Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Lilva Kachori ~ Pigeon Peas Stuffed Savoury

lilva kachori

Winter is the best season for leafy and green vegetables. Few vegetables are only available during winters, specially in India. One such vegetable is Lilva / Tuvar / Arhar/ Pigeon Peas. Lilva / Pigeon Peas have close resemblance to Peas. Pigeon peas are both a food crop (dried peas, flour, or green vegetable peas) and a forage/cover crop. In India, split pigeon peas (toor dal) are one of the most popular pulses.

Lilva Kachori is one of the famous Gujarati farsan / savoury snack. These golden crispy kachoris are stuffed with lilva and spices. They are generally prepared during winters as seasonal availability of Lilva and green garlic. Besides lilva, I have also added few green peas as lilva alone makes the stuffing bit bitter. If green garlic is not available, one can use normal garlic as well. Lilva kachoris were also part of the feast prepared during Holi.


For Stuffing
500gms. Lilva / Green Tuvar / Arhar / Pigeon Peas
100gms. Green Peas
1/2 Cup of Fresh Grated Coconut
3 Tablespoon of Finely Chopped Green Garlic / Dry Normal Garlic
1 Tablespoon of Green chilly paste
1/2 Cup Chopped Coriander leaves
1 Teaspoon of Cumin seeds
2 Teaspoon of Coriander powder
1 Teaspoon of Cumin powder
1 Teaspoon of Turmeric powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Hing (Asafoedita)
1 Teaspoon of sugar
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 Tablespoon of Kish Mish (Raisins)
2 Tablespoon of Cashew nuts
1 Tablespoon of Garam Masala
Salt to taste

For Dough
1 Cup of Wheat Flour
1 Cup of Maida (All purpose flour / self raising flour)
1 Tablespoon of Kalonji / dry Onion seeds (Optional)
Oil to knead the dough
Salt to taste

1. For kneading the dough, take wheat flour and maida, sprinkle salt and kalonji. Now add few drops of oil and mix with the flour till it has bread crumbs like consistency. Add water to the flour and knead the dough. The dough consistency should be smooth and soft. Once the dough is kneaded, spread oil on ur palms and grease and knead the dough again with your hands. Keep aside the dough till we prepare the stuffing mixture.

2. In a blender, place lilva and green peas. Grind them coarsely, without adding water. Soak the raisins in a warm water.
3. In a pan, heat the oil. Add finely chopped garlic and cumin seeds. Once seeds starts spluttering add turmeric powder, coriander powder and cumin seeds powder.
4. Once the dry masalas are cooked added coarsely grinded lilva and green peas mixture, salt, green chilly paste and sugar and mix it with the cooked masalas. Now cook the lilva mixture without adding water. Keep stirring the mixture.
5. Once the mixture is about to be cooked, add garam masala powder, grated coconut, cashew nuts, raisins and lemon juice and again stir the mixture and allow it to cook for few minutes.

6. Once the mixture is cooked completely, allow it to cool.
7. Roll out small puris from the dough and add the cooked lilva mixture. Give desired shape to the kachoris. I have given half moon shape. One can give round ball shape as well. This way roll out and stuff all the kachoris.

8. Deep fry all the kachoris and serve it with any green chutney and ketchup

This is my entry for my very own Holi Hai! Event

This entry also goes for Roma's JFI - Wheat event as well.


EC 18 March 2009 at 12:05  

This is new to me, looks yummy..will try sometime

Finla 18 March 2009 at 12:51  

Thos kachori looks so yumm.
I bought a pack for pigeon pea as i saw in vaishalies place and till now have not used it.

Asha 18 March 2009 at 12:55  

Oh my!! How beautiful are those! Great snack! :)

Yasmeen 18 March 2009 at 13:13  

Kachori looks very festive and stuffing sounds so tasty.Regarding WHB, pulses are also included. Remember its an ongoing event,can post anytime,but the hosts change every week.:)

Gita Jaishankar 18 March 2009 at 13:42  

Savory kachoris are new to me.. love the filling used here...great dish Purva :)

Trupti 18 March 2009 at 13:46  

Purva, kachori baghun tondala pani sutale aahe.. love the new template

Anonymous,  18 March 2009 at 14:00  

Looks tempting..cute snacks..New to me too..healthy

Recipeswap 18 March 2009 at 14:13  

I love lilva and these are shaped so well.delish!

Ashwini 18 March 2009 at 15:48  

Looks so yumm and very tempting..great dish..

Cham 18 March 2009 at 16:25  

I never tasted one! U ve beautifully folded the edges :)

Unknown 18 March 2009 at 16:38  

this is very new to me looks so yum nice new look purva

Gopi Shah 18 March 2009 at 16:52  

Lilva ni Kachori is my favourite. I don't get the same taste of india, because I have to use frozen lilva.

