Diwali, Memories and Bedmi Pooris

by Rachna
Diwali kachoris

As my son commented yesterday, “You go all out for Diwali!” For some strange reason, I do! I am not much of a festival person, I hardly celebrate any and the ones I celebrate are also heavily customized. 🙂 Yet, I actually pull out all stops for Diwali pushing myself and everyone around me. So, the rangoli, diyas, mandir decoration, cleaning, cooking, dressing up, lights, crackers all must be pat. This year the cleaning was better organized and less stressful. The rangoli was done by the sons.

Diwali kachori

And since this is a food blog, I am going to share some food memories that have come to .

Food is much more than filling empty tummies. Food is memories; it is love. It is also about making and reliving memories. No one I know enjoys slogging on the stove or daily cooking including yours truly. Don’t get me wrong; I like cooking but it is not as if I rush to the kitchen when I have some free time. I don’t. I methodically plan my cooking. I enjoy experimenting, playing with ingredients, flavours and techniques but I also like cooking with minimal effort and time. Very rarely do I make the exception and cook elaborate dishes only because the loved ones enjoy them so much. 🙂

So for Diwali that I make an exception and slog for hours to make besan laddus that the kids dig. I also made urad dal ki kachoris, dahi vade and chhole yesterday. Interestingly, my sister had also made the same for her family. I guess there is truth to family traditions being kept alive through food. For me, it is even more sentimental since mom passed away. My beautiful memories are tied to her food and in a way cooking dishes the way she did or making she liked makes me feel close to her something I derive comfort in. Hence the part about pushing myself to do this for my family.

Diwali is a time when one must be with family and friends. And that is the spirit of Diwali for me. Of happiness, cheer, camaraderie, family and of course, gastronomic delights.

Diwali kachoris

Here I leave you with the recipe for urad dal kachoris or bedmi pooris. The filling can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days. You can then use it to make stuffed parathas that taste heavenly with spicy green chutney.

For about 15 kachoris:

Ingredients:

Outer covering:

Maida/refined flour: 250 gm

2 tbsp. sooji or rawa

Oil 2 tbsp.

Salt 1/2 tsp.

Ajwain (carom seeds) 1 tsp.

Filling:

250 gm. urad dal (without skin)

1 inch piece ginger

1 tsp. chilly powder

1 heaped tbsp. saunf (aniseed)

1 heaped tbsp. coriander seeds

½ tsp. strong heeng (asafoetida)

1 tsp. black pepper

Salt to taste

2 tbsp. oil

Oil for frying

Recipe:

Soak urad dal in water for 4-5 hours. Drain it well and blend it in the mixer with some ginger. Don’t add much water just a little to get a thick paste. Now heat oil in a kadhai, tip in the blended dal mix and add in the dry masalas. You will need to dry roast coriander seeds, saunf and black pepper and coarsely powder them before adding. Now slowly cook the dal mix on a low flame till it gets completely cooked. It takes some time and patience. Keep moving it around so that it does not stick to the bottom. Now take it off the fire once cooked and dry. It will be sticky. Let it cool completely. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

For the outer shell, make a stiff dough by adding all the ingredients together and kneading the dough with very little water. Keep it aside for half an hour covered.

To make the kachoris: Take a big ball of the dough. Make a pocket and fill in a generous teaspoon of the filling in it just like you’d do for a paratha. Close it. Now roll out the dough carefully to form a small kachori. This is like a filled poori. Roll out a lot of bedmi pooris in this manner. Make sure the bedmi poori does not break or the filling will spill out while frying.

Heat oil in a kadhai and deep fry these kachoris till golden on both sides. Consume with tari wale aloo-tamatar (a potato curry in a tomato gravy) or with any curry of your choice. You can also have these as a tea-time snack.

So, go ahead. Don’t wait for Diwali to try out this recipe.

Here are some other Diwali recipes that you should try.

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Bikramjit November 12, 2015 - 11:40 am

Yum yum yum..

As you said for me too diwali has always been very special ..

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Bikramjit November 12, 2015 - 11:40 am

Yum yum yum..

As you said for me too diwali has always been very special ..

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Destiny's child November 12, 2015 - 1:44 pm

The kachoris look mouthwatering. And I agree with you, Food is just more than eating. It is about memories, happiness, love and so much more. I think I live to eat. 😀 Yet, like you I don’t run into the kitchen when I get free time. Happy Diwali, Rachna!

