Khasta Kachori Recipe - Puris stuffed with urad dal and spices and fried till golden brown and crisp.

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Main Ingredients : Refined flour (maida),

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Starter

Khasta Kachori

Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Khasta Kachori Recipe - how to make Khasta Kachori

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Prep Time : 3.30-4 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Medium

Ingredients

  • Refined flour (maida) 2 cups

  • Soda bicarbonate 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 5 tablespoons

  • FOR FILLING

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1/2 cup

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Green chilli 1

  • Cashewnuts 6-8

  • Raisins 1 tablespoon

  • Ghee 3 tablespoons

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Fennel seed (saunf) powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Sugar 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Oil to deep fry

Method

Step 1

Sift the flour, salt and soda bicarbonate together. Add oil and mix well. Knead into a soft dough using sufficient water. Cover with a moist cloth and set aside. Soak the urad dal in two cups of water for an hour.

Step 2

Drain and coarsely grind using a little water. Peel, wash and finely chop ginger. Remove stem, wash and chop green chilli. Roughly chop cashewnuts. Wash raisins and pat them dry.

Step 3

Heat ghee in a kadai and add the ground dal, ginger, green chilli, asafoetida, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, fennel powder, cashewnuts and raisins. Cook till all the moisture has dried up. Add sugar, salt and lemon juice.

Step 4

Mix well and remove off the heat, let the mixture cool. Divide into sixteen portions. Divide the flour dough into sixteen equal balls. Roll out into small puris so that they are thinner around the edges and thicker in the centre.

Step 5

Place a portion of stuffing in the centre and bring the edges together to form a ball. Flatten slightly. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep fry kachoris on low heat for three to five minutes or until golden brown and crisp.

Step 6

Serve with tamarind chutney.

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