Vikis Kitchen 18 March 2009 at 18:53  

Kachori with Lilva/ pigeon peas , sounds delicious dear. Yummy.

Mrs.Kannan 18 March 2009 at 19:12  

Pefectly shaped Kachoris..Nice way to use lilva..Great recipe

Unknown 18 March 2009 at 19:51  

This looks perfect ! I have tasted this but never made it, look forward to trying it :-)

Varsha Vipins 18 March 2009 at 23:41  

yumm..kachori's r such cutie delsh things..n this is so healthy with tha stuffing,Purva..:)

Pavithra Kodical 19 March 2009 at 00:35  

Love kachoris.This looks delicious.

Mahimaa's kitchen 19 March 2009 at 04:18  

wow.. looks delicious..savory kachori sounds yum.

jayasree 19 March 2009 at 04:55  

Delicious kachoris.. Loved the filling. Y'day I made kachoris with urad dal filling.

Jaishree Iyer 19 March 2009 at 06:04  

This is new to me purva;Looks yum & empting..Gr8 snack!

Shama Nagarajan 19 March 2009 at 08:16  

wow last u changed ur template that's looking beautiful...nice colour......ur kachoris tempt me.....send me them

Anonymous,  19 March 2009 at 09:52  

Purva new look to blog is perfect :) I heard about this kachori from my gujrati friend...will try it now.

delhibelle 19 March 2009 at 14:23  

I haven't seen lilva here, maybe I can try with just peas

Sum Raj 19 March 2009 at 14:51  

amazing dear..good entry for the event..looks perfect..

Madhavi 19 March 2009 at 17:58  

I love lilva kachori, mane ghare mokal yaar mast lage chhe. yummyyyyyyyyy!!!!

Vidhya 20 March 2009 at 02:20  

first of all its new to me.. It looks really tempting to me. I am bookmarking this one..yummy..

Unknown 20 March 2009 at 08:03  

Just wanted to drop in a line and let you know of the “Baking Event –Calling all Foodies” hosted by me at the foodie site You are invited to be part of this event that aims to unite bloggers to some great baking this month. The details are all here

notyet100 20 March 2009 at 11:21  

lilva kachodi is new for me,..thnks for sharin purva,..

Sia 20 March 2009 at 12:13  

this is serious tempation! and food like this should be banned ;)
Purva, have u got some leftovers by any chance?

Ranjani 20 March 2009 at 12:41  

These look fabulous, wonder if they could be baked, and if so do you know for how long and at what temperature?

Uma 20 March 2009 at 21:21  

wow, wonderful kachoris Purva! Look so yummy. Love the filling inside. Btw, new look of your blog is nice.

Preety 20 March 2009 at 21:33  

this is such a gr8 snack reminded me of gujiya which is a sweet but looks like this..have you ever tried baking these?

Sujatha 20 March 2009 at 23:25  

I've tried this from the readymade packets from the frozen section, but I'm so glad to find the recipe for it now! Looks yummy Purva, thanks for posting this!

Anonymous,  21 March 2009 at 08:12  

This Dish needs some Hardwork and patience and I'm sure the result will be one in million too. Thanks for sending these across to JFI.

Purva Desai 21 March 2009 at 09:05  

Rajani, you can even bake these kachoris, by brushing them with oil and keeping them in the oven for 180 celcius for 15 - 20 minutes or till the outer cover turns golden as the inner stuffing is already cooked

Suparna 21 March 2009 at 10:56  

Hi Purva,
Thanks for the visit at my blog. I've visted ur blog a couple of times :) ur recipe collection is amazing!
The lilva kachori looks perfect! excellent finishing to the dishes.
Happy weekend!

Deepthi Shankar 21 March 2009 at 12:54  

hey I didnt know that you make kachoris out of lilva too .. aweosme .. your new templlate looks really neat

Unknown 21 March 2009 at 21:47  

They look too good. Love the filling.

Indian Khana 22 March 2009 at 03:02  

Wow....maje kar rahi hai ....wonderful recipe ...and tera template bi mast hai..

Premyscakes 22 March 2009 at 09:52  

purva i just love kachoris, my friend from gujarat makes lovely ones. looks so tempting.

Bhawna 23 March 2009 at 01:18  

thanx for sharing the recipe purva, i eat deep lilve kachori. Now i can make at home. and yes ! red color suits u....haha

Rekha 23 March 2009 at 04:51  

My daughter loves Kachoris, and these sure look yummy.

Rajee 15 April 2009 at 09:19  

Yummy and super recipe. I came to know you through wheat event that I too participate.

Supriya 30 September 2009 at 18:57  

Hi Purva - I love the shape of your lilva kachori/ghugra, especially the border. I used to know how to do it, though not as neatly as u have, but seem to have forgotten even that. Any tips for me?

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