Friday, 22 March 2013

Holi Hai !!! Sukha Mewa Kachori - Deep fried pastry filled with Dry Fruit and Nut !

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

Holi hai Bhai Holi Hai..Bura na Mano Holi Hai...It's Holi It's Holi, Don't feel bad, It is Holi !!!
A phrase used by Holi enthusiasts..

JCO wishes their every reader a colourful and safe HOLI...!!



Holi (the Indian festival of colours) is just around the corner and everyone all over the world wants to celebrate and enjoy this joyous and colourful festival with enthusiasm and gaiety. In India, the entire country wears a festive look when it is time for Holi celebration. Market places get abuzz with activity as frenzied shoppers start making preparations for the festival. Heaps of various hues of gulal and abeel can be seen on the roadside days before the festival.






And the women in the family also start preparing for the holi festival as they cook loads of sweets and savouries for the family and also for the relatives.  I too have prepared some delicacies for my family.

The discovery of a new dish more for human happiness than discovery of a new star - Jean Atnthelme Brillat - Savarin



It was November 2012 when for the first time I tasted Dry Fruit Kachoris from a shop called Mohanlal S Mithaiwala during Diwali in India. Without giving another thought I packed one box for my UK family members. I have prepared various types of kachoris before: Garlic Kachori and Poha Kachoris. I love all of them and they are all a perfect and delicious snack for me.



Dry Fruit and Nut kachoris were a new discovery of kachories for me so, naturally, I tried duplicating them in at home for the first time.  They turned out impeccable !!

Crispy out side, spicy, tangy and the mildly sweet filling inside means that there is no need for any chutneys. They are perfect own their on just pop them into your mouth and feel your tastebuds dancing with joy!! However, I shall not be the judge here just try for yourselves :)



Serve them as a starter, place them in an Indian Thali as farsan or serve at tea time ( you can skip the scones and try these for a change ) You will become your guest's favourite host ! Guaranteed!



You will need for the dough :-
  • 2 cup plain flour ( maida )
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chilled water

You will need for filling or stuffing :-
  • 2 cup dry fruit an nuts like (dried figs, dates,sultanas,raisins,almonds,cashews,hazelnuts,pistachios)
  • 1 cup besan ( gram flour )
  • 1/4 cup self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Pinch of hing ( asafoetida )
  • 4-5 tbsp Oil
  • 1-2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin and coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder ( Aamchoor )
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 2 tbsp crushed fennel and coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 2-3 green chillies crushed
  • 1 tbsp samosa kachori masala ( optional )
  • You will need OIL to deep fry the kachories


Method for filling or stuffing:-
 
Roughly chop all the dry fruit and nuts . Leave aside.
Heat oil in a heavy based kadai and add cumin seeds and hing, add green chillies.
Now add besan, self raising flour and all the other ingredients except dry fruit/nuts mixture and water.
Mix well and roast till you can get aroma from roasting gram flour or at least 10-12 minutes on a low heat.
Add dry fruit and nuts, once again mix well and roast mixture for another 2-3 minutes.
Sprinkle some water and mix well.
Turn of the heat and leave the mixture aside to cool. ( I made mine previous day )
In a separate bowl add all the dough ingredients, mix together and knead into a soft pliable dough with chilled water. Leave aside for few minutes covered with tea towel.
Divide the dough and filling mixture into 22-25 equal portions.
Roll out each dough portion into a small circle.
Put one of the filling portions into the center, then fold the dough over the filling to form a ball and seal the edges with a peak at the top.
You can grease your palms a little and roll the ball between them to form an even ball if that's easier. Repeat for all the kachoris.
Now heat oil in a wok or kadai and deep fry 3-4 kachoris at a time over medium heat till they are light golden brown in color.
Enjoy !



 






 
 
 Linking this to event Celebrate- Holi guest host by Sukanya , celebrate event started by JCO (ME)
and Celebrae - Easter guest host by Shama, event started by me.
 

17 comments:

  1. its takes very patience to make this. very well done.

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  2. Gosh ! this is a Royal treat...
    Sindhis usually make samosas on Holi day.. maybe I'll try them with this filling and surprise everyone..
    Lovely clicks and presentation .. as always !

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  3. Happy holi to you in advance. Kachoris look superb. Would like to try them out in this holi.
    Deepa

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  4. Absolutely Yummy dish for holi...presentation is royal style

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  5. Amazing clicks ,your photo classes are really coming useful.

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  6. Hi. thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes I live in the UK-london. How about you??

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    1. Yes, I live in London too.

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    2. Hey that is nice. Glad to follow ur blog. I will add you on FB as well, will chat there :)

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  7. wow looks so yumm :) happy holi to you too dear :)

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  8. OMG... Those are absolutely tempting and delicious.. perfect for holi festival.. thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Superbbbbb....Have bookmarked them . they look too good.

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  10. I've been wanting to make this ever since I tasted it from a store here. So glad you posted it. Will give it a try soon. Thanks.

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  11. Just wow, wat a fantastic kachoris, love that stuffing part,very interesting and super nutty.

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  12. had always wondered what all goes inside it..and now i know!!! super like the kachoris. first time here....nice blog .

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  13. yummy yummy tasty tasty...thank u for linking in..

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