Stuffed Parathas have always been my favourite breakfast. I can have all sorts of Upma, Poha, and Frittatas but ultimately I need this dose of stuffed Parathas with butter on top for my weekends. Recently Idli- Sambhar was quoted as one of the healthiest breakfast for one to have. Although I too agree to that one, I believe Parathas made with less oil and eaten with appropriate sides would give that a tough competition. Like this Paneer Dhaniya paratha – Its made of whole wheat flour which is kneaded in yoghurt so that gives you a good amount of carbs along with pro-biotic bacteria dose for the day. Fresh grated paneer gives you your protein and healthy fats, coriander leaves are very good source of vitamins and minerals and the only spice used in this one which is black pepper is a warm spice known to aid in digestion and normal cold. So all in all, this is a very wholesome meal which provides energy for the day and keeps your metabolism in good state. So you see, having this Paratha for breakfast is not such a bad idea overall. :)
This Paratha involves a very simple preparation and will taste best when made with fresh homemade paneer. I have given guidelines on how to make paneer in my post for Sandesh here. You may also use store bought paneer, but I have seen that dries up very quickly when the Parathas are kept for long. So if you are planning to eat them fresh, store bought paneer would do for you.
I had these Parathas first time at my SILs house, when she prepared them for breakfast. She makes very thin and small Parathas, which taste amazing and I can have 3-4 on my own very easily. But I am not that patient to make small Parathas and keep standing in kitchen for ages. So I make them at my normal size and thickness, even then I gobble up more than usual. These are so damn tasty !! And the fact that no spice other than black pepper is used in these bring out the actual flavours of paneer and hence again, the fresh home-made variety is highly recommended. There is one more version of paneer paratha which I love which is Paneer cabbage Paratha, healthier and you cant figure out its cabbage unless told beforehand. And then there is Palak Paneer Paratha - which is again a very healthy and delicious option to have for breakfast. So pick your choice up and indulge :)
Recipe source: My SIL
Serving: 3-4 people
What you need?
For the dough:
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
4 cups Whole wheat flour
1/4 cup yoghurt, at room temperature
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup fresh paneer, grated
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Salt to taste for stuffing
2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp oil or ghee
How to make
- Knead the dough mixing all ingredients, adding warm water gradually. You may not need this much water, or may need more as well. It really depends on the quality of Atta ( WWF ) you use.
- Keep the dough aside, covered with a damp tea towel for 20-30 minutes
- Meanwhile prepare the stuffing. Grate the fresh paneer and mix salt, coriander leaves and black pepper to it.
- Once ready, pinch some dough, roll into a ball, stuff the filling in and bind the sides. Roll it gently into Paratha and roast on a griddle with little oil, flipping both sides evenly.
- Serve hot with Chutney and Raita
- The detailed step by step process of how to make stuffed parathas ball is explained in my post for Litti- Chokha here, visit to check it out
- The detailed step on how to make Paneer at home is explained in this post for Sandesh, here
- You may add your own spices to this one, if only pepper is too bland for you
- Adding ginger to this combo also tastes heavenly.
- You may add mint and chopped onion too
Try these two healthy version of Paneer paratha as well:
Paneer cabbage Paratha
Palak Paneer Paratha