Folks, once in a while all of us would love to get pampered! When I get bored of my mundane routine, I take a break from Kitchen chores to sit back and relax. On those days, My Mom or my Mother in Law take charge of the kitchen.
They are master-chefs in their own rights. I urge them to cook some traditional recipes that they have mastered over the years.Its a joy to see them cook these authentic delicacies. When you observe these “home-chefs” cooking with such finesse, no-frills, with some very basic ingredients and produce some mouth-watering delightful cuisine, you can understand why they say “Cooking is an Art”
“Urad Dal ki Kachori” is one recipe that my Mother-in-Law makes really really well. It is a part of North Indian food cuisine. This recipe is not only prepared in many households of North India but also is a part of street food culture of that part of country. To put things in perspective, What “vada pav” is to Mumbai and “chole-Kulche” is to delhi, “Urad Dal ki Kachori” is to Uttar-Pradesh. Last year in December, we were in Lucknow to attend a family function. On the last day of the trip, me and Pranay went for an excursion and did try street food in Lucknow. Folks, in chilly december evening, when you are served with Hot Kachoris that has just been removed from Kadai (Large Iron Pan for frying) and served with Aloo ki sabzi and chutney, you finally feel completed, that the purpose of a foodie’s life has been achieved. That is how I felt.
So in January this year, when my MIL told me that she would be making “Urad Dal ki Kachori” for Makar Sankranti, I was overjoyed. We also convinced my MIL for being the Guest on our Youtube Channel for this recipe video. She seemed to be bit nervous in the intial parts of the Video, as you must have noticed. But later she was at ease and the recipe Video came out to be as nice as the actual Kachoris, if not nicer.
- 500 gm wheat flour
- 200 gm split Black Gram/Urad Dal soaked for 6 hours
- 5-6 Green chillies
- 10-12 cloves of garlic
- Fresh corriander
- 1 tspoon cumin seeds
- 1 tspoon carom seeds
- Pinch of asafoetida
- ½ tspoon turmeric powder
- ½ tspoon red chilly powder
- 1 tspoon garam masala
- 1 tspoon salt
- Oil for frying
- Before kneading wheat flour, add 2 tbspoon oil, 1 tspoon carom seeds, ½ tspoon salt and mix them well
- When mixture is ready, add water in small quantity into the flour to knead it into a soft dough
- When soft dough is ready, allow it to rest for 1 hour
- Meanwhile, make a green paste required for stuff.Grind Green chilly, garlic, cumin seed into coarse paste. Do not use water while grinding
- Now grind Urad dal into a coarse paste. Do not use water while grinding
- Add 2 tbspoon oil in pan and heat the pan. Now add a pinch of asafoetida, ½ tspoon turmeric powder
- Now Add split Black Gram(Urad Dal) Paste, green masala paste, 1 tspoon garam masala powder, ½ tspoon red chilly powder, ½ tspoon salt
- Mix this Mixture well for 5 mins
- Now add fresh coriander and turn off the flame
- Make medium size balls of dough
- Flatten the balls using whole wheat flour. Now add 1 spoon stuff in the centre and close the kachori using rounding method. Now roll the balls into small kachoris of 4-5 inches
- Fry the Kachoris in hot oil
- While frying Kachoris, turn them on both sides so that they get cooked evenly on both sides
- Enjoy Kachoris with Veg Gravy!!!
Though these Kachoris taste yummy with Imli Chutney (Tamarind Chutney) and eaten predominantly in winter, but in my home we also prepare them at any major festivals. So you don’t have to wait for Winter to try them out. Make these Kachoris for your family and let us know how it comes out.
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