Kulcha is a type of Indian bread that is soft, fluffy, and flavorful. It is typically made with all-purpose flour, yogurt, and a few other basic ingredients. Here is a full recipe for making kulcha at home:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander leaves (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon nigella seeds (kalonji)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well.
- Add the yogurt, milk, and vegetable oil to the bowl. Mix the ingredients together to form a dough.
- Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, divide the dough into 6-8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball.
- Flatten each ball of dough with your palm, and then use a rolling pin to roll it out into a flat disk. The disk should be about 1/4 inch thick.
- Brush the top of each disk with melted butter, and then sprinkle with chopped onions, coriander leaves, and nigella seeds.
- Preheat a tawa or griddle over medium-high heat. Once the tawa is hot, carefully transfer a disk of dough onto the tawa.
- Cook the kulcha for about 2-3 minutes on one side, until it starts to puff up and becomes golden brown. Flip the kulcha over and cook it on the other side for another 1-2 minutes.
- Remove the kulcha from the tawa and transfer it to a plate. Brush the top of the kulcha with melted butter.
- Repeat steps 7-9 with the remaining disks of dough.
- Serve the kulcha hot with your favorite Indian curry or chutney. Enjoy!
- Use lukewarm water or milk to make the dough. This will help the dough to rise better.
- The dough needs to be kneaded well for 5-7 minutes to develop the gluten and create a smooth texture.
- Letting the dough rest for 2 hours is crucial. This helps the dough to rise and develop flavor.
- You can add other ingredients like garlic, ginger, or green chilies to the dough for added flavor.
- When rolling out the dough, make sure it is not too thin, as it will not puff up well. A thickness of about 1/4 inch is perfect.