Stuffed Vegetable Kulcha (Mixed Vegetable Stuffed Indian Flatbread)
Stuffed Vegetable Kulcha is a soft and fluffy Indian leavened bread which is made stuffed with seasonal vegetables. It's also a delicious way to feed more vegetables to kids or use up leftover vegetables form the previous meal. They work well with any North indian menu, served with Channa and Raita, or even plain with melted butter for breakfast. You could also pack it in a school lunch box along with a Paneer Curry.
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For the Kulcha
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour (Maida)
- 1 tablespoon Sooji (Semolina/ Rava)
- 1/2 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
- 1 tablespoon Cooking oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Kalonji (Onion Nigella Seeds) , for ganish
- Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped, to garnish
- Butter , melted, to brush For the stuffing
- 1/2 teaspoon Cooking oil
- 1 Green Chilli , chopped
- 1/4 cup Onion , chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic , minced
- 1/2 cup Carrots (Gajjar) , grated, more to garnish
- 1/2 cup Potatoes (Aloo) , grated
- 1/2 cup Green peas (Matar) , cooked & mashed
- 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
- 1/4 teaspoon Garam masala powder
- Salt , to taste
How to make Stuffed Vegetable Kulcha (Mixed Vegetable Stuffed Indian Flatbread)
To begin making the Stuffed Vegetable Kulcha first mix together sooji and yogurt and set aside for ten minutes, in a large mixing bowl.
Once the sooji has soaked in the yoghurt, add maida, oil, baking soda, sugar and salt to it and knead together into a smooth. The dough should be firm and hold together, but supple and soft to touch.
Cover the dough with a lid and it in the refrigerator for two hours to leaven.
Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing. Place a pan on the heat and warm some oil in it. Add the chopped onions to it and saute along with the green chilies until the onions are softened and pale.
Add all the veggies, and sprinkle the turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Cook for five to seven minutes until the vegetables are cooked through and switch off the heat.
Place a skillet on the heat to pre-heat. Meanwhile, portion out the dough into golf ball sized pieces.
Working with one portion at a time, roll out the dough into small circle about 2.5-3 inches in diameter. Take the rolled circle in your palm, place a spoonful of the vegetable filling in the center, while cupping it in your palm.
Bring all the edges of the circle together to seal the filling inside, like a tight pouch. Make sure there are no air pockets within.
Gently press the stuffed ball out once again slightly. Without adding too much flour, roll the kulcha out to a thick disc.
Next, sprinkle water on the kulcha, sprinkle kalonji and grated carrot and press down so it sticks.
Do not apply too much pressure at one place else the kulcha will tear and stuffing will come out. Kulchas are usually thicker than parathas.
Place the kulcha on the pan and cook until bubbles begin to appear on the surface. Apply a little oil on the top and flip the kulcha over to brown the other side.
Repeat, applying ghee, butter or oil and cooking the kulcha until it attains a nice even brown hue with some spots.
Richa runs her blog My Food Story from her kitchen in Bangalore. She's grown up in the kitchen alongside her mum and grandmothers and conversations in her family revolve around the next meal. Richa loves experimenting with new ingredients, different cuisines and is always up for trying out a new twist to everyday food. She believes that cooking shouldn't be tiresome or a rare skill. With her blog, she wants to encourage people her age to cook at home; so her recipes are simple, easy to follow and fun.