Aloo Kachori | Potato Stuffed Kachori |North Indian Style
If you belong to a North Indian Family, aloo kachori is a very familiar and loved name. I came to know about this recipe from my mother-in-law and this is her version of stuffed kachori. And I believe, this is the best one I have ever tried. Kids will also love this kachori. Even my fussy eating kid is a great fan of these aloo kachori. Poori and kachori are my husband’s favorite food too. So this is common dish which is made very often especially on weekends and a compulsory menu during any celebrations. Anyways since family loves eating and I love cooking, what a win-win situation!!
How to prepare aloo kachori
This is a great breakfast option or tea time snacks. We make this from whole wheat flour and hence this is healthy for our tummy also. Because of potato stuffing, this is filling as well. So if you are worried about your kid’s tiffin box, this is one of the best food item. It doesn’t take much time also to prepare. Only thing you need to take care is boil potatoes and cool it completely before using.
Potato stuffing you can prepare by mixing mashed potatoes with other spices or by sauteing them with spices. But in that case again you need to cool it completely. You can add finely chopped onions, minced garlic, finely chopped green chillies and coriander leaves with the stuffing masala.
I have used boiled potatoes and added the spices to it before stuffing. My mom doesn’t even need rolling pin to make this aloo kachori. She is an expert in making it or say rolling it with her palms only. Isn’t it great. However I do use rolling pin to make circles. Don’t make in large size as it may make the layer very thin and stuffing may come out. When using rolling pin, don’t press it very hard. roll it with light hand so that edges will not open up with stuffing.
Another important step is making soft dough. Use fruit salt or Eno along with curd for dough of kachori. I use Eno and hung curd. You can use home made curd also. This makes the layer soft and crispy at the same time. Then knead it well. Leave it covered for 5 – 10 minutes before starting.
Serve these aloo kachori with tea as tea time snacks or with plain curd / raita for breakfast. Even with raita or green coriander chutney, it tastes equally great.
This is made by stuffing spiced potatoes in whole wheat flour breads and then deep fried. This is soft and crispy and very filing dish. Serve with tea or with curd or any curry.
Course: Main Dish, Roti & Paratha
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Easy Less than 30 minutes Recipe, Healthy Snacks, Kids recipes, Stuffed breads
1/2tspEno or fruit salt
Stuffing and frying
2Green Chilliesfinely chopped
2tbspCoriander leavesfinely chopped
1tspRed Chilli Powder
In a mixing bowl, add flour, curd, fruit salt, oil. mix them together. Add water slowly and gradually and knead a soft dough.
Take out small balls from the dough.
Take boiled potatoes, peel out the skin and mash them thoroughly. You can grate them also.
Mix all ingredients mentioned under stuffing category in ingredient list.
Mix them completely. Adjust salt as per taste.
Now from the dough take out small balls. apply oil on rolling pin and board and make a small circle. Take out half teaspoon stuffing masala and place on centre. Close it from all ends towards centre and press lightly.
Then with help of rolling pin roll the stuffed ball into small circle like poori.
Heat oil in a kadhai. Put the rolled kachori into hot oil.
Flip to other side and remove from oil when both sides are crisp and golden in color.
Place on paper towel. Perfectly rolled kachori puffs well.
Serve hot kachori with tea or curd or green chutney.
Cheesy Cauliflower Fritters – From Leftover Cauliflower Curry
Cauliflower fritters – this is one interesting dish I have made recently and wanted to share with all moms. It’s very simple to make. But I ll tell you why I’m super excited to share this recipe. This recipe will surely help those moms who have fussy eating kids. I face a difficult time everyday feeding my kid healthy vegetables and curry. Many times it’s a complete “No” from him. So this is just an innovative idea I had tried and trust me he actually finished 2 bowls of curry and he din’t realize he ate the food which he dislikes normally. And this gives utmost satisfaction to a mom. This is healthy and quick to make. Normally for kids food we are not calorie conscious. Only thing is they should get that nourishment of green vegetables and fruits. So you have to make it interesting from their perspective.
If you have lots of leftover cooked vegetables, you can always try this method to make them interesting. We normally throw the leftover veggies into our garbage bag. But this is how you can actually serve one of the best and quick appetizer. To make this appetizer, I have taken cauliflower and potato curry (dry sauteed) which is a much common dish in my kitchen. This is infact one most popular main course in North India. Read the recipe of cauliflower & potato curry/ fry (Aloo Gobi) which is used as the main ingredient. Even if you don’t have leftover veggies you can always sautee them instantly and use for this. I remember there is one similar recipe I have posted on site and that is vegetable kabab
Crispy corn chaat is a great appetizer and an easy party snacks item. When we go to BBQ Nation, I just love the crispy corn they serve in appetizers. This crispy corn chaat is quite similar to that recipe.
