Onion Kulcha

Kulcha has been on my wishlist of recipes to try for a very long time. But for some reason I had never really made it before. My daughter was thrilled with the simplicity of the recipe and we enjoyed the Onion Kulcha a lot.

Some time back I posted recipes from a flatbread platter I recreated after being inspired at Sanaa, the restaurant in the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World. I was very impressed with the custom wooden trays they served the flatbread in. It had holes cut out to place the different bowls of dips. I had decided to recreate the flavors and enjoy a meal of flatbreads at home. My platter had five different flatbreads that I served with roasted red pepper hummus and cucumber dip.

The breads in the picture above left to right are - garlic bread, spicy naan, plain naan, onion kulcha and aloo paratha. While I posted all the other breads I never got to posting the kulcha.

You will need
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt to taste
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. oil, I used olive oil

For the filling
1 onion, diced finely1 tsp. cumin coriander powder
1 tsp. or adjust to taste cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. ajwain or ova
1/4 tsp. onion seeds (kalonji)
a couple of mints leaves, chopped

Add all the dry ingredients for the dough in a mixing bowl and combine with the wet ingredients to form a dough. Knead well, cover and keep aside to rest for about an hour.

In a separate bowl combine all the ingredients for the filling.

Heat a flat griddle on medium heat. I use cast iron. Divide the rested dough in large lemon sized portions. Flatten one portion on the palm of your hand. Add the filling.

Bring all the sides up over the filling and press together to form a ball with the filling inside.

Flatten the ball slightly in your palm and place it on a board. Using your rolling pin roll it out into a thick disc about 5-7 inches.

Place the rolled out bread on the hot griddle. Let it cook for a minutes and flip it over. Add a few drops of oil to the cooked top. After another minute flip it over again and let it sizzle with the oil. Flip over one last time for a few seconds and take it off the heat.


This is my entry for week four, day two of BM #88 for the theme Bookmarked recipes.


  1. That is a lovely platter of flat breads. Onion kulcha has come out so good

  2. That is an amazing bread platter Varada. All the breads look so delicious, especially the onion kulcha..

  3. very nice varada!....never eaten a kulcha before...........but iv always seen it in the menu when i go to restaurants!urs looks beautiful.............time to give it a shot:)

  4. You nailed those onion kulchas prefectly Varada, i just love kulchas especially when they are stuffed with paneer and onions. Fantastic dish.

  5. Now this is one of the best parathas , my favourite ! Perfectly made the paratha is my rescue menu ! Btw I love that flatbread platter , looks super cool .

  6. The kulchas look perfect and soft! That whole platter looks tempting...

  7. Oh we love the onion kulchas and your bread basket looks excellent Varada!

  8. Onions kulchas turned out so perfect. One of my favorite flat bread.

  9. The kulchas look so delicious. I haven't tried an onion kulcha. Love your flatbread platter.

  10. Love the platter there. My husband loves all types of kulchas. I should try it with the red pepper hummus

  11. Awesome combination of breads....and the kulchas are just perfect

  12. Onion kulcha looks delectable....it has been on my to do list for long time now. Must have been an enjoyable meal

  13. That is a very flavorful and delicious looking onion kulcha. You made them so perfectly.

  14. Onion kulcha is one of my favorite from Punjabi cuisine, it taste just amazing with some chole.

  15. Wow! The kulcha looks so beautiful. Knowing my skills with flatbread I will never try making it.

  16. I love fluffy kulchas - onions would be a nice flavoring

  17. This onion kulcha looks so tasty and perfectly cooked.


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