Tuesday, 10 October 2017

SEMOLINA & SPICE STUFFED KACHORI WITH SWEET TAMARIND CHUTNEY




This recipe demands a pretty long description  yet I decided to go ahead with it. I am really not in a mental state to even concentrate on anything at a stretch at the moment. Why so? The son's board examination starts today with his nightmare Hindi.... there will be another paper on Thursday.... then the rest will happen after a gap of five months. You can well understand I am having a nervous breakdown every half an hour with no one paying any such attention to it.... why? because the clever people around know it aggravates the condition. Obviously both of us went to the school to drop him off, the madam in charge understood my condition looking at my face, she even allowed me to go with the son up to his classroom, but he is not my mother's kids.... he blatantly said either you go off else I do not sit for the examination. I cannot make phone calls to the old people back there either.... they get on my nerves more..... " boro scale.. diyechish to? addh dozen pen dibi.... formalities gulo thik moto likhtey bolish barbar.... school canteen e boshey thakbi sharadin.... cheleter porikkhar shomoy phone ta to bondho rakhtey parish...." I am too tired to even spend a single word to convince them that I can spend the entire day at the school or keep blogging at bay for few days if only anyone listens to me at home. I get angry with the old people in the family in such situations.... their fingers are always targetted towards me knowing I deal with the most difficult duo of the world.... they are the master of their own will... well, to a certain extent me too...... However they are, they are mine .... End of the day they come home to me and we sit for dinner together. To top up all the tensions and worries within me.... there is another lady with similar anxiety disorder as mine ... she is not my family or may be yes.... is that important? what you may find hilarious is both of us think our kids are too vulnerable and the entire world is conspiring against them.... hahaha.... That is where the two ladies.... with a 25 years of age gap bonds..... wish I could ever tell you the story of her sacrifice for her kids.... if only I had been given the liberty to. Every mother or parent do sacrifice some thing or the other for their kids.... she did a bit more.... If you have seen that.... can feel that... you will definitely respect that ..... therein lies the reason for some of my life time connections inspite of having good amount of differences / distance .... in between.

If I have decided not to talk to the old people for any mental support... or if the son has decided not to allow mumma to sit at the school for the day..... what will mumma do except for something she loves doing ..... share her recipes with the world.... festivity continues for us.... To boost our festive spirit, we need a variety of sweets and snacks... For me whether it is a festival or a family get together or otherwise... food should be the ultimate... rest seems lifeless without it ... haha... I proudly admit I live to eat ..... Kachori  is stuffed poori or puffed bread and very much loved among us. The island I live in may not eat Kachori in particular.... but I strongly feel if a fair number of them can eat murtabak... a kind of stuffed paratha or even something similar to our samosa... a thin skinned variety of it.... my kachori stall can earn me a fair amount.... Oh God! my dear readers do not follow ever a person like me who sits and plan but never get out of the couch and try something fruitful. Kachori can be done with a variety of fillings... You just need to mix and match the ingredients from time to time... This time I tried kachori with a filling made with roasted semolina and freshly ground spices. I served it with an instantly made sweet tamarind chutney. Come let us do the SEMOLINA & SPICE STUFFED KACHORI together and serve them with a SWEET TAMARIND CHUTNEY. The platter definitely remain incomplete without hot chai / coffee.. masala or otherwise.



INGREDIENTS : [for the Sweet Tamarind Chutney]
Tamarind : 1/2small cup
Sugar : 1/22tbsp
Black Salt : 2-3pinches
Green Chilli : 1
Ginger Extract : 1/4tsp
Water : 1/2small cup

INGREDIENTS : [for the Semolina & Spice Stuffed Kachori]
Refined Flour : 2big cup
Baking Soda : 1/4tsp
Salt : 1/4tsp
Sugar : 11/2tsp
Semolina : 1medium cup
Cumin Seeds : 1tsp
Coriander Seeds : 11/2tsp
Fennel Seeds : 1/2tsp
Carrom Seeds : 1tsp
Dry Red Chilli : 2-3
Green Cardamom : 2
Cinnamon Stick : 2 one inch stick
Ghee : 3-4tbsp
Oil : 100-200ml [to deep fry]

METHOD :
Let us prepare the filling first. Heat oil in a wok / pan and dry roast the cumin... coriander... fennel.... carom seeds and the dry red chilli for a minute or two.



In the same wok, add 1tbsp ghee. Once hot, add the semolina and roast till it turns golden brown.



Once it is golden brown, add the dry roasted spice mixture and fold in well.



Add sugar and salt to it and stir for 3-4 minutes. Transfer the filling to a bowl and let cool.



For the dough, take the maida, baking soda, salt in a wide mouthed big bowl. Mix well. Add 3-4tbsp ghee.



Rub the entire thing well for 2-3 minutes.



Add water little by little, and keep kneading.



Once done, transfer the mixture to a plate and cover with cling wrap.



After 20 minutes to half an hour, remove cling wrap.... and knead again for another 5-6 minute. You will not get a better chance to practice your punching skills... trust me.



Tear out small portions from the dough and make pockets as below.



Add a good amount of filling right in the middle.



Close from all sides and flatten a bit to form kachori.



Heat oil in a wok and add the green cardamom & cinnamon.... this adds to the flavour of the kachoris.



Fry the kachoris in batches at medium to low heat.



Transfer them on to tissue papers.




For the Sweet Tamarind Chutney, take the  tamarind in a grinder discarding the seeds. Add sugar, black salt and the green chilli.... add water.



Grind to a paste. It looks as below.



Pass the entire mixture through a strainer.



The Sweet Tamarind Chutney looks as this.



We will have the fresh and hot SEMOLINA & SPICE STUFFED KACHORI with SWEET TAMARIND CHUTNEY. There have to have hot cups of tea or coffee to complete the platter.


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