Thursday, August 8, 2013


Kachori is a famous snack of North India. It is deep fried, crispy and stuffed with spicy filling of dal and roasted spice powders. You can use moong , masoor or urad dal. I keep trying out different variations.
The dry roasted spices have to be taken in a large quantity. If cooked dal is 1/2 cup the masala should be 1/4 cup. The water content is not much in the filling so the kachoris stay good for a few days. We have the sweet version of this in Rajasthan called Mawa Kachoris.


For the Filling :
Urad dal ..... 1/2 cup

For the Masala:
Saunf / aniseed  ... 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds ...... 1 tsp
Coriander seeds .. 1 tbsp
Cardamoms ...... 3-4
Cloves ....... 3-4
Cinnamon stick ... 1 small piece
Dry red chillies .. 2-3
Turmeric powder .. 1/2 tsp
Salt ... to taste
Sugar .. to taste
Asafoetida ... 2 pinches.

For the Dough:
Maida ... 1 cup
Wheat flour .. 1/2 cup
Oil ..... 2-3 tbsps
Salt .... to taste
Water .... to knead.
Oil .... to fry

1. Soak urad dal for 2-3 hours. Drain the water and cook it with very little water. Dal has to be like half cooked, grains separate and not mushy.
2. Dry roast the Saunf, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon stick and dry red chillies. Grind them coarsely.
3. Mix the dry ground masala and turmeric powder, salt, sugar and asafoetida with the urad dal. ( the proportion of dal and masala should be 2:1 ( 1 cup cooked dal + half cup masala )
4. Knead the dough adding oil and water as needed to make a medium soft dough.Cover and rest it for an hour. ( If the dough is very stiff the masala comes out while rolling the kachoris)
5. Roll out small puris, spoon the dal filling and seal the edges making a bundle. Flatten it and roll it very lightly taking care that it does not open up.
6. Drop them into medium hot oil. Spoon the oil on top of the kachoris to puff them up. Reduce the gas and fry the kachoris on a low flame to make them crisp.
Serve them with sweet chutney

Note: The quantity of the chillies can be adjusted according to your liking.

Recipe of Sweet Tamarind Chutney .. click  HERE 

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  1. So good looking and tasty kachori...

  2. Delicious and mouthwatering kachori..

  3. delicious and yummy kachoris.

  4. oh my! i love it soo much,..Thanks for linking

  5. Delicious kachori...thanks to link this recipe to my event..

  6. Absolutely love kachoris of any kind. This one has been added on my list to try. Thanks Shobha

  7. These look yummy and I ma sure they would be great with a cup of masala tea.

    1. Yes nayna.. the most delicious snack ever..

  8. I used have this all the time before , now not anymore.

    1. Why dear.. you must be so health conscious now .. but once in a way is ok


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