If there was a pill that would instantly transport you to a memory lane, it would probably have some Kachori in it. There’s something about a Kachori that wraps you up snugly in its fried shell and fills you up with memories of school and college days.
There are many varieties of Kachoris in India, and every Indian state remixes and produces its own rendition of the humble Kachori, sometimes with a different flour of the dough, sometimes by experimenting with its flavours and sometimes by completely changing its core!
While the stuffing of these Kachoris vary from potatoes to lentils to dry fruits, these 5 types of Kachoris are unique in their own right and must be savoured at least once by all Kachori lovers.
1. Raj Kachori
This delightful Kachori is stuffed after the outer covering is fried. Everything from pomegranate seeds to green chilli paste is a part of the stuffing. It’s crowned with curd and chutney to make the perfect snack you could wish for. No wonder it’s called the king of all Kachoris – there’s an explosion of flavours in every bite!
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Get stuffed with… A potato stuffing with channa, pakoda or fritters, spices and pomegranate seeds, topped with curd and sweet and spicy chutney!
2. Khasta Kachori
Khasta, meaning crispy or flaky, provides the perfect crunch when you bite into the puffed-up Kachori shell. Khasta Kachori has a lentil stuffing, most commonly of Mung Bean or moong dal. Lilva Kachori, a Gujarati version, is similar except with a stuffing of pigeon peas or toor dal.
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Get stuffed with… A spicy and satisfying lentil stuffing, with a wide variety of lentils to pick from and everything from mango powder to red chilli powder to turn up the spice!
3. Masala Kachori
This is the classic Kachori found across India. As the name suggests, if you’re looking to bite into a spicy, savory delight, indulge in these flavorful Kachoris.
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Get stuffed with… Spices including mint, coriander, ginger, garlic, green chilli and garam masala – it’s definitely a spicy affair!
4. Pyaaz Kachori or Aloo Pyaaz Kachori
A true Jodhpuri culinary gem, Pyaaz Kachori (and Aloo Pyaaz Kachori) is loved in Rajasthan. It is said that the reason why this Kachori is popular in Rajasthan is because it is not very spicy which is a necessity because of the Rajasthani heat and it does not spoil quickly because of its onion stuffing.
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Get stuffed with… A truly snacky Kachori filled with onions, potatoes and spices and sprinkled with nigella (kalonji) and fennel seeds (saunf) to balance the spices of the Kachori!
5. Mawa Kachori
Thought Kachori was only a savoury delight? This Rajasthani Kachori will have you in for a sweet surprise. Containing mawa, a reduction formed from milk, and dry fruits, this is a twist on your favorite spicy tea-time snack.