How to make Paneer Kulcha-SK Khazana -

These kulchas can be enjoyed with just a bowl of thick yogurt - a complete meal

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Cottage cheese (paneer) (पनीर), Refined flour (maida) (मैदा)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Breads

Paneer Kulcha-SK Khazana

Paneer Kulcha-SK Khazana Recipe Card


Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 1-1.30 hour

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Paneer Kulcha-SK Khazana Recipe

  • Cottage cheese (paneer) grated 3/4 cup

  • Refined flour (maida) 2 cups

  • Baking soda 1/4 teaspoon

  • Baking powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Castor sugar 1 teaspoon

  • Salt 1/2 teaspo to taste

  • Milk 1/2 cup

  • Yogurt 1 tablespoon

  • Medium onion finely chopped 1

  • Dried mango powder (amchur) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Green chillies finely chopped 1-2

  • Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped 1/2 tablespoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onion seeds (kalonji) to sprinkle


Step 1

Put flour, baking soda, baking powder, castor sugar, salt, milk and yogurt in a bowl, add sufficient water and knead into a soft dough. Set aside for 1 hour.

Step 2

Mix together cottage cheese, onion, dried mango powder, green chillies, coriander leaves, chilli powder and salt in another bowl.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 180º C.

Step 4

Grease your palms and divide the dough into equal portions. Stuff each portion with a generous portion of cottage cheese mixture and shape into balls.

Step 5

Sprinkle some onion seeds on top and flatten into small thick discs. Keep them on a baking tray.

Step 6

Put the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Step 7

Serve hot with yogurt.

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