kulcha recipe, how to make kulcha | kulcha recipe on tawa or griddle

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kulcha recipe on tawa or griddle - popular soft leavened north indian flat bread. kulcha can be made in the tandoor as well as on a tava or griddle.

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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.

kulcha, kulcha recipe

these soft textured kulcha are easy to prepare and taste yum. kulcha can be made in the tandoor as well as on a tava or griddle. i have also shared paneer kulcha and aloo kulcha recipe.

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.

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kulcha recipe

kulcha recipe on tawa or griddle - popular soft leavened north indian flat bread. kulcha can be made in the tandoor as well as on a tava or griddle.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 2 hours 15 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 2 hours 45 minutes
servings 8 -10 kulchas
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour (maida)
  • 4 tablespoon yogurt (dahi or curd). or 3 tablespoon yogurt + 1 tablespoon milk. i used cashew curd
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • approx ¾ cup water for kneading - add more if required
  • 2 to 2.5 teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt or as required
  • 2.5 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • some oil or ghee or butter for frying
  • extra flour for dusting
  • a few nigella seeds (kalonji)

how to make recipe

making kulcha dough

  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.

rolling and making kulcha

  1. make small balls of the dough. sprinkle some nigella seeds on the ball.
  2. with the rolling pin (belan) flatten the dough and roll each into a small sized kulcha.

  3. heat a griddle or a tava. place the kulcha on the tawa.

  4. cook one side partly till its 1/4 cooked. flip and cook the other side till its 1/2 cooked.
  5. apply ghee or oil on both sides of kulcha whilst cooking.
  6. cook the kulcha till it get golden spots and is evenly cooked. make all kulchas this way.
  7. serve the kulcha hot or warm with chana or chole.
  8. the kulchas can also be stacked in a roti basket and then served warm.

recipe video

making kulcha dough

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

ingredients for kulcha recipe

2. add the curd, oil and water.

dough for kulcha recipe

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

dough for kulcha recipe

4. make a smooth and soft dough.

dough for kulcha recipe

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

making kulcha

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 recipe

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

making kulcha recipe on tava

10. cook one side partly till its ¼ cooked.

cooking kulcha - making kulcha recipe

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.

kulcha, kulcha recipe

serve the kulcha hot or warm with chickpea curry or chole masala. 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.

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Easy to cook

  2. can we make kulcha with atta and maida in 50-50 ratio?

    • yes you can do this way.

  3. Is kulcha rolled thin like roti?

    • Shubhra, No. Its slightly thicker more like aloo paratha.

  4. tasty kulcha yummy. thanks for this recipe

    • welcome sonu

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