Here's a recipe for Paneer Kulcha, a popular Indian bread stuffed with paneer (Indian cottage cheese):
For the Kulcha Dough:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (maida)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons oil
- Water as needed
- In a mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add yogurt and oil to the bowl. Mix well.
- Gradually add water and knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth. The dough should be slightly sticky.
- Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for about 2 hours, allowing it to ferment.
For the Paneer Filling:
- 200 grams paneer, crumbled or grated
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 green chili, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
- Salt to taste
- In a mixing bowl, combine crumbled paneer, chopped onion, green chili, coriander leaves, cumin powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
For Assembling and Cooking the Paneer Kulcha:
- Butter or ghee for brushing
- Dry flour for dusting
- Divide the dough into equal-sized balls. Take one dough ball and flatten it with your hands.
- Place a portion of the paneer filling in the center of the flattened dough.
- Bring the edges of the dough together to seal the filling and form a ball. Gently flatten the ball with your hands.
- Dust the flattened dough ball with dry flour and roll it out into a flatbread of medium thickness, around 6-7 inches in diameter.
- Heat a tawa or griddle over medium heat. Place the rolled kulcha on the tawa and cook for a minute or until bubbles start to appear on the surface.
- Flip the kulcha and cook the other side for a minute.
- Brush some butter or ghee on both sides of the kulcha and cook for another minute or until it turns golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the kulcha from the tawa and serve hot.
- Repeat the process with the remaining dough balls and paneer filling to make more kulchas.
Your homemade Paneer Kulcha is now ready to be served. It pairs well with chole (chickpea curry) or any other curry of your choice. Enjoy the soft and flavorful paneer-filled kulchas.