Last year, my daughter’s school had given a time table of particular items to be sent in the lunch box during the week. So it was very easy for me to cook it up. I didn’t have to rack my brains every day morning regarding what to send for lunch. This year, they haven’t sent the time table yet and so I’m kind of stuck. I need to think of something that my daughter will like and also that’s quick enough to whip up in the morning rush. Paneer, as most of you by now will know, is my daughter’s favorite. It’s my favorite too. So, yesterday I made Paneer Parathas for her. I too had them for lunch (in my daughter’s name). When she came back from school, she was very happy that I had made her paneer parathas. She loved them. It’s an absolute pleasure to get appreciated by your kids. (At least for me, it is, cos my lil one doesn’t like something very easily.)
Paneer is a rich source of proteins. It is also rich in calcium and phosphorous. It also contains reasonably high amount of fat and cholesterol. It is good for all ages, especially for growing children. Though, people who are calorie conscious should control the portion size. Now let’s get the recipe:
What you’ll need
For the dough
1. Wheat Flour – 2 cups, little extra for rolling
2. Kasuri Methi – 1 tblsp
3. Salt to taste
4. Oil – 2 tsp
5. Water as required for Kneading
For the filling
1. Crumbled paneer – 200 gms
2. Green Chillies – 1 to 2 (finely chopped)
3. Fresh Coriander Leaves – a small bunch (finely chopped)
4. Salt to taste
In a mixing bowl, add the wheat flour, salt and kasuri methi. Mix well. Now add oil and mix it well. Now add water little by little and knead into soft and pliable dough.
For the filling, in a bowl, mix crumbled paneer, finely chopped green chillies, finely chopped coriander leaves and salt. Do not mash the mixture too much. The paneer should remain crumbly.
Now, pinch out a big lemon sized ball from the dough, Flatten the ball a little and put a tbsp of the filling in the centre. Cover the filling by gathering the edges. Press and roll out using little flour into a small round paratha.
Heat a tawa, place the paratha on it and let it cook on medium flame. Drizzle a tsp of oil. Flip the paratha and cook on the other side too with a little oil until brown spots appear.
Hot and yummy paneer parathas are ready. Serve them topped with a blob of butter, some curd and a pickle of your choice.
Avoid green chillies when making for kids. Instead try using a little of chilli powder or pepper powder. (I used a little chilli powder for my daugter’s filling.
Linking these yummy parathas to LGSS being hosted at and also to Shobha Event Cook it Healthy - Protein icious