Khasta Kachori Besan
Khasta kachori is a delicacy from north India. Khasta kachori is a spicy puffed pastry. Kachories are made with a variety of different filling, and I have many recipes for Khasta Kachori. They are my favorite over samosa. Maybe one of the reasons is I can prepare them even a few days before and can be served at room temperature and served many different ways, even serving as chaat. Traditionally kachori is sold at HALWAI (a sweet and snack shop). Today, I am using spicy besan filling. These mouthwatering Kachories can be served as a snack, chaat or part of the main meal, making the meal exotic.This recipe will make 12 kachories and will serve 4.
- 1 cup All Purpose flour plain flour or maida
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp oil
- ⅓ cup lukewarm water
- ½ cup besan
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 1 tsp fennel seeds coarsely grinded saunf
- 2 tsp coriander seeds coarsely grinded dhania
- 2 tsp red chili flakes
- 1 tsp mango powder amchoor
- ⅛ tsp asafetida hing
- ½ tsp salt adjust to your taste
- ¼ tsp dry ginger powder
To make dough.
In a bowl mix the flour, salt and oil rubbing together, this help making crust crispy. Add the warm water slowly dough should be firm, let the dough sit for at least 10 minutes. In mean time we can make the filling.
To make filling
Heat the oil over low heat add besan and all the spices for filling fennel, coriander, red chili, mango powder, ginger powder, asafetida, and salt.
Roast the besan over low heat stirring continuously, for 2-3 minutes until spice mix becomes aromatic. Turn of the heat and take out the mix in a bowl add about 3 tablespoons of warm water and mix it well, this will make sticky dough and let it sit for five minutes. Besan will absorb the water and will become crumbly.
To make the Kachoris
Take the dough and knead it for a minute. Divide the dough in twelve equal parts.
Take one part of the dough and with your fingers flatten the edges and make into 3-inch circle. Leaving center little thicker than edges.
Mold the dough into a cup and place about 1-1/2 teaspoons of filling in the center. Pull the edges of the dough to wrap the dal filling. Proceed to make all 12 balls.
Let the filled ball sit for three to four minutes before rolling.
Set the filled ball on a flat surface with the seam facing up. Roll it pressing with your palm evenly, in about three inches in diameter.
Heat the oil in frying pan over medium heat frying pan should have about one inch of oil. To check if oil is ready put a little piece of dough in the oil. Dough should sizzle and come up very slow.
Fry them on medium-low heat. After they start to puff, slowly turn them over. Fry until golden-brown on both sides. This should take about five minutes. If the kachoris are fried on high heat, they will get soft and will not be crispy.
Kachories can be stored for at least a week in an airtight container. If kachories get soft warm up the kachoris in an oven on 200-degree F for about 7 to 10 minutes, this will bring back the freshness and crispness. Serving Suggestion: Serve the Khasta Kchories plain, or with tamarind chutney and yogurt as chaat, or serve the kachories as main meal and serve them with aloo dum, Boondi Raita