July 20, 2012

Paneer Tikka Frankie | Cottage cheese stuffing in wholewheat bread (Step by Step recipe)

Kids do teach you a thing or two about life. Last week,while surfing channels on television in what was a rare "I-me" moment,I came across a Tamil Cookery show that showed this easy way to make wraps and rolls for kids. My daughter who had been deprived of her daily quota of Chota Bheem (a popular kids show) remarked “You just watch these things, never make it.” Although she had mentioned this earlier in the past, her steely determined eyes said she was serious this time. And what better way to prove “Actions are better than words” than to make these yummy Panner Tikka Frankie for her lunch – she was speechless as Paneer is truly her favourite, in any form !!

So, both the battle and the war won.Happy faces ensure happy moms, don’t they? J You can play around with the filling for this and also use Maida / APF (which I didn’t) for the outer covering. Makes for a healthy, filling snack and a great option for lunchboxes too. Who said healthy can’t be tasty ?

A tad late for the BM # 18 day 3, but this dish goes under “Stuffed Dishes”. The last 2 days saw me dishing out - Mooli-Paneer Paratha & Grilled Sandwich with Oven roasted tomatoesOff to the recipe now.

Prep time – 15 mins  + Marinade time – 10 mins
Cook time – 15 mins
Serves – 2
Difficulty level - Medium


For the covering:
  • Wholewheat flour – 1 cup
  • Ghee / clarified butter – ½ tsp
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Warm water – as required
  • Oil – to pan roast – about 2 TBSP max

  • Panner cubes – ½ cup
  • Besan / Gram flour – 3 TBSP
  • Bell pepper – ½ cup (juilennned) – I had all 3 colours so used them
  • Onion – ½ cup – finely minced
  • Olive Oil – 1 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste
  • Tomato Ketchup  - 1 TBSP (optional)
  • Dry masala powders – each ½ tsp :
  • Chaat masala, Amchur, Garam Masala, Red Chilli powder, Kashmiri mirch powder
  • Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) – ½ TBSP – crushed
  • Yoghurt – 2 TBSP
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp

To prepare the marinade: Mix Paneer cubes, besan, salt, dry masala powders, yoghurt, kasuri methi well in a large bowl and set aside for 10 mins

For the outer covering: Make a dough of wholewheat flour, salt and ghee with warm water similar to a chapati dough. You may use Maida also or mix APF & Wholewheat if you prefer.

To prepare the filling: 
Heat olive oil in a non stick pan. Fry the onions till they turn pink. Saute the bell pepper till they are just crisp. Add salt and the marinated paneer and cook for a further 5 – 8 mins till the oil leaves the mixture and the yoghurt dries up leaving the mixture semi dry. Now add the tomato ketchup and stir for 1 more min. Turn off the flame and finish with lemon juice. The mixture should be dry but not too dry and the paneer cubes (if using frozen) need to have softened now, but not mushy or crumbly.

To assemble:
Pinch small balls of the dough. Roll out like a small chapatti. Roast on a hot tava for 20 secs only on each side withoutoil. Remove to a dry plate. Add 1 TBSP of the filling, quickly seal on both sides and put it back on the hot tava. Drizzle ¼ to ½ tsp oil and roast for further 45 – 90 secs. Flip on to a serving plate and secure with a tooth pick and serve. Repeat for rest of the dough till the filling lasts.


  1. This such a delicious and healthy frankie ...

  2. hahaha kids r like tht

    my kids wud also say same mom u just watch u dont make

    and now i make new dishes from here there they r happy

    this looks really great

  3. Wow ! That's a perfect Frankie !!! Yummy !!!


  4. Kids can be so determined ha? Looks so good Kalyani. I love paneer and this is perfect lunch for me.

  5. My daughter loves this as well..

  6. love it..nice for a snack or even lunch..

  7. Wat an irresistible and my kind of frankie,wish to have rite now.

  8. I too saw this particular program and had been wanting to make it...will be trying it out soon...
    Yours look very delicious

  9. Such a filling and healthy dish.Looks delicious...

  10. That is such a filling frankie!

    Thanks for linking it to dish it out event. Could you please add a link back to my announcement page & Vardhini's page.

  11. I just had lunch. and now i am feeling hungy for this paneer frankie

  12. Awesome Frankie... love in it

  13. frankies are a very regular weekly dinner at our place..just that I change the stuffings ..the paneer of course is at a hit list!!

  14. Looks so yummy Kalyani!! :)

  15. truly a kid's delight, Kalyani!

  16. Reminds me all those times in front of the frankie cart waiting for the hot frankie right out of the tava..this dish makes me want some right now :)


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