Wednesday 3 July 2013

Paneer Parata or Indian bread stuffed with spiced cottage cheese

A delicious and power packed Indian breakfast is the Paneer parata.
"Paneer" is also known as Cottage cheese and it contains all the essential amino acids needed for it to qualify as a complete protein. It also contains high amounts of Vitamin B12, Calcium an Phosphorous.
Cottage cheese paratas or Indian bread stuffed with spiced cottage cheese, makes a great high-protein breakfast.
Paneer Parata with lots of butter, aam ka achar (mango pickle) and curds, is the complete Punjabi breakfast.
One of my favorite breakfast and my daughter's favorite lunch box dish.

Makes 2
Ingredients :
Paneer or Cottage cheese - 100 gms
Atta/Wheat/Multigrain wheat - 500 gms or 2 cups
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Chat masala - 1/2 tsp
Black salt - 1/2 tsp
Salt to tasteCoriander leaves 
Mint leaves
Optional :
Green chillies - 1 (finely chopped)
Onion - 1/2 - chopped finely and roasted to golden

Method :
Make dough using the Wheat/Multigrain, same consistency as Chapati dough.
Add a little salt while kneading the dough.
Take a large bowl, mash the cottage cheese, add all the powders, salt if required and chopped coriander and mint leaves. 
Optionally add green chilies and onions.
Divide the dough into 8 equal portions.
Roll into size of puris. Fill each one with the paneer mix and close.
Roll evenly into paratas.
Now take a tawa or shallow fry pan, fry the paratas on low heat, till evenly done on all sides.
If non stick tawa is used there is no need to add oil/ghee while frying.
If regular or anodized tawa is used, use ghee while frying.
Serve hot with a dollop of butter, punjabi mango pickle and curds.

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