The process might be similar or different. However when we are talking about crispy corn chaat, there are two ways of serving them.
Either serve fried corns with finely chopped onions, green chilli & coriander leaves.
Second way is saute the fried corns with chopped onion and garlic, green chillies, coriander leaves.
For that tangy flavor add lemon juice or vinegar. Vinegar is normally used while sauteeing with onion and garlic. This is an easy tea time snacks as well.
There is another healthy way of making corn chaat. That is different from this Corn Chaat as that is made from only boiled sweet corns. But for parties and get together, this makes a perfect snacks.
Guys but be careful while frying these coated corns in oil. After dropping them into oil, they start to crackle spilling oil all over. So just be careful while dropping battered corns into oil. Do that as quickly as possible. Then immediately cover it with a lid for few minutes.
When I made this first time, I got many burst on my hand as I was bit slow in dropping the corns. So they started bursting out. And it’s painful in fact.
Paneer Corn Seekh Kabab is one of my favorite appetizer. This is an easy to make dish and at the same time its a protein rich snacking item. For extra crunch I have added corn kernels to the kabab. This is a healthy snacking item for kids as well. I have served them with my favorite condiment curd & cilantro dip. You can in fact shape them like patties, crispy balls or whatever shape you like. I have used skewers (seekh) and shaped it as log around the skewer. These are perfect for any get together, any party or even for kids tiffin box. You can make the mixture in advance and refrigerate them for future use. You can deep fry or shallow fry the kabab.
If you are looking for party appetizers, please read few more quick and super hit party appetizers on our blog like:
Curd and cilantro dip is an excellent condiment I have made so far. Normally I make cilantro dip or commonly known as Green Dhania Chutney for appetizers or fritters. The dips actually compliment the appetizers and snacks menu. They are quite popular in all parts of our country. Cilantro or coriander is an excellent source of nutrition and this is a zero fat recipe. So when you are on weight-loss mission, you can try this dip as dressing for your salads for that tangy twist. In this dip I have added hund curd or thick curd for that tartness. Adding curd made it more flavorful.
This is an easy recipe which is prepared in minutes. Just blend all ingredients in mixing jar and this yummy dip or chutney is ready. This dip goes very well with any snacking item and tandoori also.
Arancini is an Italian dish. This is an easy, quick and delicious appetizer. This is a mixture of rice or say risotto and cheese which are coated with bread crumbs and deep fried. So they are crispy and cheesy. This Veg Arancini from Dal Khichdi is an Indian twist to this Italian snacks.
Making Arancini was in my to-do list since quite a long. But this one is little different with dal or lentils added to it. But trust me this has made it more delicious. I had lots of leftover khichdi in refrigerator and I got this idea to use them in this way. Again my 4 yr old baby doesn’t like to eat Khichdi. But he loved this crispy & cheesy bites recipe.
So this is a way we can give nutritious food to our kids. You can also add few vegetables if you are making them for kids. These are crispy, cheesy and my kid loved this. So I got an excellent tiffin box idea now for him.
What is Dal Khichdi?
Khichdi is an Indian comfort food and an one pot dish in which rice and lentils are cooked together along with mild spices. I love this in a medium thick consistency and little bit of mushy. This is light for our tummy and hence good food if you have any stomach ailment.
In India this is a popular dish called as Dal Khichdi. Even if you are not in mood to cook anything, you can make this quick main course item which takes less than 10 minutes to make. Read Dal Khichi recipe here.
Serve them with curd items like raita, buttermilk or simply pickles. It also tastes great with an extra spoon full of ghee or melted butter on top of it.
You can make this appetizer from only left over rice as well.
How to prepare veg arancini?
Authentically arancini is cheesy rice balls prepared with risotto rice. But you can always do that experiment with other ingredients also.
For this recipe, I have taken grated mozzarella cheese. You can take any other processed cheese as well. If you want to make this more cheesy then stuff some extra cheese in the centre of the balls. This is an easy snacks and best for any party and get-together. Quick, simple and yummy. I have served them with Curd & Cilantro Dip which goes well with these crispy bites. You can also serve them with regular coriander dip or with tomato ketch up.
