Enjoy this Holi guilt free with these oil free Chhole Kachori – #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

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Happy and Colorful Holi Everyone. May this festival bring lots of happiness in your lives. Play safe and have fun.

Indian festivals means family time, fun time and food time. Festivals and food go hand in hand but as people are becoming health conscious these days, many of us miss satiating our taste buds. For me, Holi means colors, lots of fun and Chhole Kachori (Khasta). This is the first delicacy that comes to mind to cook on this colorful festival and without it, my festival is incomplete. So here, I am sharing oil free recipes of Chhole-Kachori which you can eat as much as you want till your heart and soul is contented as its tasty and healthy at the same time. So here goes the recipe:

Kachori recipe:

Take 2 cups of whole wheat flour in a bowl, add salt as per taste, 3 tsp oil for moin and knead dough using water slowly. Cover with a muslin cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes.

For stuffing, heat 1 tsp oil in a nonstick pan, add a pinch of grounded asafoetida, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp turmeric powder, red chilli powder, as per taste. Then add finely chopped ginger and 3/4 cup finely chopped onion and fry till golden. (You can also add fresh green peas if you like. I skipped it as my kids don’t eat it). Once the onions are done, add 1.5 cup boiled and mashed potatoes, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala powder, 1 tsp fennel (saunf powder), 1/2 tsp dry mango (amchur powder) and mix well evenly. Add salt to taste, mix again and cook on a medium flame for about 10 mins. The stuffing is ready, take it out in a bowl and let it cool.

Once the stuffing is cool, take the dough and knead it once more (without water), then make small balls of it. Take a ball and flatten it using rolling pin (belan) or by your fingers only. Fill a spoon of stuffing and bring the edges to the center and seal it properly. Make sure it is sealed well and there are no cracks. Lastly, flatten it using rolling pin to give it an even texture. Make all the kachoris like this. Bake them in a preheated oven at 180 degree for 10 mins or till the crust turn golden brown. Kachoris are ready to be served with tamarind (imli) chutney, green chillies and chhole.

Chhole Recipe:

Soak 1.5 cup Chhole (Chichpeas) overnight or 8-10 hours. Drain them well and transfer in a pressure cooker, add 3/4 cup finely chopped onion, 1.5 tsp ginger garlic paste, 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp garam masala powder, 1.5 tsp coriander powder, a pinch of asafoetida, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp amchur powder and salt to taste. Lastly add water. As we are cooking it to serve with Kachoris, I prefer thick gravy so I add water accordingly. You can add as per your taste and requirement. Pressure cook it. Once done, add 1 tsp chhole masala and using a hand blender, blend the chhole just once. Don’t blend much. In case you don’t have a blender, you can use a masher. Lastly garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Oil free chhole are ready to be served.

I cook both these dishes every year and never get disappointed with the taste or flavours. I hope you will enjoy them too. Do try it out and don’t forget to share the pics and reviews with me.

Once again, Holi Mubarak.

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Surbhi Prapanna
March 2, 2018 3:19 am

first a happy Holi to you and your family. and thanks a lot for sharing these great mouthwatering recipes. especially I love kachori, will surely try your recipe. #Superbloggerchallenge2018

Tina Sequeira (@tinajsequeira)
March 2, 2018 10:32 am

Hi Vartika! These are exactly the kind of recipes that I have been looking forward to. Tasty and healthy too. And so Holi appropriate. I am surely going to try this one out. Thank you so much for sharing this. Please read my Week 3 post for the #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 here:

March 2, 2018 11:44 am

That is a perfect Holi recipe! I could imagine a plate of hot kachoris and chole after a nice game of holi!

Shipra Trivedi
Shipra Trivedi
March 3, 2018 1:35 pm

Kachories are my father’s favorite and my mother always made sure that both the factors, taste, and health remain balanced in her cooking. So I quite love chole Puri and chole kachori.

Namratha Varadharajan
March 3, 2018 2:13 pm

Happy Holi to You ? thanks for sharing your oil free recipe, our ticket to indulging during the festivals a bit more.

Sitharaam Jayakumar
March 3, 2018 4:38 pm

Chhole Khachori (Khasta) is something new to me. I have been brought up in north India and I am fan of north Indian food. I love Chhole Bature and remember eating it at road side stalls when I was a kid. This recipe of yours definitely makes my mouth water. Shall definitely try iy out some time. #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

March 4, 2018 10:13 am

Wow… It’s a great recipe.
Will definitely try
#superbloggerchallenge2018 #instacuppa

Read my #week3 post

snehal joshi
March 4, 2018 10:16 am

Baking is the best alternative to deep frying. Loved your recipe of Chhole, I will try it, I do not use pressure cooker method generally. But it looks amazingly easy. 🙂

Anupriya Gupta
March 4, 2018 10:43 am

Hope you had a great Hoili with the yummy delicacy as explained in the post. I love Kachori and chana and will surely try your recipe some sunday.

Jyoti's Kitchen
March 4, 2018 12:54 pm


vidhya thakkar
March 6, 2018 6:25 pm

And I am going to try this one soon. Thank you for this #Superbloggerchallenge2018 #Instacuppa

July 6, 2018 10:08 pm

I love baked recipes. People often say Kachori is always fried. That’s where the taste come from?. I would like to try the baked version for sure. And you have used whole wheat flour not all purpose flour. That’s good. May be I will start making kachoris more often. My daughter is an all-time Kachori fan.


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October 21, 2020 7:58 am

Hi!, that is amazing recipe. this is my favorite Holi recipe.

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