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Khasta Moong Dal Kachori

Moong Dal Kachori is a delicious and popular North Indian snack where pastries are filled with spicy moong dal and then deep-fried. Serve as tea time snack.

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Khasta Moong Dal Kachori

Prep Time = 10 minutes
Cook Time = 40 minutes
Total Time = 50 minutes
Category = Snack
Cuisine = Indian
Serves = 12-15 Kachoris
Nutrition Info = 198 calories
Serving Size = 1 Kachori


» For Kachori Dough:

» For Making Kachori Stuffing:

» For Frying Kachori:


» How to make Moong dal stuffing for Khasta Kachori:

  1. Rinse 1/2 cup moong dal 3-4 times, and soak it in enough water for about 4-5 hours.
  2. After 4-5 hours, drain all the excess water.
  3. Add soaked dal to a blender jar.
  4. Blend it without water for about 10 seconds. All we want is a slightly coarse texture of dal. If you want, you can also skip this step.
  5. Transfer moong dal mixture to a bowl and set it aside.
  6. Next, heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  7. Once hot, add cumin seeds, crushed coriander seeds, and crushed fennel seeds. Sauté for few seconds.
  8. Add crushed ginger and green chilies and mix well. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  9. Now add kasuri methi and mix well.
  10. After few seconds, turn the heat to low and add gram flour and mix well.
  11. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until the gram flour is roasted and raw smell goes off.
  12. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, crushed black pepper, coriander powder, and garam masala powder. Let the masalas cook for 2 minutes over low heat.
  13. Now, add coarse moong dal mixture and stir well to combine.
  14. Cook for 4-5 minutes over low heat or until all the moisture from the dal has been dried up.
  15. Add asafoetida (hing), black salt (kala namak), salt, and amchoor powder. Mix well and check for seasoning. You can adjust spices at this stage.
  16. Cook for 2 minutes over low heat. Once cooked, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down for 15 minutes or until it is warm.

» How to make khasta kachori dough:

  1. Add all purpose flour, salt, to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Lightly crush carom seeds between palms and add this to flour bowl.
  3. Mix well using hands.
  4. Next add, melted warm ghee.
  5. Mix it by rubbing and massaging the flour and ghee using your fingertips. You need to keep mixing until it resembles breadcrumbs and retains its shape.
  6. Now start adding a little water at a time, and make a semi-stiff dough.
  7. Once the dough is ready, cover it with a damp cloth and set aside for 15-20 minutes.
  8. After 15 minutes, divide the dough into 12-15 equal portions.
  9. Roll each portion into a smooth ball.
  10. Cover it with a damp cloth and set aside.

» How to shape khasta kachori:

  1. Once the mixture has cooled off, divide it into 12-15 balls.
  2. Take a dough ball and flatten it with your fingers, keeping the edges thin. You can also use a rolling pin for flattening the dough ball.
  3. Place a dal mixture ball on the flattened dough ball.
  4. Pull from all the sides and join. Remove excess dough and pinch.
  5. Seal and press it between your palm to flatten it into a 2-3 inch circle. You can also roll with using a rolling pin. Remember to put very gentle pressure while using a rolling pin (belan). If you put too much pressure, then kachoris might break while deep-frying.
  6. Shape all the kachoris the same way, and arrange them on a plate. Keep them covered, so the outer layer doesn?t dry out.

» How to fry khasta kachori:

  1. Heat the oil on medium heat for frying. - Once hot, drop the kachoris carefully into the hot oil. Immediately, turn heat to low.
  2. Once they puff up and the bottom is light brown and then you can flip the kachoris.
  3. Deep fry until both sides are crispy and golden brown.
  4. Once fried from both sides, drain them using the slotted spatula, and put them on a paper towel-lined plate. Fry all the kachoris similar way.
  5. Serve hot or at room temperature with aloo ki sabzi or chutney.

» How to bake khasta kachori:

  1. For baking, preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Arrange kachoris on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  3. Brush each kachori with some oil and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the kachoris are crispy and golden.
  4. Serve hot with any of your favourite chutney.


  1. Pulsing dal is completely optional, you can skip this step.
  2. The crust for khasta kachori is always made using maida. But if you want to healthify the recipe, then you can replace it with wheat flour or you can also use the combination of whole wheat flour and maida.
  3. Before kneading the dough, check if you have added enough ?moyan? to flour. To check, grab a small amount of flour mixed with ghee and make a fist. If it holds the shape then you have added enough fat. If the dough falls to pieces, that means you need to add more oil/ghee.
  4. Fry a few kachoris at a time, do not overcrowd the pan.

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