Lazeez Paneer Kulcha

Paneer Kulcha

Lazeez Paneer Kulcha

Lazeez Paneer Kulcha using Verka Paneer, Dahi and Butter!
It is really convenient to have a block of healthy Verka Paneer lying in the fridge ! We can convert it into countless delightful dishes. One of my favourites is paneer kulchas that are smeared with delicious Verka butter for an unmatched taste ! Verka Dahi is used to make a super soft dough. They are so easy to make on a ‘tava’ or a frying pan. Serve them with pickle and Verka Dahi for an amazing treat !

Ingredients: 

  • 31⁄2 cups maida
  •  1/3rd cup Verka dahi
  •  3⁄4 cup milk
  •  1⁄4 cup oil
  •  1⁄2 tsp baking powder
  •  1⁄2 tsp baking soda
  •  3⁄4 tsp salt
  •  1 tsp sugar powder
  •  250 gms, paneer, grated
  •  3 tablespoons, mint leaves
  •  4­5 garlic cloves
  •  1 inch ginger piece, grated
  • 2­3 green chilies
  •  3⁄4 teaspoon, ajwain
  •  Nigella seeds for sprinkling (kalaunji)
  •  Verka Butter for frying

Method:

  • Sieve together the maida, salt, sugar, baking powder and soda. Combine Verka Dahi, oil and half cup of milk.
  •  Pour it over the maida mixture and knead. Add remaining milk if required. We need a soft, smooth dough.
  •  Place in a bowl and cover with a moist cloth. Let it sit for 6­8 hours till risen.
  •  Crumble the Verka Paneer, then add finely chopped mint, ginger, garlic and chilies.
  •  Sprinkle ajwain and salt, then mash well. Check seasoning. Add chili powder if desired.
  •  Make balls of dough, then stuff each with the paneer mixture.
  •  Moisten the surface with wet fingers, then sprinkle a little kalaunji over it. Pat down to seal in place.
  •  Cook the kulcha on a buttered hot tava or heavy pan till it swells slightly. Flip over and cook further.
  • Spoon some Verka Butter on the puffy surface and serve hot. Yum yum !

Note: Before crumbling, chop, then squeeze the paneer to remove any moisture. We need a dry mixture. Feel free to use jeera instead of ajwain, black sesame seeds (til) instead of kalaunji and kasoori methi instead of mint. Don’t use too many flavours ! The rule to follow is to remove one flavour when you add another.