Cheesy Paneer Paratha is a whole wheat flatbread with a stuffing of some cheese and paneer (cottage cheese) alongwith a few simple spices. The twist which I have added to this dish is that of using some Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves) in the stuffing which gives the paratha a wonderful aroma and flavour.
Paneer which actually originated in India from the North is now widely used across the country and is amalgamated in various cuisines. After all, it’s neutral taste gives a versatility to it’s use! Parathas, which too originated in the North are now available in almost all cities and prepared in many homes apart from the North!
Paneer is easily available in supermarkets as well as the local milk vendors. It can be easily prepared at home too, by just splitting the milk with some lemon juice and straining it well and wrapping it up tightly in the same cloth to give it a shape! Even the milk which splits by mistake sometimes can just be collected in a muslin cloth in a sieve and what remains of it is nothing but paneer.
For some more such delicious flatbreads, do take a look at the following recipes too….
- Leftover Aaloo Ragdaa Methi Paratha
- Paalak Paneer Paratha
- Aaloo Paratha
- Quick Aaloo Paratha
- Lolli (Whole Wheat Onion Flatbread)
- Rataalyaache Parathe (Sweet Potato Parathas)
- Paalak Paratha
- Pudina Paratha (Mint Paratha)
- Chatpataa Lacchaa Parathaa
- Beetroot Paratha
Here’s the recipe for the delicious Cheesy Paneer Paratha….
Prep Time : 25 min
Cooking Time : 2. 5 min/Paratha
Serves : 4 (8 Parathas)
Cup Used : 200 ml
For The Outer Outer Covering :
- 2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 1/2 tbs oil
- 2/3 tsp Salt (Approx)
- As Required Clean Water For Kneading the Dough
For The Stuffing :
- 1 1/3 cup Cottage Cheese(Paneer)
- 2/3 cup Grated Processed Cheese
- 1/2 cups Finely Chopped Onions
- 4 tsp Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
- 2 tsp Red Chilli Powder…. To be adjusted as per preference
- 1 tsp Garam Masala
- Salt To Taste
- To make the Cheesy Paneer Paratha, knead the whole wheat flour alongwith the oil and salt in a bowl, adding water as required to get a semi soft dough.
- Brush the dough with some more oil and set aside for atleast an hour.
- Just before making the parathas, combine all the ingredients mentioned above for the stuffing and mix.
- Divide it into 8 equal proportions and set aside.
- Next, knead again the prepared dough and divide it into 8 equal parts.
- Roll each dough ball with your palms to get a perfect round without any cracks. and set aside.
- For the parathas, either roll one dough ball using a rolling pin, into a 5″ circular disc approximately with comparatively thinner edges than the inner portion, or just using your fingers make a small bowl type shape out of the dough ball.
- Place the cottage cheese stuffing into the centre/hollow and start bringing all the edges together and seal them well with your fingers.
- Flatten it and pat with your fingers to get a flat circular stuffed dough ball.
- Repeat with all the dough and stuffing and set aside.
- Next heat a griddle and dust one flattened dough ball with some flour.
- Roll it lightly with a rolling pin into an appropriately 10″ circular disc of medium thickness.
- Place the rolled out paratha on the hot griddle and roast initially on a medium low flame till tiny bubbles seem to appear in the top surface.
- Flip the paratha at this stage and increase the flame to high.
- Next, apply some ghee/oil on the top surface and apply slight pressure on the edges with the spatula.
- Once brown spots appear on the bottom side of the paratha, flip it and roast on high heat applying pressure with a spatula at the edges.
- Once it puffs up and brown spots appear on the bottom side,flip again lowering the flame to low and flip the paratha once again.
- Apply ghee on this surface too and transfer it to a plate.
- Repeat the above steps till all the parathas are done.
- Serve these delicious Cheesy Paneer Parathas with an accompaniment of Boondi Raita and Kairiche Lonche (Raw Mango Pickle) or Kothimbir Pudina Chutney and some Tomato Ketchup with a bowl of fresh homemade curds!