I love experimenting with different shapes. It can give a dish a whole new look ...and make it look extra special!! For Diwali, I made these lovely looking Potli kachoris with a dry, sweet-spicy filling of coconut,cranberries and other spices. They were a little tedious to make, but they looked and tasted so good..that it was worth the effort!!!
1) Outer Crust:
Make the dough like in:
2) Make filling:
3/4 cup dry roasted grated coconut powder
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
2 tsp sugar (you can add more)
1/2tsp garam masala
1tsp chili powder (depends on how spicy you want)
1 tsp oil
1) Dry roast the coconut powder till golden.Keep aside.
2)Heat the oil, add the cumin and sesame seeds,stir for few seconds.Add the rest of the spices, roasted coconut, cranberries,sugar etc.Mix. This is a dry filling (and so will increase the shelf life of the potlis than any moist filling)
3) Cut out thin strips of aluminum foil and keep aside.
4) Roll out the dough into semi-thin chapati.Cut out circles with cookie cutter
4) Roll out the circles.Place a spoonful filling in the center. Make into a potli by bringing all the sides to the center and closing it with a strip of aluminum foil.
5) Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 325 F for 8-10 mins or till golden brown and crispy.
Unwrap the foil before you eat:)