‘Luchi’ or ‘Puri’ is a very popular Indian bread made using wheat flour or white flour. Today I’ve posted the recipe of a variation to this popular dish. Stuffing the bread with peas (kodai shuti) can lead to another delicious Bengali bread- Kodai Shuti’r Kachodi. The name ‘Kachodi’ is used because it is fried and your final dish is so spicy and filled with taste that it becomes the star of the meal and you don’t really require anything else to accompany your bread. But of course, if you want to eat the bread with something, pairing it with ‘Dum Aloo’ (a traditional Bengali potato dish), or tomato chutney, like we usually do with ‘Luchis’, is a great idea.
For the stuffing:
- Peas 4 cups (shelled)
- Cumin seeds 6 tsp
- Red dried chili 5
- Cinnamon 1 stick (2″)
- Sugar (equal amount of salt ) + 1 tsp
- Oil 2 tbl spn
- All purpose flour (Maida) 3 cups
- Whole wheat flour (ata) 1 cup
- Salt 1 tsp
- Oil to fry + 4 tbl spn
For kochuri, sift the two flour and salt together. Add 4 tbl spn of oil into it and mix very well with your hand. Now add water and knead well to a tight dough. Cover with a damp towel and keep aside.
In a pan, dry roast cumin, red chili and cinnamon altogether. Grind them in a powder form and keep aside. You can store this masala for long and use it later as well.
In a mixer add peas and a little water (as much you need) to make a smooth paste and keep it aside.
In a heated non stick pan add 2 tbl spn of oil, the peas’ paste, salt, sugar and lastly add 5 tsp of the roasted spices. Dry the paste into a soft dough and keep it aside. Do not over dry.
When your flour is prepped, lightly knead it again, divide into equal portions and make balls (golf size) out of it.
Make equal sizes of round balls out of the peas stuffing as well.
On a platform apply few drops of oil and roll the flour ball into a 3″ diameter disk.
Keep the peas ball at the center of your flattened dough and wrap it from all sides.
Carefully fold the seam.
Turn the folded side on the platform and roll by applying few drops of oil. Do not put too much pressure as it may crack and the peas stuffing might come out.
Your Kachodis are good to go!! This dish is a favorite of each one of my daughters and I hope your loved ones like them just as much. Serve hot with tomato sauce, chutney or Dum Aloo. Or you can have it all by itself. The spicy inside never disappoints!
I hope you all have a great week ahead and try out food beyond your comfort zone. Happy Cooking 🙂