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Dal Kachoris

What is it with rainy days and cravings for deep-fried goodies going hand-in-hand? Well, in my house, its just the norm. So while it drizzled, rained and poured all through the weekend, there was nothing much we could do than watch tons of movies and eat good food! While the movie list was dominated with animated flicks, the kitchen had just one theme – Deep Frying!

Recipe for Dal Kachoris taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

Usually, hubby dear and I would simply settle for a big bowl of fries and spicy wings, but it was not to be the case this time. Yup, we wanted something different and not to mention, GOOD!!


So as we debated and counter-debated what we wanted to dip our fingers into, there came a point where we both knew it was a fine compromise. Considering the fact that this is one of hubby dear’s favourite rainy-day eats, and the fact that this would be the first time ever I was attempting a hand at it, made it quite an adventure. Needless to say, I found yet another dish I excelled at, and hubby dear, well, let’s just say, he was in food paradise!

DAL KACHORIS (Deep-fried lentil-stuffed bread)

Ingredients:

For the Kachoris:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • water, as required
  • oil for deep frying

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup toor dal, soaked in hot water for 1-2 hrs
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cooking oil

Directions:

  1. Grind soaked dal coarsely in a food processor and set aside.
  2. In a non-stick pan, heat 1 tsp oil, and saute cumin seeds till they begin to sizzle.
  3. Add in coarse ground dal, salt and chili powder and fry for a few minutes till dal dries up and starts to toast a bit. Set aside and allow to cool completely.
  4. Mix flour (atta) with salt and one tbsp of oil and form into a smooth dough with water.
  5. Separate dough into golf-sized balls and set aside.
  6. For each dough ball, roll out the dough into a small circle and put around one tbsp of the filling in the centre. Bring the ends of the circle together and form into a ball.
  7. Seal the edges completely so that the stuffing does not come out. Roll out these dough balls into a small puris.
  8. Deep fry till brown and crisp on both sides.

Enjoy warm with chutney and masala chai!

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Paz
    April 18, 2006

    5 stars
    These look GREAT!

    Paz

  • Reply
    Anika From Darwin
    April 10, 2006

    5 stars
    I’m salivating. Sounds great as usual Meena!!!!

  • Reply
    Paz
    April 7, 2006

    5 stars
    Looks and sounds delicious! Love the photo!

    Paz

  • Reply
    priya
    April 6, 2006

    5 stars
    Meena I tried this last evening and it tasted YUM. but I just had a little problem the puris were a little oily. Is it bcoz I stuffed the puris while the dal was a little hot or is there any reason. Nowadays I cud see only very few recipes from u. Miss ur mouthwatering recipes hope all is well.

  • Reply
    harry
    April 4, 2006

    5 stars
    hey thanks for the recipie! great for honey bunnies like me, who have to cook for their gal! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Reply
    Pamela
    April 4, 2006

    5 stars
    I love lentils and adore fried things so I thing this sounds heavenly!

  • Reply
    Santhi
    April 2, 2006

    5 stars
    beautiful looking kachoris meena.
    nothing like rainy days and fried snacks. It has been raining in losangeles last week and all i could think about was bajjis…:):):)

  • Reply
    Sury
    March 31, 2006

    5 stars
    Can I have just one from that basket, please? Rain or no rain, I would just love that. I can tell from the fabulous pic!

  • Reply
    Linda
    March 30, 2006

    5 stars
    I hope I can get all the ingredients tomorrow, too! I am in Toronto so we have lots of shops. I could almost taste these, looking at the pic!

  • Reply
    Mohita
    March 30, 2006

    5 stars
    I’m gonna try this today!!
    You use wholewheat four, not plain or al-purpose?

  • Reply
    Samreen
    March 30, 2006

    5 stars
    Hi there,
    First of all your blog is so yummy and the pics. make the mouth watery .. good work keep it up.
    I’m not a blogger but love to cook. I also made kachoris often in the same way but the difference is I add little bit of ajwain in the dough mixture and used the channa dal instead of toor dal.& a bit of chopped fresh cilantro(coriander).Maybe the taste is diff.but the look is the same. When I saw this I thought to share with u, hope u like it.

    Samreen.

  • Reply
    Shammi
    March 30, 2006

    5 stars
    Oh man… those look professional! Now I desperately want kachoris too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Lera
    March 29, 2006

    5 stars
    Wow, Meena, it’s yummmmmmm ….
    great snack for a rainy day, for a cozy two ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    lakshmi
    March 29, 2006

    5 stars
    wow ….. kachoris, my favourite. I’ll try to make Meena, and by the way Congrats for best new IndiBlog.

  • Reply
    kaush
    March 29, 2006

    5 stars
    ooh these look nice! I didn’t even know you could make something like dal kachoris — and it looks pretty yum too :)thanks!

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