Ricotta Cheese stuffed Parathas – Whole wheat flatbreads stuffed with cheese , potatoes and spices!

I had a whole tub of Ricotta cheese sitting in the Fridge. This is not one measly tub , mind you! One whole big tub of this equals to nearly 3 cups of cheese… Sigh ! Costco shopping can be quite dangerous to me. And to the Fridge ! And to the waistline.. I mean there is only so much kalakkand and caramel cheese fudge I can make..

So there I was staring at the fridge and literally looking at the tub of Ricotta cheese and thinking – I did not buy that ! But you do what you have to do. And dinner was calling in a couple of hours . And necessity is the mother of invention ! With a little help because of the near bare contents of the fridge and little chemistry and more of if-you-are-hungry-you-can-eat-anything-, this one was made.

In any case , this one thing I created on the whim became a huge – I mean it guys… HUGE, HUMONGOUS hit at home !

Ricotta cheese is a bit like the modeling clay you can get in your hands. A blank slate to create what strikes your fancy. This time the tub of cheese became wonderful stuffed Parathas.

This one was awesome and the recipe is a sure shot keeper…

Prep time : 30-45 min   Dough resting time: 1 hr       Cooking time : 45 min      Serves :6- 8

Ingredients:

For the Stuffing:

  • Ricotta cheese : 3 cups cheese,
  • Boiled Potato : 2-3
  • Grated ginger : 1 tsp
  • Turmeric : 1 tsp
  • Salt : 1-1.5 tsp
  • Green Chillies or Chilli powder : Added to taste and spice level
  • Coriander – Jeera powder : 1.5 tsp
  • Garam masala (Optional) : 1.5 tsp.
  • Kasuri Methi : 1 tsp. Crushed well.

For the Dough:

  • Whole wheat flour: 3.5 cups
  • Ajwain : 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric powder / Haldi : 1/2 tsp
  • Kashmiri Chilli pwder : 1/2 tsp
  • Salt : 1/2 tsp.
  • Oil : 1-2 Tsp.
  • Very warm water : 1.5 cup + as required

Prep work :

For the stuffing:

  • The ricotta cheese I used, was very very moist and there fore I emptied it out on a wide Corelle bowl, whisked it well and microwaved it for about 7 min initially. The idea is to get rid of the moisture in it, if not we will have a soggy mess on our hands. Since the quantity was nearly 3 cups to begin with, it took me an additional 7 min in intervals to achieve the granular structure of cheese. Now remember , you don’t want it turn brown at all. So keep an eye on it and cook it in stages. Soon you will have very soft and granular cheese. Objective achieved!
  • Boil or pressure cook the potato.
  • Mash them all together with the spices and make 16-18 round big lemon sized balls/globes out of these. 

For the Dough:

  • Knead the flour to get a nice soft pliable dough. Oil the surface of the dough and rest it for atleast an hour.
  • Make about 16-18 sized big globes out of these and keep them covered.
Ricotta Cheese stuffed Parathas - Whole wheat flatbreads stuffed with cheese , potatoes and spices!
Ricotta Cheese stuffed Parathas – Whole wheat flatbreads stuffed with cheese , potatoes and spices!

 

Making the stuffed Parathas:

  • Roll out the dough globe ( by dipping it into the flour if required . Usually dusting the surface of the workspace does the trick ) to a about 5 inches in size or so.
  • Place the smaller globe of stuffing mix in it and cover it . The idea is to tent it beautifully and seams need to be overlapping .
  • Roll it out gently to get a nice big sized disc of about 10-12 inches of size.
  • Heat a flat griddle, and shallow fry it with a tsp of oil on both sides.
  • Serve the sizzling hot brown flat bread stuffed with yummy goodness of cheese, potatoes and spices with a dollop of butter, a side of yoghurt and some delish mixed veg pickle.
  • Pack on the yummy power!
Ricotta Cheese stuffed Parathas - Whole wheat flatbreads stuffed with cheese , potatoes and spices!
Ricotta Cheese stuffed Parathas – Whole wheat flatbreads stuffed with cheese , potatoes and spices!

Moong Dal Stuffed Paratha ( Flat breads stuffed with awesome spiced Moong Dal mélange)

Of Ninjas, Parathas and More..

A3 ( my youngest) can be a bouncy ball of energy! Do imagine this wiry 6 year old with enough spunk to get you grinning through the day, devoted to his older brother and coddled by his sister. This little tyke can keep himself entertained through the day without much . When he did turn 6, my neighbor and awesome friend, SP dropped in to wish him and presented him with his much coveted TMT wares. That’s it guys, we struck gold ! Which also means we were subjected to the glory of the teenage mutant ninja turtles morning, noon and night.. For a short time, atleast!

Well, we rediscovered it a few weeks later and A3 was in his full on glory. So mommy dearest, decided to make protein loaded dinner to fuel up the imaginations some more..

Protein power for the little one
Protein power for the little one

Moong Dal Stuffed Paratha ( Flat breads stuffed with awesome spiced Moong Dal mélange)

Prep time : 35 min  – 50 min            Cooking time : 30- 45 min          Serves : 4-6

Ingredients:

For the Stuffing:

  • Skinned / yellow Moong dal : 1/2 cup
  • Whole green Moong dal : 2/3 cup
  • Potato : 1
  • Grated ginger : 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric : 1/2 tsp
  • Salt : 1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies or chilli powder : Added to taste and spice level
  • Coriander – Jeera powder : 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder (Optional) : 1 tsp.

For the Dough:

  • Whole wheat flour: 3 cups
  • Ajwain : 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric powder / haldi : 1/2 tsp
  • Salt : 1/2 tsp.
  • Oil : 1-2 Tsp.
  • Very warm water : 1 cup + as required

Prep work :

For the stuffing:

  • Boil or pressure cook the dals and the potato.
  • Mash them all together with the spices and make 12-14 round big lemon sized balls/globes out of these.

For the Dough:

  • Knead the flour to get a nice soft pliable dough. Oil the surface of the dough and rest it for atleast an hour.
  • Make about 12-14 sized big globes out of these and keep them covered.

Making the stuffed parathas:

  • Roll out the dough globe ( by dipping it into the flour if required . Usually dusting the surface of the workspace does the trick ) to  about 5 inches in diameter or so.
Delicious stuffing
Delicious stuffing
  • Place the smaller globe of stuffing mix in it and cover it . The idea is to tent it beautifully and seams need to be overlapping .
  • Roll it out gently to get a nice big sized disc of about 10-12 inches of size. Make sure the stuffing does not split out the sides 🙂
On the griddle !
On the griddle !
  • Heat a flat griddle, and shallow fry it with a tsp of oil on both sides.
Cooking away!
Cooking away!
  • Serve the sizzling hot brown flat bread stuffed with yummy goodness of lentils with a dollop of butter, a side of yoghurt and some delish tomato pickle.

Pack on the protein power!

Waiting to be devored!
Waiting to be devored!
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