Moong Dal and Methi Kachuri, Baked Kachodi

Moong Dal and Methi Kachuri, Baked Kachodi

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A Bengali Recipes -style snack with a healthy twist, the Moong Dal and Methi Kachuri is one that you can relish without any guilt!

We have done away with maida and used a mix of healthy flours to make the top cover of this kachori, which is baked with a perfectly-spiced stuffing of moong dal and methi leaves.

The methi not only adds to the nutrient-quotient of this dish but also gives it a tongue-tickling, almost addictive flavour!

Baked and not deep-fried, this iron-rich snack is a wonderful tea-time accompaniment. You can do away with the 1/2 tsp of sugar if you are serving this to diabetics.

Moong Dal and Methi Kachuri, Baked Kachodi recipe - How to make Moong Dal and Methi Kachuri, Baked Kachodi

Soaking time:  1 hour   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Baking temperature:  200ºC (400ºF)   Baking temperature:  35 minutes   Total Time:     Makes 14 kachuris
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For The Dough
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1/4 cup jowar (white millet) flour
1 tsp oil
1 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
salt to taste

For The Filling
1/2 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram)
1 cup finely chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves
2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste
1/2 tsp sugar

Other Ingredients
1 tsp oil for brushing

For Serving
green chutney

For the dough

    For the dough
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and knead well into a semi-stiff dough, using enough water. Cover with a lid and keep aside for 10 minutes.

For the filling

    For the filling
  1. Combine the yellow moong dal and enough water in a deep bowl and soak for 1 hour. Drain well.
  2. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the mustard seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  3. Add the soaked and drained moong dal, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and ½ cup of water and mix well. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Lightly mash it using a potato masher. Keep aside.
  5. Heat the remaining 1 tsp of oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the fenugreek leaves, sugar and little salt and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  6. Add the cooked yellow moong dal mixture, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside to cool completely.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Divide the filling into 14 equal portions and keep aside.
  2. Divide the dough into 14 equal portions and keep aside.
  3. Roll out a portion of the dough into a 75 mm. (3”) diameter thin circle without using any flour for rolling.
  4. Place a portion of the stuffing in the centre. Bring together all the edges in the centre, seal them tightly and flatten it slightly.
  5. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling to make 13 more kachuris.
  6. Brush each kachuri with little oil and arrange on a greased baking tray.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°c (400°f) for 15 minutes. Turn them over and again bake for 15 minutes or till they turn crisp and light brown in colour.
  8. Cool slightly and serve immediately with green chutney.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per kachuri
Energy59 cal
Protein2.3 g
Carbohydrates8.8 g
Fiber0.9 g
Fat1.6 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium4.3 mg