Paneer / Cottage cheese stuffed Parathas
Hi friends! Paneer Paratha is one of the many popular paratha varieties . Its an all time favorite paratha at home .
Preparation Time : 15-20 minutes
Cooking time : 5-10 minutes
Servings : 6
Main Ingredients:Whole wheat flour / atta, 250 gms paneer/ cottage cheese
Cuisine:North Indian / Punjabi
Course:Breakfast , Breads
Level Of Cooking:Medium
- 250 gms paneer /fresh cottage cheese
- 3 cups Whole wheat flour / atta
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
- Green chilli 2 (finely chopped)
- Ginger 1/2 inch piece (finely grated)
- 1 tsp roasted and powdered geera seeds / cumin seed
- 1 tsp or Salt to taste
- 2 tbsps pure ghee / olive oil for shallow frying
- Red chilli 1/4 teaspoon
Take atta / Whole wheat flour in a bowl, mix water , little at a time and knead a dough. Add enough water to make a firm dough (not too soft not too hard). Keep aside, covered for ten to fifteen minutes.
Grate paneer in a bowl, add finely chop coriander leaves , ginger, green chilies, cumin powder, and salt .
Divide dough in medium-sized balls, roll out each ball into a medium thick chapatti using dry flour for dusting. Put the paneer mixture in the middle of the rolled chapatti and close from all sides. press on your palm.
Sprinkle a little flour on top, and roll out the stuffed dough gently, taking care not to break it. Heat a tawa / Griddle and cook the paratha on both sides.
Shallow fry both sides to golden, using a little ghee. Serve hot with a blob of butter.
Serve hot with a bowl of curd / yogurt and chili pickle/ fresh coriander chutney for best results!
Health benefits of Cottage cheese / paneer :
Cottage cheese provides many health benefits, including a high protein content, as well as significant calcium, phosphorus, and potassium contents, and it can be used for weight management.
Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer: The calcium and vitamin D found in dairy products, especially in cottage cheese, reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Rich in Protein: One of the biggest benefits of cottage cheese is the high amount of casein protein found in it. It is believed that cow’s milk contains the highest amount of casein protein among various milks. The amount of protein contained in cottage cheese is ideal for vegetarians in supplying them with the required amount of daily protein. Cottage cheese does not require any amount of cooking and it can be consumed directly.
Best Foods for Pregnant Women: Cottage cheese is recommended for pregnant women along with athletes due to various essential nutrients found in it.
Rich Source of B-Complex Vitamins: B-complex vitamins found in cottage cheese are helpful in various metabolic activities in our bodies. Some of them include vitamin B12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin, and folate.
-Vitamin B12 is needed for proper brain functioning and helps in absorbing iron.
-Riboflavin helps in converting carbohydrates into energy.
-Pantothenic Acid acts as a synthesizer that helps in forming proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids in our body.
-Thiamin helps in converting sugars into energy in the pyruvate dehydrogenase system.
-Niacin, on the other hand plays an important role in digestion, energy production, and cholesterol reduction.
-Folate helps in fetal development in pregnant women, helps in producing red blood cells and keeps the heart healthy.
Strengthens Bones: Calcium is one of the major elements associated with milk and their products. Some of the benefits of calcium-rich foods include bone strengthening and weight loss.
Heart-Friendly and Maintains Blood Sugar Levels: Cottage cheese is a good source of magnesium. In the human body, most of the magnesium is concentrated in our bones. Magnesium also acts as a catalyst, promotes biochemical reactions, activates various enzymes in the body, maintains muscle and nerve functioning, and supports the immune system. It helps in maintaining blood sugar levels and prevents heart attacks, constipation, psychiatric disorders, migraine, and collagen.
Prevents Strokes and Controls Anxiety: Apart from other nutrients, cottage cheese contains potassium. Potassium acts as a fluid-balancing element in the body and is an important component in neural activities of the muscle and brain. It also relieves muscle cramps. Intake of potassium on a regular basis prevents the risk of getting brain stroke, since it lowers blood pressure and the contraction of vessels. It is also helpful in decreasing stress levels and anxiety. Potassium, along with sodium, act as electrolytes, but potassium does not have the side effects of sodium such as increased blood pressure and cardiovascular stress.
Improves Biological Functions: Zinc found in cottage cheese is about 4% of the daily recommended value. In the human body, it is found in the brain, muscles, bones, kidneys, liver, prostate, and eyes. It helps in the metabolism of DNA and RNA. Zinc is one of the trace elements whose presence in our body helps in improving the immune system, digestion, diabetes control, fights stress and anxiety, cures night blindness, improves ocular health, prevents appetite loss, prevents prostate disorder, fights various infections and also acts as an antioxidant.
Improves Digestion: Cottage cheese contains phosphorous, which plays a major role in the formation of DNA and RNA. It is a major component in forming bones along with calcium. Phosphates also help in digestion, excretion, and in the production and extraction of energy in the cells.
Antioxidant Properties: Selenium is a trace element found in cottage cheese. It is required in very small quantities, not more than 50 mcg to 70 mcg in adults. Selenium is useful as an antioxidant that protects cells and DNA from damage. It is also believed that an optimum intake of selenium-rich foods reduces the risk of prostate cancer. New study suggests that a diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer.
Quick Serving Tips
Salad– Add chopped/grated cottage cheese to salads such as green salads and tuna salads.
Omelet– Add chopped cottage cheese and vegetables to the egg mixture for making a delicious omelet.
Curries/Stew– Cottage cheese can be used for making stew/curries, along with meat and vegetables.
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