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Indian Bread

May 122015
 

Paneer Kulcha

 

As soon as Jenni announced the theme for this month’s Bread Baker’s I knew I wanted to make an Indian bread and that I wanted to make a Kulcha. The theme for this month is “Stuffed Bread”! Bread by itself is temptations galore, and stuffed bread is temptations with some golden butter on top. I make some kind of stuffed bread every once a while and most of the time it is the Aalu Paratha – Potato stuffed flatbread that is fried in ghee on a skillet. But this time I wanted to make a Kulcha and that too an Amritsari Paneer Kulcha.

Paneer Kulcha

The only problem was that though I knew what I wanted to make, I did not know how. A detailed search over the internet left me completely unsatisfied about the authenticity of the numerous Amritsari Kulcha’s splattered all over the web. My quest for an authentic recipe for Amritsari Kulcha led me straight to my friend Dr. Aman Kahlon who is the go to guy for all things Punjab and Amritsar related. A few minutes later, I walked away with a recipe, instructions and a lot of confidence. This is as authentic as it gets! I am so thrilled to be sharing this recipe because not only is it easy, it is absolutely delicious.

The Amrtisari kulcha is served with chole that are made sans ghee or oil and I made those to serve with the Paneer Kulcha.

Amritsari chole

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Thank you, Jenni for a wonderful theme this month. And now, here are the breads that we baked for May.

Sweet Breads
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Paneer Kulcha #BreadBakers

Paneer Kulcha #BreadBakers

Ingredients

    Dough
  • 2 C All purpose flour
  • 1/4 C + 2 Tbs water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Filling
  • 1/2 C paneer
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Mango powder
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped cilantro
  • Extras
  • Ghee for topping
  • Cilantro for topping
  • Butter/ghee for laminating

Instructions

    Dough
  1. Mix the salt into the flour and then gradually add water and knead the dough. Once the dough comes together, cover and let rest for about an hour.
  2. Filling
  3. Mix all the ingredients of the filling and keep aside.
  4. Laminate the dough
  5. Punch the dough on a lightly floured surface and with your finger tips spread it as much as you can into a round.
  6. Apply ghee or butter on the entire top part of the now rolled out dough and fold in half. Apply the butter again and fold again. Repeat until you can no longer fold the dough.
  7. Keep this covered for 30 minutes
  8. Preheat the oven to 550*F with the baking stone in it .
  9. Make equal size dough balls - about 6- 7 from the now rested dough.
  10. Spread out each dough ball with your hand into a 2.5 in to 3 in diameter circle and keep the filling in the center.
  11. Close the ends of the circle to encase the filling and then pat down to shape into a flat bread.
  12. Brush a little water on top and then pat on some cilantro. Put onto the baking stone and cook until golden brown in color. Apply ghee as soon as the bread comes out of the oven.
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