Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera (Wheat flour Halwa)

Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera

For this month’s International food challenge, Manjula of Desi Fiesta, had come up with several traditional Marwadi dishes. Marwad is a region in Rajasthan and she specializes in that region as it is her native. When I said she came up with several dishes I literally mean several dishes. I have made only couple of the many dishes that she had presented to us this month, but I am planning to try out many more in the future. Each and every dish was mouthwatering. If you want to see more of her dishes, hop on to her blog.

So, to tell more about the challenge, every month, a host ventures into a cuisine from around the world and comes up with few recipes. We have to choose at least one recipe from the challenge and present it. As Manjula puts it, Rajasthani Cuisine has a splendid array of unique, rich and colorful recipes. The style of cooking adapted in the region does not just portray the wealth and prosperity, but also reflects the warrior lifestyles and the availability of ingredients in the water deprived region. They specialize in cooking foods that tolerate the severe temperature and stay fresh for over a period of time. Many of the curries and vegetables when cooked the right way can be eaten over days and do not need refrigeration.

Rajasathani cuisine also uses ghee (clarified butter) in many of the dishes. This lends to the flavor and aroma of the cuisine.

Moong Dal Kachori – Deep fried dumplings with lentil filling

Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera

I have made the kachoris for the first time and I chose to make the Moong dal Kachori out of the three recipes that were presented. I happened to go to my friend’s house that evening and I brought few along with me to share with them. Everyone including my son gave it thumbs up! The recipe was very easy to make and works as a wonderful evening snack.Preparation time – 15 mins plus 2 hrs to soak the moong dal
Cooking time – 40 mins
Difficulty level – easy
 
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera

Ingredients – (makes about 18 kachoris)

For the dough –

  • Maida/All purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Water – as needed to make the dough

For the filling –

  • Moong dal / Split green gram dal – ½ cup (soaked for about 2 hrs)
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds – ½ tsp
  • Asafetida – ¼ tsp
  • Chili powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam masala – 1 ½ tsp
  • Dhania powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Amchur powder/dry mango powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 tbsp plus more for deep frying
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera

Procedure – To make the dough –

  • Combine all the ingredients mentioned above (except the water) and mix well. Now add water little by little and make soft dough. Knead the dough well for few minutes and keep it aside covered.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera

To make the filling –

  • Soak the moong dal for about 2 hrs and drain it.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Grind the moong dal coarsely into a paste and keep it aside.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds and the fennel seeds. Let it fry for a minute.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Then add the ground moong dal and the rest of the dry powders along with salt and mix well.  Fry the mixture until all the moisture disappears and the filling appears dry and crumbly.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Let it cool down to room temperature.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera

To make the Kachori –

  • Heat the oil for deep frying in medium flame.
  • Divide the dough into 18 equal portions and flatten out each portion into a circle. I did this by hand and did not use a rolling pin. Now stuff about 1 o 1 ½ tbsp of filling into the dough and cover it entirely by slowly stretching the dough over and seal it well in the edge.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Flatten this filled dough into a small puri using the heel of your palm. I again do not recommend using a rolling pin for this since it could tear the dough and the filling might spill out. 
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the dough. It is very important to seal the kachori well, otherwise the filling might burst open when frying.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Once the oil heats up, slowly drop in 2-3 kachori into it. Make sure that the oil is not very hot. The kachoris should fry in low to medium heat and puff up like puris. Fry them well on both sides until golden brown.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Drain the kachoris on a paper towel lined dish.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Serve hot with dates  and green chutney or with ketchup! If storing, keep it in an air tight container to retain its crispiness.
Moong dal Kachori %%Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera

Atte Ka Sheera – Wheat flour halwa

Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera

This halwa was one of the quickest halwa I have ever made and I loved the chewy texture of it. I had made it into tiny halwa squares for the ease of serving it to the kids and they really enjoyed it. I have never made halwa with jaggery before and have always used sugar. The jaggery gave the halwa a very earthy flavor. 
 
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients – (makes about 20 small pieces)

  • Wheat flour – ½ cup
  • Boiling water – 1 – 1 ½ cups ( I used a little more than 1 cup)
  • Jaggery – 1/3 cup (powdered)
  • Ghee – 3 -4 tbsp
  • Nuts – for garnish (optional)
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera

Procedure –

  • Heat the ghee in a pan and fry the wheat flour in it until a nice aroma comes and the flour changes to light golden brown color. Keep stirring all along or else the flour could burn.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Add boiling water slowly until the flour absorbs all the water and forms a doughy texture.
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Now add the crushed jaggery and mix well. 
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Cook until the halwa starts to leave the sides of the pan. This takes only about 2-3 mins. 
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
  • Serve it warm in a bowl or plate the halwa in a greased plate and let it cool down. Then cut out small squares out of it and serve!
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera
Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera

10 thoughts on “Moong Dal Kachori and Atte Ka Sheera (Wheat flour Halwa)

  1. Both the dishes have come out great Sandhya. I've been planning to make the dishes before the deadline but time slipped by. I want to join in the fun though. Will definitely try at least couple of dishes this month.

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