“Paratha” is not just a dish but an emotion for every Indian. It is the staple breakfast for the entire Northen India. Usually, parathas are considered to be rich in fat (butter or ghee), maida and the super starchy, mashed potatoes. I completely agree with you, that parathas are all about diversified delicious stuffing. But nonetheless, every famous thing usually comes with a price, and in this case, it’s fats.
But here in our Insane kitchen, I am going to prepare The famous ‘Paneer Paratha’ with less/ negligible amount of oil. We are going to have a gala time knowing that this particular dish of mine is rich in lots of protein, high fiber and good carbohydrate. Stay tuned to explore and experience this delicious delicacy.
Before proceeding, let’s peep into the history of parathas. It is believed that The Hindustani word paratha is derived from Sanskrit word “para” & “shitah”, which means, layers of dough with various type of stuffing inside. This ages-old recipe is quite popular in entire Northern India.
Anyways, parathas have many forms, but for now, let’s get into the nutritional benefits of few key ingredients of our version of the paratha.
PANEER/COTTAGE CHEESE– India is a country which got the roots of its food/cuisine from the farms and dairy. Although curding of milk was not considered good in India in earlier time but with time we changed our mind and with that curdled milk/ chena came into picture. From that chena we got this super healthy paneer/cottage cheese. Paneer is super rich in protein. Usually considered as a hero in vegetarian diet plans. Being reach in calcium, cottage Cheese strengthens bones and teeth. It helps in maintaining blood sugar levels. Paneer is a rich Source Of Folate etc.
WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR- Enriched wheat flour may be a good source of fiber, iron, thiamine, niacin, calcium, and vitamin B6 in addition to the above nutrients also Whole wheat may be a decent source of several vitamins and minerals, including selenium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, and folate. And it highly recommended for people in diet plans on all-purpose flour.
- 2 cups Whole wheat flour
- ½ cup milk
- 1 ½ cup grated fresh paneer/cottage cheese
- 1tbsp finely chopped ginger
- 1tbsp finely chopped green chillies
- 2tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
- 1tsp freshly ground roasted cumin powder
- 1tsp freshly crushed black pepper powder
- 1 tsp onion seeds/ kalonji
- Juice of half lime
- 1tbsp desi ghee/clarified butter
- Salt as per taste
- Water(to make the dough)
- Make a soft dough with whole wheat flour, milk, little bit of salt, water and onion seeds/kalonji.
- Let is rest for 15-30 minutes in a closed container in room temperature.
- For the stuffing, take the grated paneer in a mixing bowl.
- Heat little bit of ghee in a non-stick pan.
- Put the ginger and green chillies into the pan and sauté till fragrant.
- Put the ginger garlic into the paneer.
- Add chopped coriander leaves, roasted cumin powder, crushed black pepper powder, lime juice and salt. Mix it well. (be careful you don’t make a mash of that paneer)
- Roll parathas/flatbreads with the stuffing.
- Brush a little bit of ghee on the pan and roast the parathas nicely.
Serve hot with curd and pickle of your choice.