Rajma (kidney beans) Paneer Paratha Recipe
Few years back, one of my friends dropped over to my house. She happened to see 2 packets of paneer in my fridge and was like -"That's lots of paneer. Any guests coming over? ". I said - "No, its for us". She was astounded and wondered how we are not bored 'cos after all there are only v few dishes using paneer. I was shocked at her "only few dishes" observation. I could easily think of around 20 ways to use paneer thanks to its versatility! The number of recipes I have tried using paneer is brobdingnagian and I am sure there are many more! You don't have to go overboard with Paneer; a little here and there in the recipe never fails to transform it!
Rajma (kidney beans) Paneer Paratha Recipe
Like this recipe. I had some left over cooked rajma from another dish and thought I will use it to make parathas for packing lunch. A little grated paneer to the kidney beans along with spices makes this not only delicious but protein packed lunch too! The protein will make you full faster with little without weighing one down. If you have tried low fat paneer at home, then you probably will feel less guilty too! You can use canned Rajma in a cinch if you don't have time. Just make sure you rinse it out well under cold water to remove sodium and other preservatives first.
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • Yields: Makes around 10 parathas
  • 1 cup rajma/kidney beans cooked/canned
  • 1 cup paneer, grated
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder / thinly sliced green chillies, as per taste (optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin-coriander powder
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • few cilantro sprigs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour + plus little more for dusting
  • enough water to bind the dough
  • salt to taste
1. Knead the dough with little salt and water, until smooth. Make sure of adding only little salt since the filling will also contain salt. Set aside.
2. In a bowl, take the kidney beans and mash them well. Make sure there isnt much water in them.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients - paneer and spices along with little salt. Mix well until blended. The mixture should be tight and not watery, otherwise you will not able to stuff them in the paratha. If you think the mixture is runny, add a little all purpose flour/soy flour to bind it into a thick mixture.
4. Take a small piece from the dough, roll it into a ball. Flatten it lightly with your hands and using a rolling pin, roll it into a small circle.
5. Take a small ball of the filling - the filling should be less than the dough so that it is easier to wrap the dough over the filling. Place it in the center.
6. Bring all the sides up over the top of the filling and bunch it together.
7. With the palm of your hands, press it down.
8. It will flatten while covering the rajma filling.
9. Now roll it gently making sure that the filling does not come out. Make it thick or thin whatever you prefer making sure to keep the filling inside.
10. Heat a nonstick skillet  med-high and place the paratha. trickle a little oil on all the sides of the paratha
11. Turn in about 1-2 minutes or when you see brown spots. You don't have to add oil again. Repeat this for all the parathas.
Serve warm. I just cut them into triangles while packing for lunch. If you are not that calorie conscious, then add a little ghee on the surface of the paratha! I served it with a little spinach raita and pickle! Rajma (kidney beans) Paneer Paratha Recipe

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By Divya Vikram on Nov 1, 2010


I made this parathayesterday for dinner and it turned out really soft and delicious :)


By Shwetha on Jul 1, 2018

Tried this recipe. It came out good :). I am unable to use the feedback app for some reason.But nevertheless, thanks for sharing this recipe :). Regards, Shwetha

Thank you so much Shwetha for the feedback. Yes, got to fix some stuff around the website. Appreciate your comment. :) --DK

By Vaishali Rajadhyaksha Sengupta on Jun 12, 2013

I am like you as well. Paneer always stashed in my fridge and it makes it appearance secretly or visibly. Just love it. Love your recipe too!

By Joy on Oct 21, 2012

I am so happy that I stumbled on this great foodie site Chef in you...Thank you for sharing DK . I was searching for Idly recipe but my my my...I found bag full of mouth watering recipes! now all I can think of is try everything and get a BIG wow from all ! :-D

Thank you :) Hope you like what you make from here :) --DK

By Carol on Dec 21, 2011

Yummy, this looks sooo good. I have to try making it. What brand of whole wheat flour do you use? It just looks so much finer than the whole wheat I am used to. Thank you.

I use Indian Brand - Chapathi Atta which is similar to Wheat Pastry flour. The regular wheat in the US stores is more coarse with bran and germ hence might make rough, hard roti(s)/chapathi but is more nutritious.

