Saturday, November 10, 2007


It's been a long time since I posted; Sorry about that. Things were a little busy with the house search, moving and then finally settling in our new house. Now that I have unpacked, here goes my first post. I have got multiple requests for posting a kachori recipe. We made kachori for Navratri. Kachori is a savory dish from North India. It's stuffing is made by moong dal or onions. This Savoury made from dal, is served with exotic chutneys - Simply mouth-watering !!
Note: The final picture above is taken from the internet.

Making time:
1 hour (exceeding soaking and cooking)
makes: 10- 12 pieces
Shelf life: 2-3 days

Ingredients :
For cover:
1 1/2 cup plain flour
3 tbsp. oil
salt to taste
cold water to knead dough

For filling:
1 cup yellow moong dal washed and soaked for 1/2 hour

1 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1/2 tsp. dhania (coriander) powder
1/2 tsp. coriander seeds crushed coarsely
1/2 tsp. fennel (saunf) seeds crushed coarsely
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tbsp. coriander leaves finely chopped
5-6 curry leaves
salt to taste
2-3 pinches asafoetida
1 tbsp. oil
oil to deep fry
1 tbsp. plain flour for patching

For cover:
1. Mix flour, salt and oil, knead into soft pliable dough.

2. Keep aside for 30 minutes.

For filling:
1. Put plenty of water to boil.
2. Add dal. Boil dal for 5 minutes, drain.Cool a little.

3. Heat oil in a heavy pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds. When they start to splutter.
4. Add crushed coriander and fennel seeds allow to splutter.
5. Add asafoetida, curry leaves.
6. Add all other ingredients.Mix well.
7. Do not smash the dal fully.But enough to make the mixture hold well.Remove from fire, cool.

8. Divide into 15 portions. Shape into balls with greased palms.Keep aside.

To proceed:
1. Make water and flour paste, for patching. Keep aside.
2. Take a ping pong ball sized portion of dough.
3. Knead into round. Roll into 4" diam. round.

4. Place one ball of filling at centre. Apply some water at the corner of the round.
5. Pick up round and wrap ball into it like a pouch.
6. Break off excess dough carefully.Do not allow cover to tear.
7. Press the ball with palm, making it flattish and round.
8. Repeat for 4-5 kachories.
9. Deep fry in hot oil, on low flame only.
10. If the kachori get a hole anywhere, apply some paste.Return to oil and finish frying.
11. Turn and repeat for other side.
12. Fry till golden and crisp.
13. Small bubbles must appear over kachori.
14. Drain and serve hot with green and tamarind chutneys.

Note: Take care to fry on low. Hurried frying will result in soggy and oily kachories.


KayKat said...

Mmm .. .kachoris!

I love the series of pictures - makes it so much easier to follow a recipe :)

Sia said...

so gd to see u back:) i really missed all ur yummy recipes. hope u get time to post often girl:)

Athika said...

Hii Kaykat, Thanks for your comment. Even I think it helps us a lot by seeing the picture how the dish should look at each step.

Hey Sia, Thanks dear. I will definately start posting now.

Shella said...

I really love kachoris & wanted an authentic recipe for moong daal ones. Thanks

Vcuisine said...

Apt for this season. Just need a cup of tea. Viji

Archana said...

I love kachori's. Your recipe looks very yummy. When i get some more time away from kids, i will surely try this out.
Thanks for sharing the recipe in much detail.

grihini said...

hey, welcome back. i missed ur recipes earlier. i lov kachori's and wud definitly try them. thanks :)

Angela said...

Hi Athika,

Where are you these days....? No more recipes from you.....whats the reason...?


GentleLavender said...


I really enjoyed skimming through your recipes. Mexican rice looked very interesting so i think i will make it. Is it an authentic recipe or is it fusion? ALso, what do u suggest it should be served with?