Vegetarian Concoctions

July 5, 2007

Khasta Kachori

I have’nt been blogging for over a month now. No particular reason. I did make some interesting crunchies and munchies, but did not bother to take photographs. My husband even asked me if I was feeling well when I let him eat the spring rolls without capturing some shots for records. Photographing the food, for me, takes more time than cooking it. I do have a good camera, with the macro mode(which is quite a feature for photographing food!) capability, but my kitchen is not open to natural light. I have to take pictures during the day, with the lights on. Most times, I just cannot manage a decent shot indoors.

My typical photography sessions are filled with activity. I carry the food, the garnish, a cloth to spread on the ground and the camera to the patio. A pair of curious eyes watches me with interest. I spread the cloth and place the serving bowl on it. A pair of energetic legs jumps into action. I wipe the bowl for any unwanted traces of food, garnish it and switch on the camera. A pair of meddling hands is what I see through the viewer. Then I do a little pleading and screaming. More often than not, this just increases the levels of curiosity and activity. I threaten a ‘time out’ session and that doesn’t work either. I wonder how the father manages this dialogue so effectively. Finally, I turn to my saviour – ‘Barney’. He has came to my rescue more times than I can count. Works like a charm. With the little monkey safely watching the dino, I get back to work. After a couple shots I can see the head turn towards me again. I quickly take another shot and clear everything out before hurricane Ananya decides to change path.

Now you see why I am not really fond of the picture displaying part of the recipe writing process. Anyway, this is a picture sequence I had taken a few months ago and completely forgotton about. When I chanced to see it in my camera waiting to be uploaded, I didnt lose much time compiling this post.


Khasta kachori is a recipe I learnt from a friend’s mom. She made the most amazing kachoris. This is what you need.

All-purpose flour (maida) – 2 cups

Ghee/butter – 1/3 cup

Moong dal – 3/4 cup

Saunf(fennel seeds) – 2 tsp

Dhania (Corriander seeds) – 1 tbsp

Jeera (Cumin seeds) – 2 tsp

Red chilli pwd – 2 tsp (or less)

Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

Hing – a pinch

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Oil for deep frying

Soak the moong dal overnight or for at least 3-4 hours. Mix the maida and ghee with hand to a crumbly texture. Add water little by little to make a stiff dough. Let rest for 1/2 hr. Dry grind the jeera, saunf and dhaniya. Add oil to a pan and add the soaked moong dal.(Alternatively you can grind the soaked moong dal coarsely with minimum water and then roast it in a little oil till the water evaporates and it forms a crumb-like texture. Add the masalas and the dry powders and saute for a few minutes. Let this cool. Fill it in the dough (do not overfill) and flatten it out a bit. Deep fry till golden brown and serve with chutney or ketchup.

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  1. I love these crunchy kachoris Hema! Thanks for the recipe!!

    Comment by Jyothsna — July 5, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

  2. Hey those Kachoris look good Hema. ..Where were u .. missed ur posts. good to see u back.
    Yes Barney do come to our rescue more times…:D!!!

    Comment by prema — July 5, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  3. good to see u resume blogging hema:)

    Comment by sia — July 5, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

  4. Haha.. It took a moment to understand Barney.. I dont have a kid, but i can imagine why 😀

    Comment by Suganya — July 5, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

  5. Hema, your li’l notes about Hurricane Ananya brought lots of smiles on my face…:)My hugs to her 🙂


    Comment by Mishmash! — July 5, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

  6. Hey! gr8 to have u back! and with a BANG!! love khasta kachori .. i love this in chaat form!!

    Comment by Manasi — July 5, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

  7. Macro mode rocks!! I love close ups too.Kachori looks great there with every dal visible.I used to eat those huge ones in Belgaum and love them.Thanks for the recipe.I never made it at home.
    LOL @ all the drama involved to take photos and Hurricane Ananya.She is a beauty!:))
    Have a great weekend Hema.

    Comment by Asha — July 5, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

  8. My sister made this two days back and she reminded me of this. I used to make this every Diwali. I love Kachori in any way. Thanks for reminding. And nice picture.

    Comment by Lata — July 5, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

  9. Oh this brought back the good old days, where kachoris and samosas were ready at hand with that spicy chutney…way to go

    Comment by bhags — July 5, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

  10. wow! those look yum, wud like to try ur version sometime 🙂 if only i cud reach thru the screen….

    Comment by Richa — July 5, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

  11. Well, well, well… look who is back. And that too with a bang.. !!

    Good kachori recipe.


