Indian cuisine is one of the most diverse ones around the world. This cuisine changes according to the region, occasion, and even the season. What is even richer is our street food culture that includes a variety of food items indigenous to street vendors, These delectables can be devoured even when we are busy shopping inside the flea market or during a small hiatus between our hectic shopping schedule.
This can be GolGappas, Chaats or Kachoris.
Today we are going to talk about the most popular kind of Kachoris-Raj Kachoris.
Kachoris are basically a spicy snack that is usually made in the shape of a ball and deep-fried in oil. It can be eaten with aloo curries or even with chutneys.
Unlike popular notions, Kachoris are not only eaten in India but in parts of Suriname, Trinidad, Guyana, and Tobago. Probably because these were British colonies just like India so the cuisine traveled to distant lands as they transported people. There are large varieties of kachoris you munch on like onion Kachoris, Garlic Kachoris, Shegaon Kachori, and our today’s star- Raj Kachori.
The existence of kachoris can be dated back to 1613 in Rajasthan even before Samosas, another popular street delicacy.
We can trace back Raj Kachoris’ origins also to Bikaner like most of them. The word raj means royal in Hindi ergo the Kachori was probably one among the delicacies served in the royal palaces.
Although the Kachori looks like panipuris or GolGappas, it is not the same as one. While GolGappas are devoured with tamarind water and an inside filling, Raj kachori is often part of a Chaat and served with Sevs and chutneys to completely blow away your palette. It is designed to tingle all the senses of taste one has and can even be customized to suit your likings.
A lot of people are often deprived of this delicious piece of redemption because of its limited availability. In its full glory, the eater might slip into an eternal food coma.
To prepare Raj kachori, you first need to prepare the maida kachori. then you move on to making the filling with besan and amchur(dry mango powder). Next, make the Bhalles or the fritters with urad dal. The other ingredients can be customized according to your wishes like boiled potatoes, Dahi, Black Chana, Sev, Papdi, Green Chutney, Tamarind Chutney, and so on. The last process involves the assembling of all these items together to get our grand royal kachori!
I am sure you are craving for some now as you read this because I surely did. If you are as idle as I am and wouldn’t cook even if it’s upon your life( remember, we don’t judge), you can order some from your own Indian Hotspot!
Happy Munching Peeps!