Made with coriander, cumin and fennel seeds, this kachori masala powder is a quick spice-mix that enhances the flavor of the kachori filling! Freshly made spice blends are economical, free of preservatives and pack a punch with just a little quantity. I have my handy dandy mortar & pestle to grind small, fresh batches of spice blends, and I love it! Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying you should make all your spice blends at home all the time. We’re all busy, and its really okay to just buy a good quality spice-mix. But once in a while, do take the time to dry roast some whole spices and grind them, and you’ll notice a difference in the flavors! Freshly ground spices are a lot more aromatic, and a little goes a long way.
Now, if you’ve had Kachori before, you’ll know how delicious this deep-fried snack is! A subtly spiced filling (usually onion-potato, or peas, or ground yellow mung), is wrapped in a refined flour pastry, and then deep fried to golden perfection. There are a lot of ways to driving flavor to the filling – and if you’re out of certain spices, you can always use what you have. But, if you’re looking for a traditional kachori flavor, then this kachori masala is how the magic happens!
All you need are: coriander seeds, fennel seeds and cumin seeds. Dry roast to release some of the oils from the spices. They’ll turn aromatic. This roasting process also makes grinding the spices easier. Once they cool completely, grind to a somewhat smooth (slightly coarse) spice blend, and add it to your kachori fillings! I love this blend so much, I also use it for Aloo Parathas and other paratha filings and kebabs.
Homemade Kachori Masala Powder
- 2 Tbsp Coriander Seeds (dhania)
- 1 Tbsp Fennel Seeds (saunf)
- 1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds (jeera)
- Add all ingredients to a pan, dry roast for 2-3 minutes, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning. Roast until the seeds turn aromatic. Switch off the flame, and let them cool completely.
- Add to a spice grinder or mortar pestle. Grind to a smooth powder. Use as needed. Store in an airtight jar and use within 3 mmonths.
Other spice blends you may like – Chaat Masala
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