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Dal Kachori Recipe

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Dal Kachori
  • Recipe Servings: 5
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One of the most loved Indian snacks, this dal kachori is absolutely sensational.

Ingredients of Dal Kachori

  • 1/2 cup arhar ki daal (husked pigeon peas/yellow lentils), soaked for 5-6 hours
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp heeng (asafoetida) powder
  • 2 tsp green chillies, or to taste
  • 1 tsp chilli powder, or to taste
  • 1 tsp khus khus (poppy seeds)
  • 2 Tbsp tamarind pulp
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Ginger
  • Garam masala
  • Coconut
  • Cover:
  • 1 cup maida (refined flour)
  • 3 Tbsp ghee/oil
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Oil for deep frying

How to Make Dal Kachori

  1. Drain dal and grind coarsely.
  2. Heat oil and add jeera. When it splutters, add ginger, heeng, green chillies and saute till the color changes a bit.
  3. Add dal, salt, garam masala, chilli powder, khus khus, coconut and saute till it's 'fried'. Add about 1/4 cup water and cook till dal is cooked through. Mix in the tamarind and sugar and keep aside.
  4. Mix baking powder and salt into the maida. Rub ghee/oil into the maida, add water and knead into stiff dough. Rest, cover for 15 minutes.
  5. Make walnut sized rounds of the dal mixture.
  6. Break pieces of dough and roll into walnut sized rounds. Roll these flat into 1/4 inch rounds and pinch about 1/2 of the edge all around, leaving the centre thicker.
  7. Now wet the pressed edges, and place a ball of the filling in the centre. Bring the wet edges together, covering the filling completely, and pinch together to seal.
  8. Heat oil and deep-fry the kachoris, first over high heat, then over medium heat so that it cook's through, and browns evenly. 

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