Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha

Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha

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A delicious Indian bread that is very popular in North India, and in Indian restaurants all over the world, the Kulcha has a unique texture and taste that make it a special treat for the palate.

It has a neutral taste, with the appetizing aroma and mild flavour of nigella seeds. This makes it a great accompaniment for all kinds of gravies and subzis, especially spicy and tangy ones.

If you follow these instructions for kneading and cooking the Kulchas, you will end up with a delightful treat that will earn you many compliments.

You can also try other recipes like the Punjabi Whole Wheat Kulcha and the Paneer Kulcha .

Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha recipe - How to make Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     10Makes 10 kulchas
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1 1/2 cups plain flour (maida)
2 tsp instant dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp curds (dahi)
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
plain flour (maida) for rolling
2 1/2 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
butter for brushing

  1. Combine the yeast, sugar and 5 tbsp of lukewarm water in a bowl and mix well. Cover it with a lid and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the plain flour, yeast-sugar mixture, curds and salt and in a deep bowl and knead into a soft dough, using enough water.
  3. Cover the dough with a lid or damp muslin cloth and keep aside in a warm place for 45 minutes.
  4. Add the oil and knead very well.
  5. Divide the dough into 10 equal portions.
  6. Press a portion of the dough flat on a rolling board and roll into a 75 mm. (3”) diameter circle using a little plain flour for rolling, sprinkle ¼ tsp of nigella seeds evenly over it.
  7. Roll again out into a 125 mm. (5") diameter circle using a little plain flour for rolling.
  8. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and place a kulcha over it with the nigella seeds side facing downwards.
  9. Cook it on one side till it puffs slightly and then turn over.
  10. Cook it on the other side till it puffs a little and then roast it on an open flame till it turns golden brown from both the sides.
  11. Repeat the steps 6 to 10 to make 9 more kulchas.
  12. Brush each kulcha with a little butter and serve immediately.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per kulcha
Energy112 cal
Protein1.9 g
Carbohydrates12.8 g
Fiber0 g
Fat5.8 g
Cholesterol0.5 mg
Sodium2.1 mg
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Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha
 on 23 Aug 19 08:51 PM

Very well explained
Tarla Dalal
24 Aug 19 08:40 AM
   Thank you so much Indu!!
Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha
 on 14 Sep 18 06:04 PM

wat if yeast is not avbl. watelse can b replaced???
Tarla Dalal
15 Sep 18 08:45 AM
   Hi Krupali, Try adding 1 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp baking soda instead of yeast.
Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha
 on 27 Mar 17 02:44 PM

Too good! Soft, melt in mouth Kulchas which can be enjoyed with any of Tarla Dalal''s Punjabi subzi. The instant dry yeast made the dough rise very well and so did the kulcha puff up well while cooking.
Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha
 on 11 Mar 17 02:45 PM

I always wondered that kulchas are difficult to make but this recipe solved my queries and they came out restaurant style and my kids gorged on them and said the restaurant is right here.... Thanks so much...