18 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Pepy — I love sambal, especially my mom’s who is famous for her tofu, eggplant & prawn sambal 🙂

19 The Mistress of Spices August 19, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Love the idea of broccoli in paratha! And lovely space that you have here!!!

20 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Ramya — welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the sweet comment 🙂

21 August 19, 2012 at 7:45 AM

How I love that photo of the broccoli. You always manage to have such intense lnatural looking light in your photos. Poor wifezilla, I trust you are calm now recently posted..Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup

22 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Tania — thanks, I am calm now 😀

23 Shumaila August 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I have made a parantha with leftover broccoli soup (instead of adding water to the flour, I added pureed homemade broccoli soup). They were delicious. The hubs who hates broccoli loved them. This sounds great as well- the texture looks kind of like a gobhi ka parantha- bet the hubs would have the broccoli in this form too. Thanks for the recipe and another great parantha idea!
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24 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Shumaila — I love your idea of using leftover broccoli soup! Thanks for sharing 🙂

25 Nik August 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM

This is brilliant, a broccoli stuffed paratha. We love parathas here too and I am really curious to try this out and add it to our menu!
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26 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Nik — It’s so easy to make, and not stuffed. Just mix everything into flour to make it a dough 🙂

27 Raymund August 20, 2012 at 4:22 AM

I usually eat the normal paratha and I do love it specially with curries, I never tried this one yet so this will be in my to do list soon. Looks so good
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28 Kiran August 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Raymund — A must try, it’s just as delicious 🙂

29 Tadka Pasta August 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Can’t decide if I like the pictures better or the parathas! So lovely! Must have food? spicy Indo-chinese 😀
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30 magicofspice August 20, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Oh my goodness…I think I would be hooked on this as well 🙂 Lovely flavors!
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31 Shalu Sharma August 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

You know I am not a fan of broccoli but this does look very nice. I might give it a try, at least I will get some broccoli down which is good for me. Also for the kids its good and can be disguised.
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32 NS August 21, 2012 at 6:25 AM

I can hardly cook. But this looks so yummy that I am enticed to cook!
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33 Namitha August 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I mix and match almost all other veggies with potatoes when I make parathas for kids 😉 These look great
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34 Kitchen Belleicious August 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

my must have food at the moment (it changes often) is my red pepper and avocado hummus) so good! Speaking of good- this paratha looks delicious and easy and light!
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35 Cass @foodmyfriend August 23, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Beautiful! Well done Kiran 🙂 What a nice mix of flavours too. I could wrap some feta up in these right now and eat!
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36 Asmita August 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Hi Kiran,
I simply love parathas and yours look so healthy and yum! Potatoes and broccoli is a great combination!
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37 Sukaina August 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Kiran- I love that second last photo. Beautiful. My dughter loves paratha but not broccoli which she refers to as trees. Perhaps I’ll sneak a few into her paratha next time.
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38 elaine August 30, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Great recipe! And I love the photos very much. I will try this at my house.
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39 Simply Life September 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM

oh this looks incredible! I love the ingredients/flavors you combined here!
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