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Kadhi Chawal

I just can't think of what to write today. That's what my absolute favorite meal does to me, I just want to stop talking and dig right in. So I won't ramble and go straight on the recipe for kadhi.

First, make the pakoras that would go in the kadhi. Slice an onion lengthwise. Make a batter with 1/2 cup chickpea flour (besan), salt, red chilli powder and water. Dip onions in this batter and deep fry until crisp. Keep aside.

Now blend 1 cup yogurt and 1/3 cup besan into a paste. Add 3-4 cups water to make a very thin blend. Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan. Add a tsp each of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, ajwain (carom seeds) and methre (fenugreek seeds). Let splutter for a few seconds. Now add a large onion, cut lengthwise into thin slices and cook until browned lightly. Pour in the yogurt/besan mix and add 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp red chilli powder. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for at least half an hour. You have to stir this occasionally but apart from this you can leave the kadhi pretty much on its own.

The kadhi has to be fairly thick - if you've had a thin, watery kadhi before that was the Gujarati version. This one's the hearty Punjabi one, so just before you take it off the stove add the reserved pakoras and bring to a boil. Add 1/2 tsp of garam masala to up the spiciness and a tsp of amchur (dried mango powder) to add the tangy flavor.

What are you waiting for now; go right ahead and eat with plain rice. And because it's impossible to make kadhi in small quantities (or so my mom says), you will end up having leftovers for dinner. I'm having mine with roti and plenty of ghee tonight!


Mrs.Kannan said…
I never tasted Kadhi,But by the look of yours i should test and taste looks awesome
Rachel said…
You make it sound so easy..I have never got the taste right until now...I'll follow your steps...
Vaishali said…
I guess I could try this with soy yogurt. Looks like real comfort food.
Bharti said…
I'll try your version next time I make it.
Hima said…
I never tried kadhi...want to try it out. Thanks for sharing..
Cilantro said…
Looks great. I have tasted but not made Kadhi. Will try this one out.
kadhi chawaal.... abhi going to have a late lunch... chole chawal banaye hain apne punju miya ke liye.... yaar aur bhookh lag gayi... mere pakode hard dikhte hain... tumhare jaise nai ... :(
Medhaa said…
Love this kadhi. Looks really good.
Lakshmi said…
oh well if that kadhi tasted as good as it looks, even I won't have been able to write...:)
Usha said…
Kadhi chawal is the best kind of comfort food...looks good...
SriLekha said…
that looks inviting! new recipe for me! come and join in the chicken event going in my blog!
Indranee said…
This looks really good, though I have never tasted it. Will definitely try out soon.
SweetBites said…
Hi, nice blog you hve here. ur kadhi looks tasty. mind if i take a bite?
Sunshinemom said…
This used to be such a comfort dish before! Since I can't seem to get soy yogurt i haven't tried the vegan version yet! Yummy stuff this one:)
Kadhi Chawak is my favourite too.
Anonymous said…
I made Kadhi from this recipe and I'm a beginner cooker, and this just turned out DELICIOUS!!! I suggest everyone to try it!!!
Ambika said…
Hey Simran, I made kadhi pakora today and wanted to tell you that it is out of this world!!!! Thanks a ton!!!!!

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