Spinach Roti – Guest post from Sandhya

11000038_826894400697634_1422569458_o Today we have a toddler friendly recipe from Sandhya – Sandhya’s kitchen. I got connected with Sandhya through Social media.  Sandhya is sweet person, and being a mom she shares lots of tips. After starting toddler friendly recipes, I thought of asking few moms I met in this blogging world and Sandhya was one among them.  I am a big fan of her food photography and her yummy dishes. Sandhya gave me few options, and Spinach roti was my favorite! Over to sandhya. A fortnight ago, like every morning, after sending my elder one to school, I was sipping my morning tea. I was having some time for myself checking my emails, facebook , news and so forth. I read a message from Vidya about doing a guest post in her space , specially for toddlers. She such a lovely and warm person , I have known e-socially over the last couple of months .How can I refuse ? I had no second thought as I knew I was going to do that. Thank you for giving me all the time in the world and let do this interesting delight at my pace. We are a family who love to have a mixed variety in a meal all through the week. I am sure, in this modern world most people would. Our diet varies from Palakad South Indian cooking to a North Indian Paratha, Curry  to  a Pasta Bake and what not? Guess this post will have a never ending page, if I have to list the elaborate choices we have. I have grown up eating my mum’s super soft flame baked phulka’s literally every day, either for my school lunch or a meal at home. This has been one of my comfort meal any day. Undoubtedly we love our regular flame baked phulka’s with any dry vegetable curry or may b dal or paneer delicacies or if pulse arenas. We love spinach and its richess in iron is definitely something that makes us include in our diet ritually. When it comes to kids, getting my son V eat his spinach in gravy or a molagutal ( southindian lentil coconut curry) is slightly tricky. Knowing his love for Parathas , I decided to use them in the dough. It was a complete win win situation, as all the required spinach is being consumed and yet there no complain from the boy of 7 years. All that he tells me is that the Green Chapathi is Yumm. This is an easy way of sneaking the greens into our diet using the whole wheat spinach phulka’s.

Palak Phulka Makes 20-22 Nos 1612883_826894427364298_2123537941_o INGREDIENTS

Whole Wheat Flour 2 Cups
Spinach ( Palak ) 130g
Water ¼ Cup + a few tablespoons
Ginger ½ Inch
Cumin Powder 1 Tsp
Salt ¾ -1 Tsp
Mango ( Amchur ) Powder  ( Optional) ½ Tsp
Green Chillies ( Optional) 1 -2 No’s
Sunflower Oil  or Oil of your choice 1 Tbsp.
Ghee As desired.

* Cup size us IKEA plastic cup


  • In a large pot, heat some water and add the spinach leaves along with some salt. Allow them to blanch for 5-6 minutes. Drain the hot water from the spinach leaves and run them under cold tap water.


  • Grind the spinach leaves along with ginger and make a fine puree. This puree approximately came up to ¾ Cup. Add very little water if required. **In case you are not making it for kids, you can include green chillies to grind along with the spinach leaves.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the spinach puree, wheat flour, salt, cumin powder and mango powder and start kneading. Add a little more water as you knead until you achieve soft pliable dough. Splash the oil onto your hands and the remaining on the dough and knead until we have a clean bowl. Set the dough aside for 20 Minutes or so.


  • Divide the dough into 20 equal portions. Pick one portion of dough at a time, dust some flour and spread them with the roller into thin phulkas. Heat a non-stick pan / tava and cook each phulka on the pan slightly for a few minutes until you start to see some bubbles. Flip the phulka and cook for another a minute or so . Now put the phulka on the flame carefully , watch them begin to puff up slowly. Flip it and allow it puff up on the other side as well.  Remove from the flame and apply some ghee, if you like. Pile them into a casserole and serve them along with a paneer curry or just some yogurt and pickle.



  • ** Incase you do not want to flame bake it, you may cook for a few more minutes on the pan. Put a gentle pressure using a flat spatula on each side and then set them aside in a casserole to keep it warm.
  • When you are serving the kids, you may let them roll and enjoy it as it is or dunk it in some yogurt.

