Urad Dal Kachori – Indian Lentil Pastry Recipe by Manjula

Urad Dal Kachori – Indian Lentil Pastry Recipe by Manjula


Today I will be making Dal kachori. This is a delicacy from North India. Dal kachori is a spicy puffed pastry. Traditionally kachoris are sold at halwai. Halwai is a sweet and snack shop. Today I will use urad dal lentils (skinned black gram)
for filling. This mouthwatering dal kachoris can be served as a snack, chaat or part of the main meal making the meal exotic. This recipe will make 12 kachoris and will serve 4. To make dal kachoris we will need: For dough we need 1 cup all purpose flour (plain flour or maida) 1 tablespoon fine sooji (semolina) 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter Approximately 1/4 cup lukewarm water. For filling we will need 1/4 cup washed urad dal lentil (skinned black gram) 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) 1 tablespoon fennel seed coarsely grinded (saunf) 1 tablespoon coriander seeds coarsely grinded (dhania) 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes 1/2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing) And 1/2 teaspoon of salt. We also need oil to fry. So I am ready to make the dough. Here is all purpose flour. Semolina (suji) Salt Mix it well. And now I add the clarified butter or ghee. Dough will start looking crumbly. Now add the water slowly. Dough should be firm but pliable. Dough is ready. It’s looking good. I have used about 1/3 cup of water. Now cover the dough and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. For filling I have already washed and boiled the dal. I boil dal in 2 cups of water on high heat then lower the heat to low medium and cook for about 20 minutes till dal became very soft and tender but not mushy. So that’s how dal is looking. It is soft but as you see you can see the grains. And now I am going to drain the water before I will prepare the mix. I have already drained the excess water from dal. Heat is on, medium. So first I am going to put the butter or ghee. Now I will add all the spices. Asafoetida Fennel seeds Coriander Red chilli flakes Mango powder And salt And just stir for a few seconds. And add dal. Keep stirring and keep pressing. And it should be dry but not that dry that it becomes like powder. This should take about 3 minutes. Dal is ready. And I have been pressing it and stir frying. And as you see, you cannot hear water sizzling. So that is the really way you know that dal is done. And see it’s dry. So now I am ready to make the kachoris. First filling has to cool off. Dough is ready. So knead the dough for about half a minute. Dough is looking good and now divide this into 12 equal parts. They are looking good. And now I am ready to fill them. So just roll it. And just go around with your finger and leave the center part thick. So make it like a cup. And now put the dal. Press it with your thumb. Fill little bit more. Press it. And bring all the edges together to cover the dal. Just roll it, go around with your fingers. Keep the center part thick. Make about 3 inch. Now in the center put the filling. Press it. Put little more filling. Now bring all the edges together. Make sure everything is covered right. Make all the balls same way. I have filled all the balls and they should sit for about 5 minutes before we will roll them. And I do have some filling left. I am ready to roll the kachoris. So put the seam side up and then just roll it with very light hand. They should be thick about 3 inch in diameter. Keep the seam side up. Press it and just roll it about 3 inch diameter. I am ready to fry the kachoris. Heat is on, medium low. So first I will check if oil is ready. So I will just put little piece of dough. It should sizzle but not come up right away. So as you see oil is sizzling and dough is coming up slowly. So it means oil is ready. Just put few kachoris at a time. Don’t over crowd them. And just one more. As you see kachoris have started floating. Now it’s time to turn them. It’s a little slow process to fry the kachoris. It should take about 7-8 minutes to fry every batch. This has been about 3 minutes. So I will turn the kachoris. This has been again about 3 minutes so I will turn them. This color is looking really good. So we will just fry from the other side another minute and they will be ready to go. Kachoris are ready. And as you see from both side now they have the same color and looking great. It has taken me about 7.5 minutes. So I will take them out. Dal kachoris are looking delicious! They taste great with hot cup of tea or serve them with chutneys or make a meal out of them. Aloo dum makes a tastes a really good with kachoris. Enjoy. Thank you. Till we meet again, check out more recipes
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  1. Can I use spelt or rice flour in place of all-purpose white? Is the recipe written out on your website? Could you please provide the URL? Thank you.

  2. Namaste Manjula Auntyji
    I keep viewing all your posts.The dishes you prepare are all so authentic and inspire me to cook those for my family.

  3. aunty plzzz plzzz make karele daal my husband loves it but i don't know to cook…plzzzzz i beg you…you are great with every recipe

  4. Hello Manjula. I want to thank you for your videos. I have been following you for years, and I love the way you explain things. It lifts my spirit, I don't know why. 🙂

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