Paneer paratha recipe


Paneer paratha, a stuffed Indian flatbread made with whole wheat flour, homemade paneer, desi ghee, Indian spices and fresh coriander

paneer paratha
paneer paratha

Recipe of paneer paratha that is simple, quick to prepare, healthy and delicious. I have tried innumerable varieties of paneer paratha recipes over the years using a combination of different spice mixes, with and without onion. One of my Punjabi friend’s mother taught me a very straight forward, simple recipe of paneer paratha that is very popular with her family and friends. In fact, she helped me perfect the paneer kulcha recipe on my blog. I owe a lot to my Hindi speaking friends from the North who helped me perfect quite a few dishes of North Indian cuisine.

Usually, most Punjabis like to make rich parathas laden with oodles of ghee and can be pretty heavy on the stomach. But the Punjabi style paneer paratha recipe that I am sharing with you is definitely not heavy on the stomach.

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grated paneer stuffing for paratha – paneer paratha preparation

I like to use minimal ingredients and spices for the paneer stuffing so that the paratha has a pronounced paneer flavour. Finely chopped green chillies and fresh coriander leaves complement fresh paneer stuffing giving it lively, invigorating flavours.

At home, I usually serve paneer paratha with a side like green chilli pickle and raita. It makes for an unbelievably flavourful and satisfying meal. Sometimes, if time permits I make dal tadka, tomato capsicum curry or a mixed vegetable curry as a side dish. But most times, I like to eat it with achar, either mango or green chilli.

It is perfect for kids lunch box. Just pack the paneer paratha with a side dish that includes achar, raita or curd (yoghurt). It makes for a great breakfast or brunch option but can also be served for lunch or dinner.I must say it is a snack on its own. To add a twist to the basic recipe, you can add some grated cheese to the paneer stuffing. You have paneer cheese paratha ready for your kid as an after school snack. Like most mothers, I am always looking for ways to incorporate paneer into Nehal’s diet be it a snack like chilli paneer, paneer pakora, paneer sandwich or paneer tikka.

For a non-dairy option, use tofu and replace ghee with vegetable oil. You can look forward to a Jain style paneer paratha in future posts.

paneer paratha recipe
punjabi style paneer paratha served with green chili coriander pickle and dahi (curd)

The whole wheat flour, paneer and desi ghee used in making this recipe are all homemade. I usually buy whole wheat grains allow the grains to sun dry for a day or two and get it ground at the neighbourhood flour mill. I use desi cow milk (Indian breed cows with a hump) to make ghee as well as paneer. You will find posts on how to make ghee as well as how to make paneer in the archives.

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How to make paneer paratha recipe – ingredients, method and tips to make soft, perfect parathas

Paneer paratha recipe

  Prepare time:
 Cook:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  whole wheat flour
  •   paneer

 Ingredients

  •   For paneer stuffing:
  •   Paneer - 1 cup, grated, loosely packed
  •   Onion - 1, small, finely chopped (optional)
  •   Green chilies - 2, finely chopped
  •   Ginger - 1/4 tsp, finely grated
  •   Ajwain - pinch (carom seeds)
  •   Amchur powder - large pinch (dry raw mango powder)
  •   Fresh coriander leaves - 2 tbsps, finely chopped
  •   Salt to taste
  •   For the paratha dough:
  •   Whole wheat flour - 1 1/4 cup (atta)
  •   Salt - pinch
  •   Water as required
  •   Wheat flour for dusting
  •   Desi ghee or oil for roasting the parathas

Method for making Paneer paratha recipe

In a wide bowl, add the whole wheat flour and salt. Mix well. Add water, a little at a time, to form a soft yet slightly firm dough. Cover with damp cloth and allow to rest for 30 mts. Get the stuffing ready in the mean time.
In a small bowl, add grated paneer, green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves, amchur, ajwain and salt, Mix well and set aside the stuffing.
Pinch a large lemon sized ball of dough and roll to form a 3" diameter circle. Place a heaped tbsp of the paneer stuffing and take the edges of the dough and cover the stuffing. Shape it into a ball. Prepare with rest of dough.
Dust the working surface with some whole wheat flour or atta and roll out the stuffed dough to form 6"-7" diameter circle.
Heat an iron tawa till hot, place a rolled out paneer paratha and allow to cook for 15 secs. Flip the paratha and let it cook for a few more seconds. Once light brown spots appear, drizzle some oil or ghee and roast to a golden shade on both sides. Use a spatula to press the puffed areas as the paratha gets roasted.
Serve hot with pickle or achar, yoghurt or raita.

Tips

  •   Allow dough to sit for at least an hour.
  •   You can add a pinch of homemade garam masala or Kitchen king masala to the paneer stuffing.
  •   If you do not have amchur powder, add 1 or 1 1/2 tsp of lemon juice.
  •   You can use Kashmiri red chilli powder in place of green chillies. But I'd recommend using finely minced green chillies or green chilli paste.

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