11023384_826894730697601_1605528396_o  VARIATIONS: I tried filling some mashed potatoes inside the spinach phulka dough and served it like a paratha to my son. It came out really well and flavours were very mild and lovable. NOTES:

  • If you like your phulkas with a ting of heat, include the green chillies while grinding the spinach leaves.  Do avoid if you are cooking for little ones.
  • Mango powder is optional. I love the slight hint of tanginess.
  • In case you do not want to flame bake it, you may cook for a few more minutes on the pan. Put a gentle pressure using a flat spatula on each side and then set them aside in a casserole to keep it warm.

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25 thoughts on “Spinach Roti – Guest post from Sandhya

  1. surleen7 April 2, 2015 at 10:34 AM Reply

    well done!! xoxo

  2. Marcela (tortadellafiglia) April 1, 2015 at 11:47 PM Reply

    Wow! Looks totally awesome! I love the fresh green color! Must be delicious!

  3. natasha March 28, 2015 at 2:14 PM Reply

    I love these spinach roti thanks for sharing and reminding me, use to eat them a lot when I was small will make them soon

  4. Amanda | What's Cooking March 27, 2015 at 3:35 PM Reply

    I love chapati and I love that you add such healthy ingredients! The picture of it puffed up perfectly is gorgeous! I’ve tried to get mine to look like that and I haven’t succeeded yet. Now I’m determined to try again.

  5. skd March 26, 2015 at 6:48 AM Reply

    Super post. Congrats Vidya and Sandhya. Every indian woman’s dream to see her rotis puff up like that. And I am super impressed by the squeaky clean stove top 👍

  6. Elaine @ foodbod March 25, 2015 at 5:04 AM Reply

    They look fab!

  7. farin ahmed March 24, 2015 at 6:01 PM Reply

    Lovely guest post Sandya!!! Spinach phulka looks awesome, lovely clicks

  8. swathi March 24, 2015 at 5:48 PM Reply

    Spinach roti looks delicious Vidya, it is really healthy one too.

  9. Julie is Hostess At Heart March 24, 2015 at 5:09 PM Reply

    I just love this recipe! You have given so many alternatives that my head is spinning on what I would use!

  10. sandy7sand March 24, 2015 at 4:13 PM Reply

    Thank you Vidya for allowing me to share a recipe for your toddler friendly event. It was a pleasure working on the same.

  11. Padma March 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM Reply

    Great way to incorporate greens into a meal….That’s how I used to give my kids:)…Looks very colourful and well presented:)

  12. Padma March 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM Reply

    Great way to incorporate greens into a meal….That’s how I used to give my kids:)…Loks very colourful and well presented:)

  13. Chitra Jagadish March 24, 2015 at 2:25 AM Reply

    Lovely green rotis- looks yummmmilicious

  14. A Home Cook March 23, 2015 at 11:30 PM Reply

    That photo of the puffed-up green flame-baking pillow is the best. Do these things stay so puffed up like this when you serve them?

    • Sandhya Hariharan March 25, 2015 at 4:10 PM Reply

      Oh no.. Wish these flame baked pillows could stay .. See the images on the plate. That’s how they would look. If you would want them puffed up , look for puri’s.. They wud.

      • A Home Cook March 25, 2015 at 5:08 PM

        What a shame. The kids would have really loved it.

  15. Rekha Vengalil March 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM Reply

    That puffed up roti looks so cute 🙂 Such a healthy option. Thank you for sharing

  16. veenashankar March 23, 2015 at 7:31 PM Reply

    Lovely color.. Healthy chapathi..Nice guest post

  17. Mani (A New Life Wandering) March 23, 2015 at 6:42 PM Reply

    Looks amazing!

  18. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso March 23, 2015 at 6:41 PM Reply

    Such a beautiful and colorful bread. Love the technique of “baking” over the gas. 🙂

  19. theonlysup March 23, 2015 at 6:38 PM Reply

    Wowww. Ju st loved the idea.worth trying

  20. Francesca Trucco March 23, 2015 at 5:28 PM Reply

    social media are great sometimes, create something nice like this receipt and this post, thanks

  21. Malar March 23, 2015 at 5:05 PM Reply

    Wow!! They look absolutely lovely nice way to sneak spinach for kids 🙂

  22. cookingwithpree March 23, 2015 at 5:03 PM Reply

    Looks great!

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