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kulcha recipe with step by step photos and video – kulcha is a popular indian flat bread from north india, especially punjab. kulcha are very famous in amritsar and delhi. but the best kulchas are made in amritsar.

these soft textured breads are easy to prepare. kulcha can be made in the tandoor as well as on a tava or griddle.

yeast is not used in the leavening of this bread unlike naan. here curd and baking soda and baking powder are used to leaven the bread. i don’t like the soapy smell of baking soda in breads hence have used less amount of it and thus added baking powder too.

kulcha is often served with punjabi chole or with amritsari chole. kulcha can also be had warm with some tea or coffee. i made the kulcha to go with matar kulcha – the famous delhi street food made with dry white peas.

lets start step by step kulcha recipe:

1. mix the maida or all purpose flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. make a well in the center.

mix kulcha ingredients

2. add the curd, oil and water.

add water to knead kulcha dough

3. begin to mix the flour with the liquids first and then start to knead.

knead kulcha dough

4. make a smooth and soft dough.

kulcha dough

5. in the same bowl or pan, cover the dough with a wet kitchen napkin. you can also lightly brush some water on the dough and cover the pan with a lid.

dough for kulcha recipe

6. let the dough leaven for 2 hours.

dough for kulcha recipe

7. lightly knead the leavened dough again.

fermented dough for making kulcha recipe

8. make small balls of the dough. sprinkle some nigella seeds on the ball. with the rolling pin flatten the dough and roll each into a small sized kulcha on a lightly dusted rolling board.

rolling dough for making kulcha

9. heat a griddle or a tava. the tava has to be very hot. place the kulcha on the tava.

kulcha on tava

10. cook one side partly till its ¼ cooked.

cooking kulcha

11. flip and cook the other side till its ½ cooked. apply ghee or oil on both sides of kulcha whilst cooking.

making kulcha recipe

12. cook the kulcha till it get golden spots and is evenly cooked. make all kulchas this way.

cooking kulcha

serve the kulcha hot or warm with punjabi chole or amritsari chole or kadai chole. the kulchas can also be stacked in a roti basket and then served warm.

kulcha recipe

kulcha can be made plain or stuffed. you can also stuff kulcha with potato filling as shown in the aloo paratha post. you can make different variations of kulcha like onion, paneer or pudina (mint) kulcha. in amritsar (punjab) you will get the best kulcha served in india.

if you like matar kulcha then you must try chole bhature and bengali luchi with bengali dum aloo.

video showing the process of making kulcha at home.

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check easy bhatura recipegarlic naan, naan without yeast, whole wheat naan and bhature.

kulcha recipe details below:

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kulcha recipe
 
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kulcha - popular soft leavened north indian flat bread
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RECIPE TYPE: main
CUISINE: north indian
SERVES: 8-10 kulchas
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 2 and ½ cups maida or all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp yogurt or (3 tbsp yogurt + 1 tbsp milk) i used cashew curd
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • approx ¾ cup water for kneading - add more if required
  • 2 to 2 & ½ tsp sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt or as required
  • 2 and ½ tbsp oil or ghee
  • some oil or ghee or butter for frying
  • extra flour for dusting
  • a few nigella seeds
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. mix the maida or all purpose flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. make a well in the center. add the curd, oil and water.
  3. begin to mix the flour with the liquids first and then start to knead. make a smooth and soft dough.
  4. in the same bowl or pan, cover the dough with a wet kitchen napkin and let the dough ferment for 2 hours.
  5. make small balls of the dough. sprinkle some nigella seeds on the ball.
  6. with the rolling pin flatten the dough and roll each into a small sized kulcha.
  7. heat a griddle or a tava. place the kulcha on the tava.
  8. cook one side partly till its ¼ cooked. flip and cook the other side till its ½ cooked.
  9. apply ghee or oil on both sides of kulcha whilst cooking.
  10. cook the kulcha till it get golden spots and is evenly cooked. make all kulchas this way.
  11. serve the kulcha hot or warm with chana or chole.
  12. the kulchas can also be stacked in a roti basket and then served warm.


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  1. kalpana says

    Hi. I am definitely going to try out the kulcha recipe. But I wonder if you can perhaps help me since I am having difficulty with making roti with atta flour. My dough cimes out very soft and sticky

    • says

      just add some more flour and knead. the dough is sticky due to a lot of water. keeping on adding atta and kneading till you get a dough which is not sticky. adding a bit of oil or ghee also helps.

  2. Tanvi says

    Hey.. Do u know how to make veggie and cheese quessidillas… I had it at chilis.. I loved it n want to learn how to make it..
    Description for this dish at the restaurant was as follows:
    Four tortillas filled with spinach and mushroom creamy sauce and fajita onions..

  3. AA_Mom says

    Is there any dish that you do not have a recipe on the blog Dasana – Your blog with the recipe shows up for any dish that I Google. Commendable!

    • says

      oh yes, there are many recipes that i still have to post on the blog :-) google is being generous with the recipes i have posted. thats why they come up in google search. not all my recipes come though on the google search.

  4. suhani says

    hey dassana..lovely kulchas..i loved the simplicity of ur videos..u should do a post on how cleanliness matters in the kitchen..the positive energy u throw in ur food and pics is literally visible..amazing hard work..good luck..

  5. says

    Love your video and kulcha is my favorite too….will try out your version….the nigella seeds makes it more yum….the pictures are awesome as usual….very earthy and homely.

    • says

      thanks shubha for your best wishes. idea of a cook book is cool but needs lot of focused time which i don’t have right now. may be one day with god grace it might materialize.