Onion Kulcha Recipe

Onion Kulcha Recipe

20 mins
2-3 people
15 mins



Growing up in a household where every meal was an adventure, I vividly remember the first time I tasted the exquisite flavors of Onion Kulcha. It was during a family trip to Delhi, where we stumbled upon a quaint street vendor selling these aromatic flatbreads bursting with the goodness of onions and spices. From that moment on, I was hooked. The tantalizing aroma and the perfect blend of textures left an indelible mark on my culinary journey, inspiring me to recreate this beloved dish in my own kitchen.




Recipe of Onion Kulcha




For Stuffing:

  • 1 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp Ajwain (Carom Seeds)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Green Chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp Roasted Fennel Seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp Dry Mango Powder (Amchur)
  • Coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cheese, grated

For Dough:

  • 1 cup Refined Flour
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp Ajwain (Carom Seeds)
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • Water

For Flavoured Butter:

  • 1 cup Soft Butter
  • 1 tbsp Green Chutney
  • 1/2 tbsp Dry Mango Powder (Amchur)
  • 1/2 tbsp Red Chilli Powder





For Stuffing:

  1. In a bowl, combine chopped onions, salt, ajwain, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, chopped ginger, chopped green chilies, roasted fennel seeds, dry mango powder, and mix well. Allow it to rest for a while to release excess water.

  2. After some time, place the onion mixture in a muslin cloth or strainer and squeeze out the excess water. Then add chopped coriander leaves and grated cheese. Mix well and set aside.

For Flavoured Butter:

  1. In another bowl, mash the soft butter. Add green chutney, dry mango powder, and red chilli powder. Mix until well combined. Set aside.

For the Kulcha Dough:

  1. In a bowl, mix refined flour, salt, ajwain, and ghee. Gradually add water to knead the dough. Let it rest for a while.

  2. After resting, knead the dough again and divide it into equal portions. Roll each portion into a round, flat disc with thicker centers and thinner edges.

  3. Place a portion of the onion-cheese stuffing in the center of each disc. Fold the edges to seal the stuffing inside and shape it into a ball. Flatten the ball gently.

  4. Roll out the dough into flatbreads like rotis. If needed, use a little oil while rolling.

  5. Heat a tawa (griddle) and cook the kulchas on both sides until golden brown spots appear. Optionally, flip the kulchas directly on the flame for a tandoor effect.

  6. Once cooked, transfer the kulchas to a plate. Top them with chopped coriander leaves and kalonji (nigella seeds).

  7. Serve hot with flavoured butter and green chilies.


Enjoy the delicious Onion Kulchas hot off the tawa, infused with cheesy onion goodness and aromatic spices!




About the Recipe


Onion Kulcha is a popular Indian flatbread infused with the flavors of caramelized onions and aromatic spices. Originating from the streets of Delhi, this dish has gained widespread popularity for its irresistible taste and versatility. Traditionally cooked in a tandoor oven, Onion Kulcha pairs perfectly with savory curries or can be enjoyed on its own as a satisfying snack. The dough is enriched with yogurt and seasoned with spices like cumin and coriander, while the addition of onions lends a delightful sweetness to the bread.



Cooking Tips


  1. Resting the Dough: Allow the dough to rest for at least 30 minutes before rolling it out. This helps the gluten to relax, resulting in a softer and more pliable dough.
  2. Caramelizing Onions: Take your time to caramelize the onions slowly over low heat to enhance their sweetness and depth of flavor.
  3. Rolling Technique: Roll out the dough into thin discs, ensuring even thickness to achieve a uniform texture when cooking.
  4. Cooking Method: While traditionally cooked in a tandoor oven, Onion Kulcha can also be prepared on a stovetop skillet or in a conventional oven for equally delicious results.


Pairing Guide


  • Curries: Serve Onion Kulcha alongside flavorful curries such as Butter Chicken, Chole, or Paneer Tikka Masala for a satisfying meal.
  • Chutneys: Pair Onion Kulcha with tangy mint chutney or spicy mango pickle to balance out the richness of the bread.
  • Yogurt: Enjoy Onion Kulcha with a side of creamy yogurt topped with chopped cilantro and a sprinkle of chaat masala for a refreshing contrast.




10 Frequently Asked Questions about Onion Kulcha


  1. What is Onion Kulcha? Onion Kulcha is a traditional Indian flatbread made with a dough enriched with yogurt and seasoned with caramelized onions and spices.

  2. Is Onion Kulcha gluten-free? No, Onion Kulcha is typically made with wheat flour, so it contains gluten.

  3. Can I make Onion Kulcha without a tandoor oven? Yes, you can cook Onion Kulcha on a stovetop skillet or in a conventional oven for similar results.

  4. How do I store leftover Onion Kulcha? Allow the leftover Onion Kulcha to cool completely, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.

  5. Can I freeze Onion Kulcha? Yes, Onion Kulcha can be frozen for up to 1 month. Wrap individual pieces tightly in plastic wrap and store in a freezer-safe bag or container.

  6. What spices are used in Onion Kulcha? Common spices used in Onion Kulcha include cumin, coriander, red chili powder, and garam masala for added flavor.

  7. Can I make Onion Kulcha without onions? While onions are a key ingredient in Onion Kulcha, you can omit them if desired or substitute with other vegetables such as finely chopped bell peppers or spinach.

  8. What is the best way to reheat Onion Kulcha? Reheat Onion Kulcha in a skillet over medium heat or in a preheated oven until warmed through.

  9. Can I make Onion Kulcha ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the dough for Onion Kulcha ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before rolling and cooking.

  10. Is Onion Kulcha vegan-friendly? No, Onion Kulcha is not vegan-friendly as it contains yogurt, which is a dairy product.