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January & half of February was fairly uneventful (or rather post-less) blog-wise, though life in general was pretty eventful with 2 sicknesses and 1 car wreck incident. I have been cooking but nothing that is post worthy and was even thinking of emailing Valli on not being able to participate in this month's Indian Cooking Challenge. But things started to get better health-wise and on a much needed mid-week day off due to snow, I made these yummy fried goodies and I'm so glad I did because they turned out super delicious. To be honest, I don't remember eating kachoris...


Servings

12 kachori

Total time

80 minutes


Ingredients

  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour / Maida
  • ¼ cup ghee (Oil/)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • water (for kneading)
  • 2 cups onions
  • 2 tsps seeds (Nigella (Kalongi))
  • 2 tsps fennel seeds ((saunf))
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1½ tsps green chillies (- finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsps Bengal gram flour ((besan))
  • 2 tsps coriander ((dhania) powder)
  • 2 tsps chili powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 3 tbsps coriander leaves (- finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsps (1.25l) fish stock (Oil)
  • to taste Salt


Method

  1. Mix the flour and salt, Add the oil/ghee and mix till you get a bread crumbs texture.
  2. Slowly add water and make a soft dough. Knead well for about 8 minutes.
  3. Cover and keep aside to rest for atleast half hour.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the nigella seeds, fennel seeds, bay leaves, green chillies and onions and sauté till the onions turn light brown in color.
  5. Add the gram flour, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala and salt and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped coriander and mix well. Remove the bay leaves and discard. Allow the mixture to cool completely.
  7. Divide into 12 equal portions and keep aside.
  8. Make a small ball from the dough. Roll out into a 2 inch diameter circle. Or flatten the ball using your fingers having the center thick and sides little thin.
  9. Place about 1.5 tsp of the filling in the center of the rolled dough.
  10. Cover the filling with the dough by slowly stretching it over the filling. Seal the ends and remove excess dough. Repeat with all the balls and keep aside for 5 -7 mins.
  11. Then using your palm, flatten the balls by lightly pressing it, as using the rolling pin will make the filling come out. (See notes below). Keep aside covered. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  12. Meanwhile heat some oil for deep frying. The oil should not become smoking hot. Test to see if the temperature is right by dropping a tiny ball of dough and see if it is rising slowly to the top.
  13. Drop the kachoris in batches of 3-4 gently into the oil. It should rise up slowly. If you don't want to use lot of oil, use just enough for two or three at a time and fry them.
  14. After it rises up (about 2 minutes), turn it over.
  15. Cook for about 6 to 10 minutes till the side down gets a golden brown color.
  16. Turn and cook the other side for another 6 minutes or till its golden brown in color.
  17. Remove when done, cool and store in airtight container.
  18. Serve with coriander chutney and tamarind chutney
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