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Rachna November 13, 2015 - 8:31 am

Wish you the same, DC. 🙂 You know many of my friends think that just because I like cooking, I must be spending most of my time in the kitchen. Of course, not. I cook smart not hard. 😉

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Destiny's child November 12, 2015 - 1:44 pm

The kachoris look mouthwatering. And I agree with you, Food is just more than eating. It is about memories, happiness, love and so much more. I think I live to eat. 😀 Yet, like you I don’t run into the kitchen when I get free time. Happy Diwali, Rachna!

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Rachna November 13, 2015 - 8:31 am

Wish you the same, DC. 🙂 You know many of my friends think that just because I like cooking, I must be spending most of my time in the kitchen. Of course, not. I cook smart not hard. 😉

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shalzzzzz November 12, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Yum… I have had Kachori once. Please don’t be surprised. Being a South Indian, I haven’t had the chance to have them often. Loved the taste though. I’m pretty bad in making rotis. 🙁 I ll try this one some time soon. Thanks for sharing.

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Rachna November 13, 2015 - 8:30 am

If you can make puri then this is similar. You may need a couple of times to get it right. Thanks for reading, Shalzzzzz.

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shalzzzzz November 12, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Yum… I have had Kachori once. Please don’t be surprised. Being a South Indian, I haven’t had the chance to have them often. Loved the taste though. I’m pretty bad in making rotis. 🙁 I ll try this one some time soon. Thanks for sharing.

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Rachna November 13, 2015 - 8:30 am

If you can make puri then this is similar. You may need a couple of times to get it right. Thanks for reading, Shalzzzzz.

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Soumya Prasad October 28, 2016 - 6:18 pm

I love kachoris with spicy green chutney! We get them in plenty in the area I stay as street food 🙂

The recipe seems pretty simple though. I’ll try making it at home now.

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Rachna October 28, 2016 - 6:44 pm

Yes, it is. Do let me know how it turns out. Mum used to always make it for Diwali so it has become a Diwali ritual for me. ?

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Soumya Prasad October 28, 2016 - 6:18 pm

I love kachoris with spicy green chutney! We get them in plenty in the area I stay as street food 🙂

The recipe seems pretty simple though. I’ll try making it at home now.

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Rachna October 28, 2016 - 6:44 pm

Yes, it is. Do let me know how it turns out. Mum used to always make it for Diwali so it has become a Diwali ritual for me. ?

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Alok Singhal October 28, 2016 - 7:25 pm

Too bad I can’t have those Kachoris ?

Rangoli looks awesome…your sons are talented it seems ?
Have a great Diwali, fire some crackers on my behalf too!

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Rachna October 28, 2016 - 7:40 pm

Thanks Alok. Oh that was fine using stencils. ? Wish you and Saru and all at home a very Happy Diwali.

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Alok Singhal October 28, 2016 - 7:25 pm

Too bad I can’t have those Kachoris ?

Rangoli looks awesome…your sons are talented it seems ?
Have a great Diwali, fire some crackers on my behalf too!

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Rachna October 28, 2016 - 7:40 pm

Thanks Alok. Oh that was fine using stencils. ? Wish you and Saru and all at home a very Happy Diwali.

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Beat About The Book October 29, 2016 - 5:22 pm

This one’s another staple at home. Only mum used regular wheat flour not maida and the dal wasn’t cooked – it just went into the kachoris. And they tasted even better the next day with tea. I love the rangoli. We still have to get going on all of this.
Wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali.

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Beat About The Book October 29, 2016 - 5:22 pm

This one’s another staple at home. Only mum used regular wheat flour not maida and the dal wasn’t cooked – it just went into the kachoris. And they tasted even better the next day with tea. I love the rangoli. We still have to get going on all of this.
Wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali.

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That Subdued and Lonesome Diwali - Rachna Says October 9, 2017 - 11:48 am

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That Subdued and Lonesome Diwali - Rachna Says October 9, 2017 - 11:48 am

[…] of my childhood Diwalis were spent in my maternal grandmother’s home. With cousins and extended family, this was truly a […]

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Obsessivemom November 25, 2019 - 4:42 pm

Oh I’ve been here. I guess the Bedmi Puri wouldn’t have registered. In this other recipe they simply kneaded the urad dal with the dough. Made it much easier than filling them.

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Rachna November 26, 2019 - 11:19 am

This is how my mum made it. It will certainly be easier if one just made the dough with dal.

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