Paneer Paratha Recipe | How to Make Punjabi Paneer Paratha Recipe?

paneer parata served with dahi and aam ka achaar

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you need something solid and filling. Mornings are the best time to indulge in rich foods because the body is gearing up for the day and you will burn most calories during this time. No wonder parathas are a favorite breakfast among so many Indian families, especially in the northern region. For the uninitiated, parathas are a type Indian flatbreads that usually stuffed with delicious fillings. It could be anything; spicy mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, or in this case, paneer AKA the Indian cottage cheese. Today’s paneer paratha recipe (पनीर पराठा) is an easy and quick breakfast recipe. It is made with fresh, homemade paneer and delicately seasoned with garam masala and chat masala.

At my place, the usual accompaniments for Paneer Paratha are the good old dahi and aam ka achaar. Sometimes when I am feeling fancy, I would serve it along with a bowl of piping hot dal makhni or chole on the side. The combination of melt-in-mouth, crispy paneer paratha and rich and creamy dal makhni is endearingly extraordinary. Just the thought of it is enough to make you feel hungry.

Kneading the Paratha Dough that Won’t Tear

The dough tearing off while rolling the paratha and the filling getting squished out is a common issue faced by many home cooks. However, there is a key to make parathas that don’t get torn a lot while rolling or may be not at all. Activating the gluten in the wheat dough is a crucial part making the perfect paratha dough. The dough becomes very smooth and elastic and won’t tear off while being rolled. To activate the gluten you need to knead the dough for at least 10 minutes using some more water after the dough has already come together. You can knead the dough on your counter-top using your knuckles. Spread the dough using your knuckles, sprinkle some water, and knead the dough. Repeat the process until the sticky, gooey dough comes together.

I have added some cheese to the filling so that it tastes even better. You can also call it a paneer cheese paratha. So let’s see how to make paneer paratha at home. You can find the method of making homemade paneer and more paneer recipes by clicking on the links down below.

How to Make Punjabi Paneer Paratha?

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Paneer Paratha Recipe | Indian Cottage Cheese Flatbread
 
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Paneer paratha is a popular Punjabi breakfast item served with pickle and yogurt or sometimes Dal Makhni. It has a very rich filling of creamy homemade paneer seasoned with Indian spices, with a hint of earthy from cilantro, roasted with desi ghee.
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Recipe type: Brunch, Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Serves: 6 parathas
Ingredients
For the Dough
  • Wheat flour - 2 cups
  • Water – 1 & ¼ cups or as needed
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp or to taste
For the Stuffing
  • Crumbled paneer – 1 & ½ cups
  • Processed cheese – 50 grams, grated
  • Salt – to taste
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Chat masala – ½ tsp
  • Green chilies – 5, finely chopped
  • Ginger – 1-inch piece, finely crushed
  • Coriander leaves/cilantro – 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Other Ingredients
  • Wheat flour – as needed
  • Oil/Ghee – for roasting the parathas
Instructions
  1. First, knead the dough for the parathas. Combine the wheat flour, salt, and oil in a bowl. Mix well with your fingertips.
  2. Gradually add water and knead the dough. You will need about ¾ cup-1 cup of water at this stage depending on the nature of your wheat flour.
  3. Once the dough has come together and looks like chapatti dough, knead it for another 10 minutes with your knuckles sprinkling the remaining ¼ cup of water.
  4. The dough will absorb all the water and the kneading will activate the gluten. Now you will have very smooth dough.
  5. Cover the paratha dough with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  6. In the meanwhile, prepare the stuffing for the paneer paratha. Combine crumbled paneer, cheese, green chilies, ginger, coriander leaves/cilantro, salt, chaat masala, and garam masala in a bowl. Mix well.
  7. When the dough has rested, knead it for a minute and divide it into 6 portions. Also, heat the tawa in the meanwhile.
  8. Take a portion of the paratha dough and roll it gently in the wheat flour.
  9. Hold the dough in one hand between the heel of the hand and the fingertips. Expand the dough by rotating it and pressing it with the fingertips of the other hand.
  10. You will get a shallow bowl-like structure. Fill the center of the dough with about ¼ cup of the paneer stuffing.
  11. Bring the edges of the dough together to enclose the stuffing inside the dough.
  12. Gently roll the stuffed dough ball in the wheat flour.
  13. Place it on the rolling board and flatten it gently.
  14. Roll it out into a circle, about 7 in diameter.
  15. When the tawa is hot, place the paratha on it. Carefully flip it after about 6-7 seconds.
  16. Apply a couple of teaspoons of oil/melted ghee.
  17. Flip the paratha and apply oil/melted ghee on the other side as well and flip the paratha.
  18. When the underside of the paratha is light brown and crispy as desired, flip it and cook it on the other side as well. Keep the heat on medium-high.
  19. Paneer paratha is ready. Serve hot with yogurt and raw mango pickle. Enjoy!

