Whenever at my parent’s house my maternal uncles used to visit us, my mother used to prepare proper UP (Uttar Pradesh) style food. There will be poori, dry potatoes veggie (which used to look like pickle because of extra oil and extra spices) one curry, curd with sugar or boondi ka raita and aalu ki kachori….. and sweet – that my uncles always used to bring, so mother never bothered to prepare.
This whole food served in steel thali (big size plate with edges) used to look so delicious that I always used to think that uncle’s visit should be more often 😋.
Among this whole platter my favorite used to be ‘aalu ki kachori’. I have never tasted such wonderful kachori in any restaurant till now.
Before marriage I had never attempted to prepare them independently, actually I never dared to do, because I didn’t want to go through a disastrous attempt. But after marriage as we all do many experiments with food in kitchen, I too tried kachori. Taste was very good but a few of them tore and potato filling came out during frying.
Slowly over the years I continued making them and proudly can say that now I can fry every single kachori in perfect shape!!!!!!
Mother’s recipes and tips are always perfect despite the fact that they used to prepare everything with their guess work!!
For preparing dough….
Wheat flour 2+1/2 cups
Salt 3/4 tsp
Carom seeds 1 tsp
Oil 2 +1/2 tbsp
Rava 1+1/2 tbsp (optional)
Water 1 cup +1/4 cup
Potato masala :
Dry mango powder, garam masala, salt, red chilli powder, asafoetida, chopped green chillies, finely chopped green coriander leaves(optional) and grated ginger(optional).
Oil, to fry
1. We have to knead slightly loose dough than our regular chapati dough. Loose dough will be easy to roll with stuffed potato mix.
2. If you are feeling that the quantity of water is making dough very loose, then you can reduce some amount of water.
3. Adding rava adds extra crunch to kachori but if you don’t have, comfortably leave it.
4. Make sure that coriander leaves have no water in them, otherwise potato mix will be soggy and it will make rolling difficult. Also, mix will seep out while rolling and frying.
5. After boiling, keep potatoes in a strainer for some time so that all water drains out. Soggy boiled potatoes are not good for filling.
6. Do not prepare potato mixture 2-3 hours in advance. Salt in mixture will turn it soggy.
7. If you are preparing kachori first time, fry one kachori at a time, gain confidence and slowly you can do 2-3 at a time.
Take wheat flour, salt, carom seeds, rava in a broad pan to prepare the dough. Add oil and mix everything together.
Now start adding water to knead and prepare slightly loose dough. Cover it with a damp cloth and keep it aside.
Peel and mash potatoes and add all spices as per your taste along with chopped green chillies, coriander leaves and grated ginger. Mix everything together and potato mix is ready.
Start heating oil in a deep pan. During the time oil is getting hot we can start the preparation of filling and rolling kachori.
Take some amount of dough and prepare it like a smooth ball between your palms and roll it little bit with the help of rolling pin . If dough is sticky, use oil to grease your palms and at rolling surface.
Now add small amount of potato mix on the slightly rolled dough.
From the edges start collecting the dough with your fingers, bring it at the center, close it and pat it down lightly.
If required, again grease rolling surfer with oil and very gently roll stuffed dough carefully and evenly from all sides. Evenly rolled kachori will puff up nicely. Be careful that potato mix should not come out while rolling.
By now oil is hot enough for frying. Make sure that oil is not very hot otherwise kachori will remain raw from inside. You can check the right temperature of oil by putting a tiny piece of dough in it. If it sinks in the bottom of the pan, oil is not hot enough to fry. If dough becomes brown immediately after adding into the oil , it’s too hot. With experience you will learn!!
Now gently slip kachori from the side of the pan and fry it by turning upside down gently a couple of times till it becomes brown and crisp.
Sometimes while frying kachori might open up and stuffing can seep out. It happens if you have rolled kachori very thin or it is overstuffed with potato mixture. Don’t panic, take out that damaged kachori and all that stuffing which is floating on oil with laddle and continue frying the rest of the kachoris.
Serve hot kachoris with your choice of chutney, sauce or dips!!