Saturday, May 14, 2011

Raj Kachori Chaat (Street Food) - BM # 5

Hello Friends,

Today is day 6 of blogging Marathon # 5 which was started by Srivalli.

This is the most famous street food in Jaipur. I mean you cannot go to Jaipur and not have this. There is a shop called "Chawla's" near my house and every time we go to the market for anything, we HAVE to have this. Now, like any other street food in India (the complicated ones anyways), we never made these at home, when in India. But, here (in US), we don't get it at all, so have to make it. It is not exactly complicated, but making kachori (or rather call it BIG golgappas) is tricky. Another thing to mention here is that, even though we call it "Raj Kachori", there is no kachori in it, not at least the kind you will be expecting.

I used Madhulika's recipe. My pooris came fine, but somehow the base got harder than normal and they id not puff up as much as I expected them to. Anyways, may be my next trial will be better. For now, enjoy this :)

Raj Kachori Chaat (Street Food)
For Raj Kachoris
Sooji (Semolina) - 2 cups
Maida (All Purpose Flour) - 4 tbsps
Salt - per taste
Oil - for deep frying
For Filling Chaat (for 1)
Prepared Raj Kachori - 1
Dahi Vada (smaller version, without masalas and all) - 2
Boiled Potato - 2 tbsps, chopped in small pieces, not mashed
Boiled Whole Green Moong Lentils - 2 tbsps, boil them with little salt and turmeric, till they are cooked but not mushy
Sweet Chutney - 2 tbsp, or adjust per your taste, Tamarind and Date is what I used.
Green Chutney - 2 tbsp, or adjust per your taste, I used a blend of mint, cilantro, green chilies, lemon and salt for this.
Yogurt - 1/4 cup, just nicely beaten with little salt
Papdi - 2, crumbled, these are flattened golgappas or you can even use golgappas here.
Sev (Namkeen) - 3 tbsps, I used Haldiram's Spicy Aloo Bhujiya
Anardana - 1 tbsp, I did not have it, so skipped
Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Roasted Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chaat Masala - 1/2 tsp
Cilantro - for garnishing

  • For Raj Kachoris, mix all the ingredients except oil with warm water and make it into a hard dough. Cover and let it rest for about an hour. Then, mix the dough again very well with hand and make it smooth/soft.
  • Pinch a plum sized ball from the dough, roll it into a thin flat circle (about 3 inches in diameter) and then deep fry in hot oil.
  • It should puff up immediately and then it fry both sides till golden brown. 
  • Drain on a paper towel and let it cool a bit.
  • Now, it is time to assemble the chaat, you can do it in any sequence you like. This is how I did, break the top shell of the raj kachori, fill in dahi vada, aloo, moong, crumbled papdis (by this time, your kachori will be full), then both the chutneys, yogurt, sev and rest of the masalas and anardana.
  • Tip: go easy on all the ingredients, they should be overflowing, specially yogurt. It has to look over stuffed and messy :)

Do, I need to tell you how to enjoy, just indulge :)

That's all for now. Till next post, take care.

Check out the Blogging Marathoners doing BM#5 along with me.
Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Cool Lassi(e)HariniKalyaniPriya MahadevanSuma
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Priya SureshVeena,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: ShylajaSrivalli
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Priya Yallapantula
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast:AarthiVaishali


chef and her kitchen said...

One of my most fav chaat..urs look really delicious..:)

Aarthi said...

i love chat items so much..will definetly give a try...Thankyou

Santosh Bangar said...

mouthwatering chat looks delicious

harini-jaya said...

Absolutely mouthwatering! The picture is simply drool worthy! It was wonderful to learn so many Rajasthani dishes running this marathon with you. Keep rocking!!

Hari Chandana P said...

Woww.. looks very tempting and perfect.. thanks for the recipe dear.. :)
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Priya Suresh said...

Mouthwatering here, thats a wonderful and inviting kachori chaat..

Mélange said...

What you wrote is correct Priya.Usually we eat street food outside.But to have at home is interesting & unique !! Lovely make with all tempting ingredients..really loved this one !

Suma Gandlur said...

I will try this ome day since we love chaats. Right now I have all the other ingredients but need to make golgappes.:)
Regarding the kajjikayalu, we don't use sooji and for the khova kajjikayalu I don't think they use coconut.

veena said...

My daughters loves this. BOOKMAARKKKKKKKEDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Raj Kachori looks simply delicious and tempting. Clicks look great as well .

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Nitha said...

Lovely snack..

subhashini said...

looks as if bought from shop.perfect one.

Raji said...

Another tempting kachori Priya...u are killing me by making me crave for these..wish I could be ur neighbour :)

Simplyfood said...

I am drooling it looks delicious.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

This looks fabulous! Definitely bookmarking it!

Pushpa said...

Tempting and delicious raj kachori.

Latha said...

Beautiful chaat...

Reeni said...

You make this sound and look so delicious! The filling sounds wonderful. I would love to try it!

Elaichii said...

Raj kachori looks so majestic!

aipi said...

Ahh ~ you made me miss India ! Your fabulous plate absolutely brought back the chaat craving. I totally love this kachoris too ~ I know homemade is better but there is something about those roadside chaat walas in India :)
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Chaya said...

I didn't know where to leave this. I wrote something on one of my blogs. I will add it to another, tomorrow night.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Lovely delicious snack.

Vardhini said...

Simple delicious.


Meghna said...

Priya... Raj Kachori Chaat looks great!! This one of my fav chaats and can't wait to try this out.

Archana said...

This kachori is new to me but it looks absolutely delicious. Iam bookmarking this.

Sanctified Spaces said...

My favourite chat too..

Spice said...

Who can say no to kachori specially the ones which are related to rajasthan.....looking at your plate is making me hungry but I'm gonna save this hunger for kachoris for another month or so till my trip to India & then I'm gonna feast on some tastiest kachoris every single day(yeah I'm lazy to make them at home & when I'm going to rajasthan then why make at home ;-))

Richa Raj Singh said...

realy very very delicious raj kachori....i tried raj kachori recipe..

Unknown said...

2 cups sooji & 4 tblspn maida? R u sure the measurement is correct? Nisha Madhulika has used more maida & less of sooji. Her English version of the recipe has got the measurement wrong though.

Unknown said...

2 cups sooji & 4 tblspn of maida? Is this measurement correct? Nisha Madhulika's Hindi version has different measurement.

Unknown said...

Shweta, I will correct the mistake and update the recipe. Thank you for noticing and letting me know. I really appreciate it.

unnatisilks said...

wow..... tempting kachori!!!
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vibrantindiatours said...

Lots of great looking dishes here! I can't keep up with all the dishes I want to make...there's always so many good ones :)
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