Paneer is cottage cheese and paratha is stuffed bread. Spiced paneer is stuffed in the bread to make delicious paneer paratha. Paneer is rich in protein. Making paneer at home is very easy.
Making homemade paneer: Just boil half gallon milk. When it reaches the boiling point, reduce the heat and add two tablespoons lemon juice. Stir and the whey will separate from paneer. Turn off the heat and drain the water using a cloth and hang it or keep pressed for an hour until all the water is drained out. Fresh homemade paneer is ready. I have used this paneer to prepare a healthy paratha. Here is the recipe.
Fresh homemade crumbled paneer - 1 cup
Red chilli powder - half teaspoon
Cumin powder - quarter teaspoon
Dhania powder - quarter teaspoon
Garam masala or Tandoori masala - half teaspoon (optional)
Red onion - 1 medium - finely chopped (use a chopper or a food processor)
Salt - as required
For the Dough:
Whole wheat flour - 2 cups
Salt - quarter teaspoon
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Water as required
Mix all the ingredients mentioned under the 'Filling', using a food processor or a mini chopper. Finely chopped green chillis can be substitued for red chilli powder. finely grated ginger and finely chopped coriander leaves can be add to the filling. Mix well and keep it aside.
Take the whole wheat flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and oil. Mix using the finger tips. Pour half a cup or three fourth cup water or as required and knead to a chapathi dough consistency.
Make fairly small balls out of the dough.
Roll the ball to three to four inches diameter and place a spoon full of the filling in the center.
Draw up the edges together to seal the filling.
Now dredge in the flour and again roll carefully to 5 inches diameter.
Heat a tawa. Keep in medium heat.
Place the rolled paratha in the tawa and drizzle oil on the sides and corners.
Gently press the paratha and flip the paratha after a minute.
Apply ghee on the sides if desired.
Fry till both sides turn golden brown.
Repeat until all the dough is used.
Serve it immediately with sour cream or plain yogurt/curd.
This is a very filling paratha as paneer is rich in protein. Just one or maximum two will do for dinner.
This is my entry to Paneer - a delicacy event hosted by Vandana rajesh of Cooking up something nice. Thanks Vandana and waiting for the paneer roundup.