Kulcha Naan

17 August, 2007
The Essential Baker bakery consultant Wayne Caddy, who specialises in NPD, says this filled naan recipe from India could work well as a wrap for UK bakers
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Kulcha is filled naan bread, which I first came across while in central India. These stuffed flatbreads are typically baked in a very hot tandoor oven.
There are several varieties of fillings. My favourite is the cottage cheese, spring onion and coriander Kulcha, but another great version is the pannier and chilli Kulcha, made using leavened wheat dough, filled with a creamy lactic pannier cheese, fresh green chillies and lots of coriander, baked in a tandoor and brushed with a little butter.Kulcha naan is traditionally eaten with a meal, but I think they work well as a filled wrap, which can be cut open to display the wonderful layering effect.IngredientsWhite bread flour: 1,000gSalt: 18gWater: 450gFresh yeast: 20gSugar: 30gFresh natural yoghurt: 250gButter: 40gFilling recipe (makes 10 fills)Cottage cheese: 400gFinely chopped spring onion: 50g Coarsely chopped fresh coriander: 50gCoarse ground black pepper: sprinkleFor the filling:Finely chop all of the spring onion and coarsely chop the coriander, including the stalk, and stir into the natural cottage cheese. Add pepper to taste and the filling is ready to use. Easy!For the dough:1. Place all the ingredients (except the butter) into a mixing bowl and mix on first speed for 5 minutes and then on second speed for 5 minutes. Add the butter and mix for a further 5 minutes.2. Allow the dough to rest in a covered bowl for 3 hours and then divide into 145g dough pieces and round. Cover and allow ambient resting for a further 2 hours.3. Next, fill the dough with 50g of the filling. Hold the dough ball in one hand and place the filling into the centre of the dough ball and seal it off, so the dough has encased the filling. Cover and leave for at least 15 minutes. Then gently pin and hand-stretch to 9-inch rounds.4. Transfer to a baker's peel, brush with a little ghee or melted butter and slide onto the sole of a deck oven, operating at 300ºC and bake for 3-4 minutes. I used a Tom Chandley oven, top crown setting 10, bottom sole setting5. Brush with melted butter or ghee when baked.

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