Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Green Peas Kachori with Dum Aloo / Koraishuttir Kachuri & Alur Dom


Happy that I could use this winter recipe from Bengal, and cater to a little nostalgia from a recent trip
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I found several  versions of Bengali Dum Aloo/ Alur Dom  in the blogosphere. Though similar to the Adraki Aloo Tamatar, this has  a roasted flavour. Everyone has a favourite with variations in spicing. I have used Sanoli's recipe but have also adapted Sangeeta's Mottorshuttir Kachuri and Alur Dom recipe. Had bookmarked it for sometime and finally got an opportunity to make it. Her tip on making the green peas filling is specially appreciated. Thank you!



Koraishuttir Kachuri
For Black and White Wednesdays managed by Cindystar and created by the Well Seasoned Cook Susan ; BWW # 72 hosted this week by Simona of Briciole

Kachuri / Green Peas Kachori

Ingredients for the Green Peas Filling
4 Cups of green peas
3-4 hot green chillies
1 tsp ginger paste
1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
*1 tbsp roasted sattu flour or  regular chickpea flour/besan
1-2 tbsps clarified butter

Method
  1. Grind the peas and green chilies into a smooth paste
  2. Heat the Ghee/clarified butter ( vegan recipe, substitute vegetable oil/mustard oil)
  3. Add the asafoetida powder
  4. Immediately add the green peas-chilli paste
  5. Mix in the ginger paste and all the spice powders ( except besan)
  6. Cook  the paste  on medium high for 5 minutes, stir often
  7. Add the besan/chickpea flour and mix well
  8. Cook until the moisture evaporates
  9. Spread out the mixture in a wide plate, let it cool.
*Roasted besan flour will help bind the mushy, green peas mix without changing the flavour.

Ingredients for the Kachuri / Pastry Dough
3 Cups of Maida/ All Purpose Flour
4 tbsps of vegetable oil 
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup water

Method

Add salt  and oil to the flour
Add water carefully, in small amounts,  to make a smooth dough
Knead well 
Pinch out around 20-22 lemon-sized balls.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan/ kadai.
Make sure that the oil in on medium high.
Test with a small piece of dough.
If it browns quickly, turn the heat down a bit.


Use about 1 1/2 tsps of the green peas filling as stuffing with each dough ball
*Using oil or ghee gently roll out the kachuri's/kachori's- 3 to 3 1/2 inches in diameter
Slide into the hot oil and let it come up slowly
Baste with oil so that it puffs up.
Drain on paper towels 
Serve hot with Alur Dom

Alur Dom, without onions and garlic

*Sanoli's recipe has an handful of green peas; it also uses yogurt to add tartness and richness to the gravy. For a vegan recipe, avoid the yogurt and clarified butter.
Ingredients 
  1. 8-10 nos Baby Potatoes
  2. 1 1/2 tbsps tbsp chopped ginger
  3. 1/2 cup of tart tomatoes, finely chopped
  4. 3 green chillies
  5.  Pinch of  asafoetida
  6. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  7. 1/2 tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder
  8. 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  9. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  10. 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  11. 2 cloves
  12.  piece of  Bay Leaf
  13. 1/8 tsp sugar to balance the flavours
  14. 3 tbsps coriander leaves, finely chopped and more for garnish.
  15. 4 tbsps of oil or ghee
  16. Salt
Method
Boil the potatoes, peel and keep aside.
Make a paste of green cardamom, cloves,  ginger and tomatoes. Keep aside.
Heat oil,
Temper cumin, fennel and bay leaf
Fry the potatoes until light golden colour
Add the spice powders-turmeric powder, Kashmiri Chilli powder, coriander powder and saute some more
Add the ginger and tomato paste
Let the paste cook down  on medium to low heat until it clings to the potatoes
Add about 1 cup of water + and the finely chopped coriander
Let it simmer until  the desired consistency or 5-8 minutes.
Serve with fresh sprigs of coriander.

43 comments:

  1. nice clicks and yummy aloo:)am also southern team member:)

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  2. Well made kachori as well as dum aloo. Yummy and mouthwatering..Perfectly done.

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    1. Thank you Sanoli! I had always wanted to try this, esp. after having the UP/Bihar version. Loved this.

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  3. Loved this. The pictures are so good.
    I couldn't cook this kachori this winter, the husband didn't remind me :-)
    Clearly, the husband loved this more them myself ;-)

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    1. Thank you Sangeeta! your tip on the green peas made the process so much more easier !

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  4. first time in u r space.wonder tempted by clicks or food.looking yum.beautifully made.

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  5. wow lovely clicks and looks sooo delicious :)

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  6. Wow perfectly made..Your kachoris looks so good and what lovely clicks..Loved them!! Thanks for joining us!! :) Hope you enjoyed the combo :)

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    1. Thank you for the opportunity Divya! Loved it!

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  7. Nice cliks and perfectly made Kachoris...

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  8. Good looking kachoori's. like the puffiness and color of dum aloo.

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  9. happy to follow you :) hop on to my blog when you get time dear :)
    http://desifiesta.blogspot.com/

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  10. Fabulous kachori Shri and oh my i love that spoon of dum aloo!!

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  11. Delicious kachori and aloo dum Shri, you are tempting me to make them. I will see if I can get some time.

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  12. What gorgeous clicks simply superb you have done it. I am sure you enjoyed this challenge so happy to follow u too.

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  13. Have to try this combo, the pictures make it look very tempting..

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  14. Kachori looks so crunchy and yummy. Inviting plates..

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  15. We Bengalis just love this combination and you have done full justice to this..Tempting clicks

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  16. Looks so Delicious...Love your clicks....

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  17. Looks so so delicious dear..Yum

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  18. They look so delicate and somewhat mysterious in black and white. Thank you so much for your contribution!

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  19. this is soooo cool shri...i love the look of it!!!!

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  20. Awesome presentation and welcome to the group :)

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  21. Lovely presentation. The combination looks so perfect.Nice to know u through SNC dear.

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  22. Mindblowing clicks,fantastic presentation, this combo is absolutely incredible na.

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    1. Blush! Blush! Thank you Priya! Coming from the talented, versatile lady...that is special! :-)

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  23. wow wow perfect kachoris n amazing clicks...Happy to follow you dear....

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  24. wow...mind blowing n stunning pics Shri, kachori n dum aloo looks so inviting n well made.loving this post to the core!

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  25. The Aloo dum looks so delicious! And you made it without onions too. And those kachoris ! Making me wish I had a better dinner planned for the night and not just the leftovers!

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