Appetizers!!! Who doesn’t love them. Easy to make and delicious finger foods are most loved foods irrespective of the age group. These are again one of the favorite food for toddlers and kids. My kid who is 4 yrs old now loves potato bites, any cheesy appetizers. Since we know they love such food we try to include healthy ingredients to this. Also read similar healthy appetizers on blog like Vegetable Seekh Kabab, Crispy Corn Kabab, Hara Bhara Kabab, Veg Shammi Kabab. Also read my super hit recipe Easy & Quick Potato Lollipops.
These spinach cheese balls are also super easy to make. Here I’m using mozzarella cheese and you can take any processed cheese. I’m stuffing direct cheese cube. You can grate them and add chilli flakes to the cheese and then make balls of that for stuffing. When we are using direct cubes that needs more heat and cooking time for the cheese to melt completely.
To spinach either add garlic & onion powder and mix to the spinach paste. Else saute them with onion and garlic and then puree them together. I have added in powdered form. No potatoes added in this recipe. So this is one best appetizer for diabetic patients as well. However I would suggest if you are making especially for kids, you may consider adding mashed potatoes also for enhancing taste. Also read Spinach Corn Sandwich for kids.
This is an easy appetizer and healthy as well. It’s a good food for them also who are undergoing Keto Diet.
These delicious veg seekh kababs are made from mixture of green vegetables. So this is one of the healthiest appetizers/ starters. Vegetable seekh kababs are incredibly delicious and easy to make at home. These are healthier kid’s lunch box recipes as well. Best part is you can do all preparation and make the mixture from night and store them in refrigerator. And fry in morning. So this way you can save lot of time. Also place them in bread slices and make healthy and filling sandwich for your kids. These are also great finger foods for toddlers.
It’s called as seekh kabab because the kabab mixture is shaped around skewer (seekh) and then grilled or shallow fried. Originally they used meat mixture to make seekh kabab. However in this recipe we are making this completely vegetarian & vegan. Many make vegetarian kabab from soya chunks as well. I will share the recipe of Soya Chunk kabab soon.
How to make veg seekh kabab?
For this recipe take variety of vegetables like carrots, green beans, green peas, lots of potatoes. You can add grated beet roots, spinach also to this recipe. This is an easy recipe and also healthy as it has goodness of all vegetables.
In this kabab recipe, potatoes plays an important role along with gram flour for binding purpose. I have pan fried/ shallow fried them. I have not used skewers but only shaped them to logs before frying. You can also give them shape of patties and make burgers. These are excellent food idea for kids as they will just love this yummy preparation.
Appetizers or snacks has a great place in our cuisine. These are the dry snacking items which goes well for any holiday get-together, any kind of parties, or even for your tea time, these appetizers play an important role in pleasing taste buds and hence loved by everybody.
There are numerous party appetizer ideas and recipes. Just play with ingredients and you will make some better and tastier dishes every time. Crispy potato lollipop is one of the quickest of the quick appetizers. Takes only 10 minutes to prepare these lollipops. Only thing you need to do is you should boil the potatoes well in advance and cool it. Then in no time your crispy potato lollipop is ready. This is also loved by kids.
If you are looking for tiffin box recipes for your kid, then this is such a quick recipe. You can prepare the mixture over night and refrigerate it.You may shape them differently to make it attractive for kids. Use cookie cutter to shape them. Even these are best easy finger foods for toddlers. Remove chilli when making for kids or toddlers.
So if you have only boiled potatoes within minutes you can serve these yummy snacks. Also you can add grated carrots or peas, corn and cheese to make it more delicious. Well like I said you just need to play around with ingredients (veggies and spices) and create some yummy dish.
Lets make this super easy and kid’s favourite snacks Crispy Potato Lollipops.
This is an easy finger food and loved by kids as well.
Course: Appetizer, Evening Snacks, Party Snacks
Keyword: Easy Less than 30 minutes Recipe, Healthy Snacks, streetfood
2mediumPotatoesBoiled, cooled, mashed
1tbspcoriander leavesfinely chopped
1/2tspred chilli powder
1/2tspginger garlic paste
1/2tspsaltor as per taste
1tspred chilli flakes
2tbspRefined flourto make slurry
1/2cupbread crumbsfor coating
1cupoilfor deep frying/ shallow frying
Take mashed potatoes in a mixing bowl. Add bread crumbs, finely chopped onion, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, green chopped coriander & salt. Mix them well.
Keep in refrigerator to set for sometime. This helps in binding properly.
