Exploring Amritsari Kulcha: History, Types, And Top 5 Haunts
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Known as the sacred land of Sikhs, Amritsar could be a one-stop destination for foodies. From Amritsar’s special peda lassi to the crispy layered Satpura, there are several dishes that can attract you towards this city again and again. But there is one dish that has immense popularity and is amongst the most special ones. Can you guess? Yes, we are talking about our beloved Amritsari Kulcha. Amritsar is synonymous with kulcha and I don’t think there is anyone on this planet who can say no to this heavenly dish.

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Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, Amritsari Kulcha is a native to Amritsar but enjoyed in several parts of India. And no, Amritsari Kulcha is not the same as the Kulche and chole one gets on the streets of Delhi. It looks similar to a tandoori paratha made with flavourful stuffings like aloo, gobhi, and paneer to name a few. This flatbread is topped with a layer of butter and served with scrumptious chole (chickpea curry) and imli chutney (tamarind chutney). You are drooling, aren’t you?

History Of Amritsari Kulcha

If some legends are to be believed, the origin of tandoors could be traced back to the era of the Indus Valley civilization. It is believed that naan is the beginning of stuffed kulcha. Some say that once a chef was bored of making the same plain naan again and again. So, he decided to stuff the naan with flavourful ingredients. The connection between Amritsar and Kulcha is said to be over 200 years old. Did you know about the interesting connection between Amritsari Kulcha and Emperor Shah Jahan?

Legends say that once, a royal Khansama of Emperor Shah Jahan’s kitchen presented a stuffed kulcha to the emperor. Shah Jahan loved the dish so much that it became his breakfast staple. Not just Shah Jahan but also his Darbar members loved the dish. As time passed, this stuffed kulcha gained popularity among the Mughals and Nizams. Did you know that Amritsari kulchas are also available in some parts of Pakistan too? This is because, before the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, Punjab was one of the biggest states and covered Lahore and other regions of present-day Pakistan.

Types Of Amritsari Kulcha

Amritsari Kulcha is a classic dish that can be made in different types. Here are the five most popular types of Amritsari Kulcha that can never disappoint you.

Aloo Kulcha

Aloo kulcha is one of the most popular and loved varieties of Amritsari Kulcha. Stuffed with a spiced mashed potato mixture flavoured with herbs and spices like cumin, coriander, and green chillies, this kulcha is served with chole and a dollop of butter on top.

Paneer Kulcha

Paneer stuffed Amritsari Kulcha is yet another popular type loved for its taste and texture. It has a stuffing crumble paneer flavoured with onions, spices and herbs. The soft and creamy paneer filling complements the crispy and flaky texture of the kulcha perfectly.

Gobi Kulcha

Gobi Kulcha has a scrumptious stuffing of finely chopped cauliflower mixed with spices, and herbs. It's a delicious vegetarian option for those who enjoy the unique taste and texture of cauliflower. If you love gobi ka paratha, take your experience a notch higher.

Onion Kulcha

If you just can’t let got onions, have it in your favourite kulcha. Onion Kulcha is stuffed with a mixture of finely chopped onions, green chillies, and various spices. The onions become sweet and caramelized. adding a delightful crunch and flavour to the kulcha.

Keema Kulcha

This variety may not be that popular but believe me, it is worth a try. This kulcha variety has a stuffing of spiced minced meat cooked with aromatic spices. The meat filling adds a rich and savoury flavour to the kulcha.

Top 5 Places To Have Amritsari Kulcha In The City

Amritsari Kulcha is available at every nook and corner of the city, right from roadside carts to fancy restaurants. But if have shortlisted the top 5 places for you. So, if you are in Amritsar or planning to visit the city soon, don’t forget to taste the best Amritsari Kulchas. Have a look:

Kesar Da Dhaba

Situated near Hathi Gate, this popular restaurant has been serving delicious food to the people for over 77 years i.e., even before Independence. Though every single dish here tastes amazing, their Amritsari Kulcha is something you just can’t miss.

Bharawan Da Dhaba

Located near the famous partition museum, this is one of the oldest restaurants in the city. If you are looking for a flavourful Amritsar Kulcha drenched in butter, visit this place and have the best time.

Bhai Kulwant Singh Kulchian Wale

Located near Golden Temple, Bhai Kulwant Singh Kulchian Wale often remains crowded by people who come to have their scrumptious kulchas. They serve the best when it comes to taste, quality and quantity.

Pehalwan Kulcha

Situated at Lakshmanser Road, this restaurant has been serving people since 1953. There is Amritsari Kulchas are special as this is one of the rare shops that serve this kulcha topped with desi ghee and not butter.

Kulcha Land

Situated opposite the district shopping center, Kulcha Land is a popular eatery known for its specialization in kulchas and chole. This place is a must-visit.