My sons loves paneer so this recipe was created at their request. They asked me to flavour the paneer using their favourite juice - freshly squeezed orange juice and spices. Surprisingly - the orange flavour was a hit and now it's a dish I make regularly for them.
Ingredients for 8 Parathas:
2 cups or 250 grams of home made paneer (if you are using ready made paneer - get a softer version so that it can soak up the juice and spices. Plus - it's easier to stuff into parathas)
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice ( if using ready made - use a good make)
1 tsp salt
½ cumin seeds
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp ginger, garlic and green chillies mixture (all blended into a paste)
1-2 cups cooking oil ( for the frying and adding to the dough).
2 cups of chappati flour
pinch of salt
1. Chop the paneer into small pieces and soak them in the orange juice for an hour.
2. Take a tablespoon of oil and add some cumin to the oil. Once the cumin browns add the paneer, the salt, and turmeric and cook it and mash it as you mix. The idea is to try and make it a dry mixture.
3. Add the ginger, garlic and green chilli paste.
4. Keep stirring until its all dry to enable you to stuff inside the paratha.
For binding the dough please see this recipe for potato stuffed paratha.
5. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt and two tablespoons of oil to the flour. Bind the dough by adding some warm water to the flour. Keep adding small amounts of water until it comes together as a soft dough almost like play dough. Knead it well and let it rest for half an hour.
6. Divide the dough into 8-9 small balls smaller than golf balls. Also divide the paneer into 8-9 small balls. Roll out the dough into a small circle, dab a bit of oil in the centre of the rolled out paratha and keep the paneer on top.
7. Fold the paratha over the paneer - like a square parcel.
8. Dust this with some flour and roll out a squarish or roundish paratha.
9. Roast the paratha on a hot griddle/tawa or frying fan. Once roasted - just brush some oil on both sides and let it cook.
10. Finish making all the parathas and serve them hot with your favourite curry.
For ideas on making different parathas - check out this recipe for pizza paratha.
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