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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

kulcha-recipe       
I eat garlic naan usually when I order north Indian flat breads at restaurants. Kulcha is Vj’s favorite. When we go to Kailash parbhat, Vj orders this every time. I always stick to my favorite chaats there and have any left over that Aj orders. When I was thinking of posting some North Indian lunch menu last week, I thought of making dal makhani but was not sure of what to make for bread. I thought for a change, instead of roti or naan, I will try this kulcha. Its not complicated as you think. Its very easy. And we are gonna make only one or two for a person, so no worries. I made only 4 and I think its perfect for lunch time along with other dishes. I referred a stuffed kulcha recipe from Khanakazhana, but adapted to make it as plain/ butter kulchas. Make it plain or with sesame seeds sprinkled, brush it with butter to make it more tastier.

butter-kulcha-recipe

Kulcha recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch/ Dinner
Prep Time: 1 hr    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Makes: 4

Ingredients

Maida/ all purpose flour/ plain flour - 1 cup

Milk - 1/4 cup (plus as needed)

Curd - 1 tblsp

Baking powder - 1/2 tsp

Cooking soda - 1/4 tsp

Sugar - 1 tsp

Salt - 1/2 tsp (or as needed)

Black sesame (optional) - As needed

Coriander leaves - As needed

Oil - As needed

Butter - As needed


Method

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and sieve it to make sure even mixing. In a mixing bowl, place the flour and make a dent in the middle. Add sugar, salt, curd and milk.
  2. 1-dough
  3. Gather to make a dough and knead for a minute. Rest aside covered properly for an hour. Again knead well to make the dough smooth.
  4. 2-smooth>
  5. Divide into 4 equal balls. Roll with generous dusting over a counter top. When its half rolled, add few drops of oil and spread it. Again roll to a thin kulcha. Adding oil at the bottom makes it easy to spread without shrinking.
  6. 3-oil
  7. Do not worry about the shape. Take the rolled kulcha in ur hand and sprinkle some sesame seeds and chopped coriander leaves.
  8. 4-roll
  9. Again keep the kulcha and roll gently over to make sure the sesame and coriander sticks to it well.
  10. 5-tawa
  11. Heat a tawa and now spread little water on the top of rolled kulcha. Take the kulcha carefully and put it over the hot tawa in such a way that the water brushed side is down. Cook covered in medium flame.  (water should be applied over the plain side of the kulcha and the water applied side should be put to the tawa first. The sesame side should be on top)
  12. 6-cook
  13. Once you see bubbles on the top, you either flip it in the tawa itself and cook or put it over direct flame with sesame seeds side down. Wait till brown spot appears and brush it with butter.
  14. 7-brush

Notes

    • Adding oil while rolling ensure easy rolling without shrinking. I found it while I was rolling and found it helpful.
    • You can use white sesame too.
    • Roll it thin otherwise, it will be looking like naan.
    • To avoid watery bottom, always keep kulcha in a bamboo basket or over a clean kitchen cloth or wire rack.

Serve with any rich side dish like paneer based gravies or others like dal makhani as I did.

plain-kulcha-recipe


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57 comments:

  1. i always prefer kulcha to naan. Its light, easy to make and easy to eat although i make it with WWF and APF in a 50 50 ratio. That basket looks so cute

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  2. kulcha is my favourite..... very super photos!!!

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  3. Hey
    The water is to be sprinkled on the coriander sprinkled surface or the opposite side??

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    1. Opposite side. The side which is plain.

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  4. Love the way of sticking sesame seeds and coriander. :)

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  5. Stuffed Kulcha is my all time favourite. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will try it for sure.

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  6. Stuffed Kulcha is my all time favourite. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will try it for sure.

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  7. Stuffed Kulcha is my all time favourite. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will try it for sure.

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  8. I have tasted this never thought of making at home :D very clear photo

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  9. Love the picture raji. Perfect kulchas.

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  10. I was planning to make kulchas and here it is......black sesame seeds look beautiful on plain white kulchas...

