Friday, March 11, 2011

Crispy Fish Kachori with Spinach

fish kachori

I made these kachoris yesterday for evening snack . My daughter just loved them. She had almost 2 big kachoris :-) . I had made dal kachoris before  , this is my first experience of fish kachoris. Came out really well.

Preparation time : 30 to 40 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes
Serves : 3 to 4

Ingredients for the Kachori dough:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2  tbsp oil
  • 3/4 cup cooked Spinach (this is an approximate amount, you can add more if you want a  richer , darker color )
  • Salt, to taste

Ingredients for  Fish Filling : 
  • 1/2 lb. Tilapia , cut into 1" pieces
  • 5 shallots, chopped finely 
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt, to taste

Preparation :

  • Boil the spinach  leaves with a little salt in a sauce pan till the leaves are soft.
  • Remove the spinach leaves  and let cool ; in a blender roughly blend to a paste .
  • Mix the spinach paste in all purpose flour, mix in  salt, 1 and 1/2 tbsp oil and knead into a semi-hard dough.
  • Keep the dough covered for about 10 minutes .
kachori dove

  • In  the mean time prepare the fish filling , first dry roast the grated coconut to a golden brown color.
  • In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp oil, add ginger garlic paste and fry a little, then add the chopped shallots and fry for a minute or so , next add the pepper powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder and fry till it turns to a golden brown color.
  • Next add the fish pieces , add salt and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes by constantly stirring . Once cooked , scramble the fish pieces to almost a powdered form. Next add the dry roasted coconut and cook for another minute or so . Keep aside and let cool. Add 1 tbsp lemon juice to the fish filling before use. 
kachori filling

  • Next divide the Kachori dough into 9 to 10 equal sized balls .
kachori balls

  • Using the palm of your hand , gently press to form circles not more than 2 " of diameter. Place one portion of the fish filling in the centre of the rolled dough. 

preparing fish kachori with spinach
    • Surround the filling with the dough by slowly stretching it over the filling. Seal the ends tightly.
    • I haven't used roll pins , instead used the palm of my hands to make a circle taking care to ensure that the filling does not spill out. Rub a little oil on both your hands , this helps in the process. Using roll pins might leave back pores , causing oil to ooze in while frying.
    preparing fish kachori
      • Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
      • In a deep non stick skillet , heat enough oil on medium heat for deep frying.  To make sure if the oil is ready for frying, add a little dough in the oil, if it slowly surfaces, indicates the temperature of the oil is just right.
      • Next add the kachoris, not too much at a time, and fry  for approximately 3 minutes on each side till you get a golden brown color. The kachoris will puff up like puris.

      frying kachori
      • Serve hot with sweet tamarind chutney.

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      1. ahh ! this looks so yummy , crunchy & filling.
        i love that you incorporated spinach into the dough, im a die-hard fan of of the greenies (:

        this looks wonderful !
        ill take 2 as well, hehe ^ ^

      2. Very nice recipe...looks yummy and is healthy b'coz of greens in it...


      3. oh wow sonali! I had never seen such a huge collection of fish recipes. Infact, I can never imagine about so many recipes possible with fish.. Great blog. Following u!!!

      4. delicious colourful kachori looks wonderful

      5. thanks to all of you for liking the kachoris :-)

      6. Nice collection of fish recipes !!!! Thanks for ur wonderful comments!! Following u!!

      7. Hey Sonali,

        Awesome idea of stuffing fish in Kachoris! Also with spinach in the dough, super cool. Thanks for the award dear, will soon post in my blog.


      8. Hi Sonali!
        Thanx for visiting my blog n lovely comment. Very innovative recipe and nice collection of fish recipes. Love to follow you..

      9. hey the recipe want it now.....colour looks gr8

      10. Yummy and very innovatice kachori :) U have delicious fish space:)

      11. Sonali, U r making me drool like hell! So much lovely dear, I will try it! I love fishes!

      12. I'm a vegetarian but first time I'm hearing fish filling kachoris. I think it is very innovative.
        The rangoli design done by your sister is very much welcomed.
        Show and Tell

      13. Yummy recipe i loved this and very innovative too. Me and my hubby are also fond on fish so now i got a nice blog to try new varieties on fish. Thank u for following me.

      14. Hey Sonali, you have an amazing collection of seafood recipes. I'll check in when I'm looking for new "fishy" ideas ;) The kachori looks very tempting!

      15. I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I like your recipes here esp. your kachori I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this Kachori widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for Kachori,Thanks!

      16. thank you so much to all of you for liking this recipe so much !

      17. Sure alisha...I would love to link my kachori recipe to Foodfista....thanks so much !

      18. that looks so yumm!!!! gotta try this ..

      19. Kachori with fish... that is amazing...
        An entire blog devoted to fish recipe. That is truly wonderful...
        Any fish recipe I would definitely turn to ur blog. Happy to follow u...

      20. Very yummy and innovative Kachori...following you!!!

      21. Fish kachori looks new and yummy...

        Thanks for dropping by in my blog.. Glad to follow you.

      22. Wow what a great idea..perfectly n neatly done..a must try for fish lovers!!

        US Masala

      23. Sonali
        My first visit to your blog, Congrats on the beautiful recipes! I am thrilled to follow you especially since I love any and all seafood:)

      24. Wow !
        Fish Kachories...this is something new and very innovative. I could not have ever thought of using fish filling in anything.
        Superb idea.

      25. Hey.. thats really creative.. Thanks for sharing such an innovative and easy to make dish with all of us.. :)

      26. Love fish in any form.. Never had fish kachori.. Looks delicious..
        Bhalo Khabo


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