My three year old has learnt this rhyme in hindi which goes..."aloo bola mujhko khalo, mein tumko mota kardoonga, palak boli mujhko khalo, mein tumko taakat doongi..." which translates to "potato said -'eat me, i will make you fat', spinach said 'eat me, i will make you strong'..."
Everytime I make something with spinach, he has to sing this rhyme and the decibel levels go higher with the "palak boli..." and he shows off whatever little there is of his biceps !!
Thankfully he likes spinach and this rhyme makes it more interesting for him to have it, and its part of our cooking, at least twice a week.
This palak paneer paratha is a favourite with him and its such a wholesome meal packed with iron, carbs and protein.
As a side dish, i made this lovely gajar matar from A_and_N's wonderful food blog
Made slight changes though - added a spoon of kasuri methi while frying the onions
and added the remaining crumbled paneer with the carrot and peas
What you need -
2 cups chopped spinach
3 cups wheat flour
1 tsp carom seeds/ajwain
2 green chillies
small piece of ginger
3 pods garlic
1 cup curd
1 pinch asafoetida /hing
For the filling -
1/2 cup paneer crumbled
1 tsp jeera powder
What you do with it -
Blanch the spinach in hot water and then puree it
Grind together the ginger garlic and chillies to make a smooth paste
Add all the other ingredients and make a soft dough with it
Add more flour if its too sticky
The puree and the curd is enough to make the dough, but if necessary, add a little water
The curd in the dough makes the rotis / parathas real soft, so dont skip it
Mix all the ingredients for the filling
Roll out the dough and fill in with the paneer
Cover, seal up and roll out to make parathas
Fry on tawa with a little ghee / oil /butter
I made the stuffed parathas for my son and I has phulkas made out of the spinach dough, without the paneer