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kachori recipe with video and step by step photos – flaky and tasty kachori made with a spiced moong lentils stuffing.

kachori recipe, khasta kachori recipe, moong dal kachori recipe

since holi festival is close by, sharing this popular indian snack of khasta kachori. kachoris are basically deep fried breads. there are many varieties of kachori recipes in the indian cuisine and moong dal kachori is a popular one. other delicious kachori recipes are:

how to make flaky or khasta kachori

  1. the trick to get the flaky as well as soft texture in the kachori crust is slow frying. the oil has to be at a low or low-medium flame while frying. thus the frying takes some more time.
  2. also the proportion of fat (moyen) to flour is important along with getting the correct thickness of the kachori.
  3. the thickness should be medium and not thin or thick. thin kachori will become too crisp and get hard. whereas thick kachori may have undercooked dough from inside.

in the recipe i have used organic all purpose flour (maida), but you can use a mix of both all purpose flour and whole wheat flour. the recipe is adapted from my urad dal kachori posted some months back.

kachori can be made and stored for a couple of days in the fridge. with this recipe you can also make kachori chaat. serve kachori with tamarind chutney, green chutney or red chili garlic chutney. you can also have these kachori with dubki wale aloo or aloo rasedar. some curd also goes well with kachori.

wishing all a happy and safe holi festival.

few more street food recipes for you!

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  3. katori chaat
  4. samosa recipe
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kachori recipe

4.79 from 23 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:2 hrs
Cook Time:45 mins
Total Time:2 hrs 45 mins
Course:breakfasts,snacks
Cuisine:north indian,uttar pradesh
Servings (change the number to scale):10 kachori
kachori recipe
flaky and tasty kachori made with spiced moong lentils stuffing.

INGREDIENTS FOR kachori recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for kachori dough

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (maida)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup ghee or oil
  • ½ cup water or add as required

for making kachori stuffing

  • ½ cup moong dal
  • ½ tablespoon ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • ½ teaspoon dry ginger powder (saunth powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • salt as required

other ingredients

  • oil for deep frying

HOW TO MAKE kachori recipe

making kachori dough

  • take 2 cups all purpose flour (maida) and salt in a bowl or pan. mix very well.
  • add ¼ cup ghee.
  • with your fingertips mix the ghee with the flour for a few minutes till you get a breadcrumb like texture in the mixture.
  • add water in parts and knead the dough till soft.
  • cover the dough with a moist muslin or kitchen towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.

making moong dal stuffing for kachori recipe

  • rinse ½ cup moong dal in a bowl. soak moong dal with enough water for 2 hours.
  • later drain all the water very well and add the soaked moong lentils in a grinder jar.
  • grind to a roughly coarse mixture.
  • then heat a pan. add ½ tablespoon ghee.
  • once the ghee melts, keep the flame to the lowest or switch off the flame.
  • add all the spice powders one by one.
  • keep the flame to its lowest and mix very well. do make sure that the spices do not burn.
  • then add the coarsely ground moong dal. also add salt and 1 pinch of asafoetida.
  • on a low flame mix very well.
  • saute with non-stop stirring for 3 to 4 minutes on a low flame. check the taste and if required you can add more spice powders like red chili powder and mango powder or salt. let the mixture become warm or cool down.
  • now make small balls from this moong dal mixture. you can also spread some oil on your palms while making the balls. keep aside. 

stuffing and making moong dal kachori

  • after 30 minutes, lightly knead the dough.
  • roll the dough into a log. now cut the dough in equal portions. this will depend on the number of moong dal mixture balls that were made.
take a portion of the cut dough and flatten it with your fingers. keep the edges thin while flattening. you can also use a rolling pin (belan) to flatten.
  • now place the moong dal stuffing ball on the dough. flatten the moong dal stuffing ball.
  • bring the edges of the dough together and join them at the center. excess dough can be pinched off and removed.
  • flatten the top and then gently roll the kachori with a rolling pin to get a medium thickness kachori. stuff and prepare all kachori this way. keep them covered under a moist muslin or cotton cloth, so that they do not dry up.

frying kachori

  • heat oil for frying and keep the flame to a low. when the oil is just hot enough, you can add the kachoris.
  • when the kachori start puffing up, then gently nudge each kachori with a spoon, so that they puff up well.
  • when the base becomes light golden, then gently turn them over. the frying takes about 7 to 9 minutes. so one has to be patient.
  • continue to fry on a low to low-medium flame till the dal kachori become golden. while frying you can turn them often to get an even color. regulate the temperature from low to low-medium as required.
  • fry the kachori till they become golden and nicely crisp from outside.
  • place khasta kachori on kitchen paper towels so that excess oil is absorbed. fry all kachori this way.
  • serve khasta kachori warm accompanied with some fried & salted green chilies, tamarind dates chutney and green chutney. you can also serve kachori with chili garlic chutney or curd.

