Paneer Kulchas... Indian Bread Stuffed with Cottage Cheese:) A lazy Sunday Offering!

I got into making Kulchas, enthused by the ones we had eaten in the various Indian joints. I have experimented with various fillings and this one has been our favourite lazy lunches. Just the kulchas and the mint chutney (mint sauce). If you try it, you will understand why.

For the Kulcha Dough: (Sanjeev Kapoor)

Refined Flour - 2 cups
Baking Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Soda Bicarbonate - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Milk - 1/2 cup
Yoghurt - 1 tablespoon
Oil - 2 tablespoon
Melted Ghee (Clarified Butter) - as required, to smear on top.

For the Filling:
Cottage Cheese (Paneer) - 200 grams, grated
Green Chillies, Chopped - 2
Fresh Coriander - 2 tablepoons
Onion, Chopped Fine - 1 medium

Mix the flour with baking powder, soda bicarbonate and salt. Sift it all together once. Add the milk, yoghurt and the sugar into the sifted flour.

Mix it, adding the water and knead it into a medium soft dough. Brush the oil on the dough (don't worry if it seems like a bit too much oil, we are not adding any more oil while cooking and the clarified butter part is optional). Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for one hour.
Mix all the ingredients for the filling together.

Take the dough, after an hour, punch and knead for a minute. Take a lemon sized ball of the dough and place on a lightly floured worktop. Flatten slightly. Place a portion of the filling in the centre and gather the edges together and seal. Flatten each ball with your hand and roll into a round, using a rolling pin. Put it on a hot griddle and cook them on both sides for 3 to 4 minutes (no oil is required for the cooking).

Remove from the griddle and brush with melted clarified butter. Serve hot with a mint sauce/chick pea curry/salad.

Not necessary that you need all the accessories mentioned, to serve the kulchas. They can be eaten as it is, too. The softest, loveliest bread that is good enough to eat on its own!

 Lots of love and happiness:)


Anu said…
hmmm yum kulcha.
Sangeeta Madhav said…
Thanks so much anu! For always being there with a lovely word or two:)
Shilpakiran said…
super clicks and thanks for step to step method ..looks so tempting ..thanks for sharing
Rekha said…
I am a kulcha fan and I am making this today! I don't know how to thank you for making this recipe look so simple and wonderful!
Sangeeta Madhav said…
Oh! You are most most welcome!
woow. kulchas looks absolutely divine.
Shanthi said…
Very yummy...looks perfect. Would like to have it now...

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