Dates Cottage Cheese Paratha

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This is a healthy and yummy Paratha loaded with the goodness of dates. This innovative recipe was passed on to me by my Mom :). I have made this twice at home, and it has always been a hit 🙂

Makes: Around 14 Parathas

Note: This recipe is tagged as a toddler friendly recipe, but when you offer this paratha to your toddler, make sure that the dates cheese mixture is soft and chewable for them

Ingredients

  • For covering
    • 3 cups wheat flour
    • 1-2 tsp melted ghee for kneading
    • Water, as required
    • Ghee for shallow frying
  • For the filling
    • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
    • 1 1/2 cup seedless dates, finely chopped
    • 1 1/2 tbsp finely grated coconut
    • 3/4 cup cottage cheese (You can substitute with finely crumbled paneer as well)
    • 1 tbsp finely powdered walnuts (Optional)
    • 1/2 tbsp sugar for making the walnut powder
    • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom

Method

For the covering

  • I used kitchen aid stand mixer to make the dough, but you can make the dough with a food processor or with hand as well. While kneading the dough, add melted ghee and mix well. Knead well with water and keep covered for sometime

For the filling

  • Cook the dates in cream on medium flame

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  • Keep stirring the dates while they cook and continue this until the dates become pulpy

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  • Add the coconut to the dates mixture and set aside for cooling
  • Powder the walnuts to make a fine powder. In order to make a fine paste, you can add some sugar to the walnuts while grinding
  • Mash cottage cheese and cardamom to a fine paste
  • Add the powdered walnuts, cottage cheese and cardamom paste to the dates and coconut mixture
  • IMG_0184Shape into balls and keep aside

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Making the Paratha

  • Make equal number of balls with the flour
  • Roll out each ball into a small puri and place the filling in the center
  • IMG_0186Cover the dough with the filling
  • IMG_0188Roll out again to make a circular shape
    • Note: Do not try to shape it into a very thin circle as the filling might ooze out. Instead of using a rolling pin, you can also use your hands to shape the dough or place the dough between two sheets of cling wrap of wax paper and press it with a round bowl, to make a circle

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  • Heat a non-stick tava or griddle and grease it with some ghee
  • Cook the Paratha using a little ghee till it turns golden brown on both sides

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  • Repeat with the remaining dough and filling

Serve hot and enjoy 🙂 You can snack on these Parathas without any side dish as it tastes good by itself 🙂

Few tips:

  • The Parathas taste best when they are hot, so keep them warm in a casserole , so microwave for few seconds before serving
  • Do not try to shape the dough into a very thin circle, as the filling may ooze out
  • You can substitute walnuts with any other nuts like peanut or cashew nut
  • If you would like your Parathas to be sweeter, then you can add 1/8 cup sugar
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