Monday, May 25, 2009

chukandar bhare kulche



these are simply beetroots stuffed into a pita bread style flat bread which is a staple delhi( punjabi) bread........you can find ready made kulche in the market which is eaten with chhole of either chickpeas or dried peas.........i prefer to make my kulchas at home with whole wheat or multigrain flour........arvind likes stuffed ones ...especially the aaloo or paneer kulcha.........now he has started liking this one too as the filling is spicy n is accentuated by a rich aroma of coriander leaves used in the kulcha...........these ones can be served on thier own or with any sweat n saur pickle or plain curds........

for the kulchas you need........2 cups of whole wheat (to make about 7-8 kulchas)flour,a tbsp of fresh yeast or half a pack of dry active yeast,1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of salt and about a cup of soya milk or skimmed milk to knead the flour......you need 1/2 cup of chopped coriander leaves with stalks to flavor the kulchas......fenugreek leaves also taste good.

to make the kulacha dough.....proof the yeast by dissolving it in half a cup of warm water n sugar.....it takes about 8-10 minutes to get frothy........now mix it with the flour, chopped coriander leaves and required quantity of milk to make a soft pliable dough.............keep aside in a warm place to let the dough rise.......in the meantime proceed with the preparation of the stuffing........


for the stuffing you need........2 big fat beetroots chopped roughly, 2 big onions chopped roughly(you can grate them but i prefer thrashing them in the pan ....it gives a better bite), 3-4 green chillies chopped, small piece of ginger chopped fine, salt n pepper to taste and a tbsp of garam masala powder........also a tsp of oil to stirfry the veggies......

to make the stuffing..heat a thick bottomed pan with oil and tip in the chopped veggies n salt together and stirfry on a medium flame......it takes more time cuz less oil is used, gets faster when oil is generous........the salt added with it makes the frying or roasting easier and the onions get a bit caramelised in the process....let the veggies stick to the bottom of the pan slightly as it gives a good caramelised taste .........thrash the mix a little to make a mixture which binds together a bit........add garam masala when the veggies are soft enough n continue stirring for 2-3 minutes ...........take off flame and let it cool........

the kulcha dough gets resdy in the meanwhile....if not , keep the dough on the hot, covered pan of stuffing mix.....the heat will help in faster rising..........

to make the kulchas........divide the dough in 7-8 portions ...or depending on a convenient size you need........make a hollow cavity in each portion of dough and spoon in a generous amount of stuffing into it................as much as you can handle......seal the edges and roll on a floured surface and grill on an iron griddle(tawa) , both sides without oil.........it should look lightly spotted and a bread aroma should come out........repeat with all the portions and lightly butter the kulchas to serve hot.......it can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days without buttering..........just heat in the microwave , butter n serve........
it is a good option for lunch boxes , both for you n kids......easy to hold while eating and attractive...tasty too.........


enjoy.........

6 comments:

  1. hey this is a new one! nice recipe:)

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  2. thankyou preethi n 5 star foodie

    i made it with a paneer stuffing today

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  3. Hey just loved the pic of the fluffy kulchas..beetroot wow that's new to me..I adore the paneer stuffed ones. will try urs now..

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  4. This is new to me Sangeeta..love beets n so am sure il defnitely love this one..:)

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  5. Sangeetha these kulchas are looking divine and a super duper yummy kulcha and the pics are tempting!!!

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