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Pistachio and Chocolate Kachori

Back along I was sent some of the ingredients to make a couple of the recipes from Indian-Inspired Desserts by Roopa Rawal of Devnaa. I’ve already posted the chocolate and hazelnut ladoo which turned out brilliantly, but although I made these pistachio and chocolate kachori a while ago, I’ve got a little behind with my posting. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never eaten kachori before, but the recipe for pistachio and chocolate cheese balls, flavoured with cardamom and fried inside pastry cases sounded delicious. However, I was a little apprehensive about making them as it was a fairly elaborate process and things could go wrong at any stage and there were quite a few stages: 

 

  1. Panir Cheese BallsMake paneer – I’ve made yogurt and kefir cheese on many an occasion, but I’ve not made paneer before. I suspected it might not be quite as easy as it sounded in the recipe and I was right. Even though I folded my muslin into four, much of the solids must have passed through; there was a lot of whey which was white, not clear as I would have expected. Having said that, I still ended up with 24 truffle sized balls when the recipe stated 15 smaller ones.
  2. Make filling – that was nice and easy and just involved some mixing.
  3. Make pastry – I always find pastry making a bit daunting and I’d never used this method before with these particular ingredients. But what a breeze – I was very impressed with the dough. It was simple to make and really easy to handle.
  4. Roll and stuff the pastry – this was fiddly, but not nearly as difficult as I’d feared. The pastry was pliable and held together really well.
  5. Deep fry the kachori – I’ve always stayed clear of deep frying, so was rather reluctant to do this part. I didn’t put the full 7 cm depth of oil in the pan as a) I didn’t have enough and b) was a bit worried about having so much hot oil. I used about 1½ cm and turned the balls over half way through cooking. This seemed to work well. They then needed to be very well drained on kitchen paper.
 

For a first attempt, I was very pleased with these. I’ve learnt a thing or two and would hope to produce even better kachori next time. I’d pinch off more of the pastry from the underside and fry them for a little longer, as the dough wasn’t quite cooked enough in places. It was well worth the effort as they were utterly delicious – crispy on the outside and sweet and creamy on the inside. CT has made several broad hints that I have another go at these – in the interests of me perfecting my kachori skills of course.

Thank you to Devnaa for providing me with the ingredients and recipe book to make these pistachio and chocolate kachori.

 

As the Paneer was made using a litre of our local raw organic milk, I am submitting this to Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary for her Shop Local event, which champions the buying of local foods.

I am also sending these off to Javelin Warrior for his entirely made from scratch Made with Love Mondays.

 

30 Comments

  1. Katie

    3rd November 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Wow never heard of anything like these before, they sound delicious though.

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    • Choclette

      3rd November 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks Katie, they were new to me too.

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  2. belleau kitchen

    3rd November 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Such an unusual recipe. I love the look of them.

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    • Choclette

      3rd November 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks Dom, they taste pretty good too 🙂

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  3. vohnmcg.com

    3rd November 2013 at 3:20 pm

    They sound amazing! Love chocolate with pistachios. Vohn x

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    • Choclette

      3rd November 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks Vohn. Love pistachios, but they are sooooo expensive, I don’t use them nearly as often as I’d like.

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  4. The Caked Crusader

    3rd November 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Wow – these are completely new to me. They look amazing and I love the flavour combo

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    • Choclette

      5th November 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thanks CC, these certainly stretched my boundaries but having made them once, I will be making them again.

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  5. Foodycat

    3rd November 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve just been perusing an online Indian sweetshop and came across kachori. I thought they sounded good, but these sound even better!

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    • Choclette

      5th November 2013 at 9:08 am

      Oh, will you try some? Never having come across them before, I’m not really sure what they are meant to be like.

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  6. Lucy Parissi

    3rd November 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Never, ever heard of these but am very intrigued! They look delicious.

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    • Choclette

      5th November 2013 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Lucy, it was fun trying out something I’ve not had before and they were worth the effort – or at least CT thought they were 😉

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  7. The KitchenMaid

    4th November 2013 at 7:43 am

    My goodness, what a labour of love. Are these the Indian cronut?!

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    • Choclette

      5th November 2013 at 9:10 am

      Haha, yes great name. Indian Cronuts – formally known as kachori.

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  8. Galina Varese

    4th November 2013 at 8:56 am

    I have never tried kachori, what a wonderful recipe! Mmmm

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    • Choclette

      5th November 2013 at 9:11 am

      Thanks Galina – so intriguing, but so delicious.

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  9. Javelin Warrior

    4th November 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I can see why these were a bit intimidating – I definitely would have been! I love the filling of pistachios and chocolate and the insides of these kachori look so tasty…

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    • Choclette

      5th November 2013 at 9:12 am

      Thanks JW. I really like these sort of challenges, because I would probably never have made these without it and I’m very glad I did.

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  10. Brogan

    5th November 2013 at 10:43 am

    Such a good idea! Like the thought of this! xx

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    • Choclette

      5th November 2013 at 11:32 am

      You just need to turn thought into action Brogan 😉

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  11. sunita rohira

    5th November 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I am an Indian and all the kachoris are with spicy fillings. This one really caught my eye. What a lovely combination- paneer, chocolates and pistachios. Feel tempted to try and make some.

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  12. Choclette

    5th November 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Sunita. These have been my only experience of kachori, but would love to try some others.

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  13. Charlene F

    9th November 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Your Kachori looks delicious x

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  14. Sara @ Babucho Newcastle

    13th November 2013 at 9:42 pm

    These look delicious, definitely going to try and make these.

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  15. JaynesDen

    18th November 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Wow. I adore pistachio nuts. They look so dinky.

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  16. Alexandra McDermott

    29th November 2013 at 1:42 am

    Mmm, I love Indian pastries. And chocolate and pistachio ones! These sound wonderful, Choclette!

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  17. Elizabeth

    1st December 2013 at 8:49 am

    These sound amazing – such a labour of love! Thank you for linking up with ShopLocal and apologies for taking so long to commenting – it’s been a busy month!

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  18. prwilson

    31st December 2013 at 1:21 am

    These look lovely.

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  19. Denise Herzfeld

    23rd April 2014 at 12:18 pm

    This look absolutely divine and so easy to make!

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  20. Denise Herzfeld

    23rd April 2014 at 12:19 pm

    these look absolutely divine and so easy to make

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