For years I have been wanting to make the UP walli Khasta Kachori and this recipe from a friend’s mum is really the BOMB. Bookmark the post NOW.
This year on Holi I made Khasta Kachoris for the first time ever. Can you believe it I have never ever made them before?
If you have been reading my blog for some time, you know that I have been eating and cooking my way through grief. When dad left us suddenly I didn’t know how to reach and I found my solace in food. In eating the dishes he loved, in cooking his favorite meals. Somethings continued to be out of reach though and kachoris were one of them.
I think if there was one food dad loved the most it was khasta kachoris. I have very very fond memories of him bringing us kachori’s from the neighborhood halwai every once in a while. From the time I was little to the last few weeks of his life, if you suddenly asked him to get breakfast from outside his answer would always be – khasta kachori.
Even when we told him “Dad, not today please”, he would try and bring them back to discussion somehow. A couple of months before he passed away, he was down with Herpes for a few weeks. His appetite was down and he could hardly even eat or digest the bland food mum was cooking for him. But then one day he woke up and said he “I want to eat Kachori”. I remember mum being angry and confused, but he took off on his scooter as usual and got a couple of them. And surprise surprise, he actually ate them! That is how much he loved khasta kachori.
I gathered courage this Holi and made his favorite meal, smiled to myself a little and then cried a little. But in the end, it was one of the most satisfying meals of some time. And after I posted the picture on Instagram, so many of you asked the recipe so here it is along with a bit of my heart.
Serve your Khasta Kachoris with Dubki Walle aloo and Methi ki khaati methi chutney for the best Sunday brunch ever!