Friday, December 11, 2009

Full Meal idea : Koraishuti'r Kachori(green peas kachori) & Dum Aloo

This post is dedicated to another full meal idea from me...This time it's Koraishuti'r Kachori or green peas kachori, a bengali delicacy, deep fried bread stuffed with green peas and Dum Aloo, a North Indian Style Spicy potato curry. Both goes very well together, complementing each other.

Karaishuti'r/matarshuti'r Kachuri (Green Peas Kachori)
It is another famous and bengali's beloved delicacy (just like Radhaballavi/Dal puri), generally made at the beginning of winter with the fresh green peas. But nowadays, with the blessings of Giant Supermarkets, you can get frozen green peas throughout the year. It is a small deep fried bread made with white flour(maida) and stuffed with spice mixed mashed up green peas. It just melts in your mouth. Bengali style chana dal with coconut(cholar dal narkel diye) also goes very well with peas kachori.

 (Sorry,couldn't take better pictures, guests were waiting, may be next time) 

Ingredients :
All purpose Flour(maida) : 2 cups
Ghee/oil : 2 tblsp.
Salt to taste
For green peas filling :-
Green peas(fresh or frozen) : 1 cup
Ginger :1" (Grate and squeeze out the juice)
Cumin seed : 1tsp.
Dry red chilli : 1
Fennel/Aniseed/Saunf : 2 tblsp.(grind into powder)
Red chilli powder : 2 tsp. (as per taste)
Sugar : 1 tsp.
Oil for frying

Method :
  • Prep: Dry roast cumin seed and dry red chilli until brown. Remove and grind immediately and store into a container to preserve the flavour .you can store for further use.
  • Take flour in a big bowl, add ghee/oil and 1/2 tsp. salt, mix well with the flour, then add enough water to make a tight dough. Keep aside.
  • Now make the filling . If using fresh peas, boil them for few minutes. Then grind into a paste with very little water. Heat 1 tblsp. oil in a pan, add the peas paste and dry some more stirring continuously. when all the water evaporates, add roasted masala powder, chilli powder and grounded fennel seed powder. Add sugar and salt. when mixed well together, remove from heat and let it cool a bit.
  • To make kachoris: From flour dough make small balls. With a rolling pan, widen each ball a bit, put 1 tblsp. filling in the center, and seal it again carefully from all sides. Make a round ball again. Stuff other flour balls with filling same way like this.(for a step-by-step instruction picture, click here).
  • Now take one stuffed ball and flatten the ball 3-4 inch wide pressing very gently. Take care not to break the outer cover. The filling should not come out of it. 
  • Heat enough oil in a pan for deep frying. carefully drop one rolled out bread into oil through the side of the pan. Press one side of the bread with a spatula, once that side is puffed up, flip to the other side and fry until lightly browned. Take out from oil. Drain the excess oil on a paper towel.
  • Kachori is ready to serve. Always make just before serve, it doesn't taste the same when cold. Fry other kachoris same way.
Dum aloo(baby potatoes in thick gravy)

Check out my other recipe of Dum aloo in Bengali style, here.

Ingredients :
baby potatoes : 20-25nos.
Onion : 2(medium-grated)
Tomatoes : 2(medium-pureed)
Ginger-garlic paste : 3tblsp.
Cumin seeds :1 and 1/2 tsp.
Poppy seeds : 1 tblsp.
Red chilli powder : 1tsp.
Turmeric powder : 2 tsp.
Cardamom : 2
Cloves : 4
Dry red chilli : 1(big)
Cinnamon : 2(1" stick)
Bay leaves : 1-2
Yoghurt/Curd : 1/2 cup(beaten)
Oil : 3-4 tblsp.
Sugar : 1 tsp.
Salt to taste
Garam masala powder : 1 tsp.(powder mixture of cardamom, cinnamon & cloves)

Method :
  • On a hot tawa/pan, roast together cardamoms, cloves, cumin seeds and poppy seeds. Grind roasted ingredients into powder. Grind together onion, ginger and garlic into paste, add roasted powdered masala into it, keep aside.
  • Meanwhile, boil unpeeled potataoes in a pressure cooker until tender, not overboiled. Remove and peel the potatoes. 
  • In a pan, heat oil, fry potatoes adding little salt from all sides until golden brown. Remove on a paper towel.
  • In the same pan, add 2 tblsp. oil, add whole red chillies, cinnman and bay leaves and 1/2 tsp. of cumin seeds. Stir for a few seconds, then add grated onion paste and fry till golden brown. Add roasted powder, tomato puree, salt, chilli and turmeric powder. 
  • Keep stirring, stir for 3-4 minutes, then lower the flame to sim, add curd little by little, mixing well with the masala paste. Stir fry till oil seperates. Add fried potatoes and stir gently to coat the potatoes with the masala. Add sugar at this moment. 
  • Add 1/2 - 2/3 cup water and in low flame let it cook. When water dries up and gravy thicken, check the seasoning. Add if needed. Remove from heat. Add Garam masala powder. Stir and serve hot. 
 Dum aloo is going to take part on RV's event, "Think Spice : Think Poppy seed", which is brainchild of Sunita of Sunita's World and Green peas Kachori is on the way to MLLA:18th Helping, nestled this month @ Srivalli's Cooking 4 All Seasons, event is masterminded by Susan of The well-seasoned Cook
    Try out sometime, friends and let me know how much have you like this combo...Bon Appetit !!!!!!!!! Have a great foodilicious Weekend, everyone...........


      Tina said...

      Both dish looks delicious......

      Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

      Delicious combination

      Sunanda said...

      kachuri aar aaloor dum ahaa dekhe amar mukhe jol chole eschhe.. looks tempting dear..

      Sunitha said...

      The kachori and dum looks good. Feel like having some in this cold weather.

      sayantani said...

      yum yum ummmmm ummmm amar most favourite winter dinner. love love love every bit of it.

      RV @ Food for 7 Stages said...

      yumm yumm... am loving the dum aloos.. they looks so beautiful and appetizing...

      Priya Suresh said...

      Kachori and dum aloo both together looks fantastic....just drooling over those tempting dum aloo..

      Ushnish Ghosh said...

      Dear Indrani
      Your recipe arrives just in time, I am scheduling this Kachori for sunday brunch.
      I was bit tired of eating radha Ballavi and alu dum every sunday morning from the neighborhood shop. Needed a break !!!Thank you
      Bhalo theko

      Renu said...

      wow...your post has tempted me to try out these kachories now.....humm..its too late now, my kitchen is close :))

      delhibelle said...

      WHat a scrumptious meal

      Unknown said...

      Yummy looking meal. Guess it tastes great too!

      notyet100 said...

      this looks so yum,..;-)me hungry here

      Malar Gandhi said...

      Delicious meal...very tempting pictures, infact.

      ? said...

      Good combination and recipe!

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