Cheddar Cheese-Stuffed Kulcha

Cheddar Cheese Kulcha
Cheddar Cheese-Stuffed KulchaMatt Taylor-Gross

One of the most popular appetizers at Paowalla, Floyd Cardoz's modern Indian restaurant devoted to bread-bakers, is this flatbread filled with melty spiced cheese. A simple naan dough is wrapped around a filling of classic American cheddar, sweet red pepper, cumin, and chile powder.

Cardoz bakes all of his flatbreads in a massive tandoor, but he suggests home cooks use a pizza stone in a very hot oven to mimic the effect. For best results, pre-heat the pizza stone for a full hour before baking to get it—and keep it—hot during baking as you open and close the oven.

Serve these breads hot out of the oven, with either a sweet or spicy chutney on the side.