Matar (Peas) Kachori

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The next dish that Pratima demonstrated was matar kachori (stuffed peas bread).  They were delicious and we just couldn’t stop eating them!

“The traditional Indian snack-Kachori- with a filling of green peas is nutritious and a change from the usual daal(lentil) filled ones. These light kachoris go very well with green chutney or tamarind sauce.”

~Pratima

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 cup boiled green peas

1 tbsp finely diced ginger and green chilli

a pinch of hing (asfoetida)

½ tsp garam masala

¼ tsp ground roasted cumin seeds

a pinch of red chilli powder

salt to taste

1 cup of flour

1/3 cup water to make dough

1 tbsp clarified butter ( ghee)

oil for frying

HOW TO MAKE:

1.  Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add the peas.  Toss in the spices and hing and ginger/chilli to peas. Stir well and cover cook till tender.

2.  Coarsely mash the peas with a heavy spoon.  Keep aside.

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 3.  Take flour separately and add ghee and salt to taste . ( can add a pinch of bicarb soda for extra crispness)

4.  Add water to the flour and knead well. Leave covered with wet cloth for 20 minutes in warm place.

5.  Roll out to 2-3 inch rounds, and fill each with 1 tsp of pea mixture.

6.  Secure ends well, and pat to 3-4 inch small rounds again- taking care that the filling does not spill out.

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7.  Deep fry till golden brown ( tip- put in hot oil, turn gently and fry on low flame- they will swell up ).

8.  Serve hot with green coriander chutney or tamarind sauce.

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