Holi – Festival of colours celebrated during spring in India. There are many traditional sweets and snacks . I choose to make this Dal kachori for the Holi theme of Sssshhhh secretly cooking. I was paired with Annam senthilkumar. We can make traditional or Fusion dishes.
Kachori is a spicy snack from Indian subcontinent. Alternative names for snack include Kachauri , Kachodi and Katchuri.
Kachori must have originated in the Uttar Pradesh or Rajasthan . It is usually a round flattened ball made of flour filled with a stuffing of mixture of moong dhal or urad dhal or besan with black pepper , red chilli powder , salt and other spices.
In Rajasthan , Pyaas Kachori ( Onion stuffing ) is famous while Mawa Kachori is famous in Jodhpur.
Black gram ( Husked ) – 1 cup
All purpose flour – 3 cup
Clarified butter ( Ghee ) – 4 tbs
Asafoetida – a pinch
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Green chillies – 2
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Amchur powder – 1 tsp
Ginger – 1’’ piece
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Oil for frying
Wash and soak the black gram for half an hour.
Strain the water and Grind coarsely.
Heat two spoon of oil in a pan , add the cumin and let it fry.
Add asafetida , chopped green chillies and ginger. Fry for a minute.
Add in the garam masala, chilli powder , turmeric powder , coriander powder , amchur powder and salt.
To this add the ground black gram and sauté well . After five minutes , the mixture will become dry and can be rolled together .
Take off flame and let it cool. Divide into equal portions.
In a bowl , add the flour , salt and ghee , mix well. Add the required water and knead into a soft smooth dough. Divide the dough into equal portions.
Take a dough ball , flatten to make into a cup shape place a portion / spoon of the stuffing and seal the edges. Flatten a little to make round discs.
Shape the remaining kachoris.
Heat the oil , fry the kachoris in medium heat till they turn into golden brown.
Serve the kachoris warm with mint chutney and sweet chutney.
Makes around 15 kachoris…