COCKTAIL ALOO KACHORI ( Potato stuffed savory flat bread puffs)

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Thinking about the time spent with my Alisar friends or fondly called Alisar gang, when I used to live in Hoora area of Manama, always fills me with nostalgia. The sweet and snack shop Rangoli – our favorite- was just down the road, occupying one of the many streets of Hoora. Oh! how we would bond over tea and kachori. We wouldn’t let a single day pass without meeting over tea and would not mind adjusting our time according to each other’s convenience.

The wholesome fried round flattened bread with spicy potato stuffing accompanied with a side of fresh mint chutney complimented with a hot cup of masala chai, a perfect after-work snack. For any Indian snack lover, it’s like a match made in heaven.

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Alas! this deeply fried match made in heaven- kachori, used to go heavy in my tummy and on my weighing scales too. Those were the initial days of my fitness journey. But now, my lifestyle has changed drastically. With studying and understanding fitness and importance of staying healthy and fit, I have been able to transform myself from FAT to FIT and towards leading a healthy lifestyle. This has also inspired me to have and serve, home cooked meals, snacks, sweets, cookies, and cakes to my family and friends.

*Go through my fitness journey where I have shared lots of tips and tricks to lose weight, leading a healthy lifestyle, healthy habits, etc.

For any Indian, another name for Festival is “Feastible”, I guess! Festival season is no doubt a feasting season. This chapati Cocktail Aloo Kachori is a perfect make-ahead recipe for this Diwali. There are also many such sweets recipes in my dessert category will certainly delight you like, Mohanthal, Kesar-Mawa Burfi, Jalebi, Kheer, ladoos, Phirni etc.

You can also try out these easy sweets for this Diwali and share with your family and friends. There is nothing better than sharing sweets and snacks which is made with love!

INGREDIENTS for KACHORI DOUGH

  • All-purpose flour 300 gm/ 1 1/2 cups
  • Semolina ( Suji/Rawa) 1/2 cup
  • Salt 1/4 tsp
  • Baking Soda 1/4 tsp
  • vegetable oil 2 tbsp
  • Water for kneading about 1 cup

FOR THE STUFFING

  • Boiled Potatoes and grated 4 small
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds( jeera)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Coriander powder( dhania powder)
  • Finely chopped Coriander leaves 2 1/2 tbsp
  • 2 chilies finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mango powder( amchoor)
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel powder( Saunf powder)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Oil for frying

METHOD

For the Kachori Dough

  1. In a large bowl take all purpose flour, salt and mix it well. then add the oil and mix it again which will give a crumbly texture. Now add water little at a time and knead it until soft like a chapati dough. Keep it aside and let it sit for 2-3 minutes
  2. With a tiny bit of oil knead it again for a couple of minutes for about 2-3 minutes. Now cover the dough with a cling film and let it rest for about  25- 30 minutes.

For the Aloo/Potato stuffing

  1. Take the mashed potato in a bowl and add all the ingredients mentioned for the stuffing except the oil, which will be needed for frying.
  2. Mix all the ingredients until well combined
  3. Divide the Kachori dough into 8-10 round ball size.
  4. Divide the Potato stuffing similarly into 8-10 round ball size
  5. Take one ball of the dough and roll into a flat puri or small pita bread size of about 2 inches with a rolling pin. Now stuff the rolled dough with the potato stuffing ball, cover and seal the stuffing from all sides. Now flatten the ball with very little pressure of your palm, or you can even do it with the rolling pin carefully so that the stuffing spreads out evenly.
  6. Similarly, prepare rest of the kachoris and keep it aside for frying
  7. Heat oil in a wok or an Indian Kadai over medium heat.
  8.  Put the rolled kachori s into the wok. It is very important here to fry the kachoris at low heat so that it gets cooked evenly with the kachoris that should start to puff up slowly floating up in the oil. Fry the each Kachoris for 5-6 minutes until golden brown all over by flipping it over a few times.
  9. Now you will see the surface of the kachori becomes hard which indicates that it is done.
  10. Do not forget to make some Masala Chai, enjoy and relish over the lip-smacking kachoris with your family and friends.

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I know festivals sound quite exciting yet with a little bit to worry about health. Come on! do you really need to worry? Voila! I have a solution for that too, and I am sure you would love to try out the secrets of staying fit even during festivals.

Feel free to message me and let me know, how much fun you had this Diwali, what special did you do, what special did you make. Share your stories, I would love to hear from you.

Manisha

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