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Made from gram flour (besan) and methi (fenugreek leaves), Besan methi paratha is an amazing dish filled with nutrients. Both besan and methi are rich in nutrients that are essential for your growing child. Rich in fibre and vitamins, homemade besan methi paratha baby food recipe is very easy to make and beneficial for your kids. These parathas can be given to your toddlers for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner. They are healthy and delicious, and your toddler will find them easy to eat, too.
Cooking Method: Gas stove
Type of Meal: Vegetarian
Suitable For: Toddlers older than 19 months old
Meal Schedule: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner
Recipe Type: Main Dish
|Wheat Flour (Atta)||1 cup / 136 g|
|Sooji (Semolina)||1 and 1/4th tablespoon|
|Besan (Chickpea flour / Gram flour)||½ cup / 68 g|
|Methi (fenugreek leaves)||small bunch|
|Curd (thick Market curd / yoghurt)||½ cup / 68 g|
|Water (appx.)||3/4th cup / 102 g|
|Mango Powder (Amchur Powder )||1 teaspoon|
|Coriander powder (Coarsely pounded)||1 teaspoon|
|Ajwain/ Carrom seeds||1 teaspoon|
|Haldi (Turmeric powder)||3/4th teaspoon|
|Red chilli powder||3/4th teaspoon|
|Oil (to finish up the dough)||3/4th tablespoon|
|Oil (to cook all the parathas)||½ cup / 68 g|
Do you want to learn how to make besan methi paratha for your kids? Here are step by step directions for this recipe:
- Wash the methi leaves to clean it. Discard the stems and trim the leaves.
- Chop the methi leaves using a sharp knife. Set these chopped leaves aside and assemble all the ingredients and spices to make the dough.
- Wash the peeled onions and chop it.
- Take a large bowl; combine the sooji, wheat flour, chopped onion, and the besan.
- Mix the spices one after the other into the bowl.
- Finally, include the chopped methi leaves into the bowl.
- Add the curd and start mixing it. When it becomes very crumbly, start adding the water very slowly while working on the dough.
- By adding 1 tablespoon of oil, finish the dough. Make it into round and smooth balls. Set it aside by covering it with a damp cloth.
- Begin rolling the parathas into golf-sized balls. Roll the balls on dry wheat flour.
- Heat the tawa while shaping the ball on a flat platform. The rolling pin can be used to make larger circles of dough.
- Transfer this onto the tawa. After cooking on one side, flip the paratha. Apply oil on the side and use the spatula to cook.
- Apply the oil on the uncooked side and flip it. Cook until the paratha becomes fully cooked and brown.
- Transfer the paratha onto the plate and serve with raita.
- When working on the dough, pour the water little by little depending on the how dense the curd is.
- Add water very slowly when it starts binding together.
- Avoid curd if you wish to take the parathas as a part of your travel food to prolong the shelf life.
- Since kids do not like spicy food; chilli powder is optional in this simple besan methi paratha recipe.
Nutritional Facts (per 100 grams) (methi)
|Vitamin C||3 mg|
Nutritional Facts in 100 grams (Besan)
|Dietary fibre||10.8 g|
|Vitamin B6||0.492 mg|
|Vitamin E||0.83 mg|
- Methi or fenugreek leaves is a very healthy food option for toddlers as well as for lactating mothers.
- Methi can be given to children when they turn ten months.
- Fenugreek leaves are very rich in antioxidants, fibre, and vitamin K.
- It helps the digestive system and increases lactation for mothers.
- Gram flour is a rich source of folate which helps in the development of babies.
- When buying methi, you can look for leaves with a green colour that has started to become darker. These leaves are fresh and perfect for your dish.
- If it is not the season for methi, then you could use dried methi leaves in the besan methi parathas for toddlers. This also tastes very delicious.
- Dried methi is sold as kasuri methi in grocery stores.