Paneer Paratha

By DK on Jun 12, 2013
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
The  most loved of all parathas in my family is Paneer Paratha, an Indian flatbread stuffed with Farmer's Cheese. Its taken me a good 2 years to perfect this paratha to suit my husband's taste buds who compares it with some restaurant version he enjoyed god knows how long ago! But making a good paneer paratha is as easy as any paratha.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
All you need is some good quality paneer and you are all set. I have tried to make this paratha with all kinds of flours and flour combination, but in all honesty, the humble Atta flour (Indian's primary bread flour) makes the best recipe. Of course, I might be biased, but well its totally for you to decide.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
The smooth, soft and chewy bread tasting of spongy cheese is extremely addictive to put it modestly. Its pretty heavy hence is better when enjoyed on its own with just pickle and plain yogurt or Raita.  But it does go well with any other spiced curries you can think of like Palak Paneer, Dal Makhani, Dal Bukhara etc. You can even pair it with some sort of Chutney as well.
References

my kitchen notes

Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 4 people
Yield: Around 6-8 Parathas depending upon the size and thickness
Ingredients
    For the Cover
  • 2 cups Indian Atta flour, plus 1/4 cup of dusting see Tips
  • 2 tsp Oil,
  • Salt to taste
    For the Filling
  • 2 cups crumbled Paneer, see Tips
  • 2 tbsp chopped Cilantro, or to taste
  • 1-2 Green Chilli, thinly sliced (optional)
Tips
1. Atta flour: To make the best paratha, the way Indians make it, you need Atta flour - a flour milled from semi-hard wheat (Durum Wheat). It consists Endosperm and bran. Its high in protein ( 11.5-13% ). Using any other type of Wheat flour will make for coarser bread (including Whole Wheat Pastry Flour) albeit tasty. I read somewhere that King Arthur's white whole-wheat flour makes for a great substitute given that its quite high in protein content (13.5%) as well. I haven't tried this myself. Use any flour with similar protein if you don't have either. You can also use Whole Wheat/All Purpose 50-50.

2. Paneer: I use around 3 cups generally in this recipe given my family's utter love for paneer. My husband esp. prefers heavily paneer stuffed parathas!
Method
1
Take the flour in a large bowl and mix it with salt.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
2
Add the oil. Mix it with fingers so that it forms into small crumbs. You can also use butter or Ghee for additional flavor. I, at times, also use some yogurt along with water to add softness as well as protein to the paratha.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
3
Add enough water
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
4
to bind into a semi soft dough.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
5
Knead it for 5-10minutes, until it becomes smooth.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
6
It should not be sticky or rough/dry.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
7
Set aside for around 15 minutes covered with a kitchen towel.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
8
While that's resting, lets get to the filling. Ideally, you would want to use fresh made Chenna. Chenna is cheese made from curdling milk using acidic medium. See my Homemade Ricotta Cheese (till step 14) for details. This makes the bestestest paneer parathas.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
9
But "ideally" is not always practical, so I am going to assume that you would opt for using store bought paneer. Fair enough. I do it pretty often - esp. since I get awesome paneer (organic even!) around here. Its kept at cold storage, so you would need to bring it to room temperature to soften it.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
10
But if you don't have time for that, you can do what I do. I usually tend to cube the store bought paneer into chunks, place it in a bowl and pour boiling water on top of it.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
11
Let it sit for few minutes and drain the water.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
12
Now crumble this  - you will find it crumbling easily
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
13
until it kinda sorta resembles our Step 8 :) This should be about 2 cups worth or as needed - see Tip 2
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
14
Add the Cilantro and Green chilli (if using) and mix until combined. Note: Depending upon your taste buds, you can add in any other spices of your choice. My family likes it without any additional flavoring so that the cheesy and blissful taste of paneer shines through and remains the star. Set aside.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
15
Pinch a small dough and place it on a lightly floured surface.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
16
Flatten it into a small disc
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
17
Roll it out into a small circle - little bigger than your palm using a rolling pin.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
18
Place some stuffing in the center.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
19
Bring the edges of the dough over the filling
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
20
and pinch it on top.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
21
Using your palm,
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
22
press to flatten it out slightly.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
23
Dust it very lightly with flour
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
24
and gently roll it out to form a circle.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
25
With practice, you will be able to stuff some more and roll it out into a big circle - but honestly its very simple really! The thickness is medium but you can roll it out as thick or thin you want. No hard or fast rules here as long as you can keep the stuffing inside.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
26
Heat a skillet and place the flat bread on it. Cook it for few seconds.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
27
Drizzle some oil all around or for a true Punjabi experience, use Ghee/butter instead.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
28
Turn it the other side after few minutes or until you see brown spots on its surface. Its not necessary to grease the other side once again.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
29
Repeat likewise for all the parathas.
Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
Serve hot. We usually enjoy this with spicy pickle and Raita (or plain homemade yogurt) but you can also serve it with other light gravy side dishes. Punjabi Paneer Recipes | Indian Food Recipes | Paratha Recipes
Be the first to showcase this recipe!
Your Name
Did you make this recipe?
Please click below to share your experiences while you were making this recipe. Thanks for your input!
14 Responses to “Paneer Paratha”
  1. sunny prasad

    tomrow i wil try . . .hope it gonna yummy . .

  2. deepak

    excellent presentation.well done,told so simply for a layman to practise.ty.

  3. Sowmya

    Yummy!! I tried it ..thx for nice recepies

  4. Shyamasree Chakraborty
  5. delicious recipe with Great, excellent presentation.

  6. the paneer parathas are perfect for kids and parties. Like it.

  7. the paneer parathas looks really nice. Like your step by step always.

  8. Sudha

    Excellent and simple !!

  9. hey DK yesterday I tried this recipe. Paratha turned out very soft and I served them with curd and pickle.

  10. DK, you are the best, really. I am suprised that you make even the simple of parathas into art and provide so much detail. shows you are a master. i love your site and visit it everyday. how i wish you posted a recipe every single day. have to tell you that i am your unofficial pr- all my friends cousins know of your site. I wish i can meet you someday :mrgreen:

  11. RUKSHANA S PARBATANI

    :) DEAR DK, I REALLY LIKED THE PANEER PARATHA RECEPIE. A VERY SIMPLE RECEPIE OF MY TASTE. A EASY N SIMPLE RECEPIE. M WAITING FOR MORE RECEPIE OF SUCH KINDS. :-D

Leave a Reply
I love to hear from you! I read each and every comment, and will get back as soon as I am able to.
:wink: :-| :-x :twisted: :) 8-O :( :roll: :-P :oops: :-o :mrgreen: :lol: :idea: :-D :evil: :cry: 8) :arrow: :-? :?: :!:
  • Never miss a single recipe!

Have a favorite recipe?

  • Know a family recipe your mom used to make? Or maybe a go to recipe that works everytime? Share it with your fellow foodies!
Chefinyou