Paneer Paratha Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below


Step 1

Firstly, prepare the ingredients for the paratha dough.

ingredients for the paratha dough


Step 2

To knead the dough for the parathas, combine 2 cups of wheat flour, ½ tsp salt, and 1 tbsp oil in a bowl. Mix well with your fingertips.

oil and salt added to the flour to make paratha dough


Step 3

Gradually add water and knead the dough. You will need about ¾ cup-1 cup of water at this stage depending on the nature of your wheat flour. Once the dough has come together and looks like chapatti dough.

dough looking like chapati dough


Step 4

Knead it with your knuckles for another 10 minutes sprinkling the remaining ¼ cup of water. The dough will absorb all the water and the kneading will activate the gluten. Now you will have very smooth dough.

gluten activated in the paratha dough due to kneading


Step 5

Cover the paratha dough with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 15 minutes.

paratha dough covered with kitchen towel and resting


Step 6

In the meanwhile, prepare the stuffing ingredients paratha. You will need 1 & ½ cup crumbled paneer, 50 grams of grated processed cheese, 5 green chilies finely chopped, 1-inch ginger finely crushed, 2 tbsp coriander leaves/cilantro finely chopped, salt to taste, ½ tsp chaat masala, and 1 tsp garam masala.

paneer paratha stuffing ingredients


Step 7

Combine all the above ingredients in a bowl.

stuffing made with paneer, ginger, green chilies, garam masala, coriander seeds, salt and cheese


Step 8

Mix well.

stuffing fr paneer paratha is ready


Step 9

When the dough has rested, knead it for a minute and divide it into 6 portions. Also, heat the tawa in the meanwhile.

paratha dough is divided into 6 portions


Step 10

Take a portion of the paratha dough and roll it gently in the wheat flour.

paratha dough rolled in flour


Step 11

Hold the dough in one hand between the heel of the hand and the fingertips. Expand the dough by rotating it and pressing it with the fingertips of the other hand.

paratha dough being shaped like a shallow bowl to hold the stuffing in


Step 12

You will get a shallow bowl-like structure.

paratha dough looking like a bowl


Step 13

Fill the center of the dough with about ¼ cup of the paneer stuffing.

paneer stuffing being filled in the dough


Step 14

Bring the edges of the dough together.

paneer filling being packed inside the dough


Step 15

Enclose the stuffing inside the dough.

paneer stuffing packed within the paratha dough


Step 16

Gently roll the stuffed dough ball in the wheat flour. Place it on the rolling board and flatten it gently.

paneer paratha ready to be rolled


Step 17

Roll it out into a circle, about 7 in diameter.

paneer paratha being rolled


Step 18

When the tawa is hot, place the paratha on it.

paneer paratha being roasted


Step 19

Carefully flip it after about 6-7 seconds.

paratha being flipped


Step 20

Apply a couple of teaspoons of oil/melted ghee.

paratha roasted in ghee


Step 21

Flip the paratha and apply oil/melted ghee on the other side as well and flip the paratha.


Step 22

Flip the paratha again. Continue to roast the paratha on medium-high heat.

paneer paratha being roasted on hot tawa


Step 23

When the underside of the paratha is light brown and crispy as desired, flip it and cook it on the other side as well.

crispy paneer paratha is ready


Step 24

Paneer paratha is ready. Serve hot with yogurt and raw mango pickle. Enjoy!

paneer parata served with dahi and aam ka achaar

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    anita mehta
    June 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    paneer paratha lookin crispy.. nice one

    • Reply
      Monica
      June 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you, Anita.

  • Reply
    R. Guneshwari
    August 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    what a crispy luking paneer paratha..mouthwatering..what have you sprinkled on the dahi?

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 9, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks. That’s Red chili powder and chat masala sprinkled on the dahi.

  • Reply
    Arun Negi
    August 14, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    thats one hell of a paratha..flaky, crispy, loaded..my favorite kind

  • Reply
    सुप्रिया जोशी
    August 22, 2017 at 3:10 am

    अगदी मस्त कुरकुरित झालेले दिसतात पराठे… तोंडाला पानी सुतलेले आहे

  • Reply
    deepti singh
    October 7, 2017 at 5:04 am

    what is that you served with ?

    • Reply
      Monica
      October 8, 2017 at 4:30 am

      that’s dahi and achaar

  • Reply
    anitha ramchandran
    November 25, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    just awesome….. you roll parathas without breaking and totally round…………… salute to your skills!

    • Reply
      Monica
      December 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you, Anitha. You can do it too once you activate the gluten bu kneading the dough and with some practice 🙂

  • Reply
    minakshi
    August 10, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    paneer paratha is my fvrite..it luks so khasta..wow

  • Reply
    omi
    March 15, 2019 at 7:25 am

    very flaky looking paratha. can i use store bought paneer and grates it instead of making homemade?

    • Reply
      Monica
      March 16, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Hello Omi.Thank you for your kind words. Yes of course, you may use readymade paneer and grate it. 🙂

  • Reply
    Anubha
    May 7, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Crispy and tasty.. definitely worth trying 😋

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 9, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you Anubha. Do try making it.

  • Reply
    Raksha
    May 17, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Paneer paratha looks so tempting. And that mango pickle is making my mouth water..is that homemade too? Plz share recipe of it is. Thanks a bunch.

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