Purple/Red Cabbage Paneer Paratha Recipe
By now regular readers would be aware of my love for parathas. Trust me - the variations abound still and many more will find their way into this site soon. That's the versatility of such recipes. While I have always used regular cabbage (the green colored one) for this recipe, the last time I went to the market I found these fresh Purple/Red Cabbages.  I had one small chunk of paneer slab lurking in the fridge waiting to be used and I thought why not do my regular paratha but with this colorful cabbage instead. Looks a beaut isn't it?
Purple/Red Cabbage Paneer Paratha Recipe
Taste wise, it doesn't taste any different from the regular cabbage paratha - at least I couldn't decipher it with this recipe. The only difference was the way it looked - so colorful. So its a different way to coax little ones or even add a so-called "new dimension" to regular cabbage paratha. The recipe and ingredient might not be any different - but what will anyone else know ;) There is truth to the fact that we eat with our eyes first :) Its slightly on the heavy side (as with any other stuffed paratha recipe) and hence I pair it with simple pickle and raita. But you can make any light gravy to go with it. UPDATE: After being asked about it in my Chef In You Facebook  Page,  then in my comments section and finally via my contact form about "Why I haven't used the squeezed out cabbage water in my dough" I thought I will add that point to my post instead of answering it again and again. Well, normally I sure would use the water and you can too. But in this case, I had added generous sprinkling of salt and our daily salt intake is v v v minimal - much less than average household. Hence I did not want to add this salty cabbage water to my dough and chose to make my dough using plain water instead. But if the salt level is OK for you, do go ahead and add it to your cooking. :)
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  • Serves: 3 people
  • Yields: Makes around 8-12 parathas depending on the size
  • For the cover
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • about 1-2 tsp cumin seeds (optional)
  • little salt to taste
  • For the stuffing
  • 1-1/2 cups cabbage, grated
  • 1 cup paneer, grated
  • 1-2 green chillies, thinly sliced, or as per taste
  • salt to taste
  • sprigs of cilantro, chopped
1. Take the grated cabbage in a bowl
2. Sprinkle salt over the cabbage and set aside for 15-20 minutes.
3. Take this cabbage and squeeze out the water over a colander or a sifter.
4. See the amount of water that seeps out of cabbage?
5. Mix this cabbage with the rest of the stuffing ingredients.
6. Alternatively, add the ingredients for the dough in another bowl.
7. Add enough water to knead it into a smooth dough.
8. Take a small ball of this dough. Roll it out using a rolling pin into a small circle on a well floured board.
9. Place a small ball of the stuffing in the center of the dough.
10. Bring up all the sides to the top.
11. Pinch it to seal the stuffing
12. press it down with the flat of your palm.
13. It will cover the seam.
14. Now roll it out into a medium-thick flatbread/paratha.
15. Its totally A - OK if you dont get the perfect circle. Just make sure not to press it too hard while rolling to avoid the stuffing from coming out.
16. Cook this on a skillet for 1-2 minutes until browned on one side with little oil/ghee all around the paratha. Repeat on the other side.
Serve warm with a side dish of your choice. I usually accompany such parathas with simple pickle and raita. Purple/Red Cabbage Paneer Paratha Recipe

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By dharshini on Dec 7, 2013

I like this recipe, its colour and making s easy for beginners like me

By Shreya on Mar 24, 2011

Hi!! :) I came across this site few days back. I have just started cooking and for beginners, this is the most appropriate site. Each and every step is explained with picture. Amazing! :-D I made this parathas. Yummy it was!8) Mom-dad were just licking their fingers. :-P I would like too see such more recipes in future :wink:

By sunita on Oct 5, 2010

I Love the colour of your cabbage yr parathans looks so colorful

By Cheriale on Sep 16, 2010

:-DHi from New Zealand... I am a recent subscriber to this site,and love your food.I tried this recipe today with regular green cabbage and also added a tablespoon of coconut cream to the stuffing.I work with Indian ladies and have shared this with them - they were very kind in their remarks!

By vanamala on Sep 15, 2010

looks like very tasty

By Divya on Sep 15, 2010

Hey DK.. I recently stumbled into this site and I have become a BIG fan of urs every since! I have also generously mentioned you to ppl i know, and formed a big fan following for you! Keep the good work coming! This receipe is very interesting.. I was wondering why not use the drained water from the cabbage to make the dough.. so the teeny weeny bit of nutrients are also not lost.. Is there an arguement against it.. except the paratha will become Ms. Red riding hood? ;))

I am honored to have such generous readers like you :) Thank you so much. As for the query, I have updated my post (see above ingredients list) with the reason why I did not add the water :)

By nishi on Sep 15, 2010

If the parathas look so awesome then I'm sure it would have tasted awesome as well. Very nice indeed.

By manpreet on Sep 14, 2010

i love stuff prantha,mmmmmmmmmmmmm yammy

By Karuna Chatterjee on Sep 14, 2010

Hey Yummy paratha...My mouth is watering rite now but I am on FAST...but sure will try after the fasting is over.... :-o

By Siri on Sep 14, 2010

I am hungry N.O.W! :-D :( Siri

By Priya on Sep 14, 2010

Makes me hungry...delicious parathas..

By Sayantani on Sep 14, 2010

love stuffed parathas and this purple cannage makes it look so pretty.

By Anu on Sep 14, 2010

Pretty Pretty Indeed! Next time I have a purple head sitting in my fridge for a while - this is what I'm going to be making with it! Thanks!