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Sneaky Green Parathas

Kids don't like greens? Just don't tell them your recipe.

Collard shadow

Photo: Bearden (Flickr)

Greens are an important part of a balanced diet, and flat-bread is an excellent way to slip these wholesome veggies past youngsters' picky tastebuds.

Covert Ops

Want to make sure your kids eat their greens? Why not sneak them into some home-made flat bread?

This simple paratha recipe is flavorful, nutritious and contains absolutely no yeast or artificial ingredients. Best of all, you don’t have to do all work!

Once the dough is made, divide it up amongst your kids and have them shape it into balls before frying.

Though I’ve used collards here, spinach, kale, chard, cilantro or even mint are just fine too.

Sneaky Green Parathas


  • 4 sprigs collard greens
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping teaspoon plain yogurt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flower
  • 1 cup oil

Cooking Directions

  1. Chop collards into small pieces, and cook them in the water for about 8 minutes, or until their leaves change to a darker shade of green.
  2. Add turmeric, cumin, chili and salt, taking care to mix well. Repeat with the yogurt, and then again with the flower and oil. At this point you should have a firm, yet pliable dough.
  3. Divide the dough into several equal parts and have your kids shape them into balls.
  4. Dip each ball into flower and gently roll flat.
  5. Fry flattened dough in a pan until both sides are golden-brown.
  6. Fill with even more veggies of your choosing.

Read More:

  • Stealth veggies may help cut calorie intake (Reuters)
  • Kids Don’t Mind If You Put Veggies In Their Cake (NPR)
Rama Cousik

Rama Cousik grew up in India, watching and helping her mom cook. The taste, the texture, and the way she feels when she eats seasonal vegetables and fruits are indescribable. Hence, no matter where she lives, the idea of seasonal food is an essential part of her food philosophy.

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