RECIPE VIDEO

RECIPE TIPS

tips for making dal kachori

  • instead of ghee you can use oil for the dough.
  • you can skip the step of grinding moong dal. 
  • you can even soak the moong dal for 3 to 4 hours. 
  • spice powders can be added as per your requirements.
  • green chilies and ginger can also be added. 
  • add lemon juice if you do not have dry mango powder.
  • these kachori can be baked too. bake them at 180 degrees celsius in a preheated oven till the crust is golden. 
  • recipe can be doubled or tripled. 
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how to make kachori recipe

preparing kachori dough

1. take 2 cups all purpose flour (maida) in a bowl or pan.

khasta kachori recipe

2. add ½ teaspoon salt or as per taste.

khasta kachori recipe

3. add ¼ cup ghee.

khasta kachori recipe

4. with your fingertips mix the ghee with the flour for a few minutes.

khasta kachori dough

5. you have to mix well, till you get a breadcrumb like texture in the flour. when this mixture is pressed, it should not break.

khasta kachori dough

6. then add ½ cup water in parts.

khasta kachori dough
7. mix and then begin to knead.

khasta kachori dough

8. knead to a smooth dough. add water as required. if the dough becomes sticky, then add some flour. if the dough looks dry, then add some more water and knead. the dough can be semi-soft to soft. but do not make it too soft.

khasta kachori dough

9. cover the dough with a moist muslin or kitchen towel. let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

khasta kachori dough

making stuffing for kachori recipe

10. rinse ½ cup moong dal in a bowl. soak moong dal for 2 hours.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

11. later drain all the water very well and add the soaked moong lentils in a grinder jar.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

12. using the pulse option, lightly crush or make a roughly coarse mixture of the moong lentils. do not grind too much.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

13. then heat a pan. add ½ tablespoon ghee.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori
14. once the ghee melts, keep the flame to the lowest or switch off the flame. add all the spice powders one by one. first add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon red chilli powder.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

15. then add ½ teaspoon cumin powder.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

16. next add 1 teaspoon coriander powder.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

17. add 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds. you can also use fennel powder.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

18. add ½ teaspoon dry ginger powder (saunth powder). instead of ginger powder, you can also use ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger. some chopped green chilies can also be added.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

19. now add 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder).

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

20. keep the flame to its lowest and mix very well.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

21. do make sure that the spices do not burn.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

22. then add the coarsely ground moong dal. also add salt and 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing).

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

23. on a low flame mix very well.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

24. saute with non stop stirring for 3 to 4 minutes on a low flame. check the taste and if required you can add more spice powders like red chili powder and mango powder. let the mixture become warm or cool down.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

25. now make small balls from this moong dal mixture. you can also spread some oil on your palms while making the balls. cover and keep aside.

moong dal stuffing for khasta kachori

stuffing and making moong dal kachori

26. after 30 minutes, lightly knead the dough. then roll the dough into a log.

khasta kachori

27. now cut the dough in equal portions. this will depend on the number of moong dal mixture balls that were made. with this recipe, you will get about 9 to 10 kachoris.

khasta kachori

28. take a portion of the cut dough and flatten it with your fingers. keep the edges thin while flattening. you can also use a rolling pin (belan) to flatten.

khasta kachori

29. now place the moong dal stuffing ball on the dough. flatten the moong dal stuffing ball.

khasta kachori

30. bring the edges of the dough together and join them at the center. excess dough can be pinched off and removed.

khasta kachori

31. press and then flatten the top. do check the video above to see how the stuffing and shaping is done.

khasta kachori

32. now gently roll the kachori with a rolling pin to get a medium thickness kachori. stuff and prepare all kachoris this way. keep them covered under a moist muslin or cotton cloth, so that they do not dry up.

khasta kachori

frying khasta kachori

33. heat oil for frying and keep the flame to a low. when the oil is just hot enough, you can add the kachoris. make sure the oil is not medium hot or very hot. to check the temperature while frying, add a small piece of dough to the oil. if it comes slowly and steadily to the surface, then the kachoris are ready to be fried. if the dough comes quickly, the oil is too hot. so lower the flame. if it does not come on the surface, then the oil is cold. so increase the flame.

frying moong dal kachori

34. when the kachoris start puffing up, then gently nudge each kachori with a spoon, so that they puff up well.

frying moong dal kachori

35. when the base becomes light golden, then gently turn them over. the frying takes about 7 to 9 minutes. so one has to be patient.

frying moong dal kachori

36. continue to fry on a low to low-medium flame till the kachoris become golden. while frying you can turn them often to get an even color. regulate the temperature from low to low-medium as required.

