Dal Katchori

Puffed fried breads with black lentil stuffing

Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 4
Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup husked Black Gram split lentils (dhuli urad dal)
3 cups refined Flour
4tbsp Clarified butter + oil to deep-fry
A pinch of asafetida
2 green Chilies (chopped)
1 inch piece of Ginger (chopped)
1tsp Raw Mango Powder
1tsp Garam masala
1tsp Cumin seeds (coarsely powdered)
½tsp Red Chili powder
1tspCoriander Powder
Salt to taste

Recipe Method :
Wash the lentils well and soak in three cups of water for three to four hours. Drain and grind coarsely.
Heat two tablespoons of oil in a frying pan, add asafetida, green chilies, ginger, Garam masala, mango powder, red chili powder coriander powder and cumin seeds. Mix well and add salt to taste.
 Add ground lentils. Mix and continue to sauté for two to three minutes till mixture is dry. Remove from heat and divide into 12-16 portions.

Rub in the clarified butter and salt to taste into the flour. Knead into a stiff dough using water as required.
Divide dough into 12-16 portions and roll into small balls. Flatten slightly and stuff a portion of the mixture. Shape into a ball and roll out into three-inch discs so that they are thinner around the edges and thicker in the center.

Heat sufficient oil in a pan. When moderately hot, add a few kachoris. Continue to fry on low heat, turning kachoris once or twice till crisp and golden. Drain onto an absorbent kitchen paper.

Serve hot with any pickle, chutney or sauce of your choice.

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