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Basundi using Coconut Sugar

Homemade Basundi/Rich sweetened with Coconut sugar , flavoured with cardamom and nutmeg and garnished with dryfruits. INGREDIENTS: Organic Milk 2 cups Coconut Sugar 1 cup Cardamom powder 1-2 tsp Nutmeg a pinch Sliced almonds for garnishing  INSTRUCTION: 1.Boil organic milk for a good 45 minutes to make it thick and collect the cream . 2. Add coconut sugar, cardomom powder and nutmeg powder  3.Garnish with sliced almonds..Tastes delicious when chilled.

Baked Khasta Kachori with nut based filling

   Khasta Kachori is one of the most famous Indian snacks popular all over the world.It is nothing but a Crispy Pastry with a mung dal/spiced nuts filling usually deep fried and served with green cilantro chutney.It is a mouthwatering appetizer,also enjoyed for breakfast in North India.

I wanted to make a baked version of this and hence tried this for a collab on Instagram.It turned out really tasty and delicious.

The main highlights of this yummy recipe are
1.These kachoris are baked in a conventional oven.They can also be deep fried.

2.I have added sourdough to the Kachori dough instead of baking powder to make it more healthier.If the weather is too cold you can start making it two days prior to the day of making kachori.Or You can use baking powder.I will share both the methods.

3.I have made a spiced nut based filling with almonds, pistachios and cashews along with some besan and spices.(please make moongdal filling if allergic to nuts.)

4.I have used wholewheat flour instead of APF to make it healthier.Using Apf is completely fine.

5.I have made a Green cilantro chutney to serve with these yummy kachoris the recipe of which I will be sharing below.

So lets dig in the recipe
Makes 8 to 10 Kachoris depending on the size.

For the Sourdough:
Wholewheat flour 1/2 cup
Yogurt 2 tbsp
Honey 1 tbsp
Sugar 1/2 tbsp
Warm water to make a mixture.

For the Khasta Kachori Dough:
Wholewheat flour 11/2 cup
Sourdough that has risen(1/2 cup)/ Baking powder 1 tsp(if using)
Salt to taste
Warm water to make the dough

For the nut based filling:
Besan 2 tbsp
Almonds 1/3 cup
Cashews 1/3 cup
 Pistachios 1/3 cup
Tamarind extract 1/2 tbsp
Jaggery powder 1tbsp
Dessicated Dried coconut 2 tbsp
Dried Red chillies 2
Cooking oil 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds 1/2 tbsp
Fennel seeds 1/2 tbsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tbsp
Asafoetida a pinch
Salt to taste

For the green chutney
Cilantro 1 cup
Mint leaves 1/2 cup
Roasted gram dal/puthani 2 tbsp
Green chilli 3
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Chaat masala 1 tsp
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Water 1/2 cup

1.If making the sourdough 1 day prior to making kachori,In a bowl ,take wholewheat flour, add yogurt,honey, sugar, and warm water...mix well and keep aside in a warm place for the flour to rise.(Skip this step entirely if using baking powder)

2.On the day of making kachoris, In a big bowl Add wholewheat flour, add the sourdough that has risen ie fermented or baking powder ,salt and warm water to make a dough.Knead it well .Keep aside for 2 to 3 hours.

3.Meanwhile We can make the filling, Firstly Dry roast the chickpea flour till aromatic and keep aside.

4.In the same pan dry roast all the spices (dried red chillies,sesame seeds, fennel seeds,cumin seeds,coriander seeds till aromatic and crush them in a mortar pestle or a Mixer grinder.Keep aside.

5.Dry roast almonds,pistachios and cashews and crush them into a coarse powder.So all three components of filling are ready.6.Now Heat the same pan,add oil, diluted tamarind extract ,jaggery powder and saute for a minute.Add desicated coconut, salt, asafoetida and mix well.

7.Now add coarsely powdered nuts,ground spice mix and besan .Put off the flame and mix them well so all the ingredients are combined with tamarind jaggery paste.

8. Now the filling is ready.Keep it aside to cool down.

9.Also lets make the green chutney,In a Mixer/ blender, add all the ingredients listed for the green chutney and blend till you get a smooth paste.Keep it aside.

10.Preheat oven at 375 degree farenhiet.
Time to make Kachoris, Knead the dough again well for 2 to 3 minutes and make equal portions out of the dough.

11.Take one portion,Make a ball flatten it with rolling pin./hands keeping the edges thin.

12.Place the prepared filling at the centre of the flattened ball.

13.Bring the edges of the dough together and join them at the centre.Excess dough can be pinched off and removed.Press and then flatten the top.

14.Now gently press it to get a medium sized kachori.Make sure the outer layer is not too thick else the dough from inside may not bake properly.Repeat the same steps with all the other cut portions of the dough.

15.Place all of them on a baking tray/steel plate with parchment paper.
16.Bake them for total 30 minutes ,with flipping them after first 15 minutes till they get a nice brown colour. Make sure they dont become too brown.

17.Serve them hot with green chutney.

I hope you will relish these yummy baked kachoris just like we did in our family.Do give me a feedback after trying this recipe.And subscribe to my blog to get such yummy recipes in your inbox.


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