    Comment by Mythili — July 5, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

  12. hey…… look whose back!!!! Its great to see you blogging again Hema. 🙂 LOL on the hurricane Ananya….. She is very cute. 🙂

    Khasta kachori’s look great… hope to see you momre often. 🙂

    Comment by Coffee — July 5, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

  13. wow delicious. i love this and was looking our for the right recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Roopa — July 5, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

  14. Mouthwatering kachoris!!! My mom used to make these at home too and your recipes brought back a lot of memories…I have made them just once at home, long time back, and now you tempt me to make them again 🙂

    Comment by Tee — July 5, 2007 @ 9:11 pm

  15. Hema it is so nice to see you back 🙂 I was wondering whether you were on a long holiday.
    Even I have tough time taking pictures.I liked that bit hurricane Ananya. So cute 🙂
    The khasta kachori is really looking khasta . The covering is perfect all layers.
    The filling is looking so tasty and has right colour. Thanx for sharing 🙂 Looking forward for your next posts.

    Comment by archana — July 5, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

  16. well for all you said about photography..this looks great….thanks for sharing


    Comment by Srivalli — July 6, 2007 @ 5:26 am

  17. Hi Hema,your Khasta Kachori looks mouthwatering. And I know what you mean about the hurricane part. I have a 2 yr old and i too have to resort to some serious threats to take my photos.!!:)

    Comment by madhuli — July 6, 2007 @ 6:34 am

  18. I had these long time back and it was one of the snacks I liked from the hosetel canteen. The write up was so funny! The kachoris look so perfect too.

    Comment by giniann — July 6, 2007 @ 9:59 am

  19. Ha ha..what we have to do to blog 🙂 The khasta kachoris look real good. I loved them but the amount of ghee needed to make them “khasta” has kept me at bay.

    Comment by sandeepa — July 8, 2007 @ 10:55 pm

  20. hey mouth watering kachoris. lovely pics.
    wish I could pic one from the screen.

    Comment by sharmi — July 9, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

  21. Hello Didi 🙂

    I don’t know the camera that you have but, if you can control the shutter speed and aperture then you are all set. (Or ask Jiju to buy a DSLR)..

    However, a tripod, a remote flash and a light reflector will make wonders. You can have a studio of your own..


    Comment by Krishna — July 9, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

  22. hey hema ….excellent snack item .Hema i prepared yelai vadam the same way as you prepared.I have posted them today .Your Kachoris looks great …..

    Comment by Deepa — July 10, 2007 @ 10:08 am

  23. @Jyothsna
    I love them too. Thanks,

    Thanks and yes Barney always comes to our rescue

    Good to be back! Thanks

    You will understand the importance of that character when time comes. Then you will remeber my words again:)

    A barney hug to you from Ananys as well:)

    Thanks, I love it in chat too! in fact thats what I made that day.

    Thanks, It did take me a while to get this snap to my liking. Yes, this is just a scene from the whole drama….you know how it is:)

    I love the idea of Katchoris for diwali, though it is not a tradition in my family.

    Tell me about it. I always chose kachoris over samosas though.

    Would love to know how you make them.

    @Mythili, Coffee, Roopa,Tee

    With all that ghee, It better be khasta:) Thanks,

    Thanks, It did take a while to get this snap

    Thanks. They made it our hostel canteen too.

    Ya, I indulge in them once a while. there is definitely more ghee than I would like to have in there.

    I will save one just for you next time.

    Doesnt look like you read my post well. You suggest that I carry a tripod, a flash and a whatever light apart from all that I already have to deal with? I know you just bought a DSLR. Show off mat kar:)) BTW jiju is trying whatever possible to get himself a DSLR. I happen to be the villi here!

    Thanks. Just saw your vadam and they look perfect.

    Comment by Hema — July 10, 2007 @ 10:40 am

  24. Love these kachori,s but never tried one till now.thanks for posting thsi recipe.Your kachori’s looks krispy and redy to melt in mouth

    Comment by soumya — July 11, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  25. Hema….just saw your comment on mine…is it the crostini pics alone you re not able to view, or all the pics in my blog? y’day i tried uploading the crostini pic to photobucket…wonder if thats the reason!!


    Comment by Mishmash! — July 11, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

  26. Kachori looks really very soft and delicious.
    Great work.:)

    Comment by kajal — July 25, 2007 @ 7:35 am

  27. thanks hema,,,,,
    i love khasta for two reasons
    first as a dish secondly i am doing thesis on it

    Comment by ashok — January 6, 2010 @ 6:49 am

  28. I am here to tell you- the exact scenario plays out here. PBS to the rescue. These look terrific!

    Comment by Lori — January 2, 2011 @ 10:36 am

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