Saturday, July 11, 2009

Matar Ki Kachori

The other day I was watching a daily soap along with my family. Though not an ardent fan of these soaps they never the less grab your attention if any one of your family member is hooked on to it.

I didn't quite follow the story. So relied on the information given to me by my sister-in-law. It is quite natural then to look at the brighter part of the soap rather than the story itself. After all they are the ones that should be watched out for. The latest saris, jewellery..seriously i do not understand if the story is just a byproduct and main attraction is the gaudy showcase of jewellery and saris on screen..not to mention the ghastly much for my hatred towards daily soap.

Now coming to the point, as I was watching I heard the protagonist's dad mentioning about the amazing "matar ki kachori" that his lovely wife prepares. That kind of caught my attention since I had not had a kachori made up of green peas. My sister-in-law immediately promised that she and my mom-in-law will teach me how to make it. So goes the story of how I learnt to make this amazing kachori. This is unlike the crunchy dal ki kachori that you may have often had.

You will need:

For the filling:

  • 1 ½ - 2 cup green peas (thawed)

  • 8-10 cloves garlic (Crushed)

  • 1 tsp Jeera

  • A pinch of Aesofotida (Hing)

  • 2-3 Green Chillies

  • Turmeric (a little)

  • 1 tsp of Coriander of Dhania Powder

  • 1/2 tsp of Garam Masala

  • 1 Tsp of oil


  1. Pulse the Green peas roughly in a mixer until it is almost minced.

  2. Crush garlic and green chilli in a mortar and pestle.

  3. Add this to the Green peas mixture.

  4. Heat some oil in a kadai. Put Jeera and hing.

  5. Put the green peas mixture and fry for some time.

  6. Add Turmeric, Salt and Coriander powder, garam masala powder. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

  7. Fry for a few more minutes. Don’t let the mixture dry entirely. It should be a little soft.

Now for the Puri you need:

  • 1 ½ - 2 cup maida

  • ½ cup Atta

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ cup oil

  • Water

Mix all the above ingredients and make a dough using little water. It should be a little harder then the chapatti dough. Keep aside for ½ hr before use.

Now make small balls and fill the mixture a little at a time and then flatten the balls into a small puri either by hand or roll lightly with a rolling pin.

Deep fry in oil.

Serve the kachori with Dahi ki chutney and Pudina chutney.

Pudina Chutney:

  • 1 bunch of Fresh Pudina

  • A few Coriander Leaves

  • 2 Green Chillies

  • 1/4 tsp jeera

  • Salt

  • 1/2 tsp Amchur powder

Mix all the above ingredients into a fine paste. Your chutney is ready.

Dahi Chutney:

  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup thick Dahi

  • 1 tsp Bhuna Jeera powder

  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder

  • Black salt to taste

Mix all the above ingredients into a fine paste. Your chutney is ready.

Enjoy the Kachori with Garama Garam Chai and along with your friends and family!!

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