Now, the paneer is the star of the recipe. You've got to have the real deal - a block of good firm paneer. Yes, you could substitute it with cottage cheese, but no, you cannot use the cottage cheese spread thingy. This we learnt the hard way at our friends' place the other day. We thought we were smart and could get away with using the cottage cheese spread and I just have three simple words - IT DIDN'T WORK! But I did learn one thing though, we are glad to have such sweet friends who did not fuss and complain about the disastrous looking 'thing' that resulted but tolerantly ate it all. And thank God for small mercies, we were all fine the next morning!
Okay, so I was saying - firm paneer or cottage cheese, if you don't have it, make something else for lunch. Simple :)
Parathas are stuffed unleavened Indian breads.
Here's the recipe -
For the dough -
- 2 cups wholemeal flour
- enough water to knead into a soft dough
- salt to taste
- 1/2 a block of fresh paneer
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 tspn ginger-garlic paste
- 1/4 cup chopped coriander
- about a 1/4 tspn of - turmeric powder, cumin powder (jeera powder), amchur powder, red chilli powder (use more if you prefer it hot)
- salt to taste
- Make a soft pliable dough with the wholemeal flour. Cover and let rest for about 15 mins.
- In a large bowl, crumble the block of paneer, add all other ingredients and give it a good mix.
- Roll out the stuffed parathas as seen in the video.
- Slap it on to a hot skillet and cook on both sides with a generous smear of ghee.
- Serve hot with yogurt and pickle.