Friday, March 27

Onion Kulcha



Kulcha, its a type of Indian bread quite similar in looks and appearance to a naan(another very famous indian bread), just without the elongated shape and are much softer. It can be made on a tawa or griddle, as opposed to naan, which is better baked in a hot tandoor or oven only ,to get the desired effect. And as now i have neither, i prefer making Kulcha's only, whenever there's need to cook something special. Also they come out more soft when made by stove top method as compared to baking.

Ingredients:

1 heaped tsp. dry yeast
About 200 ml warm water.
2 tsp sugar

For Dough:
500 gm all purpose flour or maida
1/2 cup natural yoghurt or dahi
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. ghee or vegetable oil
Salt to taste

For Stuffing:
1 sweet onion, minced
few coriander/mint leaves chopped
1/4 tsp chilli pwd.
salt to taste


Method:

Place warm water in a bowl and add yeast and sugar over the water. Leave aside for 5-10 minutes, until it becomes frothy (activated).
Now sift flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
Make well in the centre. Add curd and oil in the well.
Then make a soft non sticky dough with the yeast water.
Cover and leave aside for 2-4 hours in a warm place, until it doubles in size.
Mix all the ingredients for stuffing.

Punch the dough down, and make tennis size balls out of it.
Heat a griddle or tawa or a frying pan.
Roll the balls out to a circle of approx. 3-4 inches in diameter. Put the stuffing (about 1-2 tbsp) in it, fold and agian roll out into 6-8 inches in diameter and 2-3 mm. thick circle . Don't make it too thick, because it swells up a little when cooking.

Place it on the heated griddle/tawa. When a few bubbles appear, turn it over. cook on both sides,and finally apply butter/ghee on one side, take it off the griddle.
Best serve kulchas immediately or else can also stack them one on top of other and then wrap them in a foil. Just before serving reheat in a grill or oven.
Serve with Chole or any other rich curry, like i served them with Malai Kofta's.

Tips:

Once the packet of yeast is opened ,it shouldn't be kept for long, unless its in the freezer.
Kulchas can be made in advance and reheated. They can be frozen too. Defrost fully, re-heat and serve.
You can make any type of filling for it , like onion or potatoes or even plain kulcha. I made all the three varities, for the three guys in my house with entirely different taste buds... :)

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Sending these Kulche's to RCI: Lucknow started by Lakshmi

24 comments:

Pooja said...

looking delicious neha...

Madhumathi said...

Onion kulcha looks very tempting..I too prefer the stove top method :)

Priti said...

Looks so yummy..nice one Neha

Asha said...

Excellent! I prefer softer Kulchas to Naans. Looks yum! :)

Varunavi said...

Lovely neha,looks delicious.Will try this recipe.Nice idea to freeze it as well

meeso said...

Ah, that sounds heavenly, warm and soft! Would love a piece :)

Priya said...

Kulcha looks too good,i prefer kulchas than naan...

Sathya Sankar said...

Kulcha looks very good, I always sprinkle with some garam masala instead of stuffing. :)

Medhaa said...

Kulcha looks perfect, thanks for sharing

SGD said...

Looks absolutely WOW!! I always prefer kulchas over naan...especially the stuffed kulchas... mmmm!

Lavanya said...

excellent..kulcha looks yumm neha..

sriharivatsan said...

Looks excellent Neha....Looks very soft...

Arch said...

looks really nice and soft - never tried these at home - stove top method makes me think i should gives this a try

Priya said...

I always order a kulcha at a restaurant. Making naan & Kulcha's at home has been on my to-do list forever.Will try with your recipe soon :-)

Varunavi said...

Trying ur recipe will let u know

Preety said...

i never tried naan but these look irresistible

Cham said...

Absolutely delicous Kulcha's

Smitha said...

First time I'm coming across a recipe for kulcha. will try it.

Sonu said...

Nice picture as well as I m looking to make it today only..

Rashmi said...

Looks absolutely mouth-watering :)

Food said...

impressed. i will try this!

gautami said...

Looks really yummy and tempting, Normally dont find in Indian restaurants in US....this is one of the recipes I found in your blog only and worth making at home...It would be really good if you give 'measuring cup' measures instead of measure in 'grams' or 'ml'...

gautami said...

Thanks for the recipe of Kucha found rarely on the net and in US restaurants:). Worth making at home.. will request if u can give 'measureing cup' measures!!!

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Hi neha, nice blog. good recipes. check out my blog http://simplysara07.blogspot.com/... thanks

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