Crispy Flaky Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is an Indian bread which is everyone’s’ favorite. Make this restaurant-style bread at home using my simple recipe.
About This Recipe
Aloo Kulcha is a variation of the very popular Punjabi bread Kulcha where it is stuffed with a spicy potato filling. This North Indian bread is flaky and crispy and can be easily made at home using basic pantry staples.
Stuffed with spicy and masaledar Aloo Masala, this Aloo Kulcha is the first thing you need to try at a Punjabi restaurant or a roadside dhaba. Every bite of it is just pure magic when you pair it with spicy Punjabi Chole or Dal Makhani.
During my Delhi visit last year, I was surprised to see so many Kulcha variations at these street-side shops. We tried so many from Onion Kulcha to Paneer Kulcha, but my favorite one was this Aloo Kulcha. Spicy and hot Aloo Masala piping out of the Kulcha, even my son loved it.
So when we returned back home and Punjabi Chole was on the menu, my son wanted to have that delicious Aloo Kulcha again. So without any wait, I got the ingredients ready and made this delectable Potato Kulcha at home.
Let me tell you, these Potato Kulchas are also a hit at get-togethers and family dinners. You can always adjust the spices in the Aloo masala, that suits your taste.
Traditionally, they are prepared in a Tandoor or a Clay Oven, but here to make it easy I will tell you how to make it on tawa (griddle) at home. You can make these in an oven too.
This Aloo Kulcha is,
- Vegan (avoid butter)
- Full of Flavour
- A Punjabi favorite
- Perfect for special occasions
- Just like the restaurant one
For the Stuffing – For the Aloo Masala, we will need potatoes, onions, ginger, green chilies, coriander, coriander seeds, black pepper, anardana powder (dry pomegranate seeds), Kasuri methi, black salt, red chili powder, cumin powder, dry mango powder, and salt.
Boil, peel and mash the potatoes to use in the masala.
Kasuri Methi is optional, but it does adds a great flavour so do not miss on it.
I like to add green chilies, as I like the spice in these Aloo Kulchas. You can always adjust the amount of green chilies, or even avoid adding it if you are making it for kids.
Red chili powder, dry mango powder, crushed anardana, crushed black pepper adds a spicy tangy flavor to the masala which makes it even more delicious.
For the Dough – You will need maida (all-purpose flour), baking powder, salt, and sugar. You can replace some of the flour with whole wheat flour to make healthier aloo kulcha.
How to make Aloo Kulcha?
For the Filling:
Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl and keep aside.
For the Dough:
Mix all the ingredients except butter to make the dough in a bowl.
Add water and make a soft dough.
Knead it for 4-5 minutes.
Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a large surface. Dust flour and spread it to make a large rectangle and apply a thin layer of 2 tsp butter.
Sprinkle 1 tsp of flour over the butter and turn one edge of the dough until it reaches the centre.
Turn the other layer over the previous layer.
Spread it again. Apply 2 tsp butter again and sprinkle 1 tsp flour.
Make 3-4 layers in the similar way.
Divide it into 6 equal parts and make balls from it. Cover the balls and keep them aside for 10 minutes.
Dust and roll the balls to make a 4 inch circle.
Keep 2 tbsp of potato filling in the centre of the circle and brings the ends together.
Sprinkle some crushed coriander seeds and red chili powder and keep the ball over it.
Roll the ball to make a 5-6 inch circle. Press your fingers all over the kulcha.
Heat a tava. Apply water on the outer surface of the aloo kulcha and keep it on the hot tava.
Turn the tava around and cook the kulcha over direct flame on low heat until brown spots appear all over.
Turn the tawa back and cook the kulcha for another minute.
Remove the kulcha and apply butter generously on top. Crush the aloo kulcha using your palms. Serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Naan and Kulcha are very similar, but they differ in a few ingredients and the style of preparing it.
Kulcha dough is layered and hence it is very flaky and crispy while naan is mostly not layered and hence it is slightly chewy.
To make it with yeast, combine yeast, sugar, and warm water in a bowl and give it a mix. Cover and keep it aside for 10 minutes until the bubbles form.
Now use this mixture to knead the dough and avoid adding baking powder to this recipe. Once you knead it well, keep it aside for about 45 minutes in a warm place.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line the kulcha on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly browned from the. Turn the oven to broil and broil for a minute to brown the top of the kulcha. Apply butter and serve hot.
You can serve it as it is with just Raita and Chutney too, as they are very flavourful on their own.
This bread tastes best when made fresh and served right off the tawa. However, you can make the filling and dough ahead and store it for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
If you still want to make the kulcha ahead of serving time, heat them in an oven or an air fryer so that they become crispy again.
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For the Dough:
- 250 gram Maida (All Purpose Flour)
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Salt
- 4 tbsp Salted Butter (Softened)
For the Filling:
- 2 cups Mashed Potatoes (boiled)
- ½ cup Onion (chopped)
- 1 tsp Ginger (finely chopped)
- 2 tsp Green Chilli (finely chopped)
- 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander (chopped)
- 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds (crushed)
- 1 tsp Black Pepper (crushed)
- 2 tsp Anardana (Pomegranate Seeds Powder) (crushed)
- 2 tbsp Kasuri Methi
- 1 tsp Black Salt
- 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- ½ tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
- 2 tsp Dry Mango Powder
- Salt (to taste)
For the Filling:
- Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl and keep aside.
For the Dough:
- Mix all the ingredients except butter to make the dough in a bowl.
- Add water and make a soft dough.
- Knead it for 4-5 minutes.
- Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.
- Transfer the dough to a large surface.
- Dust flour and spread it to make a large rectangle and apply a thin layer of 2 tsp butter over it.
- Sprinkle 1 tsp of flour over the butter and turn one edge of the dough until it reaches the center.
- Turn the other layer over the previous layer.
- Spread the dough again.
- Apply 2 tsp butter again and sprinkle 1 tsp flour.
- Make 3-4 layers in a similar way.
- Divide it into 6 equal parts and make balls from it.
- Cover the balls and keep them aside for 10 minutes.
- Dust and roll the balls to make a 4 inch circle
- Keep 2 tbsp of potato filling in the center of the circle and brings the ends together.
- Sprinkle some crushed coriander seeds and red chili powder and keep the dough ball over it.
- Roll the dough ball to make a 5-6 inch circle.
- Press your fingers all over the kulcha.
- Heat a tawa.
- Apply water on the outer surface of the kulcha and keep it on the hot tawa.
- Turn the tawa around and cook the kulcha over direct flame on low heat until brown spots appear all over.
- Turn the tawa back and cook the kulcha for another minute.
- Remove the kulcha and apply butter generously on top. Crush the kulcha using your palms. Serve immediately.