Paneer Calzone (Whole Wheat)

Posted: April 16, 2013 in Bread and Pizza, Italian
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Sundays are generally boring and lazy for me and my hubby. Personally I don’t want to cook full fledged Indian meal. Luckily, Calzone or Pizza comes to the rescue as it is easy to make and satisfies the tummy :). That’s one of the reasons why we like Calzone. It is defined as a “half-moon shaped stuffed pizza” originated in Naples, Italy. It is made with dough similar as pizza and the fillings can include meats, vegetables or cheese. During baking, the pizza dough swells somewhat until it resembles a “stuffed stocking”, the literal translation of word Calzone. It may be baked or deep-fried. They are typically served with marinara sauce as side dip or as a topping. In this experiment, I have ‘Indianized’ this Italian recipe by stuffing it with Paneer (Cottage Cheese) mixed with Indian spices along with some Italian herbs. If you don’t want to make the pizza dough with all purpose flour for health reasons then you can try it with whole wheat flour, as I did. It was as delicious as the original pizza dough would call for it.

Ingredients :-

For the Calzone Dough

Whole Wheat flour
1 and 1/2 cup
All purpose flour
1/2 cup
Lukewarm Milk
3/4 cup
Rapid Rise Yeast
1 1/4 teaspoon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 teaspoon
3/4 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon
Dried Parsley Leaves
1 teaspoon
Sweet Basil Leaves, dried 1 teaspoon
Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon

For the Filling :-

Cottage Cheese (Paneer), Crumbled
2 cups
All purpose flour
1/2 cup
1 tablespoon
Onion, Finely Chopped
1 medium
Tomato, Finely Chopped
1 large
Tomato Ketchup
2 tablespoon
Ginger Garlic Paste
1 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder
1/2 teaspoon
Pickled Jalapenos, Cut in pieces to taste
Garam Masala 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon
Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup
to taste

Method :-

For the Shell :-

  • Dissolve yeast, salt and sugar in the milk and keep it aside for about 10-15  minutes until it gets frothy.
  • In a medium bowl take take whole wheat and all purpose flour. Mix dried parsley leaves, basil leaves and garlic powder. Mix it well. Make a well in the middle and pour the yeast mixture and olive oil into that well. Knead the mixture to form a soft dough. If the dough is very soft add some more flour. Knead for 5-6 minutes till the dough becomes smooth.
  • Pour some olive oil on the surface of the dough and coat it well so that dough does not stick. Cover it with a wet kitchen towel or wet tissue paper and keep it aside for 1 – 1.5 hrs in a warm place till it doubles in size. I generally keep it under the sun (summer) or in oven with lights on (winter).

For the Filling :-

  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and saute it till onion turn brown in color.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute it for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook it until it becomes mushy.
  • Add red chilli powder and garam masala and stir for more 2 minutes. Add the ketchup and paneer and mix for 4-5 minutes. Add in lemon juice, mix it well and keep it aside.

Assembling :-

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Take the dough and punch out the air.
  • Grease a non stick pizza pan or cookie pan. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. On a lightly floured surface roll each piece into a circle of about 6″ diameter.
  • Place the paneer mixture on half of the circle making sure that the edges of semi circle are free. Top with some grated cheese and pickled jalapenos pieces. Moisten the edges and carefully fold the filling over free half so that it forms a semi circle. Seal the edges by pressing it with fork. Make slits on top to allow the steam to escape.
  • Bake in oven for about 20 – 25 minutes till it turns golden brown in color. Take it out and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Cut it half and serve it with marinara sauce or tomato ketchup.Enjoy!

Paneer calzone

Note :-

  • You can brush the top of  calzone with some olive oil. It will enhance the taste and look. I forgot to do that.
  • Use your imagination by using any  number of ingredients for filling like spinach, mushroom, bell pepper, green peas, meat etc.
  • To beat the time you can use store bought pizza dough instead of making it from scratch. 
  • You can also deep fry Calzone instead of baking them. They must be fried over a medium flame till they are golden brown on both sides.
  1. singhsupriya says:

    Thank You all for liking!! I really appreciate it!

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