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?
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.
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
For the dough
Mix together all the dry ingredients and mix in enough milk and knead into a smooth dough.
Cover the dough with a damp towel and keep aside for an hour.
For the filling
Mix together all the ingredients.Divide into 5 portions and shape into a smooth ball.
Making the 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.
Flatten the balls into thin kulchas using enough flour to dust,without giving much pressure so that the filling inside stays intact.
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.