August 26, 2013

Paneer Paratha

A popular Punjabi recipe and a delicious whole-wheat Indian flatbread stuffed with mildly spiced paneer / Indian cottage cheese. Simple to make and loved by kids makes it a perfect recipe for picnic & parties. Paneer parathas not only tastes good but also very filling. This doesn't need any elaborate side, but a simple raitha / pickle can do the trick for you!

Simple & mild paneer paratha is an absolute delight to the tastebuds! Let alone the paratha, the stuffing by itself is a treat to enjoy. I can easily go for days together with just the filling, no complaints whatsoever. Soft melting paneer with crunchy onions, enhanced with a spicy note from minced green chillies - droolworthy!! You won't be disappointed with this recipe, I promise!

Basic Info
Complexity - Medium
Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 20 mins
Serves - 5-6 paratha

For the dough
Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Salt - to taste

For the filling
Grated Paneer - 1 cup (packed)
Onion - 1/2 no (medium sized, minced)
Cilantro - 3 tbsp (finely chopped)
Red chilli powder - a pinch
Green chilli - 1 no (minced), optional
Salt - to taste

Ghee - as required

In a big bowl, combine whole wheat flour & salt well. Add water little by little and bring it together to form a dough. Knead the dough for atleast 10 mins until soft & pliable. Cover and let it rest for 10 mins.

While the dough is resting, take another bowl and gently mix all the ingredients under 'For filling'. Taste and adjust salt/spice as required.

After the dough has rested for atleast 10 mins, make 5-6 equal sized balls out of the dough. Also, divide the filling into 5/6 equal portions.

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a flat & thin circle. Drizzle 1/2 tsp of ghee over the dough and spread well. Scoop a portion of the filling and place it in the center. Carefully bring the dough together from all the sides to cover the filling and pinch at the top to seal the paratha. Now, flatten it a little using your palm and gently roll out using the rolling pin. Be gentle and go as thin as you could, without tearing the outer layer.

Heat a skillet on medium flame and when hot, place the paratha on the skillet. Wait for 30 secs and flip it over. Cook until brown spots appear on the side facing the skillet. Turn over and cook until brown spots appears on the other side too.

Remove from heat, cover and store until you serve. 

- Dab the stuffed dough on little wheat flour, if it gets sticky (or) is difficult to handle.
- Fresh, home made paneer adds to the flavor.
- Adjust the red chilli powder / green chillies to your taste.
- Check out my other recipes for stuffed parathas here --> Aloo Matar ParathaPaneer & Mixed-Veg Paratha
- Sending this off to Made with Love Mondays!