Is there anyone who does not like the li'l greeny Green Peas.... Yes! Its ME.
I disliked peas to the extent that my Mom never use to add peas in any of her dishes, even till today. And if added, I use to pick them out and set them aside. So just to make me eat peas, my Mom always use to make Peas Parantha ( Stuffed Indian puffed bread with minced Green Peas, in blogger's language), that I used to love with spicy potato curry.
So my peas journey use to start and end on stuffed Bread.
Soon after marriage, on a weekend I heard my traditional Bengali Mum in Law saying - "aajke Motorshuti'r kochuri banabo" and then explained to me that today we are making Motorshutir/Koraishutir Kochuri, deep fried Indian puffed bread stuffed with Green peas.
Being a North Indian, I have heard Pyaz ki Kachori (Deep fried Indian puffed bread with stuffed Onions) or Dal ki Kachori ( Deep fried Indian puffed bread with stuffed Cereals) .... Now this blogger's language is killing me 😀😀, never Peas Kachori...
No worries.... coming back to Motorshutir Kochuri, Bengalis make a variation of the traditional Kachori – soft, stuffed, puffed and spiced -up. What I find most interesting is the way they are cooked. I am habituated to seeing green peas being cooked, mashed and then stuffed into parathas.
Interestingly here, the green peas are first minced and mashed, then cooked with a special mixture of spices, and then used as stuffing for flatbreads. What I like most about this is that it uses fewer spices, so the taste and sweetness of the peas does not get suppressed.