Paneer Onion Kulchas

By DK on Mar 22, 2010
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
I love Kulchas! I just can't get enough of them! The variety of filling one can stuff inside these Indian flatbreads are mind boggling to say the least. These are sisters of the more famous Naan. While Naan is made with yeast, these beauties are made with Baking powder/soda combo. You can see the difference between kulcha and Naan in my previous Onion Kulcha post
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Regular readers know of my passion for Paneer and I wouldn't pass an opportunity to stuff some paneer in a kulcha. This version is just adapted slightly from my previously posted Onion Kulchas which is the famous one. I add little grated paneer to the onions mixture and that makes all the difference to these kulchas. Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe Immensely fluffy, soft and bready texture, these I assure you will be a hit in any dinner party. Every time I make it, be it for my family or for friends, the last piece always gets "won" over after some good fighting ;) That's how delicious it is! Its fuss free and makes use of ingredients which are probably lying in your pantry right now! Go ahead and give these a try! Any spicy and light side dish works perfect with these :)
Basic Information
Prep Time: 2 to 4 hours
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 4 people
Yield: Makes around 10-12 parathas
  • For the dough
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (maida)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/8th tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt to taste (approx 1 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • For the filling
  • 1 red onion (gives a great color)
  • 2-3 green chillies, v thinly sliced (or as per taste)
  • 1/4 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp fennel (optional)
  • 1 cup paneer
  • few sprigs of cilantro, chopped finely
  • a little salt (make sure to adjust accordingly since the dough has salt too)
Place all the dry ingredients for the dough together and mix well.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Now add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Mix well.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Place this mixture on a lightly floured surface
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
and knead well for few minutes
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
until it becomes a smooth pliable dough
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Place it in a bowl, cover and let it sit for 1-2 hours.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Meanwhile mix all the ingredients for the filling together in another bowl.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
After the dough has been sitting for the specified hours, take a small ball and using a rolling pin roll into a very small circle.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Make a small ball of the filling, smaller than the dough circle so that it can fit within the dough enclosing.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Bring all the sides of the dough together to the top, covering the filling.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Bunch it up together, pinch it so that it closes completely.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Now lightly using your palm, press down the dough.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
You will see that the seam has almost disappeared.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Now using a rolling pin, very gently roll the filled dough.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Roll it out to a desired thickness making sure that you don't press it too hard and that the filling does not come out of the dough.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Now place this on a greased non stick or cast iron pan and cook until browned on both the sides.
Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
Serve them warm. Can you see the soft and bread'y texture of the kulchas in the picture below? Heaven!  If you cannot serve them pronto, then stack them up and cover them with aluminum foil and re heat them in an oven. Serve them with Channa Masala which is usually what Kulchas are enjoyed with. But I have also enjoyed them with Channa Palak, Saag Paneer, Dal Makhani etc. Any spicy gravy based dish would work :) Onion Paneer Kulcha Recipe
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40 Responses to “Paneer Onion Kulchas”
  1. Meghana

    I do not have baking soda nor yeast!! :-? Is there any other alternative u can use??
    I do have baking powder! Will jus that with all purpose flour suffice!! I was planning to make this tonight but guess I’ll have to wait until your response on this!

    I havent tried with baking powder. see if this chart is of any help. Baking Substitutes 101.

  2. Thanks for a nice recipe! I’m going to try subbing some APF with whole wheat flour. I was also wondering if these could be made a day in advance, stored in the fridge and reheated.

  3. simmi

    hi…my dough didnt turn ‘pliable’ at all…rough an breaky..qwhy would that be??i didnt have ghee so used same amount of melted butter :-| …. pls help..iv put it under cover hope it doesnt turn out 2 bad!

  4. meenakshi

    hi, just made this for dinner. replaced APF with whole wheat. turned out super delicious. Thanks DK :-P

  5. Gayathri

    This is amazing! 8) My entire family enjoyed it thoroughly! Gr8 recipe! Love this site ! Keep growing :wink: :) :-P :lol:

  6. Natasha

    Hi! I absolutely love your blog. Can i substitute maida with wheat flour for this? i would love to make it a little more healthier.

    Thank you so much Natasha. Yes, you can totally sub it for wheat flour. Pls do refer Chefinyou Member Sandhya’s version of the same with wheat flour.

  7. Judi

    could you put dried fruit and nuts in this recipe? :?:

    I am sure it wont hurt to try :) I guess any filling would work

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