Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Keerai Paneer Parathas/Spinach Cottage Cheese Flatbreads

          I had got this bunch of arai keerai, a type of greens like spinach and mustard greens. I had wanted to do the Keerai Masial and rice, but my daughter didn't want to have rice that day. I had to use the spinach the same day and I had some paneer in the freezer, so put the the two together and made these Keerai/Spinach Paneer Parathas. They came out very well, we had it with some tomato thokku and curd..

Need To Have
For The Filling

  • Chopped Keerai/Spinach - 3 cups
  • Paneer - 1/2 cup scrambled
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - to taste

For The Outer Layer

  • Whole Wheat Flour - 1 + 1/2 cups
  • Ajwain - 1 + 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt - 1/4 teaspoon

          Mix the flour, ajwain, salt and turmeric powder, add water little by little and make a soft dough, cover and leave it. Coarsely pound the cumin seeds.

          Heat some oil, add the cumin seeds, when it starts sizzling, add the turmeric and chilly powders, immediately followed by the spinach and salt, cover and cook for about 5 or 7 minutes till the spinach gets cooked. It should be dry, if there is water, cook it uncovered till it dries out.

          Now mix in the paneer for about a minute, remove and cool. Make ten balls out of the dough and the inner filling.

          Roll out a small circle, place one filling  and press it slightly. then close the dough over it and make a flat ball with it.

          Now, dusting with some flour roll out into discs, put it on a hot tawa or skillet, cook on both sides with some oil. Serve it warm with any pickle.

While rolling out after stuffing with the filling, roll it on the side that you close, it's easier and the filling doesn't come out that much.
Only flip the parathas three times while cooking, first you place the paratha, after half a minute, make the first flip, apply some oil, make the second flip and apply oil on the other side. Once the bottom side gets some brown spots, flip the third time and cook the other side.
If you don't have ajwain/bishop weed just ignore it.
You can use any kind of greens, just make sure the filling comes out dry.
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  1. Hema you are so good at paratas :) very healthy recipe done perfect

  2. parathas look so perfectly shaped and thin..nice filling combo

  3. What lovely parathas. Perfect shape and uniform thickness. And the filling is so tasty.

  4. They look awesome...would love to try one!

  5. Real healthy and tasty paratha...

  6. healthy and tasty paratha

  7. Super healthy yummy paratha version..

  8. A power packed healthy recipe. Luv it.

  9. Very healthy and delicious parathas..great way to sneak in spinach into kids meals

  10. Wow wat an irresistible and droolworthy parathas, loving that healthy stuffing.

  11. Wow these are awesome. Thanks for your good wishes for my daughter. The cat is out of the bag and the surprise is no more a surprise but she is lovin' it

  12. சூப்பர்ர்ர்ர்...எல்லா சப்பாத்தியும் ஒரே மாதிரி அழகா இருக்காங்க!!

  13. How many can be feed by this dish?