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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. They are very famous in amritsar and Delhi. But the best kulchas are made in amritsar.

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These soft textured kulcha Are easy to prepare and taste yum. they can be made in the tandoor as well as on a tava or griddle. I have also shared Paneer kulcha and Aloo kulcha.

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. It 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.

How to make kulcha

Kneading 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 it is ¼ cooked.

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11. Flip and cook the other side till it is ½ cooked. Apply ghee or oil on both sides of kulcha whilst cooking.

making kulcha recipe

12. Cook them till it gets golden spots and is evenly cooked. Make all kulchas this way.

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Serve the kulcha hot or warm with chickpea curry or chole masala. They can also be stacked in a roti basket and then served warm.

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Kulcha Can be made plain or stuffed. you can also stuff them with potato filling. 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.

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kulcha garnished with coriander leaves and served on a wooden plate.

Kulcha Recipe

Kulcha is a popular soft leavened North Indian flatbread. It can be made in the tandoor as well as on a tava or griddle.
4.88 from 32 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Cuisine North Indian
Course Main Course
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 8 to 10 kulcha


  • 2.5 cup all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 4 tablespoon yogurt (curd) or 3 tablespoon yogurt + 1 tablespoon milk. I used cashewnut 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 onion seeds or nigella seeds (kalonji)


making dough

  • Mix the all purpose flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.
  • Make a well in the center. Add the yogurt, oil and water.
  • Begin to mix the flour with the liquids first and then start to knead. Make a smooth and soft dough.
  • 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

  • Make small balls of the dough. Sprinkle some onion seeds or nigella seeds on the ball.
  • With the rolling pin, flatten the dough and roll each into a small-sized kulcha.
  • Heat a griddle or a tava. Place the kulcha on the tava.
  • Cook one side partially till its 1/4th cooked. Flip and cook the other side till it is 1/2 cooked.
  • Apply oil or ghee on both sides of kulcha while cooking.
  • Cook the kulcha till it gets golden spots and is evenly cooked. Prepare more kulchas in a similar way.
  • Serve Kulcha hot with chana masala.
  • Kulchas can also be stacked in a roti basket and then served warm.


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    1. Yes you can use atta. You can use the same amount. First knead the flour with ¾ cup water and if required add more water to get a smooth soft dough. Generally atta needs more water while kneading as compared to maida.

  1. I am always curious on how to make Kulcha bread and their stuffings inside. Glad I came across your blog. Since I was 10, I am fond of eating this fancy Indian food until now. Good thing, Kulcha King is just around the corner to give us best and tasty Aloo Kulcha and kebabs.

  2. I love all your recipes. I appreciate the spiritual aspect to your cooking and learning from you has been a very fulfilling experience. Thank you for sharing5 stars

  3. HI Dassana
    I am about to make these kulchas today but i tried matar kulcha from a street vendor that looked different ..could you please tell how to make those one ?

    1. samrinder, those kulchas are baked kulchas and so they will be different. they will have a bread like texture. i have had these kulchas before. i do not have any recipe ready, but i will try to add these kulchas.

    1. Amita, you can prepare the dough one day before. since these kulchas are made on tawa they are best served hot.

  4. I make this kulcha. It were nyce crispy too….thank you monalisa for this yummy,spcl,£asy recipe of kulchass…loved it……thnks once agn!5 stars

  5. Love ur recepies … have tried them too … great job… keep going n give lots of fresh recepies which is healthy n attract the kids lunch box too …. ☺4 stars

  6. Just wanted to ask if there’s any substitute for nigella seeds as am running short of them in my store right now

    1. no subtitute, but you can use black or white sesame seeds or skip the nigella seeds altogether.

  7. Hi Dassana,
    I love vegetarian recipes and watevr I look on google for vegetarian food I get your website suggestion as first in the list, love your recipes.its my first comment but good things should be always acknowledged, keeo up the good work.

  8. I made the kulcha last night together with your recipe of diwani handi.It was a hit.After having one bite I imagined myself eating at a wedding.This is my first comment but whatever of your other recipes I made were finger licking good.Thanks a ton for sharing such delicious recipes.

  9. Thanks for the recipe…it really came out well.
    Can I knead the dough for kulcha at night??
    Thank you

    1. mansi, just one day in the refrigerator. since curd is added and they are not baked but made on tawa.

  10. So nice and soooo easy…cheapest tooo.
    Thanks Thanks dasanna I like your all recipes ive saved and written also.

  11. 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

    1. 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.

  12. 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..

    1. i do know the method of tortillas and even spinach mushroom creamy sauce. but not yet tried. i will try to make and if possible post the recipe also.

  13. 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!

    1. 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.

  14. 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..

  15. 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.

    1. 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.