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|Place of origin||Indian subcontinent|
|Associated national cuisine||India, Bangladesh, Pakistan|
|Main ingredients||gram flour, moong dal|
|Variations||lachhedar kachori, sweet upwas kachori, dahi-kheerey ki kachori|
Kachori (pronounced [kətʃɔːɽiː]) is a spicy snack, originating from the Indian subcontinent, and common in places with Indian diaspora and other South Asian diaspora. Alternative names for the snack include 6, kachodi katchuri and fried dumpling.
Kachoris were popular in old Indore, even before samosas gained popularity after the partition of India. Banarasidas, the author of biographical Ardhakathanaka, has mentioned buying Kachoris in Indore in 1613. For seven months, he bought a ser of Kachoris daily, and owed twenty rupees.
Kachori is supposed to have originated in Uttar Pradesh, India. 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 in Jodhpur is the Mawa Kachori invented by Late Rawat Deora. It is a sweet dish dipped in sugar syrup.
In Delhi it is often served as chaat. Delhi also 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 made from tamarind, mint, or coriander. Another type is fried and stuffed with pulses (urad and moong especially) and is generally found in the Kutch region of Gujarat. A kachori stuffed with peas is a delicacy in Bengal.
Some of the variants in North India include a version similar to the Rajasthani one, accompanied by a curry made of potatoes and varied spices or even chana (chole) similar to one served in chole bhature.
When Kachori filled with chopped dates, this Indian snack becomes more interesting. Made with gram flour, ghee, sugar,dates, cardamom powder. The date kachori can be served with cranberry sheera and garnished with strawberry syrup for the taste.
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- Samosas from Sindh, kachoris from Old Delhi, R. V. SMITH, The Hindu, January 30, 2016
- Banarasidas, Ardha-Kathanaka, verses 335-342
- Nathuram Premi, Kavivar Banarsidas viracit Ardha Kathanaka, Bombay, Hindi Granth Ratnakar, 1957
- Tarla Dalal. Rajasthani Cookbook. Sanjay&Company. ISBN 978-81-86469-66-8.
- Ranveer Brar. "Date Kachori". Livingfoodz.com.