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Kadhi Chawal

Kadhi Chawal is one of those dishes which define comfort and mom's love to me! A delicious way to incorporate some curd in your diet! 
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian, north indian, punjabi


for the kadhi

  • 3 cups Curd Sour
  • 1 cup Gram flour besan
  • 2 - 3 cloves
  • 3 - 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 elaichi badi
  • 1 tsp methi seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (sarsoon not rai)
  • 2 - 3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • to taste salt and chilli powder to taste.
  • 2 tsps oil
  • handful coriander leaves to garnish

for the pakoras

  • 1 cup gram flour
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dhaniya powder
  • 1 / 2 tsps garam masala
  • to taste salt and chilli powder to taste.
  • oil for frying


  • For the Kadhi
  • Beat the sour curd and the besan together. You can use a blender or mix them using the whipper.
  • Heat the oil and add mustard seeds.
  • When they start to crackle add methi seeds and the rest of the sabut masalas.
  • Fry for about 2 minutes and when they start to brown, add chilli powder and turmeric.
  • Add the sour curd and besan mixture and keep stirring for 5 mins.
  • Let it simmer for about 30- 45 minutes stirring in between till it leaves a nice aroma
  • In the mean time, get your pakoras ready.
  • For the Pakoras:
  • Mix all the ingredients together and deep fry in hot oil.


Interestingly. this is where I have found a way to keep this healthier and avoid the deep frying (that is all I can thing of these days, N is so scared that I will change the way all his favorite food look and taste :P ) coming back to point, I make the batter a little thicker than normal and instead of deep frying them, I fry them using a non stick paniyaram pan... uses much less oil.
  • Now add the pakoras to the kadhi simmer for about 2 mins.
  • garnish with corriander leaves and serve with steamy hot rice.
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