Kota is famous for students, lots of students, trying to achieve their dreams by enrolling with best coaching institutes. Students spend important years of their life there just to prepare for entrance exams here, amazing isn’t it. So yes, Kota is famous for those big coaching institutes and students but what exactly I want to talk about is famous Kota Kachori, being a foodie of course the concentration sifted to Kachori rapidly, they are delicious with authenticate taste of hing or asafetida and you can not forget them if you have tried once.
Kachoris are famous at different places of Rajasthan, Kota kachori or Jodhpur kachori but you know what they are said to be originated from Uttar Pradesh which is famous for all sort of chats and sweet varieties. Kachori has all different recipes across Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat like Pyaaj ki kachori, Khasta kachori, even there is sweet version of it which is called Mawa kachori, made with milk mawa and dipped in sugar syrup.
Kachori is a snack option and not a very healthy food as they dip fried. Still if you are making them at home with wheat flour it will be better option then other fast food items. Also Moong dal has its own benefits, like they are plant based source of protein. It has fiber, folic acid, magnesium, copper, potassium and beneficial antioxidants. So in a way it has healthy ingredients and you can relish your chat with little satisfaction that something healthy is going inside your tummy. 🙂
Let’s start our recipe,
- Maida / Wheat flour (1 cup)
- Salt (1/2 tsp)
- Ghee / Clarified butter (3 tsp)
- Soaked Moong dal (Soaked for 4/5 hours)
- Salt (as per taste)
- Green chilies (2/3 or as per taste, finely chopped)
- Ginger (1 inch piece grated)
- Besan / Gram flour (2 tbsp)
- Dry Spices
- Roasted Jeera powder (1 tsp)
- Turmeric (1 tsp)
- Red Chili powder (1 tsp)
- Coriander powder (1 tsp coarsely grinded)
- Saunf / Fennel Seeda (2 tsp coarsely grinded)
- Black pepper (1/2 tsp coarsely grinded)
- Gram Masala (1 tsp)
- Sugar (1tsp optional)
- Nimbu ke phool / Citric acid (1/4 tsp) or you can use Aamchur powder / Dry mango powder (1tsp)
- Jeera (for tempering)
- Pinch of Hing (asafetida)
- Ghee or Oil (2 tbsp)
- Coriander leaves to garnish
For making chaat:
- Chopped Onions
- Sev / Namkeen
- Sweet tamarind and dates chutney
- Green coriander and mint chutney
- Chat masala
Take flour in the bowl, add salt and ghee to it. Mix it well and bind it to get breadcrumb like texture. Add water in small quantities to knead dough. It should be smooth dough but don’t make it soft like chapati dough.
Once dough is ready cover it with cotton cloth or lid and keep it aside for 10/15 minutes.
Tips: in winter season, heat ghee a little to give it perfect temperature. It should not be hot but warm enough to make soft dough.
Take soaked moong dal and remove access water from it. Now grind them coarsely into mixture. Don’t grind them too much, just a little to grind them coarsely.
Tips: You can check whether moong dal is soaked properly or not by taking one in hand and breaking it with fingers. If you can break it easily it is soaked correctly else soak it again for few more hours. Generally it will be soaked in 3hours but depends on the temperature so soak them for 4/5 hours and it will be soaked perfectly.
Switch on the gas stove and put pan to heat it. Pour oil to it and heat a little. Add Jeera seeds to it, add coarsely grinded coriander seeds, coarsely grinded saunf / fennel seeds and coarsely grinded black pepper . Add pinch of hing (you can add more also). Cook them on low flame to release aroma. Keep flame low cause you don’t want to burn them. Now add chopped green chilies and grated ginger to it. Let it cook properly.
Tips: If you want authenticate hing aroma in your kachori like typical Rajasthani kachori, add hing little later in the recipe. Like after you cooked your moong dal, you can add hing to the mixture.
Now add besan or gram flour and let it cook a little so that it will leave its raw taste. Add coarsely grinded moong dal to it and mix them together. let it cook on low flame. Now add all your dry spices salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder, roasted jeera powder, coriander powder to it. Now add citric acid to it or you can use aamchur powder as well.
- Citric acid is used by outside vendors but you can use aamchur powder instead. If you don’t have aamchur powder, you can use lemon juice as well, just add it last to the mixture else it will give bitter taste to the stuffing.
- Moong dal will be fluffy and soft once it is cook properly, so will come to know it is cooked.
Add sugar to the mixture and mix it well. You can avoid sugar but it balances the flavor of other spices we have added. Once sugar is dissolved, add garam masala to it and mix well. When mixture is perfectly cooked, garnish it with fresh coriander leaves and keep it aside to cool down completely.
So now our stuffing is ready and our dough has rested well so we will start making kachori.
Take dough and divide in small portions. Make small balls out of it. Take one ball and roll it with rolling pin to flatten it. Fill spoonful of filling to it and seal it by taking all sides and pinching them little by little. Remove extra dough if any while sealing it. Now flatten them with hand, press them very gently to flatten them a little.
Tips: Don’t make it too thin cause you don’t want your kachori to explode while frying or even filling.
Keep oil to heat in deep pan. When oil is hot enough add your kachoris to it. Keep flame between medium to high. Don’t fry with high flame else kachori won’t be fried evenly. Once they are nice golden brown, take them out.
Serve hot with Sweet chutney and green chutney.
To make kachori chat take two or more kachori in a plate and add tamarind & dates chutney and coriander & mint chutney. Add curd to it. Now garnish them with chopped onions, sev and some chat masala. This will level up your kachori taste.
Do try this recipe when you get a chance and let me know how it turned out. As I always say shower your love with likes & comments. Also you can request any complex recipes you want me to try and make it simple.
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