Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Paneer Kulcha | Easy Indian Bread Recipes

Paneer Kulcha
I was always a Butter-Naan person when it came to ordering Indian breads in restaurants.Yes,the dripping with butter and soft and fluffy naans to mop up the yummilicious Paneer Butter Masala would take me to food nirvana.No amount of teasing from Ajay about fat and calories would stop me from having it,in my defense I'd say we don't eat it daily!

I think it was during one of those rare days when I felt like ordering something new I tasted a Kulcha.When it reached our table it was hot and puffy and was all I hoped for and more.Soft and fluffy and slathered with butter and filled with a mixture of paneer and onions,what's not there to like?
Paneer Kulcha
I'd been wanting to try it at home since a long time.It doesn't require Yeast and is leavened using baking powder or baking soda.You can of course make it plain or stuff it with paneer or onions or spiced potato masala.It tastes great with any north indian curry,particularly Chole.I'd made Malai Kofta and should say it is indeed a delicious combination.

Paneer Kulcha

Ingredients

All purpose flour/Maida - 2 cups
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 3/4 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Yogurt - 1 tbsp
Milk as required to make the dough

For the paneer filling

Paneer - 100 gms,grated
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Fresh coriander leaves - 1 tbsp,chopped
Salt to taste

Method

For the dough 
Paneer Kulcha 
Mix together all the dry ingredients and mix in enough milk and knead into a smooth dough.
Paneer Kulcha 
Cover the dough with a damp towel and keep aside for an hour.
For the filling  
Paneer Kulcha 
Mix together all the ingredients.Divide into 5 portions and shape into a smooth ball.
Making the kulcha  
Paneer Kulcha 
Divide 5 portions of the dough and shape into smooth balls.Starting with one roll into a thick poori sized shape.
Keep the paneer filling in the middle and close the sides carefully making sure the filling is covered from all sides.Shape into round discs and rest it for 10-15 minutes.Repeat the procedure with the rest of the filling.
Paneer Kulcha 
Flatten the balls into thin kulchas using enough flour to dust,without giving much pressure so that the filling inside stays intact.
Paneer Kulcha 
Heat a chapathi tawa and cook the kulchas till golden brown on both sides adding enough ghee/oil/butter to taste.The kulchas will puff up beautifully creating pockets inside which would make it fluffy.
Paneer Kulcha
 Serve hot.


18 comments :

  1. Even I am Butter Naan person and that too with PBM and ofcourse I love butter kulchas too..love the paneer stuffed kulcha..yummy

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  2. Been looking for a no-yeast kulcha recipe and here it is! Yeah, would love to eat it with butter,paneer too, we don't eat it everyday after all! ;)

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  3. seriously yummy :) i am not a butter naan person :) where us i always order stuffed parantha !

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  4. The kulcha looks very yummy. They have puffed up so well on the Tawa. I feel like digging into them straightaway. BTW Divya did you studay in agnes Mangalore?

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    1. Thanks.No,I did my studies in Cochin,Kerala.

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  5. wow... kulchas look fantastic... must have tasted awesome... :)

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  6. ummm drooling will try this sometime,,

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  7. Yummy.. It's easy & also healthy when prepared at home..

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  8. Wow..the last pic is making me drool. Very well prepared dear

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  9. Yummm drooling here. I had been following ur blog for quite sometym.itz really awesome. I would like to request a recepie from you Can u post the recepie for strawberry short cake plx.

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    1. I'll keep your request in mind Shalini.Unfortunately Strawberries are not in season for the time being!

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  10. Superb clicks n just love the recipe

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  11. I always wanted to try kulchas at home, perfectly made kulchas, yummy :)

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  12. wow!! loved the way it have fluffed up !! gorgeous kulchas.

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Divya.

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