Hara Bhara Paratha

By DK on Jul 23, 2010
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
Our dinner regular is Roti and Paratha. Now when its going to be almost the same every single day, I like to make it interesting by adding different elements to it by way of stuffing.  Also I find it easier to make parathas which enables me to slack off on a side dish since mostly parathas by themselves are heavy and don't need much by way of a side dish. Simple raita and pickle is mostly enough to suffice a full blown meal. Even if you are planning for a side dish, make sure its something very light and gravy based. You need something to balance the heavy parathas with something light.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
I chanced upon this paratha during a visit to an Indian restaurant which we had never been to earlier. We loved their selection and we ordered this paratha. It read Hara bhara paratha with a cauliflower, spinach  and potato filling. It tasted yummy especially since there was some Ghee involved in the cooking. Nothing beats the taste of ghee! Ghee lovers will scoff at butter for sure - but well Ghee is more calorie rich than butter. Sigh! :(  Anyways, I used their base idea to recreate the same at home, my way. If you know me, then you will understand my need to incorporate paneer somehow ;)! I am to Paneer what Paula Deen is to Butter! ;) Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower) So I added some Paneer to the mix of stuffing :) But this is a versatile dish. You can add whatever stuffing strikes your fancy. The spices are also easily customizable. I used what I had on hand on that day but get wild with it :)
Basic Information
Prep Time: 30 min to 1 hour
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 4 people
Yield: Approximately makes around 8-12 parathas depending on the size
Ingredients
  • For the cover
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • about 2 cups spinach
  • little salt to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp plain yogurt ( I used Greek Yogurt- fat free )
  • For the stuffing
  • 1 cup cauliflower, grated
  • 1 cup paneer, grated
  • 1 large steamed and mashed potato (I used it with skin, you can peel it if you like)
  • 1-2 green chillies, thinly sliced, or as per taste
  • 1 tbsp cumin-coriander powder (garam masala, chaat masala will also work)
  • little salt to taste
  • sprigs of cilantro, chopped
Method
1
Wash the spinach well in cold water.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
2
Next add it along with the yogurt to the blender.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
3
Blend it into a smooth puree.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
4
Take the flour and salt in a bowl and mix well.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
5
Use this spinach puree, little by little,
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
6
to knead it enough into a smooth pliable dough. Take care to add only little of the liquid at a time. You dont want to make it into a batter. Even if it does become one, add more flour to achieve the right consistency. If the puree is not enough add little water to bind the dough together. Set aside covered for few minutes.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
7
Prepare the filling. Add all the ingredients for the filling together.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
8
Mash it to make it into a thick paste. You can do a taste test and add any seasoning you like. Make sure not to add too much salt since the cover also has salt.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
9
Now take a small lemon sized dough. Pat it down with flour.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
10
Roll it out a little.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
11
Now make a small ball of the filling and place it in the middle of the dough.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
12
Bring up the sides of the dough above the filling to form a dough. Pinch it.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
13
With the flat of your hand, press it down.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
14
Flour it well so that it does not stick.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
15
Slowly roll it out using a rolling pin.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
16
I usually make it medium thick - You can do it the way you like. Make sure not to press it too thin since the filling might come out. A little out does not really matter ;) Place it on a preheated pan. Add some Ghee/Oil on all the sides and few drops on top.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
17
Turn in about 3-4 minutes when brown spots start appearing.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
18
Repeat for rest of the dough.
Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
Serve hot with Raita and pickle. Of course a pat of butter/ghee wont hurt it at all ;) I am sure that green color will be more enticing to little ones where you can sneak some spinach into their meals. Hara Bhara Paratha recipe (Spinach paratha stuffed with paneer, potato and cauliflower)
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43 Responses to “Hara Bhara Paratha”
  1. Harsha

    Will try it soon enough but will have to omit the butter or ghee.

  2. RJ

    We made these few days ago… Heavenly! My little one devoured them like never before! I had only potatoes for the stuffing and used up other greens (kale, chard) for the covering.

  3. Shraddha

    Will try the recipe tomorrow.. have tried alot of recipe of yours and each time without fail it works.. Will share the pic too

    That’s awesome. Thank you. Will look forward to it :) –DK

  4. Shraddha

    Loved the recipe. Will try tomorrow morning. Will share the pics.. Have been following your blog for quite sometime… *thumsup*

  5. What a nice site is yours!! I am planning to make the Hara Bhara Paratha today itself.
    so i have a doubt? 1 cup cauliflower, grated for the stuffing means? cooked or raw? Please answer.

    Raw. If it needs to be cooked, I wud mention it for sure :) –DK

  6. Madhu

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe.I followed the procedure exactly and the parathas turned out very good.My kids enjoyed them a lot.

  7. :twisted: looks yummy and healthy need to make it one day

  8. Bella

    Hi,
    Yummy looking recipe. Will try it. Is it required to saute the filling. Thanks

    Nope

  9. Fantastic recipe. Instead of the cauliflower I used roasted bringals (eggplant) with paneer. It was delicious and became an instant favourite. Thank you for sharing.

  10. This is so yummy…… I make this many a times using many variatins of fillings ..Even if you dont put any filling and make paratha out of spinach dough .. they are yummm with raita.. :)

  11. Lavanya

    Hi
    just needed to clarify……can we freeze them for later use.

  12. Nimish Kanoi

    Tried the recipe, Good Concept

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