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  11. Lovely Kulchas!!! The black sesame seeds and coriander leaves are giving it a lovely colour

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  12. Lovely recipe. ...pics r gr8

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  13. Lovely recipe. ...pics r gr8

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  14. perfectly done.. my kids fav

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  15. Lovely kulchas. I have been thinking for a very long time to try out kulchas.Nicely explained

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  16. Lovely kulchas Raji.. Very well prepared.

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  17. wow....looks sooo tempting n perfectly made...

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  18. That looks tempting... do any one have any idea hot to cook pulka/kulcha over glass top stove...

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    1. Simply flip and cook over tawa itself.

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  19. So soft it and delicious looking kulchas. Irresistible just by looking into it.
    Deepa

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  20. So soft....and beautiful looking kulchas.... lovely presentation

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  21. Even m new to department called kitchen after marriage, now i just blindly follow ur website, guess m blessed :P coz wot eva i tried from ur site has turned the way it should be. i have crossed one step ahead than my MIL :) all credit goes only to Raks...Just one word- ur 'AWESOME'...!

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  22. Looks so soft and yummy raks.

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  23. Kulchas are my all time favorite, very well explained post. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  24. Thanks for the post. I tried this today and came out very well.. Happy that I can make kulchas at home :). I prepared Aloo Dum as side dish (from ur blog). It was awesome.

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    1. That's awesom Swathi :) Thank you so much. Nest time, you can send me a picture as well to my mail ID rakskitchen@gmail.com so that I can share it in my Facebook page.

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  25. I have been thinking for a very long time to try out kulchas.well explained
    will try soon and let u know how it came.

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  26. These look delicious. I too usually only have garlic naan so I'll have to try these for something new!

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  27. Raji, you have a wonderful blog with good collection of recipes all neatly done! Luv your photos too! Kulchas look yummy!

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  28. This looks wonderful raji ..I will try it home ...Will ask my doubts by then ...Wonderful clicks as usual

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  29. I made this a couple of days back and sorry that I dint reply earlier; it was soooooooooooo soft, all loved it.. Thanks a ton for inspiring me. i had never eaten Kulchas in my life. ;-)

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  30. I tried this and it came out really nice.. Thank You :) I would like to add just one thing, the milk quantity was a lil too much for 1 cup of maida. I added some more maida as the dough was very sticky.

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  31. i tried this kulcha..it came out very well...its better than what v get outside....again 1 cup milk is bit too much.taste grt!!!!!

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  32. Raks you're just awesome!! Soon after my wedding I flied to Malaysia!! And joining kitchen department was really challenging one for me. Whenever my hubby invited his colleagues home for lunch or dinner, I used to open ur blog for yummy recipes and really it helped me a lot. Thanks a ton Raksha. Today I tried this kulcha and it came out so nicely!! Unbelievable. Thanks again :):)

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  33. Hi Rak's,
    I referred your recipe and served with Chicken Almond Curry, everyone appreciated it,thanks for sharing the recipe.
    I've posted it on my blog.Do check if you have time.
    Happy blogging!

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  34. The Kulcha looks inviting. I will soon try this. Pls. suggest, Kulcha needs to be rolled thin as chapatti or thick.

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    1. Slightly thicker than chapati

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  35. hai, i tried this kulcha, but it was very sticky and happen to be many holes on it...but the taste was good..i am not sure where is my mistake.

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    1. May be you added baking powder and baking soda more?

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  36. Hi raks, I just doubled your recipe and kept dough to rest....May I ask, why yeast is not added to this recipe? Usually I see it in most kulcha recipes,....what's the deal with adding or omitting? :)

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    1. Naan needs yeast, for kulcha no need :) Yeast makes the dough rise and ferment the dough.

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    2. Thank you raks :) by the way wanted to let you know that my kulcha turned d out well after following your recipe :)

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  37. I wanted to ask if it is possible to make it without baking powder and soda

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    1. You may not get soft and spongy texture :)

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  38. Tried today and it was awesome...followed ur recipe to the core..superb raks

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  39. any subsitutions to milk as i am intolerant to it? can i sub it to buttermilk?

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    1. Yes you can substitute with buttermilk and try.

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  40. Wat wil happen if baking soda is not there?

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    1. Softness wont be there also the bubbles wont be like this, look will get different.

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  41. Is baking soda and cooking soda same or different? I'm planning to make kulcha today. Please help

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