Palak Phulka | Indian Roti’s with a twist of spinach

Palak Phulka

How to make our everyday Indian Roti’s with a twist of Spinach? Well it is really simple. Pan toast it or flame bake it and enjoy with all the goodness of Spinach – Palak Phulka !

We are a family who would love to have a mixed variety in a meal all through the week.  Our diet varies from Palakkad South Indian cuisine  to a North indian Paratha , Curry to an Italian Pasta Bake and what not? Guess this post will have a never-ending page , if I have to list the elaborate choices we have.

Palak Phulka | Spinach Roti

What is Palak Phulka?

Palak Phulka also known as Spinach Roti, is essentially made with whole wheat flour,Spinach Puree and mild spices into a dough. They are then rolled into thin flatbreads, that are pan cooked or flame baked. Roll it , flip it and flame bake it.  Sweep a delicate spread of ghee , if you like. You can omit ghee, if you are Vegan!

Yes, Indian Phulka Roti’s are Yeast Free. So they are almost Instant Flatbread recipes.
Undoubtedly we love our regular flame baked phulka’s  served any easy curry like Paneer Peshawari , Paneer Makhani or  Paneer Butter Masala or even comforting dal’s like dhaba style dal fry, dhaba style aloo matar , Potato Pepper curry.

The choice is endless!

Palak Phulka | Spinach Roti

We love spinach  at home and its rich iron content is definitely something that makes us include spinach in our diet ritually. When it comes to kids, getting my son Vedant to  eat his spinach  lovingly  in Gravy or a Molagootal ( Vegan South Indian mixed vegetable coconut curry) is slightly tricky.

Knowing his love for Parathas , I decided to use spinach puree in in the dough. It was a complete win-win situation, as the all the required spinach is being consumed and yet there no complaint from my 7 years old boy!  All that he tells me is that the Green Chapathi is Yumm..  This Palak Phulka is an easy way of sneaking in the greens into our diet.

Palak Phulka | Spinach Roti

Palak Phulka | Spinach Roti


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Palak Phulka - Indian Roti with a twist of Spinach
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Palak Phulka is a Healthy Indian flatbread made with wholewheat flour & Spinach Puree. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: flatbread, healthy, indianflatbread, phulka, roti
Author: Sandhya Hariharan
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 130 g Spinach Palak
  • ¼ Cup + a few tablespoons of Water
  • 1/2 Inch Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • ¾ -1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Mango Powder {Amchur Powder} ( Optional)
  • 1 -2 No’s Green Chillies Optional
  • 1 Tbsp Sunflower Oil or Oil of your choice
  • Ghee As desired.
* Cup size us IKEA plastic cup
    1. In a large pot, heat some water and add the spinach leaves along with some salt. Allow them to blanch for 5-6 minutes. Drain the hot water from the spinach leaves and run them under cold tap water.
    2. Grind the spinach leaves along with ginger and make a fine puree. This puree approximately came up to ¾ Cup. Add very little water if required. **In case you are not making it for kids, you can include green chillies to grind along with the spinach leaves.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the spinach puree, wheat flour, salt, cumin powder and mango powder and start kneading. Add a little more water as you knead until you achieve soft pliable dough. Splash the oil onto your hands and the remaining on the dough and knead until we have a clean bowl. Set the dough aside for 20 Minutes or so.
    4. Divide the dough into 20 equal portions. Pick one portion of dough at a time, dust some flour and spread them with the roller into thin phulkas. Heat a non-stick pan / tava and cook each phulka on the pan slightly for a few minutes until you start to see some bubbles. Flip the phulka and cook for another a minute or so . Now put the phulka on the flame carefully , watch them begin to puff up slowly. Flip it and allow it puff up on the other side as well. Remove from the flame and apply some ghee, if you like. Pile them into a casserole and serve them along with a paneer curry or just some yogurt and pickle.
    5. Incase you do not want to flame bake it, you may cook for a few more minutes on the pan. Put a gentle pressure using a flat spatula on each side and then set them aside in a casserole to keep it warm.
    6. When you are serving the kids, you may let them roll and enjoy it as it is or dunk it in some yogurt.


    A fortnight ago, just like any other weekday morning, I was buzy sipping my morning tea. After sending my elder one off to school I was having some time for myself checking my emails, facebook , news and so forth. I read a message from Vidya blogging at Traditionally Modern Food about doing a guest post in her space , especially for toddlers. She is such a lovely and warm person , I have known her e-socially over the last couple of months .How can I refuse ? I had no second thought as I knew I was going to do that. Thank you for giving me all the time in the world and work on this interesting delight at my pace.

     For a detailed step by step images for Palak Phulka Recipe , visit Vidya’s Traditionally Modern Food

    Freelancer Food Photographer, Recipe Developer & Food Stylist

    Comments (12)

    • Sandhya, Beautiful Post. From a long time fan. I am glad we met virtually.

    • Wow, Sandhya you have captured the entire process so beautifully. Love that phulka on the flame. So wonderful

    • They look amazingly delicious! And I totally love that gorgeous GREEN.

    • Love that green hue on the phulkas… so lovely and puffed up!

    • Heyy Sreelatha, I am glad we finally met ( though Virtually) . thank you dear.

    • Thanks Jyoti.. It was a pleasure working on the recipe. The whole process was lovely.

    • Thanks Angie.

    • Aww.. thanks Rafeeda.. It is my fav pic too.

    • wow …inviting colourful, innovative pulka…

    • wonderful color and nice clicks..First time here and I am already loving your space..

    • Wow…! wonderful blog and a great collection of recipes and gorgeous photography……..and about the phulka…itz really healthy and apppealing for kids…. 🙂 Feeling glad to follow you… 🙂 I blog at

    • Grt blog…It shows your passion for cooking.

    • I love Indian food and would like to try this recipe.


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