frying moong dal kachori

37. fry the kachoris till they become golden and nicely crisp from outside.

frying moong dal kachori

38. remove with a slotted spoon and drain the excess oil back in the kadai. place khasta kachori on kitchen paper towels so that excess oil is absorbed. fry all kachori this way.

frying moong dal kachori

39. serve khasta kachori warm accompanied with some fried & salted green chilies, tamarind dates chutney and green chutney. you can also serve with chili garlic chutney or curd.

moong dal kachori recipe


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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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  1. Ohh my god your recipes can never go wrong.I found your website when I first visited banglore and had the best peanut chutney and sambhar of my life.Sambhar was different it was not at all what I have been eating.So that’s when the hunt for banglore style sambhar and chutney begin and I landed on your website made the sambhar from scratch and chutney and that was all that I was looking for🤗.Since then I have been here thousand times made lots of recipe. My apologies that I am writing late.My next from your food pitara is dhokla😊.Thankyou for sharing your recipes and you manage to explain with such a ease and for me I need smallest of the details like not to fry kachori when oil is hot or medium hot and how to check.I just love you keep posting .Good wishes to you🤗

    • thank you so much amrita. no need to feel sorry for writing so late. felt good to read everything that you have said. comments like yours make my day 🙂. the dhokla recipe is very good. just make sure to use fresh eno for the batter. wish you too all the best and thanks again.

    • Just saying wow! You are amazing dassana ma’am…for me your recipes are my stressbuster…,🙂

  2. Thank you Dassana…you are a hands on cooking expert…no wonder whatever i hv tried from your cooking site..it was really appreciated..i even suggest my near and dear ones about your website…All the best and keep posting4 stars

  3. All your recipes are very good and detailed especially with the pictures. I am not a good cook, I was worried after marriage how I am going to cope with the food, but everything became easy with your website. Anything or anything new I want to cook, the recipes come from you and all my food are tasty and appreciated by my husband. 4 years of my marriage and I have become a good cook. Thanks for the recipes you share. All the best that you post more recipes and you should also have an app for instant access. Thanx.5 stars

    • thank you very much ankita. felt nice to read your comment. i am glad that the recipes and the website have helped you. i wish you all the best.
      sure, i will keep on adding more recipes. for the time-being we have are not making an app, but will consider it for the future.

  4. All your recipes and detailed instructions with pics are awesome. I am writing to let you know I loved the hands in the pics (not sure its yours or a family member’s) filling kachori with ohm tattoo . I think I might get it too 🙂5 stars

    • preheat oven at 180 degrees celsius for 15 minutes. place the kachoris on a tray. brush them with some oil all over. then bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes till the crust is crisp and golden.

  5. Hi !! Tried this recipe and it was awesome ,and so simple to make . Making it again for the second time today . Just one query, can these kachoris be frozen ?? Can it be filled up with the moong dal filling and frozen ??5 stars

  6. I just love d way u explain with pictures n measurements thanks a lot it’s very useful for us

  7. Made this last night and they were oh so good! Crispy and flaky…and the filling was full of flavour. Writing this one down for sure! Thank you for an amazing recipe….again!5 stars

    • thanks a lot yogita. nice to know. i feel good when i get positive comments on such recipes as these recipes are slightly tricky to prepare. thanks again 🙂

      • Just came back to this recipe for reference and saw you’re reply 🙂 Your recipes are so well written and explained with tips that make it easy to follow. Even complicated recipes look easy on you’re blog. I’ve tried different kachori recipes before but never got the same results…making this again today and I know it will be awesome! you’re recipes are failproof!5 stars

  8. As promised I did try the moong dal kachori. Absolutely awesome. U never have put a bad recipe ever. This too as usual met your high standards. My husband loved it. My neighbours loved it and tbey are not even Indian and have never even tasted kachoris. The other neighbours who have tasted also loved it.
    Thank you for putting out a lovely recipe once again.5 stars

    • thanks a lot anu. glad to know that the kachoris came out great. i usually try the recipe first and if it is good, then I make it a couple of times. then take pics or videos (have been doing videos lately). both kachoris & samosa are made at some occasions, especially during festivals, so I have got a hang of preparing them now. thanks again.

  9. Happy Holi Dassana, this is comment not the recipe,which certainly looks yummy but I have yet to try it out. I wanted to bring to your notice that when your site loads, the first thing that comes up in a recipe collection. In my opinion the recipes you have posted most recently and the search box should come up first. We should not be scrolling down to see the latest recipe or for the search box. This is what is happening when I open ur site, maybe you can check with your regular subscribers if this is how the site loads for them too.

    Also while I liked the idea of a recipe video , cud you pls include the measurements and the music is a little loud for my taste, distracts while watching.

    The recipe looks great as usual and is definitely on my list to try out.5 stars