I've made a recipe very appropriate for Suriname, combining Indian cooking with local plants. These gomawiri parathas are absolutely delicious, and were a big hit with the @KidSisters.
What Is Gomawiri?
I honestly thought this plant was native to the Caribbean/Amazon, as I've never encountered it anywhere during my international travels. A little bit of research revealed that it is actually native to Eurasia, much to my surprise.
The botanical name of Gomawiri is Solanum Nigrum, and even though I've never encountered this plant in the English-speaking world, the most common English name I could find for it is Black Nightshade, which actually makes it sound like a bit of an evil plant to be honest.
Jamaica's well-known leafy green is Callaloo, and here in Suriname there are three of four varieties of leafy greens sold in most markets, gomawiri being one of them. Gomawiri has a slightly bitter flavor, so I thought I would prepare it in roti/paratha form to maximize the odds of the @KidSisters enjoying it.
🍃 Gomawiri Paratha Ingredients 🍃
|⋆ chapati flour - 1 cup|
⋆ water - appr. ½ cup
⋆ salt - ¼ tsp
⋆ vegetable oil - 2 tsp
|⋆ gomawiri - 2 cups finely chopped|
⋆ cumin seeds - ½ tsp
⋆ coriander powder - ½ tsp
⋆ chili powder - ¼ tsp
⋆ turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
⋆ salt - ¼ tsp
👨🍳 Preparation Method 🔥
These parathas turned out delicious, the only customer hesitant to eat them was Monkey-B, but she eventually gave them her seal of approval.
I plated these with a homemade Madame Jeanette chutney, which was absolute fire 🌶️🔥🤯. Seriously though, it was delicious, but way too spicy for the kids to enjoy with these parathas, so they ate their parathas along with some leftover chana masala.
Satisfied customers are what it's all about, so I'm glad the whole family enjoyed them in the end. Ital is vital, and it's always important to eat a sufficient amount of leafy greens on a #plantbased diet.
These gomawiri parathas are a creative way to get your kids to eat more greens, but luckily it doesn't take much effort in our household.