Kulcha is a soft leavened North Indian flat bread originated from Punjab. Soft kulcha is popular item in restaurants menu. It is usually baked in Tandoor oven and is served with Chole (spicy chickpea curry). But it is easy to prepare soft kulcha at home too. Here I have posted the easy stove top method for making kulcha.
While taking about kulcha, there is always a question regarding what is the difference between Naan and Kulcha? Naan is leavened using yeast while kulcha is leavened using baking powder, baking soda and yogurt. Kulcha can be either plain or stuffed. This is a recipe for plain kulcha.
I tried this Kulcha recently and was a great hit at home. Every one loved this soft kulchas especially the kids. I have already made this Kulcha second time this week. If you are looking for perfectly soft kulcha, that can be easily prepared at home, then your search ends here.
Recipe Source: Veg Recipes of India
What are the ingredients needed?
All Purpose flour / Maida, 2 1/2 cups + more for dusting and rolling
Baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Baking Soda, 1/4 teaspoon
Salt, as needed
Sugar, 2 teaspoons
Yogurt, 1/4 cup
Milk, 1/4 cup (lukewarm)
Water, about 1/2 cup or as needed. (lukewarm)
Oil, 2 1/2 tablespoon
Ghee/ butter, as needed for cooking
|Home made Kulcha recipe|
How it is made?
- Combine all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a bowl.
- To this flour mixture add yogurt, oil and milk. Then as your kneading gradually add water and knead well for few minutes till the dough is soft and smooth.
- Cover this dough with wet kitchen towel/napkin and set it aside for 2-3 hours.
- Now divide the dough into about 10 equal sized balls. Then dust it with flour and flatten it and roll it into required kulcha shape.
- Heat tawa/ griddle, place the rolled kulcha and apply butter on one side and cook till the brown spots starts to appear then turn it to other side, apply butter and cook till it is done.
- Repeat the process for the rest of the dough.
It yields about 10 kulchas.
|Easy recipe for soft kulcha|
- Instead of using butter for cooking, oil can be used too.
- Nigella seeds/ Kalonji can be added while rolling kulchas for additional flavor. But I didn't add though.
- Though popular serving suggestion with kulcha is channa or chole, it can also be served with any spicy tomato based gravy. I served it with malai kofta.