Then greese your palms and take out small balls from the mixture and roll it to give round shape or any other shape of your choice.
Make slurry by mixing 2 tbsp refined flour with 4 - 5 tbsp water. It should be of flowing consistency just for coating purpose.
In the meanwhile take breadcrumbs in a plate. Ad chilli flakes and oregano seasoning to it. Mix well.
Dip the potato balls into the slurry and roll it on the breadcrumbs mixture. Repeat this for each ball and keep aside.
Deep fry or shallow fry them till it turns golden and crisp. Serve hot with any dip of your choice.
Keep potatoes boiled and cool it before starting cooking process. This will reduce the preparation time to 5 minutes.
Add grated carrots, corn, cheese to make it healthier option for kids and toddlers.
Adjust the chilli amount as per the age group or as per taste.
Insted of oregano you can use garam masala as well. It will give different flavor.
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Corn kabab as the name says it all the hero ingredient is corn or sweet corns. When we think of snacks or party appetizers, we want recipes that are easy, hassle free and at the same time quickly made. So here is one more name to such list. For this recipe take sweet corn (frozen) or fresh. If taking fresh corns then you need to boil and cool them before adding to other ingredients. And like I always mention in other kabab recipes where we add potatoes as binding agent, we need to boil them well in advance. This is because when just boiled and hot it has more water content so it will not bind properly. Second reason is even if you add corn starch for binding, it will turn out very sticky and will not bind in shape.
So as I say always keep some boiled potatoes in freeze. They help in reducing cooking time in many dishes (especially in Indian cooking).
For better result, after preparing the mixture of all ingredients keep it in refrigerator to set. So that it will not crack and split while deep frying. You can shallow fry or pan fry them but deep frying brings extra crisp in kabab. You can also prepare the kabab mixture, give them shape and keep in deep freezer for future use. So if you have some party or get together at home you can very smartly prepare the kababs in 5 – 10 minutes. Or you can give them shape of patties and place in pair of buns or breads and pack this healthy burger for your kid’s tiffin box.
Vegetarian Shammi Kabab [How to make vegetarian shammi kabab/ Shami kebab]
Shami kabab/ Shammi kabab/ shammi kebab is an Awadhi dish which is made from minced meat. However the vegetarian shammi kabab is generally made from black chickpeas/ brown chickpeas (kala chana). These are crisp and succulent. This is a simple recipe and also one of the healthiest party snacks item. Black chick peas are rich source of protein and fiber and it has many health benefits too. They help in weight loss and also keeps cholesterol level low. This is a good food for diabetic patients also. If you are following any particular diet, then you can simply have a cup of boiled chickpeas salad.
This is an easy to make snacks which takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. The only thing to do is soak the chickpeas overnight (6 – 8hrs) and boil them (pressure-cook for 6 -8 whistles). Grind to paste, add spices and shallow fry the kababs. While boiling you can add whole spices or else while binding you can add powdered whole spices (garam masala). Here I have added onion, whole spices along with boiled chickpeas while grinding. You can deep fry them also but however I have pan fried them. You can shape them as you wish. Just apply oil on both palms and shape the mixture. Serve these kababs with onion rings (with dash of lemon juice and black salt) or with cilantro dip (dhania chutney) or tomato ketchup. These can well combine with burger buns to make burger. Just add cheese spread or mayonese on both sides of bun, add some lettuce, onion rings for extra taste. Healthy burger is ready to serve.
This is somewhat similar to the falafel recipes which are made from garbanzo beans (white chickpeas). Read Sesame Falafel recipe here.
Cheesy potato croquettes are easy party snacks. Originally this belongs to Italian cuisine but very popular in all places. These are so soft that they will just melt in your mouth giving a burst of flavors. Oregano seasoning makes it more tasty and flavorful. It’s easy to prepare and takes less than 30 minutes for the whole process. Only one suggestion for better binding of the croquettes, you need to boil the potatoes in well advance and cool them completely before mixing other ingredients and flour. Otherwise it will be sticky and won’t bind properly. This might spoil your whole preparation. Also be careful not to overcook the potatoes. Else you need to add more flour (as binding agent).
I have made croquettes in two different batches or say in two different occasions.
Here I’m sharing my 2 different preparations. Process of making them is same. Only difference is few ingredients and shape of croquettes.
In first picture you will see that I have taken red & yellow bell peppers. In 2nd picture I’m using green bell pepper and corn kernels in the recipe. The rest all ingredients are same.
