Kulchas are Indian flatbreads very similar to naan, very popular in North India. One of our favourite street foods is matar kulcha, available at pretty much every corner of the city. It makes for a quick healthy meal that I enjoy making at home…. Well almost as much as these Paneer Kulchas !
Typically these flatbreads are made without yeast. Yogurt and baking soda is added to their dough while naans are made with yeast. But this recipe from my mom uses yeast for kulcha and my naans have yeast & yogurt…gosh, so confusing! But as long as it works ! 🙂
Kulchas are quite soft . They don’t get hard and rubbery like naan when cold. You can simply reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds or on a griddle/tawa. Latter is my preferred method, especially with a bit ( or lots) of butter or ghee. It gets nicely crispy on the outside, which we all love. By the way, they freeze rather well too. That’s such a convenience as I can use the base to make a quick pizza, serve with any vegetable/ dal or turn it into paneer kulcha!! Weeknight dinner/ after school snack/ tiffin sorted!
Paneer kulcha I make is really a sandwich, and while I’m not sure about this recipe’s authenticity, this is the way we’ve been eating it for years. So purists, please pardon. Its wholesome, delicious and very easy to make..that’s what counts in my book! 🙂
- You can add a tablespoon or two of yogurt or milk in the kulcha dough to make it softer. Adjust the quantity of water used accordingly.
- While kulchas are usually made with all-purpose flour, you can easily substitute with wholewheat flour or a mix of the two as well.
- Just so you know, you can make the same sandwich with keema ( minced meat/ chicken ) filling too. It’s absolutely amazing!
- If you want to make this a complete VEGAN meal, you can use TOFU instead of paneer.
- Make a double batch and store the leftover kulchas, tightly wrapped in foil in the refrigerator or freezer.
I hope this makes a regular visit on your dinner table as it does on ours. I’d love to know how this turned out for you. Leave a comment below and share a picture on INSTAGRAM using the hashtag #tashasartisanfoods !