Palak Paneer Paratha is one of the healthiest and tastiest breads that you can ever think of for dinner, or breakfast. Yes, I would say that it is a balanced meal in itself. It has wholewheat flour and amaranth flour that form the source of carbohydrates. The palak (spinach) act as the source of vitamins and minerals. And the protien rich paneer (home-made cottage cheese) and the whey water completes the balanced meal. Hence it is a totally nutritious paratha.
So, making palak paneer paratha is a great way to ensure that the nutrients from foods like spinach and paneer, reach your body. Especially, for those who dislike them otherwise. Yes, my hubby dear is not a big fan of paneer. As he is not used to having this protien rich food. Benefits of paneer are numerous, you just have to Google it. So, disguising paneer to such forms is the only option available, and most of the time it works 🙂 It will be too difficult for kids too to pull out the spinach.
I have used the whey water for kneading the dough. Whey water is the left over liquid you get after paneer separates from the milk, once you add lemon. It contains many nutritious milk components that are beneficial to our body. So instead of discarding it, try to include it in your diet in some form. Usually I use it to knead the roti dough. You could try too.
You could relish these delicate parathas with some spicy pickle or boondi raitha. It would taste awesome. We had them with tender raw mango pickle and it was so delicious. I am yet to learn how to make boondi raitha. Next in my to do list 🙂 I used to love the version of boondi raitha served at my workplace years ago. I still remember how tasty it was.
So try out this nutritive paratha the next time you make some paneer at home. My family loved it, I hope yours would, too. Happy Cooking! 🙂