Monday, February 15, 2010

Khasta Kachori / Moog Dal Kachori for ICC

Khasta Kachori is the first one of the challenges that I took, as part of being a member of ICC started by Srivalli of Spicing Your Life. The reason for me joining the group was to try out some of the dishes that the group makes, which I would never make otherwise. So this would be a learning for me of all those unknown recipes. After joining, when I saw Kachoris is the challenge for January, I was not so excited. The main reason being I have never had Kachori before and didn't think it would taste good. But now I am really happy that I joined the challenge and took the effort to make kachori and tried this out! If it does taste anything near to what I made, I would say they are a must-try!

This recipe is adapted from Medhaa's Aunty and Tarla Dalal.

Resting Time for the Dough- around 1/2 to 1 hr
Frying time for the Kachoris- 20 mins for each batch
Soaking Time for Moog Daal- around 1 hr
Cooking Time for Filling- around 15 mins
Yields- around 15

For the Dough

All purpose flour/Maida- 2 cups
Oil/Ghee- 1/4 cup
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Water- as needed for kneading

  1. Mix the flour and salt and add the oil/ghee; mix till you get a bread crumbs texture.
  2. Slowly add water and make a soft dough. Knead well for about 8 minutes.
  3. Cover and keep aside to rest for at least half hour.

For the Filling

Split Moong Dal (yellow)- 1/2 cup
Cumin Seeds- 1 tsp
Asafoetida- a pinch
Curry Leaves- 2 tsp chopped fine
Green Chilli - Ginger paste- 1 tsp
Sauf / Fennel seeds powder- 1 tsp
Garam Masala- 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
Mango powder/Amchur- 1 tsp
Oil- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste

1. Wash and Soak dal in water for atleast 1 hour. You can go up to 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.

Special Tips / Notes for the filling:
  • The fillings have to be really dry if not when rolling they will ooze out when rolling.
  • For idea on pressing the filled kachori, check out Manjula's method. If you try to press out using a rolling pin, the filling may come out and make holes in the kachori.
  • Fry the kachori's on medium low to get a crisp outer layer, that is the key. For people using electric stove, the numbers can be going from 6 to 4.


    1. Beautiful click...Looks delicious...

    2. Lovely Kachoris..... Perfectly made.... Hmmmm..... Kachori Mela again....... ENJOY!!!! With all best wishes.......


    3. woww superb!!>. i wanna make this too :).... its my hubbys fav!!!

    4. wow...perfect and yummy...very nice clicks!

    5. i'm a kachori fan...this one looks very tempting...had a friend who makes lovely kachoris teamed up with tamarind sauce...yummy...

    6. i hope kacchori is a north indian dish n its s spicy snack item..i heard abt this bt never tried b4...nice one fathima...

    7. Thanks for joining me, kachoris look perfect!

    8. Looks perfect.Will try this soon n let u know.

    9. i will try this one..:)luks luvly

    10. Lovely...guess you enjoyed the challenge and the kachoris :D Hope you had a beautiful V day too...

    11. I think this will be good with the tamarind water

    12. wow!!! that looks so yummy and perfect..nice click too

    13. Beautiful and puffy. So satisfying to the mind and spirit to make and enjoy homemade breads like this. Well done!

    14. Luks perfect&nice presentation !

    15. yummy perfect have a lovely blog !

    16. Wow I'm envious. Yours look perfect and fluffy. It takes a lot of skill to be able to make it so pretty! Well done

    17. thanx for the vusit Fatima and leading to thattukada..Kachori looks tempting,will keep visiting

    18. Awesome Kachoris they look very beautiful and nice pics!!! Tempting!!!

    19. Hey Fathima,
      Thanks for stopping by my space yesterday. Love your space, esp the kachori.Please come pick your awards from my space.

      Cool lassi(e)

    20. First time here.. awesome kachori. they looks beautiful and nice.. Nice presentation.. I m following u..

      Do visit my space when you get free time..

    21. First time here.nice kachori..very well tried ..u have a gr8 space ..

    22. Terrific that looks great and I think you made a good decision to try new recipes joining ICC

    23. Oh these look so wonderful! Yum!

    24. Kachodi looks very nice and yummy. Perfect for snacks.

    25. the kachoris look perfect and can drop by my blog and give ur valuable comments.

    26. Yummy Kachori Fathima. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    27. Hi fathima...hope u r doing fine :) I missed many of your posts, with try to catch up soon. kachori looks very delicious & tempting...feeling like to take a bite :)


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