Oil: As required for kachori to sink in the oil for deep fry.
For the Dough / Pastry:
Mix the dough ingredients. Add water little by little and make a hard dough. Keep it under a wet cloth for 10-15 minutes.
For Filling / Stuffing:
Wash the moong dal 2-3 times and soak in water for 2 hours.
Drain the water and grind it to smooth paste. Paste should be very thick. Do not use water while grinding.
Heat oil for deep fry.
Take small lemon size balls from the moong dal paste and deep in hot oil until golden and crispy. Likewise fry the complete the moong dal paste. Take them out in a plate and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Now, grind it to coarse powder.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in another pan.
Add saunf, kalonji, tej patta. Stir for 30 seconds.
Add the coarse moon dal powder, green chili, dhaniya powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder and salt. Mix well and cook for another 10 minutes, till nice aroma comes from the dal.
Turn off the heat and add coriander leaves, mix well and keep it aside to cool for 10 minutes.
For the kachori:
Divide the moon dal masala into 12 equal portions.
Take the dough and knead again for 2-3 minutes.
Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll them into balls.
Apply a little flour and roll each dough ball into 3-inch diameter circle.
Add one portion of the filling in the middle of the circle.
Apply little water on the edges.
Bring together all the sides, seal it tightly and remove any excess dough.
Roll the filled kachori again into a 3-inch diameter circle, ensuring that the filling does not spill out. Gently press the center of the kachori with your thumb.
Continue filling the rest of the kachoris.
Cover with the wet napkin, otherwise it would be dry.
Frying the kachori:
Heat oil for deep fry. Let it be medium hot and deep fry in medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. If you fry them in high heat, kachoris will look brown from outside but inside layers will be soft. Drain onto absorbent paper.
Baking the kachori:
In case you planned to bake the kachoris, add 1 teaspoon baking powder and ½ teaspoon baking soda in the maida/flour before kneading the dough.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius or 350-degree Fahrenheit
Brush oil lightly on the prepared kachori doughs
Place them in a baking tray and bake for 35 minutes or till golden brown at 180 degree Celsius.
Flip them after every 5 minutes.
Serve hot kachori with green chutney / Tamarind Chutney / Tomato Ketchup