Moong Dal Kachori 

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Recipe prepared by Smt Jhansi Lakshmi
Article written by Lakshmi Aparna

Kachori is a spicy snack that originated from Uttar Pradesh. It is a round flattened ball made of fine flour with a stuffing of yellow moong dal mixture, besan flour, black pepper, red chilly powder and other spices. Mrs.Jhansi kneaded the dough with wheat flour and maida (all purpose flour) instead of using full maida. Here are the step by step instructions.

Soaking time: 2 hours
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Main ingredient: Green gram
Course: Snack
Yield: 10-12 Kachori's
1 Bowl measurement: 250ml


For outer layer (dough)

Maida or all purpose flour: 1 Bowl


Wheat flour (godhuma pindi): 1 bowl


Clarified butter (ghee): 1/4 Cup


Salt: 1/2 tbsp

For stuffing

Green gram (yellow moong dal, pesarapappu): 1/2 bowl


Curry leaves: Few


Cumin seeds (jeelakarra): 1/2 tbsp


Fennel seeds (somp, saunf): 1/2 tbsp


Amchur powder: 1/2 tbsp


Turmeric powder (pasupu): 1/4 tbsp


Red chilly powder (kaaram): 1/4 tbsp


Salt: As required


Roasted bengal gram powder or flour: 1 tbsp


Coriander powder (dhaniyala podi): 1/2 tbsp

Green chilly sauce: 1/2 tbsp

Oil: To fry


Soak moong dal for 2 hours


Step 1: In a mixing bowl, add maida, wheat flour, salt and warm ghee. Mix well


Step 2: Add sufficient water at a time and knead the dough to the softness of chapathi dough. Don't knead the dough too much


Cover the dough with wet cloth and keep it aside for 10-15 minutes

Procedure for stuffing (let the flame stay in medium)

Step 1: Pre-heat the pan and add 3-4 tbsp oil in it. When oil is sufficiently hot, add fennel seeds and cumin seeds. Saute for 30 seconds


Step 2: Add and saute curry leaves for 30 seconds


Step 3: Add soaked moong dal and stir-fry for 5-6 minutes


Step 4: Add chilly sauce and turmeric powder to it. Add little water and saute for 2 minutes


Step 5: Add coriander powder and red chilly powder. Saute for a minute


Step 6: Add required salt and saute for a minute

Turn off the flame


Step 7: Add amchur powder and roasted bengal gram flour to it and mix well

Let it cool down to room temperature

Procedure of making kachori

Step 1: Take lemon size dough and roll it, giving it a round shape. Flatten it with the help of stick or fingers, giving it a bowl shape


Step 2: Fill 1 tbsp of stuffing in it


Step 3: Lift from all the sides for sealing and roll the stuffed ball with fingers gently into thick kachori


Likewise prepare all kachori's


Step 5: Preheat oil in a kadai or pan for frying. Slowly leave the prepared Kachoris in medium hot oil. Place as many kachoris as possible in the kadai at a time.
Keep the flame low and medium, to get crunchy kachoris


Flip the side when kachoris turn fluffy and slightly brown


Keep flipping the kachoris till they turn into golden brown colour. Remove them with slotted spoon and place on oil absorbing paper


Hot and crunchy moong dal kachoris are ready to serve with hot coffee :)

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