Cook's Hideout: Onion Kulcha made with Sourdough

April 25, 2012

Onion Kulcha made with Sourdough

The minute I read Valli's description of "Bread Baking" on BM# 15 announcement, I knew I have to make an Indian bread for the marathon. So after 2 days of Western breads I have this very Indian Kulcha that is baked in the oven. 

Recipe is adapted from Raghavan Iyer's "660 Curries" cookbook. I actually made a lot of changes to the original recipe -- I used some sourdough starter as I was feeding my starter that day and used the cast off to make these kulchas. I added chapati flour (atta) along with all-purpose flour (original recipe used only all-purpose flour). Also original recipe used buttermilk, but since my starter is one a slightly watery side,  I used thick greek yogurt instead. 

The key to soft and pliable kulchas is to roll them slightly thick and bake them for just 3-4 minutes.

For the dough:
All-purpose flour - 1/2 cup (original recipe called for 3cups of all-purpose flour)
Sourdough starter - 1/2 cup
Chapathi flour (Atta) - 2cups
Baking soda - 2tsp
Salt - 1tsp
Sugar - 1tbsp
Greek yogurt - 1/2 cup (original recipe used 1/2 buttermilk)
Oil - 1tbsp

For the filling:
Red onion - 1 large, very finely chopped
Green chilies - 3-4, finely chopped
Cilantro - 1/4 cup, finely chopped
Salt - to taste

  • Combine all the ingredients for the dough in a large bowl and make a smooth and soft dough using warm water. Knead well for 5-10 minutes. Cover with kitchen towel and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball and place them  on a lightly greased plate. Cover and let rest for 30 more minutes.
  • While the dough rests, prepare the filling - mix all the ingredients under filling in a small bowl. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Dough does not rise as much as a yeasted dough would, but will definitely puff up a little bit.
  • Place a baking stone or overturned baking sheet in the oven and Preheat to 450F.
  • Roll one piece into 5" round using atta/flour as needed. Keep aside. Roll another piece in the same manner. Spread 1/4 of the filling on the rolled out dough and place the first roound on top of it. Lightly press to seal the edges.
  • Gently place the kulcha on the baking stone and bake for 4-5 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and some blisters start to appear.
  • Repeat with the remaining 6 dough balls to make a total of 4 kulchas.
Cut each kulcha into 4 pieces and enjoy with your favorite Indian gravy dish. We had our's with mixed vegetable kofta curry. Delicious meal indeed.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked for Day 3 of BM# 15.



  1. I never have the patience to make the sourdough starter...kudos to you!

  2. very delicious the look of it...yumm

  3. Wowo...Love this...Following you..Visit my space as ur time permits

  4. Lovely presentation Pavani. Kulcha looks perfect.


  5. Stuffed kulchas lok so inviting. Loved the idea of using sourdough starter in dough making...

  6. wonderful kulchas!really flavorful ..fantastic clicks:)

  7. Love the idea of sourdough starter, kulchas looks fabulous..

  8. Kulcha looks perfect,, drooling
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  9. I had some sourdough starter long back, as I don't really bake bread for everyday. I stopped making them, maybe in future if I do I will definitely try this way and see how it turns out!, beautiful clicks looks lovely

  10. Perfectly made,never tried with sour dough will try it for sure...

  11. Hey Pavani..can these be prepared on the stove top on a tava?

    Lovely recipe!

  12. Nice ones. Did you use a baking stone?

  13. What a perfect Kulcha Bread! Love teh variation you used from the original one.

  14. Ah that surely is a different kulcha to try!..and thank you for making one indian bread too!

  15. look awesome... perfectly done


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