Last month while Srivalli and I were chatting we came to a decision to try Khasta Kachori's for the Indian Cooking Challenge, the only person I could think of is my aunt Indu Maasi who is a wonderful cook, every time I am in loss for a recipe she is always there. She quickly sent me the recipe and by then I realized that I also had Tarla Dalals recipes. Indu maasi's and Tarla Dalal's recipe were very similar. Tarla dalal had 2 more fillings and I tried those too. We loved them a lot. I loved the moong dal one it tasted just like the store bought. Though my shapes are not so perfect since this was the first try it tasted wonderful.

Thank so much Indu Maasi, I think I am going to add a column on my blog just for your recipes.

I would also thank Srivalli to give us the opportunity to try these new recipes which we always wanted to but never got to.

For the Dough

Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup oil/ghee, I used oil
1/2 tsp salt
water for kneading

Method

  1. Mix the flour and salt.
  2. Add the oil and mix well. Till you get a bread crumbs texture.
  3. Make a soft dough using water.
  4. Knead well for about 8 minutes.
  5. Cover and keep aside to rest for atleast half hour.


Notes
  • Keep the dough covered at all times, if not it will dry up and not puff up when frying. If the dough is made right wet cloth can be used if not just a towel.
  • The dough could spring back for many reasons:
  • Dough is too cold (If wet cloth is used)
  • Dough is not soft enough.
  • Not kneaded for enough time.
  • Oil is less.
  • Not rested enough.


Fillings
Khasta Kachori - Moong Dal kachori
Here I took a mix of both the recipes.

Ingredients
1/2 cup split moong dal (yellow)
1 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch hing (asefetida)
2 tsp finelly chopped curry leaves (Optional)
1 tsp chilli ginger paste
1 tsp sauf (fennel seeds) powder
1/2 tsp spoon garam masala
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
1 tsp mango powder (amchur)
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

Method
  1. Wask and Soak dal in water for atleast 1 hour. You can go upto 4 hours not more.
  2. Drain the water well.
  3. Grind the dal to a coarsely. (Will resemble Idli Rawa)
  4. Heat oil in a pan.
  5. Add the hing and cumin seeds.
  6. Once the seeds splutter add the curry leaves.
  7. Add the dal.
  8. Lower the heat and keep stirring for 5 minutes till the dal stops sticking to the pan.
  9. Cook for another 10 minutes on low till the dal turns slightly brown.
  10. Add all the masalas.
  11. Cook for few minutes till the aroma of the spices hit you.
  12. Add Salt.
  13. Remove from heat and keep aside to cool.


Muttar Ki Kachori from Tarla Dalal:

Ingridients
2 cups green peas
1 teaspoon green chillies, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon nigella seeds (kalonji)
2 teaspoons fennel seeds (saunf)
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
4 tablespoons chopped coriander
2 tablespoons oil
salt

Method
  1. Corarsely grind the green peas,green chillies and ginger in a blender without using any water. Keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan,add the nigella seeds,fennel seeds,bay leaves and ground green pea mixture and saute over a very slow flame for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the chilli powder,garam masala,coriander and salt and saute for 2 more minutes.
  4. Remove the bay leavess and discard. Divide into 12 equal portions.


Pyaz Ki Kachori

Ingredients
2 cups onions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon nigella seeds (kalonji)
2 teaspoons fennel seeds (saunf)
2 bay leaves
1½ teaspoons green chillies, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Bengal gram flour (besan)
2 teaspoons coriander (dhania) powder
2 teaspoons chilli powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
3 tablespoons chopped coriander
2 tablespoons oil
salt to taste

Method
  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the nigella seeds, fennel seeds, bay leaves, green chillies and onions and sauté till the onions turn light brown in colour.
  2. Add the gram flour, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala and salt and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped coriander and mix well. Remove the bay leaves and discard. Allow the mixture to cool completely.
  4. Divide into 12 equal portions and keep aside.


Notes
  • The fillings have to be really dry if not when rolling they will ooz out when rolling.
  • The masalas are according to taste, I did reduce the spice but still its spicy for us but the level we can enjoy.
  • Once I added the filling I found it difficult to roll especially the moong dal, I felt the dough would break and make holes So I pressed it down with my hand. I followed Manjula's method,
  • Fry the kachori's on medium low to get a crisp outer layer, that is the key. For people using electric stove, my numbers were going from 6 to 4.


To Make Kachori's
  1. Make a small ball from the dough.
  2. Roll out into a 2 inch diameter circle.
  3. Place about 1.5 tsp of t he filling in the center of the rolled dough.

