Paneer Kulcha (Indian Bread Stuffed with Cottage Cheese)


As I have mentioned in my earlier post, Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The food is simply delicious. When we talk about Paunjabi food, the most important thing that comes into our mind is ‘Tandoor’. ‘Tondoor’ is an Indian clay pot oven. Whatever cooked in ‘Tanddor’ gets an nice smokey flavor. It is not possible to arrange a setup for ‘Tandoor’ at home, so I have decided to share a very easy way of making ‘Kulcha’ at home using stove top method. Today I am sharing the ‘Paneer Kulcha’ recipe and promise you to share the famous ‘Amritsari Aloo Kulcha’ recipe shortly 🙂



For Dough:

  • All Purpose Flour or Maida – 250 gms
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Yogurt – 150 gms
  • Soda Bicarbonate or Baking Soda – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Milk – ½ tsp or as required to knead the dough
  • Oil – 2 Tbsp

For Stuffing:

  • Paneer or Cottage Cheese – 200 gms (Grated)
  • Chaat Masala – ½ tsp
  • Roasted Jeera/Cumin Powder – ½ tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Salt – To taste

Other Ingredients:

  • Chopped Coriander
  • Black Sesame Seed
  • Butter (I have used Amul)


  1. Take flour in a large bowl. Add salt, yogurt, soda bicarbonate, sugar, oil and milk and knead into a soft dough.
  2. Cover with a damp cloth and rest for an hour.
  3. In another bowl mix all the ingredients with grated paneer.
  4. Divide the dough into 6/8 equal size balls.
  5. Roll each ball into small disk and put 1 Tbsp panner stuffing on it. Cover and seal from all sides.
  6. Roll between us palms and press lightly.
  7. Now sprinkle some sesame seeds and chopped coriander on it. And roll it into a chapatti shape or elongated shape as I did.
  8. Heat a tava on our stove.
  9. Rub a little water on one side of the kulcha and place the water side on the tava. Lightly press with your hand.
  10. Cover with a lid for few seconds and once you remove the cover you will find that the kulcha has been puffed up a little.
  11. Reduce the flame and place the tava upside down on the flame to get nice colour on top of the kulcha too.
  12. Remove from tava and apply some butter on it.
  13. Serve hot with Dal Fry – Dhaba Style or Punajbi Chole Masala or Banarasi Dum Aloo.

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