Palak paneer rolls recipe – Kids’ friendly lunch or breakfast recipe of palak roti rolls stuffed with paneer. It’s been a long time since I shared some healthy recipes for kids, so will be sharing a few which I make for my kids and have been loved by them. I have 2 of the world’s most fussiest kids at home and often make recipes that yield healthy, filling and ofcourse delicious foods. This is one such recipe which has been used countless number of times for their lunch box or after school meal.
I agree this does take some time to make palak roti first but the filling doesn’t take much time and can be made in just 6 to 8 minutes. If you have kids who do not like to eat palak in the regular form like palak rice, palak dal, palak paneer etc, then this will be a good try. I have kept the recipe simple and this is how I make it. You can use more fresh shredded veggies if you have the time and patience.
Do not skip tomato in the recipe it binds the paneer well and prevents drying up. If you wish to limit the consumption of paneer , you can reduce the quantity of paneer and use veggies like bell pepper and green peas.
If making for the school box, I clean the palak the previous night. But make the puree and knead the dough in the morning. But making the puree and kneading the dough also can be done in the night and refrigerated.
Palak paneer rolls recipe below
- 1.5 cups atta / whole wheat flour
- 1.5 cups palak / spinach roughly 125 grams.
- ½ inch ginger or 1 to 2 garlic cloves
- garam masala (optional)
- 1 small green chili (optional, skip for kids)
- Salt as needed
- ¼ tsp cumin powder or crushed (optional)
- 1 to 2 tbsp. water to blend palak (optional)
- Oil for kneading
- Ghee for toasting
- 1.5 cups grated or crumbled paneer
- 1.5 tbsp oil
- ½ tsp cumin
- ¾ to 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 large ripe tomato pureed or finely chopped
- ½ tsp red chili powder (adjust as needed)
- ¼ tsp garam masala
- ½ tsp coriander powder
- Salt as needed
- Few coriander leaves chopped
- Few onion slices, carrots (optional)
- Wash and rinse palak well in ample water. Drain and puree with, ginger, garlic, little salt, cumin, green chili and garam masala. Transfer this to a mixing bowl and add whole wheat flour.
- Mix well and make a stiff dough. Add oil and knead it well until soft. Set aside.
- Heat a pan with oil and saute cumin until thy crackle.
- Saute ginger garlic paste until the raw smell goes away. Cook the tomato puree along with chili powder, salt and spice powders until the mixture thickens and the raw smell goes off.
- Add the crumbled paneer and mix well.
- Cook on a low heat for 2 to 3 mins until the paneer and tomato blends well. Add coriander leaves and stir.
- Divide the dough to 6 to 8 balls. Dust the rolling board and begin to roll the balls to roti.
- Heat a griddle until hot enough on a medium high flame. Transfer the roti to the tawa and cook just for 1 to 2 mins. Flip it and drizzle some oil or ghee and cook pressing down with a wooden spatula. The roti begins to puff, but not always. Cook on both the sides until the roti is cooked to golden brown spots.
- Add the stuffing towards one one half of the roti. Begin to roll tightly. Use a tooth pick to hold the roll in shape. You can also use foil to wrap them on one side to seal the stuffing inside. Keep palak paneer rolls covered until served.
How to make palak paneer roti rolls
1. To make the palak roti, Please refer the recipe card above or visit this link on palak paratha.
2. For the stuffing add oil to a pan and heat it. Allow cumin to crackle.
3. Add ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes off.
4. Add tomato puree or chopped tomatoes. Using puree quickens the cooking process.
5. Add red chili powder, salt, garam masala and coriander powder.
6. Cook until the puree thickens and the raw smell of tomatoes goes away. This only takes 2 to 3 mins.
7. Add paneer. To make home made fresh paneer, you can refer this post on paneer bhurji. Mix well.
8. Add coriander leaves. Check salt and spice and adjust as needed.
9. Cook covered on a low heat for just to 3 mins. Set this aside to cool.
10. Heat a tawa for toasting the roti.
11. Place the palak roti and begin to cook them on a high flame.
12. Just after 2 minutes, flip it and add ghee or oil.
13. Press with a wooden spoon to help the puff well.Cook on both the sides until completely done and golden to brown spots appear on the roti.
14. Place the prepared paneer, some sliced onions or carrots. Begin to roll from one end and bind together with a tooth pick.
Keep palak paneer rolls covered until served.