Whole Wheat Paneer Kulcha

“Kulcha” is a type of leavened flatbread. It is a popular dish in North Indian Cuisine and is served with spicy veg or non-veg curries such as Chole, Chicken Masala, Curd, Raita, Pickle or Dal Makhani. It is made in the big clay tandoor. Usually, it is not made as a daily food in houses but is served in restaurants because it requires big clay tandoor or oven to make. People eat the non-leavened flat bread such as roti, chapati or parathas daily at home. Kulchas can be made plain or with different stuffings such as paneer, potato, mix vegetables.

I have made kulcha stuffed with paneer (cottage cheese). Since we do not have the clay tandoors at home, I have made it on tava and roasted it on the open gas flame.  Making it on the tava and then roasting it on open flame gives the same taste and texture. It is easy to make. The process of making Paneer Kulcha has three steps:

  1. Kneading dough
  2. Making paneer stuffing
  3. Rolling and roasting the kulcha

The Kulcha is made from refined flour or maida. But since I wanted to make it more healthy I have used less maida and more whole-wheat flour. The Paneer Kulcha made with whole wheat flour is soft even when cold.

The spices in the paneer stuffing can be adjusted. If you require more then add chopped green chili and more red chili powder. I have sprinkled kalonji or nigella seeds while rolling the kulcha. You can replace it with white or black sesame seeds if Kalonji is not available. I have served the kulcha with boondi raita for a lazy Sunday lunch. You can serve it with curry or dal of your choice and with different pickles. It tastes equally good with butter. It can be served during breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I am sharing with you the step by step video and photo of the above recipe.


Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
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Whole Wheat Paneer Kulcha

A leavened flat bread made with whole wheat flour and stuffed with spicy paneer filling. It is made on tava and then roast on open gas flame.
Course Breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 7 minutes
Servings 6 kulcha
Calories 254kcal

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1.75 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour maida
  • 1/4 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 3/4 cup water or more if required to knead dough

Paneer Stuffing

  • 400 gm cottage cheese paneer, grated
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 1 tsp red chili powder or more if required
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder roasted
  • 2 tbsp coriander chopped
  • salt as needed

Rolling and Roasting

  • 1/2 cup coriander chopped
  • 2 tbsp nigella seeds kalonji
  • water for brushing
  • butter for applying on kulcha
  • flour for dusting while rolling kulcha

Instructions

Dough

  • Take whole wheat flour in a bowl.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Add all purpose flour or maida to it. Mix it well.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Add soda, baking powder, salt and sugar to it.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Add oil.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Add yogurt to it. Mix them well.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Now add water and start kneading into a smooth dough. Use more water if required to knead the dough.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Smoothen the dough with oil.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Cover the dough for 2 hours with damp cloth and keep in a warm place.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha

Paneer stuffing

  • Take grated paneer in a dish. Add chat masala, red chili powder, jeera powder and salt.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Add chopped coriander to it.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Mix them well and make dough.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Make equal portions and make six balls from it.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha

Rolling and Roasting Kulcha

  • After two hours, remove the cloth and knead the dough again to smoothen it.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Make equal size balls from the dough.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Now take a ball and flatten it with hands.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Place paneer ball in it and start pleating the edges together.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Seal the edges properly and roll the ball.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Now flatten again and sprinkle kalonji and chopped coriander over it.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Press them well. Flip it.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Dust with flour and roll the kulcha in the oval shape. Apply water over it.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Carefully remove the kulcha and place the water side on the heated tava. After two minutes the bubbles with start to form.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Now flip the tava with kulcha over flame and try to cook on all sides moving the tava in all directions. The kulcha will start to puff up.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • The Kulcha has puffed up.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Apply butter over it.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • Kulcha is ready.Gently remove and serve.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha
  • I have served it with boondi raita.
    Whole wheat Paneer Kulcha

Notes

Note:
The dough for making kulcha can be made using entire all purpose flour.
Use 50:50 ratio of whole wheat flour : all purpose four.
Use entire whole wheat flour .
The filling for the kulcha can be varied. Use potatoes or mixed vegetables or onions instead.
I have used only 1/4 th cup of all purpose flour for making dough.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 6.8mg

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