¼ teaspoon black pepper powder(kali mirch powder) or white pepper powder
½ teaspoon salt or add as required
2 tablespoons oil
preparing hung curd for dahi kabab recipe
First keep a strainer on top of a deep bowl. then line a muslin or a cotton napkin on the strainer.
Add 1.5 cups fresh chilled curd. The curd has to be thick and creamy and not watery or thin.
Bring the edges of the muslin together and tie one edge tightly around the rest. Place a heavy weight or heavy bowl or lid on the tied muslin.
Next day, the whey will be drained and there will be thick and creamy hung curd. With the nutrient rich whey, you can add it to chapati dough or make pulao or curries with it.
Now remove the hung curd in a mixing bowl. Use silicon spatula as scraping the curd is easier with it. Keep aside or you can keep covered in the fridge till you proceed further.
preparing dahi kabab mixture
Heat a heavy pan or kadai. Add 5 tablespoons besan in it. You can also add 6 tablespoons besan if you are making these kababs for the first time and for easier shaping.
Begin to stir and roast the besan on a low flame till it becomes aromatic and changes color. Its important to roast the besan well, so that you do not get the raw taste of besan after frying the kababs. However, do not make the besan too browned.
Roast for 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame stirring non-stop till the besan becomes aromatic and turns golden. Keep aside.
Take the hung curd in a bowl. Then add 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions, ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger, ½ teaspoon finely chopped green chillies and 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves.
Add ½ teaspoon cumin powder and ½ teaspoon garam masala powder. You can even use roasted cumin powder.
Add the roasted besan.
Then add ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder (or white pepper powder) and ½ teaspoon salt or add as required. Instead of black pepper powder you can even use ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder. Crushed black pepper can also be added.
With a small wired whisk, begin to stir and mix. Do mix very well so that there are no tiny lumps of the besan. When mixing I suggest to use a wired whisk as the lumps break easily. If you use a spoon or spatula, then its takes time to break them.
With a silicon spatula, scrape the sides and bring the entire kabab mixture in the center. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Refrigerating makes the kabab mixture firm and thus shaping them is easier.
frying dahi kabab
Before frying heat 2 tablespoons oil on a tawa. Keep the flame to low or low-medium.
Now rub a bit of water on both palms and take a portion of the kabab mixture and give it a round shape.
Then flatten it. Do not make thick kababs. If you are unable to make kababs, then keep in the fridge for some more time.
Place the dahi kabab in the hot oil. Keep the flame to low or low-medium. Make kababs from the entire mixture and place them in the oil.
Let the dahi kabab become golden from the bottom and then only flip them. These kabab get browned faster, so do keep an eye.
When the base is golden, then turn over the dahi kabab. Fry the second side also till golden.
Turn over a couple of times and fry till you get a nice golden even crust on both sides. A slight more frying of the kabab is also fine.
Remove dahi ke kabab and place on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.
Serve dahi kabab hot with sprinkled with some chaat masala. Accompany onion slices by the side and a chutney or raita.