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Monday, December 16, 2013

Aloo-Paneer Kulcha -Stove Top Method | Yeast Free


Eleven years ago, as a bride, when I was asked to make my first presence in my Hubby's kitchen pad I had noticed few plates, brand new Belan- Chakla (Rolling pin- Board) and few utensils. Rest of the kitchen was looking like a storage boxes go down. He was practically living on Home Delivery service. So all the plastic containers were scattered around, I quickly started cleaning and arranging the white plastic containers. Many went out of the window within an hour. Hubby sheepishly asked if I can make chapatis? I assured him he will get it on the table soon but not tonight ! Next day I took my maid's help who was a very good cook. I learnt the art of making round chapatis from her. Thank you Kohinoor :-) 

Today I have come a long way as I am good at making many stuffed flatbreads /parathas and kulchas too. I had asked my friends on Facebook what should I post next guess what ?? 90% said Kulcha Stove Top Method !! I just did a minor change after watching a television show ( Sanjeev Kapoor ke Kitchen Khiladi) where once the chef added Soda instead of baking soda for instant fizz. 

Ingredients:
2 cups All purpose flour
3 tbsp Curd
1/2 cup Club Soda ( Kinley's) 
1/4 Carom seeds
3 tbsp cooking Oil
Water to knead the dough
1/2 tsp Salt

Filling ingredients:
1 cup grated Paneer /Cottage cheese
2 Boiled Potatoes, grated
2 Green chillies, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp Chat Masala
1/2 tsp Red chilly powder
1/4 tsp chopped Ginger
1/4 cup fresh Mint leaves, chopped
Salt to taste

Method:
Sieve together flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Add curd, carom seeds, cooking oil and mix thoroughly. Add soda (be sure to see lots of small bubbles or else you have to add baking soda), water little by little and start kneading the dough.

 If the dough is little sticky you may have to add another tbsp of oil to make it a soft dough. Knead it for another 5 mins as it would yield softer kulchas. Let this rest for 1/2 hour by covering it with a damp cloth.
Mix crumbled paneer along with all the items under "filling ingredients". Combine well and keep aside.

Divide the dough into 10 -12 equal parts and dust the kitchen counter with flour. Roll each dough between your hands to form a smooth ball. Make a depression in the center  of each ball of dough, add 2 tps of paneer mixture, shape into a round ball and making sure the stuffing is not exposed.
Now flatten it slightly by pressing down on it with the palms of your hand (if you are unable to stretch it by your hands then you can use rolling pin). Remember the size of kulchas are small. Sprinkle some carom seeds and chopped mint leaves and press gently. Repeat with remaining dough. 

Heat a wide mouth, heavy and round based Kadhai, wet your hand and pat a little water on one side of the kulcha and stick it to the inner side of the Kadhai.

 Flip the Kadhai upside down so that kulcha is exposed to direct flame. Within seconds you will see tiny browns spots on top, just when you see it is cooked evenly, remove from the fire and keep aside.

Brush the piping hot  Kulchas with melted desi ghee /butter for instant serving or transfer to a cloth lined casserole for later use. Kulcha is at its best when hot. 

46 comments:

  1. lovely kulchas... please clarify, is it half cup of drinking soda? thank u... :)

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    1. Yes Rafeeda. Its drinking soda. You will get amazingly soft kulchas as it aerates well. Even I make it that way. learned from my punjabi friend.

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  2. That's a wonderful idea to make kulcha.....love it....now feel like making it.....I am always flattered by the round chapati's you make Deepa....by 1/2 soda you mean...????

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  3. Kulcha of any sort I love, because its soft & thick.
    Your oil-free cooking idea is great!

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  4. Lovely perfect Kulchas Deepa. perfect to eat them hot for dinner especially in this cold season.

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  5. wow...simply superb! aloo kulchas looks so tempting..thanks for sharing!

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  6. We have to use ice cream soda or normal soda??

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  7. Perfect winiter lunch treat!

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  8. Perfect Kulchas,wish I could dig into one right now.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this stove top method,looks so yummy

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  10. Delicious kulcha Deepa I like yeast free version, but love to try yeasted one.

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  11. perfect combo and lovely yeast free version...sorry dear could not catch up long time, now am back on track

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  12. This method of making kulchas is new to me, must make it right away. Eleven years is a short time, and you have gained so much knowledge in cooking in these years. You family must be so proud of you, I am too!

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  13. Inviting kulchas, looks so yummy.

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  14. Paneer kulcha looks so perefct and the process is very new to me. Darun...try korte hobe..

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  15. kulchas look very professional Deepa. would love to try your recipe. and also before I forget the header looks very festive.

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  16. Yummy! Loved the kulchas presentation. I always make naan, next time will try to make kulcha.

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  17. Love the way you have made the kulchas!! Will definitely try it out very soon!!

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  18. Drooling here. Very inviting.

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  19. New look of the site is very good.The dish is making me hungry n mouthwatering..

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  20. You changed the template here :-)) ..looks very festive and then these kulchas,what can I say more ..They have turned just perfect 10/10 score...and feel like having some right now with garam -garam mangshor jhol..hugs and smiles

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  21. These looks awesomely delicious! Perfect kulchas..

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  22. This looks very delicious! Interesting ingredient with the soda!

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  23. Very inviting..and easy innovative method too..!

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  24. OMG this is tempting me soo much..lovely lovely ! never knew u use soda for kulachas ..thanks for the recipe :)

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  25. Perfectly made aloo paneer kulchas,addition of club soda sounds new t me,will try it next time....

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  26. This stuffed kulcha looks so perfect. You're definitely inspiring me to try this one, outstanding work Deepa.

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  27. Oh Deepa, these are mouth wateringly delicious! Great tips for making the kulchas too.

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  28. These flatbread look mouthwatering! Perfect with soup, curry or salad!

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  29. Wow, this looks fantastic! I'm getting hungry just looking at this, and I JUST ate breakfast!

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  30. Stove-top kulcha looks really awesome dear :) Can we make them on inverted tawa also :)

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  31. Cool idea of adding soda. Will try to use it .

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  32. These look absolutely delicious. I've bookmarked the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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