Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Whole Wheat Matar Kulcha

Indian breakfast can take you back in time. The parathas or kulchas loaded in ghee and stuffed with great flavours are run in the mill in most of the Indian households. From classic aloo parathas to exotic mint palak paneer, I am sure you can never say no for them. By the way talking about parathas have you ever been to ‘parathe vali gali’ in chandni chawk in delhi? That place is haven for parathas and kulchas lover, but I recommend just focus on food and don’t look at the kitchen.

Anyways, parathas and kulchas look similar but they are totally different from each other. Right from ingredients used to the process of kneading the dough- kulchas and parathas are poles apart. Parathas are made with whole wheat flour and is kneaded with water, whereas, kulchas are prepared with all purpose flour (maida) and is muddled with yeast, yogurt and baking powder. You know how many kinds of parathas I have posted in my blog- lauki, stuffed onion, methi, cabbagesprouts, mix vegetable- you name it. So that justifies my devotion for parathas-right?

So when I have so many parathas recipes, why there is not even single kulcha recipe on the blog till date?? It’s not that I don’t like kulchas, I mean I surely enjoy piping hot soft kulchas served with matra chaat and raw onion salad (like in Delhi)? But it is heavy and contains maida which is not so perfect for my daily palate. So, the challenge was to replace maida with whole wheat flour and keep the process same-experiment-wait for the results. Overall everything else is same but with healthy twist. Cool-isn't it??

Next, step was to consider the stuffing. What can be better than Mr. Husband’s beloved peas. Peas tossed with simple Indian spices, green chilli and gram flour provides crunchy, peppery and subtle savor. It wasn't as good as Delhi ones, but the experience will indeed boost your taste buds. Okay finally to confess I went a little easy on the ghee, go for it-It's worth the extra calorie and you have already omitted the maida part ;-)

For the dough
2 cups whole wheat flour + 1/2 cup for dusting
6 tablespoon curd 
1/2 teaspoon yeast
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon carom seeds/ajwain
1 teaspoon poppy seeds/khus khus (optinal)
Ghee for kulchas
For stuffing:
 2 cups Green peas, fresh or frozen
2 tablespoon Oil
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida/hing
1 tablespoon grated ginger/adrak
2 tablespoon coriander leaves
2 Green chillies chopped
1 teaspoon cumin/jeera
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric/haldi
1 tablespoon coriander powder/dhaniya
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon gram flour/besan
Salt – to taste

  1. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients. Make a well in between and add water, oil and yogurt. Knead the dough to semi-soft lump. Cover the dough with wet towel and keep aside in warm place for atleast 45 minutes. (I kept for 2 hours)
  2. Take the dough and beat the air out. Muddle again and set aside for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Next, heat oil in a pan and aseofetida and cumin. Let cumin seeds splutter.
  4. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, green chilli, ginger paste, red chilli powder and peas. Mix well. Cook covered for 8-10 minutes or till peas are cooked. Mix and try to mash the peas.
  5. Once peas are cooked, add lemon juice, coriander leaves and gram flour. Mix well and let it cool.
  6. Make lemon-sized balls of the dough and form thick discs. Roll the discs and place the filling Cover completely with the dough and make into a ball again. Press lightly with the palm of your hand and dust with flour before rolling out into thick flat kulchas.
  7. Heat an iron griddle/tava/pan and cook the kulchas with generous dabs of ghee on both sides.

For more authentic taste, use all purpose flour/maida instead on whole wheat flour. Or use both in half quantities.
It is important to keep the dough to rest for atleast 45 minutes. This will make sure that raising agents reacts.
Even aloo and panner can be mixed with peas to stuff.
Poppy seeds is optional, i like the crunch.

Serving ideas:
Serve hot with pickles of tomatoes, mangoes or green chillies.
These are perfect to be served at breakfast, brunch and as evening or picnic snack.


  1. no need of anything with this , its complete meal itself. lovely clicks too

  2. Mutter kulcha looks inviting........ Tasty and yummy too!!

  3. mouthwatering, lovely kulcha.. Nice one. Lovely clicks dear.

  4. Def kulchas with a healthy twist is always welcome dear.Wonderful clicks and lovely kulchas

  5. Lovely way of presenting this healthy kulcha... Loved the photography and the recipe!

  6. m in love with your clicks.. beautiful

  7. Love your clicks.. Yummy and healthy kulchas with delicious stuffing..

  8. Ah mouth watering and tempting paratha ! Love the background of first pic

  9. Beautifull pics :) Mutter Kulcha is sooooo tempting and inviting..... :)

  10. Those stacked parathas look tempting!!

  11. awesome recipe as well as clicks dear.. :)

  12. Breakfast is very basic, anything simple and meals on the run. Would love these kulcha for dinners; love those inner and outer flavors.

  13. i would love to have it just like that with some mango pickle... so good...

  14. Very beautiful pics.. looks awesome!!

  15. The mutter kulcha sounds so delicious and healthy for breakfast meal. I would love to have it with a bowl of raita and pickle. Lovely composition of pics :)

  16. Extremely mouth-watering kulchas! Loved the pics too!

  17. This is so yummy and tempting. Great for breakfast as well as for tea time.

  18. yumm, the photo are making me really hungry :)


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