By vidhya on Aug 26, 2011

wow! wow! wow! all my questions answered here. our usual recipes turned healthy,which is very useful for my kid(he eats very selected dishes only). i woder how i include beans in his diet(he loves parathas). Great work. thank u very much :lol: .

By Ishita Sharma on Aug 25, 2011

Hey DK....this is my first post here...your website is an absolut delight...especially coz im a student and on most days have to do with rather awful food :( ...but ur website makes me feel better...have shared it with my mum...and this tym i made the parathas when i went back home...hoping to find more yum stuff to look forward to...cheers and thanks

By swa on Jun 15, 2011

why do u add haldi to the filling. can i skip it

Yes you can

By Ashwini on May 24, 2011

OMG!!! I tried it for lunch box it turned out DELICIOUS. Loved it grt proteins as wel. Thnx a lot for d recipe :)

By shah on Oct 16, 2010

nice food for helth.i willdo it.

By Sam on Mar 21, 2010

I cut the recipe in half and made 4 parathas. I pre-shaped all of them before cooking them, but i only wanted one, so i cooked just one and stacked the other 3 on top of each other and put them aside to cook when i was done eating. It was delicious! I dipped the pieces in yogurt mixed with chili sauce and it was awesome! So after i was done i start heating up a pan to cook them in and i go to pick one up and realize that they're all stuck together!!! Ahhhh! :-x doh! i guess i didn't put enough flour in between them. So i divided the mess into 3 even logs and fried it up. Just as good, and they stayed together rather nicely, hahaha. Thanks for the recipe! I'll be more careful next time

Hahahah I cudnt help but think of my first experience in making roti! I did the same - I was rolling them faster than they were cooking hence due to "lack of space" i placed them overlapping one another...In the end, it was all a mess since they stuck to one another :) I am glad u liked the recipe :) --DK

By Daisyblue on Mar 16, 2010

First time here..dont really know how I missed your site..Apart from the recipes, I really like your site layout..easy and simple..yet elegant :)

Thank you so much Daisyblue :) --DK

By simply.food on Mar 16, 2010

rajma paneer parathas look delicious.

By Madhuri on Mar 16, 2010

Wow! This is awesome. Im with you on the paneer stacking Dhivs! Im definitely gonna try this soon! Im drooling :lol:

Birds of a feather ;) --DK

By Radhika on Mar 16, 2010

DK! you rock. Arjun just drooled over it.

That is a real compliment - straight from the little ones mouth :) --DK

By Sharmilee on Mar 15, 2010

Havent even thought of rajma parathas....cool & healthy idea, wud luv to try it smetime soon!

By bergamot on Mar 15, 2010

really healthy parathas and a good way to make my daughter eat kidney beans

By bergamot on Mar 15, 2010

looks great... very nice presentation

By Megna on Mar 15, 2010

I am truly amazed by the versatility in the dishes u prepare!! luv everything about this site :)

Thanks Megna :) Sweet of u to say that --DK

By Soumya on Mar 15, 2010

Rajma Parantha is new to me but love adding Paneer to it. Will try next time when i have excess rajma!gr8 click too.

I am a paneer freak :) Trust me when I say more paneer is coming your way! ;) --DK

By sailaja on Mar 15, 2010

Very healthy...............

By Joie de vivre on Mar 15, 2010

That looks wonderful!

By Telugumom on Mar 15, 2010

Hi, I found your blog through stumble. I really like this recipe. Will definitely try it sometime. Looking forward to lots of interesting recipes in the future.

Welcome Telugumom :) I am glad you like what you see and hope the site is helpful to you :)

By Radhika Vasanth on Mar 15, 2010

Love Paneer n Rajma. It was yesterday I tried making paneer at home and It was a disaster :-| Will attempt it again thou.. I figured out where I went wrong..

By Trendsetters on Mar 15, 2010

nice healthy parathaas

By Happy Cook on Mar 15, 2010

I till now have never made filled parathas and actually i only learned there is so many variety after starting blogging, it is sure in my make item list. This just looks so so good.

By Priya Mitharwal on Mar 15, 2010

Looks super yummy, have to try it. Thanks for sharing it :)