In both places I have used grated mozzarella cheese. You can take any other processed cheese. Whole preparation took less than 30 minutes. It’s very simple and easy to prepare with few ingredients which are readily available in market.
Here for coating I have used both flour and bread crumbs. In the above images, the croquettes that are round shape are coated with refined flour. The finger shaped croquettes are coated with bread crumbs. Personally I like when it’s coated with bread crumbs. Because breadcrumbs make them more crispy.
Lets make cheesy potato bites. You can give them any of the shapes.
Gobi Manchurian makes an excellent starter. This is easy to prepare and compliments Indo-Chinese main course. Prepare fried rice and gobi manchurian. Awesome combination. Cauliflower is normally a vegetable of winters in India. But in many places it’s available across all season because of the cold store facility. Seasonal vegetables have different taste. There is a freshness and you will notice while cooking. Cauliflower is a vegetable which is full of nutrition and this is most loved vegetable. The cauliflower recipes are super delicious in any form and in any cuisine.
Veg Manchurian is a Chinese or better say Indo Chinese dish that is the best Indian street foods you will find at any place. These popular chinese foods are Veg Hakka Noodles, Veg Schezwan Noodles, Chilly Mushroom, Chilly Paneer, Veg Crispy, Chinese Bhel etc.
Kids normally love such food. We call them junk food but yes they love such recipes. So we can always make healthier version at home only. And since they love such foods, it’s better to make such homemade chinese food. Again since I have added more vegetables, and lesser flour this is 200% healthier than outside unhygienic food. I make such dishes for my kid who is a big time fan of chinese food. So am I. My baby is also likes veg lollipop. (I will share that recipe soon; keep visiting my blog). So monthly once or twice is not bad deal. Taste and health both are taken care of. Isn’t it?
How to make healthy vegetable manchurian?
In this veg manchurian you can add vegetables like cabbage, grated cauliflower, french beans, mushrooms, green onions, grated/ minced carrots, garlic, ginger, green chillies. These are basic vegetable I always take when it comes to any Indo Chinese dish. You can add mushroom as well.
This recipe is not very time consuming and takes little effort. While fine chopping can be a task. But you can take help of grater or food processor to fasten the process. This dish is prepared within 20 minutes (excluding preparation). This goes best with noodles or fried rice. However you may consider this as dry snacks or appetizer also (Manchurian Dry). That’s how this is a versatile dish in Indo chinese.
In a mixing bowl add all purpose flour, crushed ginger, garlic, finely chopped onion, salt, soya sauce and all kinds of finely chopped vegetables and mushrooms. Mix them well and form a batter for making dumplings. Keep sliced vegetables to add in gravy.
Heat oil in a pan for deep fry. Put ball shaped mixture into oil and fry till it turns golden brown. Remove from pan once done and place on tissue paper to drain out excess oil. After frying all dumplings, once again put the fried balls into hot oil for double frying. This makes the balls crispier.
Heat a pan on medium heat. Put 3-4 tsp oil. Add crushed or finely chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies and spring onions. Sauté for 1 min. Add thin sliced onions. Stir for 1 minute. Put all sliced vegetables. Stir fry for 2 minutes or vegetables are done and crispier.
Add 1 tsp of soy sauce, chilli sauce, tomato sauce, vinegar and ¼ tsp black pepper powder to the frying pan and sauté for 30 seconds.
Then add 1 cup water and let it simmer for some time.
In a small bowl add 2 tbsp corn flour and ¼ cup water and slowly add this starch mixture to the boiling gravy. It will thicken the consistency of the gravy. You can adjust corn starch mixture as per the consistency you require.
If you want dry manchurian then add only ¼ cup water and add the corn starch mixture to it. If you want with gravy add ¼ to ½ cup water and simmer for some time. Season with salt as per taste.
Add the fried manchurian balls to the gravy. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Turn off the gas and remove from heat.
Garnish with spring onions and vegetable manchurian is ready to be served.
10 minutes only to prepare one main course item. This is great idea when you are in hurry and have no time to cook for yourself or family. This 10 Minute Bombay Potatoes are super easy and cleanest of the clean recipes. Takes hardly 3 minutes to cook them. So if you have boiled potatoes, its even easier then.
Normally this recipe is prepared with baby potatoes. However if you don’t have them then also you can prepare with regular potatoes which are available in almost all Indian kitchen. I can’t think of my kitchen without potatoes and onions which are the basic vegetable for us. Baby potatoes are very good when you are planning to cook some appetizers or dum aloo where its served whole.