Other than one-pot meals, that make dinner time a simple casual affair, I also love having stuffed parathas. Parathas are Indian flat breads mainly made of whole wheat which can be stuffed with almost anything under the sun! Not only is it deliciously ful-filling, but it can also be served without much consideration of side dishes. Eaten with yoghurt or a simple helping of tangy spicy pickle, they are treat for anytime of the day.
Parathas were always seen as a special treat at my home. From special Sunday brunches to our never-ending midweek demands, mom would often indulge us. Among other stuffings, paneer is always the most loved at my home. With hubby dear and me, both religious paneer lovers, this comes as no surprise. Its also no wonder that I consider it as a comfort food. In fact, come to think of it, many Indians would swear that stuffed parathas definitely qualify as comfort food. And I believe that the ones stuffed with paneer just tops that list!
Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Parathas
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
- 1 cup shredded paneer (cottage cheese)
- 1 tsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp red chili powder
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- salt, to taste
- 3 tbsp ghee
- water as needed
Saute shredded paneer in a bit of oil with salt, coriander leaves, red chili powder, and garam masala, and set aside.
Mix flour (atta) with salt and one tbsp of ghee and form into a smooth dough with water.
Separate dough into golf-sized balls and set aside.
For each dough ball, roll out the dough into a small circle and put around one tbsp of paneer mixture in the centre. Bring the ends of the circle together and form into a ball.
Seal the edges completely so that the stuffing does not come out. Roll out these dough balls and into a 6 inch circle.
Fry on a heated pan adding a bit of ghee around the edges to crisp it up.