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Monsoon Recipe: Jamnagar Potli Kachori

By Maharaj JODHARAM CHOUDHARY
June 28, 2021 12:39 IST
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Crispy, deep-fried Jamnagar Potli Kachoris by Maharaj Jodharam Choudhary, corporate chef, Khandani Rajdhani, a chain of thali restaurants serving Rajasthani food.

Chatpat and inexpensive, this savoury snack will spice up your day.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Khandani Rajdhani

Jamnagar Potli Kachori

Servings: 8-10

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 200 gm maida or all-purpose flour
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 spring onion greens, cut into thin strips to tie the potlis
  • 20 gm palak or spinach puree
  • ½ cup hot water

For the stuffing

  • 150 gm yellow moong dal, boiled but not overcooked
  • 25 ml ghee
  • 10 gm jeera or cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ajwain or carom seeds
  • 5 gm ginger paste
  • 15 gm chilly powder
  • 2 gm haldi or turmeric powder
  • A pinch of hing or asafoetida 

For serving

  • Green chutney

Method

To make the stuffing

  • Heat the ghee in a heavy-bottomed kadhai or frying pan over medium heat.
    Add the jeera and ajwain seeds, ginger paste, hing, chilly and haldi powder.
    Add the boiled whole moong dal and cook till the mixture becomes dry.
    Trun off heat and keep aside to cool.

To make the kachoris

  • In a bowl combine the maida, salt and hot water and knead well.
    Add the palak puree and knead to form a smooth dough.
    Make equal portions of the dough, roll and flatten each of them into a small pooris.
    Add a tbsp or more of the stuffing in the centre of the poori and bring all the edges together to form a potli.
    Take a strip of spring onion leaf and tie it around the mouth of the potli to seal it.
    Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed kadhai or frying pan over medium heat.
    Once it gets hot, deep fry the kachoris, 2-3 at a time.
    Keep flipping the kachoris so that they fry evenly on all sides.
    Remove from heat, drain the excess oil and place it on a plate lined with tissue paper or a paper towel.
    Serve hot with green chutney.

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