Cheese paratha with coriander raita Recipe

Try this delicious gooey flat breads from north India.

  • Preparation
    10mins
  • Cooking time
    15mins
  • Rest time
    1hr
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Ingredients
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  • Part one of the recipe
  • Strong white bread flour : 200 g
  • Wholemeal flour : 200 g
  • Fine salt : 8 g
  • Water : 250 ml
  • Unsalted butter : 50 g
  • Olive oil : 2 Tbsp
  • Paneer cheese : 200 g
  • White cheddar : 200 g
  • Part two of the recipe
  • Greek yogurt : 200 g
  • Fresh coriander : 1 bunch
  • Maldon salt : 2 pinch(es)
Method
  • 1. PART ONE OF THE RECIPE

    Grate both of the cheeses
    Mix together the flours and salt, add the water, oil and mix to a dough. Knead on a clean work surface for about five minutes (don't use extra flour for kneading - it won't help and it will make your dough too dry). Shape into a ball and leave it to rest in a covered, clean bowl for at least 30 minutes, preferably about an hour - this allows the gluten to swell with water and makes the dough more elastic.

    Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 pieces. Shape these into balls,using your fingers fill the balls with both of the grated cheeses, then roll out with a rolling pin into circles about 2mm thick, lightly flouring the work surface and pin as you go to stop the dough sticking.
    Melt the butter.
    Heat a heavy based frying pan to medium hot, then cook the breads one at a time, turning every 30 seconds or so. When large bubbles start to appear, press then gently with a spatula - this will spread them and help the inside to puff up even more. The bread is ready when you can see no raw patches of dough. There should be some lightly scorched patches and plenty of big air pockets - sometimes they balloon up completely. Remove from the pan, brush with melted butter and either serve immediately or stack wrapped in a clean tea towel to keep them warm and soft.

  • 2. PART TWO OF THE RECIPE

    Discard the thickest stalks of the coriander, then blend with half the yoghurt until smooth. Blending loosens the yoghurt, so it is good to keep some back for stirring in by hand for a thicker finish.

    Transfer to a bowl, then carefully stir in the rest of the yoghurt and a little salt.

  • 3. TO SERVE

    Top the paratha with some of the raita.

Chef's tip

«The dough can be prepared well ahead. Portion into balls, lightly oil each one and keep them in a tray in the fridge, covered with clingfilm, for up to two days.»

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