Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dal Kachori (Blackgram / Urad Dhal)

   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.

Requirements :

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

Method :

 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…



  1. This looks quite nice. Ideal for cold winter days.

  2. Kachoris are my all time favourite..

  3. I love kachoris. Have made them using moong dal but not tried with urad dal. Kachoris look so delicious.