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|Place of origin||India|
|Main ingredients||gram flour, moong dal|
|Variations||lachhedar kachori, sweet upwas kachori, dahi-kheerey ki kachori|
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Kachori or Kachauri or Kachodi or Katchuri (Hindi कचौड़ी or कचौरी, Bengali কচুরি Odia କଚୋଡ଼ି) is a spicy snack popular in various parts of India including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bengal and Orissa. It is a popular snack food in Pakistan especially in Karachi.
Kachori is supposed to have originated in Uttar Pradesh or Rajasthan. In these states it is usually a round flattened ball made of fine flour filled with a stuffing of baked mixture of yellow moong dal or Urad Dal (crushed and washed horse beans), besan (crushed and washed gram flour), black pepper, red chili powder, salt and other spices.
Additionally in Rajasthani cuisine, the Pyaaj Kachori (onion kachori) is very famous. Another form of Kachori which is famous in Rajasthan is the Mawa Kachori. It is a sweet dish which is dipped in sugar syrup.
In Delhi it is often served as a chaat. Also Delhi has another kind of kachori, called 'Khasta kachori' or 'Raj Kachori'.
A variant includes sweet upwas (fast) kachori, made with potato, coconut, and sugar. Kachoris are often served with a chutney, often made from tamarind, mint, or coriander. Another variant is fried and stuffed with pulses (urad and moong especially) and it is generally found in Kutch region in Gujarat. A kachori stuffed with peas is a delicacy in Bengal.
Some of the variants popular in North India include a version similar to the Rajasthan version, accompanied with a curry made of potatoes and varied spices or even chana (chole) similar to one served in chole bhature.
Shegaon Kachori is a variant of kachori started by Tirathram Karamchand Sharma in 1951 in front of Shegaon Railway station. It is a popular dish in Maharashtra and is available in some countries outside of India. It is produced mainly in Akola and surrounding areas. Also delivered by special Kachori vans, it is a popular snack in Vidarbha. It is ISO cerified.
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