How to Make a Multi-Colour Parantha With Vegetables

One of my favourite Sunday morning activities is watching cooking videos on YouTube, especially the ones by home cooks like me. During one of my marathon video sessions I stumbled onto the concept of a tri-colour parantha. I’ve eaten lots of paranthas that are stuffed with vegetables in my life, but never had one where the flour itself was kneaded with a vegetable puree – genius! I figured this was the perfect way to sneak some vegetables into my kids and test my new Nutri Ninja blender.


{Side note: A parantha is a layered flat bread made with lots of ghee, and often stuffed with a delicious filling!}

How to Make a Tri-Colour Parantha

One bunch spinach cleaned and boiled for 2 minutes
2-3 carrots peeled and chopped
1 large beet chopped (remember; beets will stain your hands, use gloves when chopping!)
3 cups of flour
3 tablespoons vegetable oil 

Start by pureeing each of your vegetables separately. I was really impressed with how well the Ninja blender pureed the veggies, and I didn’t even have to add any water to the carrots or beats. If your blender isn’t as high powered, you may need to add a few drops of water as you blend.

how-to-make-tricolour-parantha {If you have a little one and are planning on making your own baby food the Nutri Ninja would be a great investment, it can pretty much blend through anything. I’ve even tried using it for making an idli batter and it pureed the lentils into a lump free mixture in seconds}.

After you’ve pureed the vegetables, separate the flour into three portions. Add one tablespoon of oil to the flour and then slowly add in 3/4 of a cup to 1 cup of puree, and mix together until a ball is formed. Don’t add all the puree at once, try working with a tablespoon at a time and mixing the flour slowly.

how to make tricolour parantha

You want the dough to be slightly firm because it will loosen up a little as you work with it to make the parantha.

making roti with spinach{Tip: Since I first created this recipe I’ve made plain spinach roti quite a few times. My kids really like it, and it’s a little quicker to make one type of flour than three}.


Now that you have all three balls of dough ready, it’s time to get creative! Start by creating three long skinny ‘ropes’ of dough (one with each colour) and line them up next to each other. Then you have to wrap them around each other to create a circular shape. 

how to make tricolour paratha

I like to get all of my ‘pedas’ (little circle disks) ready and put to the side before I heat the tava and start cooking them off. With three cups of flour I was able to make 16 paranthas, but if you don’t want to make that many at once, you can keep the dough in your fridge for up to a week and cook off another batch a few days later. 

Once you’ve assembled all your disks you’ll need to roll them out into larger circles using just a little dusting of flour and a rolling pin. While you are rolling them out get your ‘tava’ or frying pan nice and hot. Place the parantha directly on the hot tava to cook.

making tricolour rotiAZO_5494 (1)Cook on one side for about 45 seconds and then flip over and add ghee or butter. Cook for a minute, flip, and add ghee again. Cooking a parantha takes a little trial and error because every stove and skillet will have different temperatures and hot spots. The key is to get your pan hot enough that the parantha doesn’t stick to it, but not so hot that it burns!

AZ1_0113The finished product served up with a side of achar and dahi (homemade yoghurt).

My kids and my parents loved this parantha so I felt like a rockstar the first time I made it. I haven’t experimented with any other vegetables yet, but I feel like you could easily use pumpkin, or maybe even berries (that’s one I’m planning to try for a sweet parantha).

As for the Nutri Ninja – I’m loving how easy it makes for me to sneak extra vegetables into my meals; I’ve used it to add purees to pasta sauce and even daal. We’ve also used it to make smoothies a couple of times too. I would definitely recommend it if you are on the market for a powerful blender but don’t want to invest in that one that costs almost a grand (wink, wink); but I do have to say it’s noisy! I would probably use it more for breakfast smoothies if it wasn’t for the noise level. 

Disclosure: I received a Nutri Ninja blender to review for this post, but as always I only share products that I love and use myself!



  1. December 1, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    Oh wow – love that you can use your new Nutri Ninja Blender to make paranthas. Love how colourful they turned out. What fun for the kids!

    • December 2, 2014 / 8:26 am

      I know right? Everyone else thinks smoothie when they see a Ninja and I think parantha!

  2. December 1, 2014 / 10:59 pm

    This is such a new recipe. I never tried this way of making parantha. Looking forward to try this tomorrow only.
    Thanks for sharing

    • December 2, 2014 / 8:26 am

      Yay! Do let me know know how they turn out for you.

  3. December 2, 2014 / 6:34 am

    Look at those colours!! How beautiful! When you were putting the three colours together, it looked like you were playing with play-doh 🙂 Well done!

    • December 2, 2014 / 8:26 am

      So true Taslim – it was really fun to make these!

  4. December 3, 2014 / 10:11 am

    This is one of the most creative dishes I have seen! Can’t wait to try it out. Hope my parathas come out as round and fun as your’s!

  5. salmadinani
    December 7, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    What a great idea!! Beautiful to look at, fun for the kids to eat and healthy to boot, great recipe.

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