Mawa Kachori (Puffed Pastry)

Mawa Kachori (Puffed Pastry)

Mawa Kachori (Puffed Pastry)

Mawa Kachori is an exotic dessert. This is a delicacy from the state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is known for its rich food and culture. Pastry filled with an aromatic mixture of Mawa and nuts makes a very festive dessert.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 18 Kachoris



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (Maida, plain flour)
  • 2 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)
  • Approx. 1/2 cup of lukewarm water as needed 


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 1/4 cup mixed nuts (almonds, pistachios coarsely ground)
  • 1/4  teaspoon crushed cardamom
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Note: If you are using Mawa use ¾ cup of Mawa instead cream and powder

  • Oil to fry


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed cardamom
  • Few strands of saffron



  • Mix flour, and clarified butter in a bowl, making it firm and soft adding water slowly as needed. Knead the dough until the dough becomes soft and pliable.
  • Set the dough aside and cover it with a damp cloth. Let the dough sit for at least ten minutes.


  • Boil the sugar and water on medium heat, as sugar comes to a boil add saffron, and cardamom on medium heat until syrup is about one thread or 220 degrees (Fahrenheit) on a candy thermometer. Set it aside.


  • Mix the cream and milk powder in a frying pan. Cook on medium heat until it becomes the consistency of soft dough, this should take about 3-4 minutes. Stir continuously so the mixture does not burn on the bottom of the pan. This mixture is known as Mava.
  • Next add nuts mixture, sugar, and cardamom powder to Mawa. Mix well and cook for about 2 more minutes until the mixture is consistent with soft dough. Keep it aside.
  • After cooling, the mixture will become drier but still should be lightly moist.

Making Kachoris

  • Knead the dough for a minute.
  • Divide the dough into about 18 equal parts.
  • Roll each ball into about 2-inch diameters.
  • Take one of the rolled doughs in your palm and place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the center. Pull the edges of the dough to wrap the filling. Proceed to make all 30 balls.
  • Let the filled balls sit for 3 to 4 minutes before pressing.
  • In the frying pan heat the oil on medium-high, the frying pan should have about 1-1/2 inches of oil.
  • Set the filled balls on a clean and dry surface with the seam facing up. Using the base of your palm, slowly flatten them into a circle of about 3 inches.
  • To check if the oil is ready put a little piece of dough in the oil. It should sizzle, and come up slowly.
  • Slowly drop the Kachoris in the oil, do not overcrowd the kachoris in a frying pan, fry them on medium heat.
  •  After they are puffed, slowly turn them over.
  • It will take about 5-6 minutes to fry. Fry until golden brown on all sides.
  • If the kachoris are fried on high heat, they will get soft and will not be crispy.


  1. Just before serving drizzle the kachori with about 2 tablespoons of hot syrup. Garnish them with leftover filling or sliced pistachios.
  2. Kachoris can also be served without syrup.
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27 thoughts on “Mawa Kachori (Puffed Pastry)

  1. Thank you for this recipe. If one thread sugar consistency is 220°F on a candy thermometer what would be two thread consistency please? Thanks again.

  2. Its a great recipe. I had half packet of Mawa left and didn’t know what to do with only that much amount, you came to rescue. Thanks to Ruchi, I knew that I need to grind my nuts very finely and that tip helped a lot.

  3. I tried these over Diwali and they came out just wonderful. I did ruin my first 4 and I wanted to share with everyone what NOT to do! My nuts were not grounded fine and this caused the kachoris to break. My first mistake. My second mistake was rolling them with a rolling pin instead of doing it like how aunty showed it (very bad). This is what caused my kachoris to break. When I fried them (my first batch of 4) mawa came out and oil went inside and burned the mawa. I learned my lesson after that! Rest of the Kachoris came out just amazing. I rolled them using the palm of my hand and none of them broke and if they did, i took them out really fast. Thank you for this recipe aunty! My family has asked me to make it again next week!

  4. Dear Manjula
    I did today Mawa Kach and out was very good the whole family happy. I had some problems at first with sticky dough that was out but I put a little flour and went out. Mawa composition made ​​it to belamare (steam bath, I put a pan of water and then I made another pot in mawa because my pans would be glued). . Thanks again for your wonderful recipes that inspire me.

  5. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    I am pregnant and my due date is on dec 2,and i am looking for some recipe thats gud after delivery ,can you suggest some.
    such as mathi ladoo……. ,so that i could prepare in advance


  6. I recently ran into this dish and thought of finding this recipe somewhere- and the first thought that came was coming to your site!- and voila!- what a beautiful, elaborate recipe you have here- as usual!!!

  7. Hello & thanks for all the delicious recipes,

    What kind of milk powder is this?
    Is it from the indian store or from the regular grocery store??

    Thanks for the reply

  8. Dear Manjula,
    This looks delicious! I wonder if it’s possible to vegan-ize it. I could substitute margarine for ghee and soy creamer for cream but I wonder what could substitute for the milk powder. Do you have any ideas?
    Thank you and namaste,

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