Soft and delicious stuffed paratha(flatbread) perfect with a bowl of raita(yogurt) and chutney. These are super easy to make especially is you prep a bit ahead. Fresh homemade crumbled paneer is the best choice here. You can refer to one of my past posts on how to make paneer at home. That is exactly how I make fresh crumbled paneer for parathas. Just follow the steps and skip the block making part.
Over the years, I have changed this recipe a bit from my mom's. I used to feel that fresh crumbled paneer tasted a bit chalky in a paratha when used as it is. So now I saute the crumbled paneer with spices before mixing it with onions, chllies and cilantro. The result is a very flavorful filling which is fragrant and has a lot of texture.
Keep a few things in mind when you are making these.
- Make the dough fresh and rest it (super important). The dough should not be too tight or too soft, in either case you won't be able to roll the parathas. It is also super important to knead the dough for about 5-8 minutes to smoothen it out, it helps develop the gluten which is important for the right texture of the parathas.
- When you saute the paneer, dont dry it out or brown it, thats not the purpose. We just want to add a lot of flavor with spices crackled in oil and sautÃ©ed with paneer.
- Cook the parathas on a medium hot skillet using enough oil. Flip them carefully because they will be soft. Don't press too much.
Stuffed Paneer Paratha
- Skillet, Rolling board and pin, 2 Bowls, Pan
For the Dough
- 1.5 cup atta (whole wheat flour)
- 2 teaspoon oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- luke warm water, as needed
- Extra flour for dusting while rolling the parathas
For the Paneer Filling
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- ¼ teaspoon tumeric powder
- Pinch of ajwain (carrom seeds)
- 1 cup crumbled paneer
- ¾ tsp garam masala adjust to taste
- ¼ tsp amchoor
- ¼ cup onions finely chopped
- 2-3 thai green chillies (adjust to taste) finely chopped
- 1-2 tablespoon fresh cilantro finely chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger finely chopped
- Cooking oil as needed
Making the Dough
- In a large bowl, add the flour, oil and salt.
- Gently mix with hands to combine everything together.
- Start adding water slowly and mixing with the flour. Bring the flour together, adding water and squeezing continously with finger to bring it together to form a ball. I used a little over ½ cup water. Adjust water quantity depending on quality of the atta you are using.
- Once the flour has come together, stop adding water and keep kneading for good 5-7 minutes or more to smoothen out into a soft ball, if at any point you feel that the flour is drying out or is too tight, add little water.
- Once the dough is smooth and kneaded well, cover it with a damp cloth and let rest for 20 minutes.
Make the Filling
- While the dough is resting, make the filling. Heat up 1 tablespoon oil in a pan on low medium and crackle the cumin and ajwain seeds in there. Take take not to burn the spices. After 10 seconds, add the paneer and sprinkle all the powdered spices. Mix well and on low heat, saute the paneer for about 5 minutes. Dont let brown or dry out.
- Once done, transfer to a bowl, let cool down a bit and add the chopped onions, ginger chillies and cilantro. Add a pinch of sugar. Mix very well. The filling is ready.
Make the Paratha
- Place a tawa or cast iron griddle on the stove to heat up. Divide the rested dough into equal portions, you should get about 6 or 7.
- Dust the dough portions in dry flour and roll into a 4 inch circle using a rolling pin. Place about 2 tablespoon of filling in the center and bring around the sides of the dough to make a small round parcel.
- Dust the rolling surface liberally and roll the stuffed dough parcel into a 7 inch circle. Dont press too much while rolling, ideally place yur rolling pin half on the surface and half on the dough for even rolling thickness. Make them as thick or thin you like.
- Place the hot tawa. After 15 seconds, or when you see bubbles on top, flip the paratha, brush oil (about 1 tbsp), flip and let cook on oil side, brush oil on the second side, flip and cook till both the sides are golden. Dont press too much when cooking the paratha.
- Repeat the above steps for the rest of the dough.
- Serve wam with yogurt, butter, pickles or chutney.