Koraishuti kachori

13 Apr

Am not sure why I am starting to post with a Bengali recipe! I am not one, albiet married to one and now perhaps have imbibed more bengali food than my Bengali husband! I guess probably because I just cooked a Bengali meal for friends last Sunday and its still fresh in my mind, cos even guys / gals who stay away from fried food, happily tucked into it!

Koraishuti is the Bengali word for peas. Dont ask me why is it such a long and complicated name for such a tiny vegetable! Come to think of it, even the Hindi version is short and sweet – mutter! But long definately defines this one dish! Its a painstaking, long process but the end result well worth it!

Koraishuti kachori is essentially puffed, fried flour breads (or kachoris as we call them) that have been stuffed with a peas mixture. These are traditionally served with alu dum and a tomato chutney. 

Peas mixture

500 gms frozen peas thawed (have never made it with fresh ones)

2 green chillies

1 inch ginger chopped into small pieces

2 tsp saunf (fennel seeds)

1 tsp salt

3-4 tbsp of mustard oil

Masala for the peas mixture

2 tejpatta (bay leaves) broken,

2-3 dry red chillies

1/4 tablespoon jeera

¼ tablespoon dhania seeds

4-5 each  dalchini, laung, elaichi

Method

Put all the ingredients in a blender (yup the blender not the mixer part) of your kitchen machine and whizz till it all becomes a fine mash. This sounds a lot easier than it is cos the peas just dont seem to get minced. Add a little water, use the spatula to move the peas around.. it takes about5 minutes to get this done 😦

While you are struggling with the peas :-), put all the ingredients for the masals in a pan and dry roast them. Once roasted cool and powder in a grinder.

Heat the mustard oil in a large pan and when it starts to smoke (till its smoked the mustard oil is raw) add the whole peas mixture to it.

Keep turning the mixture and letting it cook till it starts to dry and then add 2 tbsp of the rosted spices’ powder that you have just made. Wait for 5 minutes, and then while the mixture is still hot, start to roll the mixture into small balls. Remember, if the mixture cools, then the cooked peas mixture doesn’t stick together in a ball and falls apart, so you need to work fast and live with a lil bit of heat.

Roll all the mixture into balls and keep aside to cool. Once cooled these balls can actually be frozen for about 2-3 weeks and used as desired.

The Dough

3 cups of maida (plain flour)

1 pinch of sugar

1/4 tsp of salt

3 tbsp of oil

water

Mix the sugar and salt in the dry maida and then add the oil. Mix till the mixture resembles rough crumbs. Then add as much water as is necessary to make a pliable dough.

Once the dough is ready, tear off a table tennis ball size of dough, roll it into a ball, and then flatten it into a 2-3 inch disc using your fingers. Keep one of the peas mixture ball that you had made earlier inside this disc and then fold it around the ball to enclose it

Once you get a ball of dough with a peas ball inside, flatten the ball into a disc and then roll out the disc into a larger disc, just ensure that while you are rolling you dont press to hard otherwis ethe filling will come out. Roll out to a disc about 4-4.5 inches in diameter.

 

Once these are ready, heat oil in a large open pan and deep fry these. They puff up are delicious to eat with an pottao curry and tomato chutney. in my wisdom, I have forgotten to take a photograph of the final product 😦 but that’s for another day!!

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2 Responses to “Koraishuti kachori”

  1. Radhika May 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Sha, aren’t these the ones that Ranjan’s mom makes? Please post the alu subzi and tomato chutney that she makes along with this. Why haven’t you posted recently? How’s Delhi treating you? Is it hot? That’s no excuse to not post my dear esp cos aunty is such a fabulous cook! Remember our impromptu lunches at the guesthouse at CP? Say hi to your mom.

    • manisha May 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

      Rads, yes these are the ones that ma makes.. will post the other two, just need to get things in order.. actually mom’s kitchen is under renovation so haven’t cooked anything..

      Delhi is terrifically hot!! I’m perenially sleepy, lol! you know how that irritates mom! Mom and I were just talking about the CP guesthouse, we did have a blast, didn’t we esp the chaat at Shankar Market?

      BTW, planning to make dahi kebabs tom if all goes well, have friends coming over for tea..

      How’s lil Rohit? Not so lil anymore, right?

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