Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Raj Kachori ( For Indian Cooking Challenge)


Raj Kachori is a very popular Rajasthani Chaat food. In Mumbai I usually have it at Tiwari's Juhu . Its one of the most delcious chaat item I have had . This month Srivalli challenged all the members of  Indian-Cooking-Challenge with this Raj Kachori and thus I got an opportunity to try out my favorite chaat at home. This was the yummiest treat I have made so far.

This Raj Kachori is actually a big Puri filled with pulses and chutneys and finally topped with curds and sev. This crunchy snack was a super hit and was very filling . Actually no one can have more than one as it is almost like a healthy and filling meal. But still we all let ourselves go for the second helping.

Though the making of this dish was very time consuming it is worth all the efforts as when the final dish comes in front of you, its just irresistible . This dish needs lot of advance planning like making the dahi wadas, soaking and sprouting the moong and finally boiling them, then making of papdi, boiling potatoes , making chutneys etc. So plan the dish well in advance.









For Kachoris  :

1 cup ...................maida
2 tbsp..................rawa ( semolina)
2 pinch ...............baking soda
1/4 tsp................salt
2 tbsp.................oil

Method :

Mix every thing well.

Knead a firm dough with just enough water and keep aside for half an hour.

Make balls and roll into a big size puri.

Heat oil in a kadhai and deep fry till they puff up.

Fry on low heat till crisp and remove and cool.

For the Papdis :

2 tbsp...............besan
2 tbsp...............maida
1/2 tbsp............oil
1/4 tsp..............jeera
salt

Method :

Mix all the things and knead a semi soft dough.

Roll out small puries ( the size of sev puri).

Prick them with a fork ( to ensure that they don't puff up while frying).

Deep fry in oil till crisp and keep aside to cool.

For the Dahiwadas :

1/2 cup .................urad dal
2 cups...................thick curds
2 tbsp...................sugar

Method :

Wash and soak the urad dal for 4 to 5 hours.

Whip the curd and sugar till smooth and chill.

Grind it in the mixer with as little water as possible.

Heat oil and drop small wada in it and deep fry.

Soak the wadas in water for 10 minutes.

Now squeeze out the water and dip them in whipped curd and chill till further use.

Other Fillings :

2 ....................potatoes ( boiled , peeled and cubed)
1 cup.............moong ( sprouted and half boiled)
1 cup............khara boondi

Chutneys :

3 to 4  cups...............thick curd ( sweetened , whipped and  chilled )
1 cup........................tamarind dates chutney  ( see the recipe here )
1 cup.......................green chutney ( see the recipe here )

To sprinkle :

Cumin - coriander powder
Kala Namak
Chilly powder
Pepper Powder
Sev ( the yellow variety used in bhel puri)
Pomegranate seeds ( optional)
Chopped coriander leaves (oprional)





How to Assemble the Kachori :

Tap on the top of the kachori so that it opens up and slowly widen the opening.

Now one by one add 2 to 3 small dahiwadas, 2 papdis crumbled, potatoes, boondi and moong.

Now add a tbsp each of tamarind and green chutney.

Finally fill the puri with whipped curd.

Now sprinkle the masalas and powders as per your liking.

Finally sprinkle some sev., pomegranate seeds and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve immedietely.






6 comments:

  1. Omg, give me that plate, i want that raj kachori..wat a chaat food yaar.

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  2. Very well made..so glad you joined us nayana...:)

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  3. omg am drooling here seeing the spread :) Raj kachori looks so inviting and tempting dear :)

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