Kulchas – Whole wheat and Oats



Kulchas are very popular leavened flat bread eaten mostly in India and Pakistan. When making at home you can either bake them in an oven or on a stove top. They’re so soft, so chewy and the flavor is just so good. There really are no words to describe just how good these are. They are so simple and the dough is really easy to work with. These pitas are going to transform your lunches and even your dinners!

Preparation time-10 minutes
Waiting time – 4 to 5 hours
Cooking time-30-35 minutes


  • Wheat flour/atta-2cups
  • Powdered Oats – 1/2 cup
  • Yogurt-1/4cup
  • Warm water/milk-1/2-3/4cup (as required for the dough)
  • Baking soda-1tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-2tbsp + for toasting kulchas

For topping:

  • Kalonji/onion seeds
  • Finely chopped coriander


  • Sift atta and Oats in a bowl
  • Add salt, baking soda,and combine well.
  • Make a well in centre-add oil, yoghurt, mix
  • Gradually, add milk and mix until all the flour comes together to form a dough (do not add all the milk at a time)
  • Knead the dough well for 4-5 minutes until it is very soft and smooth
  • Place the kneaded dough in large bowl and cover it with clean damp kitchen towel
  • Place the bowl in warm place for 4-5 hours (I kept it overnight for approx 7 hours). After proofing, dough becomes very soft and fluffy. This indicates that your dough is ready for making kulchas.


  • After the rising time Gently knead the dough again for a minute or 2
  • Divide the dough and make equal sized balls, take one portion, sprinkle some kalonji and gently press it with fingers and roll it into 5 “ disc with thickness of 6-7mm.
  • Heat a griddle, gently place the kulcha on hot griddle and cook on a medium low flame.
  • Once the kulcha starts puffing up , drizzle some oil/butter and flip and let it cook on the other side.
  • Once both eisdes are cooked take it off the griddle and repeat with othe portions of the dough.
  • Sprinkle some fresh coriander on kulchas


Serve hot with:

Spicy Kadai Soya

Soya chunks2

Pumpkin/Squash Dal/Lentils curry

Squash Stew2

Pumpkin/Squash Babycorn curry

Babycorn Squash1


  • Whole wheat flour can be replaced with all purpose flour or use 50:50 for more soft and fluffy texture.
  • Kalonji can be replaced with black/white sesame seeds.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on August 2, 2015, in Indian, Main dish and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. I love that you didn’t use refined flour…this bread looks great!


  2. I love bread of all kinds. These sound delectable. Hugs!

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  3. Beautiful Chitra, so what’s the difference between naan and kulcha? Made a lovely curry tonight, would love to dunk your kulcha in it 🙂

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    • Thank you Loretta. .. actually Naan abd kulcha are both indian flat breads but from different with origins… other variation is naan is usually made with wheat flour where as kulcha with maida/ plain flour( but here just as a healthy twist I used wheat flour so can’t consider this variation ;)…. other variation is its shape usually Naan is a tear drop shape where as Kulcha is round like roti abd kulcha can be done stuffed as well… and even thickness naan is thicker compared to kulcha. … these are main variations Loretta….. pleae let me know if you get to try… Many thanx. ..


  4. Chitra your dish looks so delicious!


  5. This looks so good! I make chapatis and this looks just as easy but a nice alternative.

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  6. These look great…one question, where are the oats? Have I missed something??

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  7. Loved the twist and they looks absolutely delicious and tempting:)

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  8. I love pitas–these sound really good!


  9. Thanks chitra for this wonderful recipe, I have been looking for a healthy bread to eat, because I want to eat healthy and loose weight. Please can the milk be skipped? And can millet flour be added to the wheat flour and oat flour for more nutritous kulchas?


    • Hi Helen, Thanx a lot for visiting and for your lovely encouraging feedback. ..
      Off course you can skip and use water alternatively and millet flour can be included, only that it might slightly vary in the texture…but thatz a nice and healthy addition, I shall try once and post if possible with variations you are thinking off.. Thanx a lot for the lovely idea… Have a good weekend


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