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Monday, June 15, 2015

Aalu Kachori

Aalu Kachori is a North Indian Snack/ Street Food which is prepared from potatoes as a main Ingredient. In Hindi Aalu means Potatoes and Kachori means fried Pastries. A filling of potato is prepared by adding different rich flavors of spices and filled inside a dough. Kachori's are deep fried and people usually like to have this either with coriander chutney, Sweet dates chutney or Sweet tamarind Chutney. I have preferred to serve along with Sweet Tamarind chutney here.

Preparation Time : 30 min
Cooking time        : 15 min
Makes                    : 9-10 Kachori's

Ingredients ::

English Name For Ingredients
Hindi Names For Ingredients
Green Peas (Optional)
1/2 Cup
For deep frying
To Prepare Dough ::
All Purpose Flour
सभी उद्देश्य आटा / मेडा
1 1/4 Cup
Oil or Ghee
तेल / घी
2 tbsp
Baking Soda
खाना पकाने सोडा
1/4 tbsp
Warm Water
1/4 Cup or as required
To taste
To Prepare Filling ::
Red Chilli Powder
लाल मिर्च पाउडर
1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder
हल्दी पाउडर
1/4 tbsp
Coriander Powder
धनिया पाउडर
1 tbsp
Fennel Powder
सौंफ पाउडर
1/2 tbsp
Chaat Masala Powder
चाट मसाला पाउडर
1/2 tbsp
Amchur Powder (Optional)
आमचूर पाउडर
1/2 tbsp
Ginger Garlic Paste
अदरक लहसुन पेस्ट
1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds
1/4 tbsp
Gram Flour
1 tbsp
तेल / घी
2 tbsp
As required

Preparation ::

Preparing the Dough ::
  1. The first step in making of Kachori is preparation of dough.
  2. Sieve all purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Add 1 tbsp ghee/oil and mix again. Pour warm water and start kneading well.
  3. You should knead it until smooth and firm. Add remaining ghee and knead again. Cover with a damp cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes.

Preparing the Filling ::
  1. Soak green peas previous day in water or use fresh frozen green peas.
  2. Boil potatoes and green peas separately. Heat oil in a skillet in a medium flame and add cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste, mashed potatoes and green peas and keep sautéing.
  3. Add all the spice powders, gram flour and salt and mix. Turn off the flame when it is smooth and dry. Your filling is ready.

Preparing the Kachori's ::
  1. Take a large lemon size dough into hand and give a round shape. Repeat the procedure for rest of the dough.
  2. Divide the filling equally to the number of dough you prepared.
  3. Take a each dough using rolling pin roll into 3 inch diameter disc and place filling in the center. Cover the filling by bringing all the edges to the center and  by sticking the dough to each other. You can use water to stick so that your filling will not come out.
  4. Roll again to a large poori size by using rolling pin. You can also make it flatten by gently pressing them.
  5. Deep fry these pastries in a medium flame until crisp and golden brown.
  6. Serve hot Kachori's with coriander chutney, Sweet dates chutney or Sweet tamarind Chutney.

Note ::
For preparing the dough, instead of adding only all purpose flour you can add Maida + Whole wheat flour in the ratio of 60 : 40.
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