Friday, January 11, 2013

Koraishuti-r Kochuri / Green Peas Kachodi / Deep Fried Indian Flat Breads with Green Peas Stuffing

A recipe that I hold very close to my heart. Winters are incomplete without multiple Koraishuti-r (Green Peas) Kochuri (Peas Kachori) sessions in a Bengali home. I am a person who can finish Kilos of Raw Green Peas without a single Burp! - Sorry, that was gross, but I hardly have a choice, I need to express my love for Green Peas. The only condition is, I need fresh ones, I completely detest frozen Green Peas, hence once we are done with Winter, I am done with one of the precious pieces of my Heart :’(

Maa (My Mother) makes this Kochuri’s with much aplomb at home but I they turn out finger-licking good, each time! One weekend, on one of the usual phone calls back home, she told me she was making these beauties for Lunch. Once done with the call, I told ‘A’ about the same and instantaneously we decided to make the same for Lunch here as well, though Lunch was served at around 4 PM that day as, as it is these take a long time to get ready + I was making them for the first time.

Note: Go slow on the number of Kochuri’s / Kachori’s you have at one time as they are heavy on the tummy and have high Oil content as well :P Though we hardly did, but as a food blogger, I should pass on that extra bit of wisdom to my readers!

For the Filling:

Green Peas – 500 gms
Green Chilies – 2, broken from between
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp (I added a pinch of Chili Flakes as well)
Salt to taste
Sugar to balance
Sattoo (Click to get to the wiki Page) – 2 tbsp (Optional)

Boil the Green Peas along with the Green Chilies, drain

Put the drained Peas & Green Chilies into a blender, add Cumin Seeds, Red Chili Powder, Salt to taste and Sugar to balance and blend into a fine paste
Add Sattoo  and use your hands to blend into a fine mixture


Make small balls out of this mix (like shown in the picture) and set aside, the filling is ready now

For the Dough:

All Purpose Flour / Maida – 2 cups
Cooking Oil – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar to balance
Water to knead

Other Ingredients:
Cooking Oil

Before adding Water, using your fingers mix the tsp of Cooking Oil into the All Purpose Flour (I am assuming you have mixed Sugar and Salt already), add water little by little and form a smooth dough like in the picture, cover and set aside for about 30 minutes

After 30 minutes, Make small portions of it and keep aside like shown in the picture

Heat Cooking Oil in a small Indian Wok

Take a portion of the dough, roll it out like in the picture using a little bit of all purpose flour for dusting, the less the better as the more flour you use for dusting, the more Oil it will soak while deep frying

 Add one portion of the filling on the flat bread

Take  it on your palm and fold in the sides of the flat bread, refer to the picture

This time dip one corner of this into the hot Oil, and roll it out slowly making as few punctures as you can

Once done put it into the hot Oil

Increase the heat and see it puff up, turn using a spatula and cook the other side

Take off the Wok and store in an Insulted container, to preserve the freshness when you serve them

We ate with Jaggery, many eat with simple curries. But the less flavorful the condiment, the better as that will bring out the flavors in the Kachori’s more


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Chicken / Mutton Pulao

With an ever demanding Corporate life, it is extremely difficult to balance Home and Work at the same time. I juggle all the while and try to be the person I want myself to be, a super woman! :P Cooking has been a passion discovered a few years back and since that it has been one of my best companions. Leaving apart the fact that I love to cook and serve for my near and dear ones, it is more of a stress buster to me, I am the girl who gets all worked up about a Friday night Dinner with Hubby dearest, I am the girl who goes through her recipe piles to dish out something extraordinary every weekend; Yes, I am the girl next door.

Both of us have been great admirers of One-Pot Meals, my definition of that would be, Rice and Meat cooked together with spices thrown in which can be eaten by itself. Importantly a dish, which will be a meal by itself, exquisite and no side dishes needed, to save time of course. One of the most fascinating examples being Biryani, of various kinds.

The Mutton Pulao from last Sunday

I made this same recipe with Mutton last Sunday and yesterday I made the same with Chicken, both came out really well. The difference being with Mutton, I pressure cooked it for 10 whistles. With Chicken, I did it for 2.

(Note : Here in the western part of India, due to the minerals present in the Water, it takes longer for me to pressure cook / boil anything, adjust accordingly.) 

Remember : We will cook it in the Microwave Oven for 20 minutes more, so we only need the Meat to be half done in the Pressure Cooker.


Chicken / Mutton – 700 gms
Garlic – 1 pod, made into thick paste
Curd – 4 tbsp
Salt to taste

Add all the above ingredients into a Pressure Cooker, add two cups of water and Pressure Cook for 2 whistles in case of Chicken and 10 in case of Mutton. Preserve the stock.

Basmati Rice – 2 Cups – Soak in some water
Clarified Butter / Ghee – 2 tbsp – use cooking Oil if you want to
Bay Leaves – 3
Green Cardamom – 6
Black Cardamoms – 2
Cinnamon – 2” stick
Cloves – 6
Whole Black Peppercorns – 10 -15 (to taste)
Mace – a few strands
Star Anise - 2

Onions – 3 medium sliced
Ginger – size of one big thumb, grated, extract the juice out by pressing between your palms. We will use the Ginger juice.
Red Chili Powder – 1.5 tsp, reduce if kids / people do not have a high heat quotient are eating. As I do not use any Green Chili Paste in this, hence I add the Red Chili Powder a tad more.
Biryani Masala – 2 tbsp
Coconut Milk – 2 Cups (I used Maggi Coconut Milk Powder to make Coconut Milk, use the type you can get your hands on)
Salt to taste
Sugar to balance
A big Microwave Safe bowl
Some Cling Film

In a big vessel, pour the ghee in and add the Bay Leaves, Black and Green Cardamoms, Cinnamon, Cloves, Whole Black Peppercorns, Star Anise and Mace and let them crackle

Add the Onions and fry till translucent

Add the Ginger juice
Add the pieces of Meat, do not pour it in with the stock, we will need to use the stock later

Add the Red Chili Powder and Biryani Masala and mix thoroughly

Add Sugar and Salt to taste
Drain the Basmati Rice and add the same and keep frying for about 5 minutes, after 5 minutes, turn off the stove

In a big Microwave safe bowl, pour the contents in

If you have added 2 cups of Rice, then add exactly double the quantity of liquid. As I added 2 Cups of Rice, I added 4 cups of liquid, 2 cups of the Meat Stock and 2 Cups of Coconut Water

Cover with a Cling Film, tighten the ends. Make few punctures on the Cling Film for the heat to escape

Put it in into the Oven, I keep it under the Microwave mode “high” for 20 minutes, all Ovens are different hence you have to take your call here

This is how the Rice looks after you take off the Film

Once it is done, bring it out (it will be very hot, use gloves) & give it 5 minutes to settle down

Take off the film and it is ready to be served :D