Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Daal ki Kachori

Kachori is one of the favourite snacks of North Indians.It is a fried flour dumpling filled with lentil.

Quantity: 20-30 pieces
Shelf Life: 20-25 days

  • For Dough:
    • Sooji/ Semolina: 1 cup
    • Maida/ Plain Flour: 2 cups
    • Oil: 4-5 tbsp
    • Baking soda: 1/8 tsp
    • Salt: 1 tsp
  • For Stuffing:
    • Washed Urad daal: 1-1.5 cup (Wash daal and soak it in ample water for 3-4 hours)
    • Coriander pwd: 2 tsp
    • Red chilli pwd: to taste
    • Besan: 2 tbsp
    • Salt: 2 tsp (or to taste)
    • Asafoetida/ hing: 1/4 tsp
    • Garam masala: 2 tsp
    • Amchoor/ Mango pwd: 2 tsp
    • Oil: 7-10 tbsps
    • Fennel Pwd (Saunf pwd): 2 tsp
  • Oil: For frying
  • For Dough:
    • Mix all the ingredients of dough and knead a little stiff dough with warm water. Cover the dough with moist cloth and Keep aside for 1 hour.
  • For stuffing:

    • Drain water and coarsely grind the daal.
    • Heat oil in pan.
    • Add hing and coarsely ground daal. Keep stirring the daal until it doesnt taste raw (and all the moisture evaporates). Dont overcook the daal. 
    • Add besan. Again cook for few minutes, until besan doesnt tastes raw.
    • Turn off the gas.
    •  Add all the masalas (salt, amchoor, fennel pwd, coriander pwd, garam masala and red chilli pwd). Mix well.

  • Now make small balls of dough.
  • Take 1 ball of dough. Slightly flaten it with rolling pin. (If needed, use oil to flatten it. Dont use flour)

  • Put 1-2 tsp of stuffing in centre. Seal it from all the sides making a ball again.

  • Again roll to form 3'' discs. Make sure that the discs dont break while rolling.

  • Heat oil in pan.
  • Put the rolled discs in oil. Fry for 2-3 mins till golden brown and crisp. (If you wont deep fry for little long, the kachoris will become soggy)
  • Make all the kachoris in the same way.
  • Ready to serve hot with coriander mint chutney, tamarind chutney, Kabuli chana or aloo ki subzi
  • Before kneading the dough with warm water, when you add oil to the flour, check if the flour comes together in your palm (Mutthi ban jaye). If not, add more oil and check again.
  • You can take combination of daals:
    • Washed Moong daal: 1 cup
    • Washed Urad daal: 1/4 cup

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