Friday, March 20, 2009

kulcha or Naan ???

kulcha is basically a punjabi recipe,baked flat bread made with all-purpose flour(Maida).kulcha can be plain or stuffed ,both tastes too good.This is good to eat with chana masala(chole),paneer butter masala any non veg/veg gravy curries.

Actually i thought of making kulcha from many days..i searched in the internet..and took the recipe (fusioned it from many sites )and prepared it but finally this has turned out ..... i don't know what to call..but i am describing this as kulcha only :)

I dont know the exact difference betweeen naan and kulcha except one(kulchass can be stuffed with any vegetables like paratha's but not naan's)

This is my first time making , reviving my college days.During my college days i used to eat naans and kulchaas on every weekend.We had lot of dhabas near by my college,and usually we don't have dinner on every sunday,they will just give evening snacks on that day.We people every weekend ,used to go to dhabas and eat these along with non veg curries.I am a big fan of kulcha....Finally i did it today but end up in a confusion what it is finally turned out :)

Suggest me any changes that i have to make for the preparatin of kulcha and naan and tell me the difference b/w naan and kulchaa friends.. ,so that i will make next time with your changes without any fusion confusion!!


Maida (All Purpose Flour)- 3 Cups

Salt- 1 tsp

Baking Powder- 1 tsp

Dry yeast- 1 tsp

Warm water- 1/4 Cup

curd/ Yogurt - 4 tsp

Sugar- 1 tsp

oil-few tsp

Ghee - 1/8th cup

Milk /water to make dough

Maida for dusting and rolling dough


1.Mix dry yeast in luke warm water and keep it aside for 5 to 10 min or till foam comes on top of water.

2. sift Maida and add salt, sugar,and baking powder to this flour.

3. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add dissolved dry yeast with water , Yogurt ,oil and knead it.

4. Mix evenely with your hand and if needed add water/milk to make soft dough. Knead the dough for 5to 10 minutes.

5. Gather the dough to form a ball. Lightly apply oil on the ball. Cover with damp kitchen towel or a plastic film wrap. Let it rest about 2 -4 hours at room temperature.

6.After the rest time,Knead the dough for about five minutes. Divide dough in to 8 equal small balls. One dough ball will make one Kulcha.

7. Preheat oven to 450ยบ F.

8. Lightly dust the rolling surface with Maida. Put a Dough ball. Flatten the dough with hand. Roll the dough out to form a round, or oval shape about the 1/4 inch thickness.

9. Brush the Kulcha with Ghee. Put the Kulcha on a greased Baking sheet. Bake about 3 to 5 minutes.

10.Instead of using oven you can also use flat pan .I have used flat pan for frying the kulcha.Heat the pan and put kulcha on it,when you see bubbles on it turn the other side apply ghee on it.fry it till golden spots observed on both the sides of the kulcha.

11.Serve kulcha with chana masala/chole.


  1. Looks good, I posted a Kulcha too. Almost like Naan but can be cooked on the stove top. Lot easier than making Naans. Enjoy! :)

  2. wow ! Thanks lavanya for the recipe ..will try this weekend :) Thanks :)happy weekend

  3. I dunno much abt difference..but they look yum with teh gravy..:)

  4. Looking yumm lavanya.Prefect combination with chole...

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  6. First time here Lavanya, Nice blog. I love Kulcha. Nice pictures , nice explanation. Looks inviting.

  7. thats Kulcha,isn't it Lavanya ? looks awesome and makes me much tempting..

  8. Nice recipe Lavanya! I donno about kulcha/naan too. Looks really good! :)

  9. lovely kulcha lavanya,looks great and awesome

  10. I love both! Looks awesome!

  11. Yummy kulcha...Looks great Lavanya.

  12. oh wooww lavanya.. kulcha loooks so soft and yummy..

  13. Thank you for sharing this flatbread recipe!

    Lavanya, one more question about this black gram. I am wondering whether it is okay to use Azuki bean instead...and these black grams look so much like black beans we use in China.

  14. lavanya kulcha looks so perfect and very yum combo. great job dear

  15. The kulcha and chole look delicious! i thought the difference was that for kulcha we dont use yeast and for naan we do. but anyways, am not sure. got to find that out now:)

  16. That's looks yummy...wonderful combo and kulcha looks just perfect

  17. does the difference really matter? It looks great and I am sure it tasted great too :)

  18. Plain Kulcha looks so perfect . Notable recipe. Hope u had a wonderful weekend dinner with this.

  19. Never tried yet kulchas at home, once i go to indian resto, this kulchas are my first choice..lookz delicious Lavanya..

  20. Thanx Lavanya,...Looks gud,let me try