Onion kulchas

By DK on Nov 11, 2008
Onion Kulchas

It tastes and looks like Naan, but it is not nor does it take that much time and effort. Its like a breeze. So what am I talking about? Yup, you are right. Talking about Kulchas. Kulchas are North Indian flat breads - originated from Punjab. They are especially enjoyed with choley (Spicy Chickpeas).

So what exactly is the difference between Naan and Kulcha? The ones that I know of is the obvious ones that- Naan is made of yeast while Kulcha make use of only baking powder and baking soda for its preparation.- Naans are usually oblong in shape while Kulchas are round.Both are made in Tandoor (earthern clay oven which enhances the taste of the bread) but Kulchas can be made on the stove top too. When you dont have Tandoor at home, you can make both Naan and kulchas in the oven. I made my Kulchas in the broiler but I have also shown how to make them in the stove top too.

Basic Information
Prep Time: 2 to 4 hours
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 4 people
Yield: Makes about 10-15 kulchas depending on the size
  • 3 cups Maida (all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/8th tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt to taste (approx 1 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • For the Filling
  • 1 large onion, chopped very finely
  • 2-3 chillies, slices thinly (or as per taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Ajwain (oregano)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger,grated
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl until blended and set aside.

Onion Kulchas

.Mix all the ingredients for the dough, add water if needed to make it into a soft dough.Set aside for at least 1-2 hours. Then divide the dough into small pieces and make rounds of each them. Roll it out into a small circle with the help of a rolling pin, just like you would do with Roti’s or Parathas.

Onion Kulchas

Now place little filling in the center of the rolled out dough and bring all the sides up to enclose the filling. Press it down.

Onion Kulchas

Now roll it down softly into a circle.

Onion Kulchas

Set the setting of your oven to broiler. once hot, place this rolled out Kulcha into a baking pan and push it into the broiler for 2-3 min until the top is browned.

Onion Kulchas

Now turn the kulcha and broil for additional 2 min. Serve hot.

Onion Kulchas

For Stove top method : This follows the normal method just the same way you would do for your roti’s. Heat a pan in your stove in med-high flame and place the Kulcha. Pour down little ghee/butter/oil on all the sides of the Kulcha and cook for 3-4 min.

Onion Kulchas

Turn when brown spots start appearing on the surface of the bottom end. Do the same for the other side.Serve hot with butter melting on top and Choley at the side. Yum!:)

Onion Kulchas
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41 Responses to “Onion kulchas”
  1. Sowndarya

    They are so yummy, I want to make them for my child birthday party.can u tell me the best
    Way to keep them hot.

  2. This looks delicious. I’m going to be experimenting with a roti version. I just learned to make roti from my mom the proper way and I wanted to see if I could stuff them too like these kulchas. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. If you use a pizza stone, you will save the step of turning over the kulcha under the broiler.

  4. Ranjani Venkatesh

    Can i use whole wheat flour instead of All purpose flour?

    Oh yes, pls refer my Garlic Wheat Kulchas Recipe –DK

  5. Thats nice..really mouth watering but it is still different than what are available in Indian market…
    I tried baking the maida with yeast dough but could not recreate that taste in Kulcha which we get with matar chole in market..
    It would be great if you know how to do it and share the recipe.

  6. meenakshi

    respected mam i have an OTG but i do not know how to use broiler . can u plz help me in this matter?

    I do not own an OTG hence I have no idea other than to give you some resource from the net. But you can post this question to my Facebook forum where many members own an OTG. They might be able to answer your query. http://www.facebook.com/ChefInYou. Hope you find the answers :) –DK

  7. Hi DK – thanks so much for this, I made it last night and it was really wonderful. Will be coming back to your site soon for more recipes, you have a great selection and make cooking Indian food look easy. Thanks again for sharing!

    Thank you Yesica…I am glad to note that you liked the kulchas….I appreciate your comment..

  8. Maya

    Nothing is better than fresh kulchas topped with butter/ghee!

  9. Divya Kudua

    Yummy kulchas..I am just loving this theme of yours..so many recipes which I never thought one could make at home..;-)

  10. Soma

    & These too along with the Naan.. bookmarked.

    Love it

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