Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani | Potato Spring Onions and Cilantro Stuffed Flatbread

Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani is a potato stuffed Vegan Flatbread from Afghanistan.

Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani

Boulanee, also spelled as Bolani is a Farsi name for ‘stuffed bread’ and is a kind of flatbread from Afghanistan. This is once again a vegan flatbread and depending on what kind of fillings we use, the names of the flatbread differs. Boulanee Katchalu, is a potato filled flatbread and this was one of my kids favorite yet. Bolani can be sweet or savory and the filing vary anywhere from spinach, lentils, pumpkin and so on. Boulanee Katchalu is a very popular street food as well.

Flatbread is a great option when following vegan lifestyle. My first flatbread for the A-Z International Flatbread, the Aish Baladi is a vegan flatbread as well. Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani, is quite similar to the Indian Aloo Paratha. The Aloo paratha is usually in the circular shape, whereas the Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani is made into a half circle shape (kind of like a turn over) and then pan fried.


Also the aloo parathas are made with whole wheat flour and the Afghani Bolani is made with all purpose flour. Since the dough is made with all purpose flour, it is highly recommended that we rest the dough for us to easily roll. It is also important to seal the rolled dough well so the stuffing does not come out when frying.

I used mashed potatoes, spring onions and cilantro in my stuffing and it was quite filling. It did not need anything on the side as it had enough flavor by itself. There is not much cooking for the filling by itself. We just need to use cooked and mashed potatoes and the rest of the ingredients are just added mixed with it.

Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani

My Other recipes in the A-Z International Flatbread Series –

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Preparation time – 15 minutes plus about 30 minutes of resting time
Cooking time – About 30 minutes
Difficulty level – Intermediate
Recipe adapted from – My Diverse Kitchen

Ingredients to make Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani – Makes about 8 Flatbread

For the Dough –

  • All Purpose Flour – 3 cups
  • Water – as needed
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 2 TBSP plus more to cook the flatbreads

For the Filling –

  • Potato – 4 medium
  • Spring onion – 4 (chopped finely)
  • Cilantro – 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  • Green chilies – 2 (finely chopped)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Black pepper – to taste

Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani

Procedure to make Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani –

  • In a wide bowl, measure the flour and add the salt and oil. Add just enough to bring the flour together and make a soft dough. Knead for about 5 to 7 minutes and then let the dough rest (covered) for at least 30 minutes.

To prepare the filling –

  • Cook the potatoes in boiling water until it is cooked through. Insert a knife or a skewer inside the potato and check to see of it is done.
  • Drain the potatoes and let it cool. Peel the potatoes and mash them using a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients mentioned under the filling. Mix it well and leave it aside.

Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani

To shape the flatbread –

  • Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Dust the rolling pin and dough ball with flour and roll it into a thin 10 to 12 inch circle.
  • Spread about 3 TBSP of filling on one half of the dough. Leave a little space at the edge to help seal the flatbread.
  • Fold the dough over the filling and seal the edges. Make sure to remove any excess air inside the pocket and seal.
  • Repeat with rest of the dough.

Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani

To Cook the flatbread –

  • Heat a heavy griddle/pan over medium heat. I love using my cast iron pan for cooking the Bolani.
  • Add about a TBSP of oil on the griddle and spread it around. Place the shaped flatbread and cook on both sides until golden brown. Add more oil if needed.
  • Place the cooked Bolani between kitchen towel to keep them warm.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough and serve warm.

Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani

Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani
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Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani | Potato Spring Onions and Cilantro Stuffed Flatbread

Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani is a potato stuffed Vegan Flatbread from Afghanistan.

Course Breakfast, Flatbread, Main Course, Street Food
Cuisine Afghan, Asian
Keyword Afghan flatbread, flatbread, Lunch Box Recipes, Street food, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 Flatbread

Ingredients

For the Dough -

  • All Purpose Flour - 3 cups
  • Water - as needed
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 2 TBSP plus more to cook the flatbreads

For the Filling -

  • Potato - 4 medium
  • Spring onion - 4 chopped finely
  • Cilantro - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Green chilies - 2 finely chopped
  • Salt - to taste
  • Black pepper - to taste

Instructions

  1. In a wide bowl, measure the flour and add the salt and oil. Add just enough to bring the flour together and make a soft dough. Knead for about 5 to 7 minutes and then let the dough rest (covered) for at least 30 minutes.

To prepare the filling -

  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water until it is cooked through. Insert a knife or a skewer inside the potato and check to see of it is done.
  2. Drain the potatoes and let it cool. Peel the potatoes and mash them using a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients mentioned under the filling. Mix it well and leave it aside.

To shape the flatbread -

  1. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Dust the rolling pin and dough ball with flour and roll it into a thin 10 to 12 inch circle.
  2. Spread about 3 TBSP of filling on one half of the dough. Leave a little space at the edge to help seal the flatbread.
  3. Fold the dough over the filling and seal the edges. Make sure to remove any excess air inside the pocket and seal.
  4. Repeat with rest of the dough.

To Cook the flatbread -

  1. Heat a heavy griddle/pan over medium heat. I love using my cast iron pan for cooking the Bolani.
  2. Add about a TBSP of oil on the griddle and spread it around. Place the shaped flatbread and cook on both sides until golden brown. Add more oil if needed.
  3. Place the cooked Bolani between kitchen towel to keep them warm.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the dough and serve warm.

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23 thoughts on “Boulanee Katchalu | Afghani Bolani | Potato Spring Onions and Cilantro Stuffed Flatbread

  1. Afghani Bolani is a very popular flatbread , and I am sure it’s a delicious wholesome bread . Similar to the Aloo Paratha the bread looks fantastic and I like that turnover style . Great pick !

  2. afgani bolani looking very inviting. you are tempting me to make this flatbread asap dear. This flatbread looks so yummy with spring onion and potato stuffing. This always looked like aloo paratha to me n now a days we are making other parathas other than that.

  3. Delicious looking flatbread.Anything with potato is good for us.Making bolani has been on my list for such a long time. If I would have opted for International breads then I would have definitely made this.

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