  4. Cover the filling with the dough by sowly streching it over the filling. Seal the ends and remove excess dough.

  5. Flatten and roll each portion to 2.5 inch circle. I used the my palms to flatten it, using the rolling pin was not working sincet he filling was coming out. (See notes below).

  6. Keep aside covered.
  7. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  8. Meanwhile heat some oil for deep frying.
  9. Drop the kachori in the oil. It should rise up slowly.
  10. After it rises up (about 2 minutes), turn it over.
  11. Cook for about 6 to 10 minutes till the side down gets a golden brown color.
  12. Turn and cook the other side for another 6 minutes or till its golden brown in color.

  13. Remove when done, cool and store in airtight container.
  14. Serve with coriander chutney and tamarind chutney


Notes
  • I fried 3 kachori's at a time.
  • The oil should be at a heat when you drop some dough it should come up slowly, if the dough comes up too fast the oil is too hot, if it does not come up then the oil is cold.
  • It will not be crisp if the oil is too hot.

32 comments:

myspicykitchen said...

I tried the green peas filling... Thanks for sharing your aunt's recipe! Mine came out crispy and yummy, just like your...

Asha said...

You started this wonderful Kachori mela! :))

All 3 fillings look delicious, onion filling specially.

simply.food said...

wow these look wonderful,Thankyou for sharing such awonderful recipe.I tried the moong dhal version.

Priya said...

Wat a beautiful kachoris, i enjoyed doing them..

Prefect puffed kachoris..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Kachoris are looking very crispy and the fillings are making me crazy... Yum yum yummy!!!

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Sush said...

wow!, I'm left speechless. all three kinds of fillings in one post.., bookmarked!

Tina said...

Never tried this before...Looks yummy and tempting...

Srivalli said...

I can never thank your aunt enough for sharing the wonderful recipe with us. As I said already yours look so fab!..

Hope you are feeling better now..thought I will just leave a small reminder on the list I sent...take care dear.

Swathi said...

Medhaa,

Thanks for introducing me kachori's recipe, I enjoyed making them. As you said, i am using more filling. It tasted good and i love it,

shahana said...

Kachori looks perfect.Nice click too!!!im bookmarking this!

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Shalini said...

nice one . will try for my kids.

RV said...

wow Medhaa... you made all 3 fillings...oh no, I am craving again to eat them.. as you suggested I will make pyaz ki kachori.... Thanks a BUNCH for sharing this recipe... My hubby is in full praises and this is the first time he ever had kachori's.. He wants me to make them again and again...

Madhu said...

Looks very authentic Medha.. you made all 3, looks fabulous.
Thanks for the recipe, we all loved making them..

Rohini said...

Thanks Medhaa for ur authentic recipe, I really enjoyed making them!
Ur kachoris are without doubt so authentic n perfect...

Ann said...

Thanks for this great recipe - the challenge was really good. I was expecting mine to fail, but it turned out really good. Thanks to your aunty too!

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meeso said...

Oh wow, that looks amazing! All fried up, It's so tempting!

ARUNA said...

Nice, they look good....seeing these kachoris in many blogs.

Ramya Manja said...

Wow awesome preparation with apt step by step instructions...Mouth watering pics....

Guna's kitchen said...

very intresting.. never tried.. well explained with pics!!!!!!!.. luks delicious and crispy...first here.. u have a lovely space and good collection of recipes.. happy to follow u... if u find time do visit my blog

notyet100 said...

wish u nd ur family happy navratras,.
congratulations too,..:-)

Gulmohar said...

That looks wonderful indeed..I don't know which filling to choose from..:-)You have a really beautiful space here..Was just wondering why you are not posting these days

indianspicemagic said...

Love this crispy kachoris

Kanthi said...

Looking yummy!!

A Busy Nest said...

These look wonderful and I would love to try the onion filling.

Sonia said...

Awesome katchoris Medhaa. Loved the detailed procedure. THANKS FOR SHARING !

alpana said...

Came across your blog today. Love the recipes. kauchori looks like they should jump out of the screen. Will have to make soon.
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Anonymous said...

here by cup, are u refering to the std measuring cups dat we get in store.

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Bottle Cooler said...

Hi to all..


Khasta Kachori is just uuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaahhh :)

My mom cooked very good khasta kachori at home. I loved it alot. Its taste is very different and perfect. I had never tried that tarla Dalal's "mutter ki kachroi". Flavour of this is definitely much different from that of dal ki kachori.really willing to try that one also.

Thanks
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