Dahi Kachori ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )


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Dahi kachori, although rooted in the north, this filling snack has found its own place in the good old streets of mumbai! it’s a challenge to deftly bite into this king-sized snack. However well you do it, you will have a spot of chutney ooze out onto your face… be a sport, it is part of the roadside eating experience!

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Soaking Time:  30 Minutes   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 4 plates
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Ingredients


For The Dough
3/4 cup plain flour (maida)
1 tbsp melted ghee
salt to taste

For The Filling
1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1 to 2 cloves (laung / lavang)
2 tsp oil
3/4 tbsp besan (Bengal gram flour)
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
3 tbsp yellow moong dal , soaked , boiled and drained
3/4 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 1/2 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
a pinch of sugar (optional)
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
1/4 tsp oil for kneading
oil for deep-frying

For Serving
4 tbsp boiled moong sprouts
1 1/2 cups chilled fresh curds (dahi) , beaten
4 tbsp meetha chutney
2 tbsp teekha phudina chutney
4 tbsp nylon sev
1 tsp dry masala powder
4 tsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

Method
For the dough

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, add enough warm water and knead into a semi-soft dough.
  2. Keep covered under a wet muslin cloth for 5 minutes and keep aside.
  3. Knead again using oil till smooth and elastic and divide it into 4 equal portions. Keep aside covered with a wet muslin cloth.

For the filling

  1. Dry roast the cumin seeds, fennel seeds and cloves in a kadhai on a medium flame for a few seconds. Remove and keep aside to cool.
  2. Blend in a mixer to a coarse powder and keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in the same kadhai, add the besan and sauté on a slow flame for a few seconds.
  4. Add the asafoetida, moong dal, ginger-green chilli paste, chilli powder, garam masala, dry mango powder, sugar and salt, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for a minute.
  5. Divide it into 4 equal portions and keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Roll out a portion of the dough into a 62 mm. (2½") diameter circle.
  2. Place a portion of the filling mixture in the centre of the rolled dough circle.
  3. Bring in the edges of the dough by slowly stretching over the filling and seal the ends tightly.
  4. Roll again into a 75 mm. (3”) diameter circle taking care to ensure that the filling does not spill out.
  5. Gently press the centre of the kachori with your thumb.
  6. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling to make 5 more kachoris.
  7. Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep-fry the kachoris on a slow flame till they turn crisp and golden brown in colour from all the sides. (the kachoris should puff up like puris. It will take time to fry on a slow flame as the crust is thick and needs to be cooked) keep aside to cool.

How to serve

  1. Crack a small hole in the centre of a kachori and arrange on a plate.
  2. Stuff each kachori with 1 tbsp of moong sprouts and top with ¼ cup of curds, 1 tbsp of meetha chutney and 1½ tsp of teekha phudina chutney.
  3. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of sev, ¼ tsp of dry masala powder and 1 tsp of coriander evenly over it and serve immediately.
  4. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more plates.

RECIPE SOURCE : Mumbai's Roadside SnacksBuy this cookbook
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 on 30 Apr 14 12:13 PM


Loved it!!
 on 14 Mar 14 11:40 AM


Love this recipe.
 on 14 Mar 14 11:40 AM


Love this recipe.
 on 14 Mar 14 11:40 AM


Love this recipe.
 on 17 Oct 13 09:59 AM


Excellent , Thank you very much. just yummy
 on 11 Jul 11 03:59 AM


Looks good, need to try it to know how easy is it to make and also to serve
 on 04 May 11 12:18 PM


nice recipe wen you hv expected guest since you can prepare this in advance (previous day as well)... can be more delicious with chopped onions, pomegranate seeds...
 on 17 Mar 11 03:00 PM


 on 16 Mar 11 03:48 PM


 on 14 Oct 10 04:24 PM


Just love the flavour of fennel seeds in the kachories,tastier then the dhai kachori available on the streets. I make small kachoris as it is easier to eat.A good snack to serve during diwali as you can prepare the kachoris in advance.....just top rest of the ingredients when the guest arrive.