Mawa Kachoris are Indian hand pies filled with mawa/khoya (evaporated milk solids) and mixed nuts, deep fried and dipped in sugar syrup.
These Kachoris or pies are a specialty from the State of Rajasthan. Mawa Kachoris are almost like Gujjiyas that are khoya filled pastries(shaped like empanadas).The only difference between Kachoris and Gujiyas is that the covering or pastry of gujiya is quite thin as compared to Kachoris. I first had Mawa Kachoris when I had visited Rajasthan for the first time. I did my college from there and I love Rajasthani food. Check out one of my favourite Rajasthani dish.. Rajasthani Pyaz Ki Kachori.This makes me realize that I have to do quite a few posts for my favorite Rajasthani dishes?.
What are Kachoris..
Kachoris are Indian pastries filled with savoury or sweet fillings. Dal Ki Kachori served with Aloo ki Subzi are popular in Uttar Pradesh and Pyaz Ki Kachori served with Kadhi in Rajasthan. Mawa kachoris are quite popular in Rajasthan. Kachoris are one of the popular breakfast item in Rajasthan Early morning you can see people lining outside the sweet shops for freshly made kachoris . These are deep-fried and heavy on stomach, so people consume these in morning or for evening snack. These also made on festivals like Holi and Diwali or any other special occasions.
Mawa used for these can be store-bought or homemade. For the recipe of Homemade Khoya/Mawa click here. I used ghee for making dough with flour, you can use any oil of your choice. Kachori dough made with ghee gives more flakier kachori and with oil gives crispy kachori.
Let's see how I made these yummy and exotic Mawa Kachoris.
For Outer Covering
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour/Maida
- 2 tbsp Ghee
- 1/2 Cup Milk- for kneading
- 1 Cup Khoya/Mawa(Evaporated Milk Solids)
- 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Mixed Nuts(Cashew Nuts, Almonds, Raisins, Pistachios) for filling and garnish
- Oil for frying
For Sugar Syrup
- 2 Cup Sugar for Syrup
- 1/2 tsp Green Cardamom whole or Powder
- 1 Cup Water
- Very finely chop nuts with a knife or in a chopper and keep aside.
- Roast mawa in a non-stick or a heavy bottomed pan with a tsp of ghee till it is light brown.
- Keep aside to cool.Add sugar and nuts to mawa and mix well.
For Outer Covering and making Kachori
- In a bowl mix oil in the flour, rub it to mix properly till the flour resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add milk slowly and knead to a soft dough.Keep the dough covered till you make the filling.
- When ready to make, divide the dough into equal small portions of the size of the tennis ball.
- Roll out a thin circular disc with the help of rolling pin.Place a tbsp or as required mawa-nuts mixture on the disc and gather the ends of the rolled dough together as shown in the pic below. You can use all-purpose flour slurry to seal the edges.
- Pinch the folded end and tie a thin strip of dough, as shown in the pic below.
- Make the kachoris from all the portions, keep these covered with a damp cloth so that the dough doesn't dry up.
- Heat oil in a kadhai or heavy bottomed pan, when the oil is just warm, drop kachoris one by one.
- To check whether the oil is hot enough to fry, drop a very small ball of dough in oil, it will start to sizzle and very slowly rise up on the surface.The oil should not be very hot, as the kachoris will bubble up and cooked on the outer side, inside covering will stay raw.Keep the flame to low and fry all the kachoris till light brown.
- Drop the kachoris in sugar syrup, coat nicely take out and sprinkle some more chopped nuts.
- You can decorate it with Chandi ka vark or silver foil and store in an air-tight container when completely cooled.
- These stay good for at least 15-20 days or more during winters.
Make Sugar Syrup
- Take sugar in a pan, and add water just enough to soak sugar.
- Boil sugar syrup till one thread consistency
Preparing the dough
Prepare the filling
Frying and Dipping Kachoris in Sugar Syrup
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Can I make these ahead of festivals or party..
My family and friends love the Mawa Kachoris I make. These Kachoris are perfect for festival season. Holi or Diwali, these royal pies add up a special festive touch to your menu.So, make these Mawa Kachoris and enjoy the celebrations with your loved ones.
Holi is here and if you are thinking of making Gujiyas.. Click here for the no fail Gujiya recipe.
Happy festivities!! Enjoy with your loved ones.. Cook, Eat , Celebrate!!!
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