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Kulcha Naan


  • Heat None
  • Serves 4
  • Dietary Info VEGETARIAN
  • Prep 1 hr
  • Cook 5 mins
Kulcha Naan

Punjabi flatbreads crisp on the outside and usually stuffed with spiced potatoes

Hari says

Kulcha are Indian flatbreads similar to naan, but the key difference between them is that they are made using maida or a refined white flour whereas naan tends to be made with a wheat flour. Naan dough is leavened with yoghurt and yeast to make it soft and light, whereas Kulcha dough is not.

Kulcha are speciality flaky breads, specifically from Amritsar. Round in shape, they tend to be stuffed with delicious soft potatoes and spices and then served with chole (chickpea curry). This makes an especially yummy breakfast dish!




  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 250g plain flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda 
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ⅓ tsp salt 
  • 2 tbsp thick yoghurt 
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 2 tbsp milk, warm
  • 100ml (approx) water, warm to knead the dough
  • 1 tbsp Kalonji Seeds (onion or Nigella seeds) or 4 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves, optional


  1. Mix together the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and kalonji seeds in a bowl. 
  2. Add the plain yoghurt, ghee or oil, warm milk and a little of the warm water, mix and add more water as needed to bring the dough together. 
  3. Knead for 10 minutes by hand until you have a smooth, pliable dough.
  4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with a clean, damp cloth. It needs to rest for about an hour or two to help the gluten develop and make the Kulcha soft.
  5. Roll out each ball of dough into a circle. You can top with some coriander leaves and roll out the dough.
  6. Heat tava or frying pan over medium flame.
  7. Brush some water on the underside and when the pan is hot place the kulcha on to it.
  8. Cook until bubbles start to appear on the surface. Flip and cook until brown spots appear on the surface.
  9. You can place it directly on the flame for a few seconds on each side then put on a clean tea towel.
  10. Smear it with some butter over the top and serve immediately.


Served with

The best way to mop up and delicious curry sauce.  

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Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)6.8
of which saturates (g)1.2
Carbohydrates (g)56
of which sugars (g)3.8
Fibre (g)2.1
Protein (g)8.0
Salt (mg)1.4
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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