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Katori Chaat / Tokri Chaat | Air Fried & Deep Fried

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Katori chaat is one of my favorite chaats. Whenever, we do not have papdi or puri at home and we crave for chaats, this is my go to recipe. Generally this is deep fried. Now, with air-fryer at hand, I tried making the katori in it, and they turned out great! Crispy and done with just a few drops of oil! They can also hold the moisture really well.

Katori means bowl. #KatoriChaat is a complete chaat or Indian street food served in an edible bowl. This recipe outlines how to make katori in an air fryer and in deep frying method along with a detailed video. The chaat filling is a healthy and protein rich chana or chickpeas with sweet, tangy and spicy chutneys.


For Dough

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup all purpose flour/maida

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 cup water

For Chaat filling

  • 2 cups chickpeas/kabuli chana

  • Coriander and mint green chutney

  • Sweet tamarind chutney

  • 1 finely chopped onion

  • 1 finely chopped tomato

  • 1/2 cup nicely whipped curd

For putting the Chaat together

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped coriander/cilantro

  • 1/2 cup sev



  • Soak 2 cups of chickpeas/chana for 6-8 hours or overnight.If you are using canned chickpeas, you can skip this step.

  • Boil the chickpeas/chana for 5 whistles.

Knead the dough

  • Add in all ingredients of the dough into a bowl

  • Add water little by little and knead into a tight dough

  • Add 1/2 tsp oil (I used olive oil), knead it well and keep aside

Make the chaat filling

  • Drain the water from chana and transfer to a bowl

  • To that add 1 tbsp sweet tamarind chutney

  • Add in 1 tbsp of mint and coriander green chutney

  • Add 2 tbsp nicely whipped curd

  • Add in half of the chopped onions

  • Add half of the chopped tomatoes

  • Give it a good mix

Make the Katori/bowl

  • Take any steel katori/bowl, turn upside down and apply 1/4 tsp oil and spread on the whole of outer surface

  • Take a 2 inch small ball sized dough

  • Brush in little whole wheat flour and roll it

  • Put the rolled dough on the outer side of the katori

  • Tuck the dough around the katori and remove the extras with a knife

Air-Fryer Method

  • Place the katori upside down on the air fryer basket. Cusinart air fryer basket can fit in 4-5 at a time depending on the size of the katori.

  • Pre-heat the air-fryer at 350F / 180C for 5 min

  • Place the basket in and air fry at 350F for 10 min

  • Take it out of the air fryer. The katori will be hot. Let it cool a bit. Wear gloves if you find the katori hot. With the help of back of fork or spoon, remove the katori. It should come off easily

  • If some parts are stuck, take off the parts that are not stuck and gently separate

  • Place it back on the air-fryer upright to cook inside

  • Air-fry at 350F for 2-3 minutes

Deep-Fry Method

  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan and put the katori in upright. It may be helpful to prick holes with a fork on the whole outer dough of the katori to help it not to swell.

  • The katori will start to come off.

  • With the help of the tongs, remove the katori and turn it and cook well

  • Remove once cooked

Putting the chaat together for one serving

  • Take one katori/bowl

  • Fill it with chana filling

  • Add in 1 tbsp tamarind chutney

  • And 1 tbsp mint and coriander green chutney

  • Add in some whipped curd

  • Some chopped onion

  • Some chopped tomatoes

  • Top it off with cilantro/coriander and some sev

Enjoy Katori chaat with your favorite drink!


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