Moong dal kachori ( Flaky puff pastry stuffed with spicy moong dal filling)


Today’s post is a guest post, by my dear friend and an amazing home chef, Ujjaini Majumdar. If you have been following my blog, then you have probably come across the name, as I’ve already tried some of her recipes and shared them with you’ll here. I figured it was about time I request her to do a guest post for me, to which she gladly obliged. I connected with Ujjaini through Β a foodie group on Facebook. Even though we haven’t met, we struck a chord through each other’s post and thus this beautiful friendship began. Β We chat so much, that I feel like I’ve already met her in person, which I hope I do someday πŸ™‚


She prepared these sumptuous moong dal kachoris for the guest post. Kachoris are kind of a flaky pastry made with flour & ghee. These kachoris are stuffed with a spicy moong dal filling, and deep fried. They are addictive and make for a delicious tea time snack. I love having kachoris, and I devoured them during my India trip earlier this year along with a lot of other street food like paani puri, daabeli, sev puri, pav bhaaji, Mumbai toast sandwich etc! I’m salivating as I type just thinking of these tangy, spicy and sweet Mumbai street food πŸ˜€

I have never tried making kachoris at home, now since I have Ujjaini’s recipe and that too a detailed one, which she was kind enough to share, I will definitely be preparing some soon. Why don’t you too? You can also bake these in case you are watching your calories πŸ™‚



For the Filling-

1/2 cup Moong dal

1/2 teaspoon coriander powder

1/3 teaspoon red chilli powder

pinch of hing (asafoetida)

salt to taste

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1/2 teaspoon sugar

a pinch of garam masala powder

a pinch of chaat masala

8 to 9 teaspoons of water or as required

For the dough-

1 and 1/4 cup of all purpose flour (maida)

1 and half teaspoon semolina (sooji/rawa)

2 tablespoon of ghee

1 tablespoon oil

salt to taste

water to knead the dough

Oil to deep fry, as required


For the filling-

1.In pan dry roastΒ the dal.Β Take the dal and the fennel seeds and grind to a coarse powder.


2..Heat the pan put the coarsely ground dal and add the spices.Mix well and add water.Β Mix it well.



For the dough-

1.Mix the maida, sooji ,salt ,oil and ghee well.


2.Start adding water and prepare a medium dough , not too soft or hard.Cover with a wet cloth and keeping it aside for half an hour.


3.Take some dough and start spreading it around your palm, until it’s the size of your palm.Put the filling in and make a ball out of it by closing the dough.Further spread the ball in your hand till all the sides are equally thin.



4.Deep fry in medium flame unless that are golden brown. Enjoy with tea/coffee.






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  1. Loretta says:

    These look so yummy Freda! I agree with you about these virtual friendships that stem from blogging. I’ve come across so many wonderful people, who have essentially become more than a blogging buddy – I have actually met one. Wouldn’t it be just great if we had a “real time” get together and meet all these great people we’ve come across. It sure looks like you and your friend struck a cord over food. πŸ™‚

    • Freda Dias says:

      Yes Loretta! Completely agree πŸ™‚ I had the opportunity to meet one earlier this year too πŸ™‚ It’s amazing how you can connect with people virtually over similar interests πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

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