How to Make Besan Methi Paratha for Toddlers - FirstCry Parenting

Besan Methi Paratha Recipe

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 Time

Type  Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:15:00
Cook Time 00:30:00
Total Time 00:45:00


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


Ingredients  Quantity 
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
Onion chopped
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
Salt To taste
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:

  1. Wash the methi leaves to clean it. Discard the stems and trim the leaves.
  2. Chop the methi leaves using a sharp knife. Set these chopped leaves aside and assemble all the ingredients and spices to make the dough.
  3. Wash the peeled onions and chop it.
  4. Take a large bowl; combine the sooji, wheat flour, chopped onion, and the besan.
  5. Mix the spices one after the other into the bowl.
  6. Finally, include the chopped methi leaves into the bowl.
  7. Add the curd and start mixing it. When it becomes very crumbly, start adding the water very slowly while working on the dough.
  8. 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.
  9. Begin rolling the parathas into golf-sized balls. Roll the balls on dry wheat flour.
  10. Heat the tawa while shaping the ball on a flat platform. The rolling pin can be used to make larger circles of dough.
  11. Transfer this onto the tawa. After cooking on one side, flip the paratha. Apply oil on the side and use the spatula to cook.
  12. Apply the oil on the uncooked side and flip it. Cook until the paratha becomes fully cooked and brown.
  13. Transfer the paratha onto the plate and serve with raita.

Recipe Tips

  • 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)

Nutrient  Value
Energy 1352 kcal
Protein 23 g
Carbohydrate 58.35 g
Fibre 24.6 g
Iron 33.53
Phosphorus 296 mg
Vitamin C 3 mg
Calcium 176 mg

 Nutritional Facts in 100 grams (Besan)

Nutrient  Value 
Energy 1619 KJ
Protein 22.39 g
Dietary fibre 10.8 g
Carbohydrate 57.82 g
Calcium 45 mg
Iron 4.86 mg
Magnesium 166 mg
Vitamin B6 0.492 mg
Vitamin E 0.83 mg

 Health Benefits

  • 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.

Buying Guides

  • 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.
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