On Saturday I was busy kneading the atta dough and grating paneer to make paneer parathas for dinner and Adi asked her standard question.
Amma what’s for dinner? I proudly replied as “paneer parathas” as I don’t make stuffed parathas that often. The girl thought for a while and challenged me if I can turn them into Paneer poori. What an Idea Sirji? Something that never hit my dumb mind. I have neither tried this before nor googled about it. So, decided to just go for it. Surprisingly they came out pretty decent for the first try and it was a hit with Adi. what more do a mother need than seeing the child’s plate empty?
Here is the recipe if you are interested and you don’t know about this already. Honestly I never knew such a dish exists till I googled today out of curiosity so please to ignore all the zest in this post 😉 You know that feeling don’t you? when you figure out something of your own and it turns out to be good 😀 😀
1. Knead the atta. I have tried different ways in the past to make the chapathi soft like kneading with milk, warm water but nothing worked. The trick is to sprinkle water all over, gently spread the water around until the water is absorbed by all parts of flour making small lumps here and there and then knead them together for longer time. Keep kneading the dough for at least 5 or 10 minutes and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. I have learned this trick from different people and its working for me. My chapathi’s are softer than before I mean the texture is not like papad anymore :). For the records on most of the days our lunch dabba is packed with chapathi and vegetable/greens/pulses for the side.
2. Grate Paneer and add spices as required. I have added a pinch of turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin seeds and salt. You can as well add finely chopped green chillies, coriander leaves, chat masala or anything of your family’s like. Mix them well and let it sit for few minutes.
3. Take a small ball of dough, roll is to a little bigger than one rupee coin size.
4. Place the stuffing in the middle, close the dough on all sides, make it like a pouch and seal all edges. (the pic below was taken while making paratha’s so please ignore the jumbo size in pic). Keep the stuffing dry and place the sealed side on top while rolling to avoid the stuffing from peeping out. Another tip is to generously dip the dough in atta flour so the surface will not be sticky.
5. Roll the dough to poori size and let it rest for few minutes.
6. Now, its time to deep fry the rolled stuffed dough in oil. To my surprise the poori’s puffed up instantly 🙂
Tada Paneer poori is ready.
As Adi wiped off the last traces in her plate I asked for her verdict. She replied with **shrugging her shoulders** as “It was good mommy anyways it was my idea and you just used my idea”. Will I ever ask for her verdict again?
yay.. this post reminded me of “Aloo ki Kachori” or “Aloo Puri”… exactly same but the filling would be of Aloo 🙂
they look so yummy….. I’ll make them this weekend 🙂
aloo poori? I will try that soon.. enjoy the poori this weekend 🙂
yes in aloo poori, the aloo is boiled and mashed, just the way you would do it for aloo paratha….
Amma likes poori and I like paneer 🙂
going to try it yay yay yay
love ya 🙂
try try and let me know how it turns out.. enjoy food..
WAH! I love love love this recipe…errr…but I am too lazy to deep fry..so for me paneer parathas would work…Scribby sent me a similar recipe for paneer parathas… 🙂
poori or paratha doesn;t matter.. its the stuffing that makes it real yum 🙂 I loved them too.. go ahead and make it on this weekend RM
Wow.. Super Ani.. Will surely give it a try okay! 😀 And yes, the idea was Adi’s no and you JUST used her idea!! 🙂 🙂
you too SnS? I just used the idea it seems.. Looks like I need to have some talks with K&K 🙂 🙂
Hehe, she is so right! You just used her idea. So, all the credit for Poori’s success goes to darling Adi.
You know, Bengalis make similar Puris with Green Peas stuffing. It comes out super yummy.
😦 you too Seema? no credit for me? **throwing a tantrum now**
green peas stuffing? sounds interesting…:)
Sounds yummy :-)As Seema said even we make peas poori…am drooling now 🙂
interesting to know abt peas puri.. do you boil and mash peas for the stuffing?
One tiny ‘kuttu’ for the little girl 🙂
A big pat on the back for the amma! Will send Vyas over.. He loves poori, and he loves paneer!
thanks Vidya.. you are my savior 🙂
Would love to make special poori’s for Vyas.. send him over..
Wow! they look pretty easy and I can imagine since Adi gave the idea must be super tasty too 😀
Will surely give it a try soon 😀
yeah try it soon and let me know ME.. hmm its tasty only ‘coz of the little girl’s idea? too much yaar.. 😉
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Adi sure is one smart child 🙂 These look yummy! Although I think I will stick to paneer paranthas 🙂 Me and frying don’t go together 🙂
welcome here Smitha… I also usually stick to paranthas.. pooris are only for the little girl 🙂