September 3, 2012

Amma's Recipes: Paneer and Spinach (Palak) Parathas | Paneer Paranthas | Indian Cottage Cheese Parathas - a Step by Step Recipe

If there is anything in the world that comforts me on a dull, dreary monsoon day is amma's cooking. Whether its her Chana Dal Wadi ki Kadhi (Lentil Dumplings in Yogurt Gravy) with steamed rice or Hyderabadi Double Ka Meetha | Bread Pudding with Nuts and Raisins, she has a knack for bringing smiles with comforting meals to people around her.

Its raining cats and dogs since past few days here in Hyderabad and the weather in general is not-so-good for any physical activity. I just want to curl up into bed and sleep for long hours without anybody reminding me of the never-ending to-do-list. Well, that's just a dream distant now, but one thing I can definitely do is pester my mom to make something delicious and just relax. At least I don't have to worry about some good food getting on to the plate. Isn't it.

Our dinner last night were these subtly spiced Paneer and Spinach Parathas and Oh my, these taste so so good. I just couldn't take off my hands as these parathas were flying off the griddle. But, there was a job (to photograph them) at hand. So, I quickly clicked a few and quietly enjoyed my meal. I was in food-heaven you see! :-)

Now it your turn to make these and Enjoy!

Paneer and Spinach Parathas with fried green chillies to give it a dhaba-like feel. 

{Recipe} Paneer and Spinach (Palak) Parathas 

Makes around 10-12 parathas


For the dough:

3 cups Whole wheat flour (atta)
1 bunch or 1 cup tightly packed of spinach leaves, roughly chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp olive oil (or ghee or any oil)

For the stuffing:

250 gms of paneer/indian cottage cheese, grated
2 small bunches of coriander or cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp amchur /dry mango powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
salt - to taste
1/2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

To serve as accompaniments - Fried green chillies, Yogurt, Pickle


1. Gently mix all ingredients listed under "For the stuffing". Keep aside.

grated Paneer Stuffing
2. Blend together spinach, lemon juice and 1/4 cup water until smooth. In a mixing bowl, add flour, salt, olive oil and spinach paste. Mix and knead until smooth dough by adding enough water. Make into lemon-sized portions.

3. Roll out each portion of the dough.

4. Place a tbsp of stuffing in the middle.

5. Seal all edges like you do for a dumpling.

6. Do the same for rest of the dough portions as well. It is important to not to roll out these stuffed dumplings immediately. Rest them for 5-10 mins.

7. Place sealed side down and gently roll out into a paratha.

8. Heat a griddle and cook both sides of the paratha with some oil or ghee. Repeat with rest of the parathas as well.

Fry some green chillies until charred and serve them as accompaniment to these parathas along with yogurt and pickle. Truly dhaba-style! :-)

Thank you Amma, I Love You.

Amma's recipes is a column on this blog, which is very close to my heart. These are the recipes which my mother perfected over many many years and reflects how awesome a cook she is. It is also fun to just photograph once in a while, without thinking about what and how to make a recipe, worrying whether it would turn out well or not. She Cooks, I Photograph. That is the deal. :-) If you guys have any question, do drop in a line or comment on this post. My mom will be more than happy to answer all of them.

until next time,

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  1. So yummy and nutritious paratha...nice clicks Siri

  2. Parathas are in my to-try list, maybe using some baby kale instead of spinach.

  3. what perfect looking thin parathas re... my parathas r nice but full of the stuffing... these look so good, i can have 4-5 of these... and such perfectly grated paneer! moms i tell ya! none can beat them!

  4. Its a perfect dish in a rainy season.

  5. So lucky to have your mom to share all this with. The rotis look so perfectly made.

  6. Nice siri, parathas looking colorful !!!!


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