Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha Recipe by Tarla Dalal
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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.
Recipe Description for Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha
- 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.
- Combine the plain flour, yeast-sugar mixture, curds and salt and in a deep bowl and knead into a soft dough, using enough water.
- Cover the dough with a lid or damp muslin cloth and keep aside in a warm place for 45 minutes.
- Add the oil and knead very well.
- Divide the dough into 10 equal portions.
- 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.
- Roll again out into a 125 mm. (5") diameter circle using a little plain flour for rolling.
- Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and place a kulcha over it with the nigella seeds side facing downwards.
- Cook it on one side till it puffs slightly and then turn over.
- 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.
- Repeat the steps 6 to 10 to make 9 more kulchas.
- Brush each kulcha with a little butter and serve immediately.
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