Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pyaaz ki kachori


This is a favorite in our home and my DH’s specialty! All I can say is – it tastes delicious! The recipe is from Tarla Dalal.

For the dough (crust)

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the onion filling

Other ingredients

oil for deep frying

For the dough (crust)

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead into semi-soft dough using enough water. Knead well for 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and keep covered under a wet muslin cloth.

For the onion filling

  1. 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 colour.
  2. Add the gram flour, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala and salt and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped coriander and mix well. Remove the bay leaves and discard. Allow the mixture to cool completely.
  4. Divide into 12 equal portions and keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Roll out each portion of the dough into a 50 mm. (2") diameter circle.
  2. Place one portion of the onion filling in the centre of the rolled dough circle.
  3. Surround the filling with the dough by slowly stretching it over the filling.
  4. Seal the ends tightly and remove any excess dough.
  5. Roll each filled portion into a 62 mm. (2 1/2") diameter circle taking care to ensure that the filling does not spill out.
  6. Gently press the centre of the kachori with your thumb.
  7. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling to make 11 more kachoris.
  8. Deep fry the kachoris in hot oil over a slow flame till golden brown.The kachoris should puff up like puris. These take a long time to fry as the crust is thick and needs to be cooked in the insides also.
  9. Serve hot with chutney.

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