punjabi kadhi pakora recipe easy

punjabi kadhi recipe with step by step photos – this is my mother in law’s recipe of making traditional punjabi kadhi with pakoras. she has been making this delicious kadhi since ages. its a family treasured recipe 🙂

kadhi pakora is often made at our home, but i just could not manage myself to take step by step photos and thats why it took me so long to share this delicious punjabi kadhi recipe.

we love kadhis, be it plain or with pakoras. at home we call it kadhi chawal, because the kadhi is had with plain rice or jeera rice. you can also have kadhi with roti but i always prefer to have kadhi with rice. kadhi chawal and rajma chawal combo is quite famous in punjabi homes.

coming to punjabi recipes, there are a few much loved vegetarian recipes, that i have shared like:

  1. sarson da saag
  2. aloo paratha
  3. punjabi chole
  4. matar paneer
  5. rajma masala

each state and region have their own ways of making dahi kadhi. so we have maharashtrian kadhi, rajasthani kadhi, gujarati kadhi, sindhi kadhi and so on.

the punjabi kadhi is different from the other regional variations of kadhi. punjabi kadhi is thicker and creamier and the other kadhi variations have a slight thin consistency. the ingredients used to make the kadhi in all the versions are more or less the same.

few tips for making best punjabi kadhi recipe:

  • use full fat sour curd. if the curd is not sour, then the kadhi will not be sour, but still tastes good. to make the curd sour, you could add amchur powder whilst cooking the kadhi.
  • use mustard oil if possible to fry the onion pakoras and for tempering. mustard oil leds a pungent sharp taste and flavor to the curry.
  • you could also bake the pakoras instead of frying them.
  • don’t skip on curry leaves, as you will know that something is missing from the kadhi.
  • use good quality gram flour (besan).
  • the onion pakoras can be prepared before hand and kept aside.
  • use a large bottomed pot for cooking the kadhi. the curd mixture froths whilst cooking and can spill if you use a small pot.
  • to make softer pakoras, add some more water than mentioned in the recipe below. in this case, add the pakoras to the kadhi, just before serving. if added much before serving, then the pakoras become too soft and mushy.
  • some folks do not like the mushy and soft pakoras in the punjabi kadhi. in this case the pakoras can be a little hard. add little or no water to the batter.
  • in this recipe i have not made the pakoras soft. just added enough water to make the batter smooth but not liquidy. in this scenario, you could well add the pakoras just after the kadhi is ready. the pakoras won’t break when the kadhi is served later.

this is again one of those posts, where there are maximum pictures. since i am presenting a step by step recipe detail for the punjabi kadhi, i will first start with the curd mixture, then onion pakoras and then with the making of the kadhi.

punjabi kadhi pakora recipe below:

punjabi kadhi pakora recipe
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kadhi recipe | punjabi kadhi pakora recipe | | kadhi chawal recipe

punjabi kadhi recipe - popular north indian recipe of punjabi kadhi pakora. fried onion pakoras in a creamy & sour yogurt sauce.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 40 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 1 hour 10 minutes
servings 4
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for kadhi mixture:

  • 1.5 cups full fat sour curd or khatta dahi or yogurt or 375 gram sour curd
  • 3 cups water or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 to 1.5 teaspoon salt or add as required
  • 8 tablespoon besan or about 40 grams of besan
  • mustard oil or sunflower oil or any oil for shallow frying or deep frying pakoras

for onion pakoras:

  • 1 cup tightly packed thinly sliced onions or 2 medium to large onions or 150 grams
  • 1 cup besan (gram flour)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • ⅔ to ¾ teaspoon salt or add as required
  • ¼ cup water or add as required

for punjabi kadhi:

  • 1 small to medium onion or ⅓ cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger (adrak)
  • ¾ to 1 tablespoon chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • 8 to 10 fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 red chillies, broken
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves or 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil

how to make recipe?

making curd mixture for kadhi:

  1. in a bowl take 1.5 cups sour curd or about 375 grams of curd. whisk it well till smooth
  2. add 8 tbsp gram flour, ½ tsp red chilli powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp garam masala powder and 1 tsp salt to the whisked curd.

  3. stir and mix everything again.
  4. add 3 cups water and stir again.
  5. stir very well to make a smooth mixture without lumps. if there are lumps, then break them with a wired whisk or a spatula or with your fingers. keep the curd mixture aside.

  6. you can use a blender to make this mixture, but make sure you don’t over do it. you will get butter instead of a smooth blended curd.

making onion pakoras for punjabi kadhi:

  1. take the 1 cup gram flour/besan in a bowl and add ½ tsp ajwain/carom seeds, ½ tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp garam masala powder and ⅔ tsp salt or as required.

  2. add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.
  3. mix everything well and keep aside covered for 30 minutes.
  4. this will allow the onions to release their water in the mixture. depending on the water content in the onions, the mixture will become very moist or just about moist.

  5. then accordingly add water as required to make a thick batter. i added ¼ cup water.

  6. heat oil for deep frying in a pan or kadai. with a spoon or with your hands drop the pakora batter in the oil.
  7. when the pakoras are partly cooked, then turn over and fry the other side.
  8. fry till the pakoras are crisp and golden.
  9. remove the fried pakoras and place them on a kitchen paper towel so that extra oil is absorbed. fry the pakoras in batches this way. when done keep all of them aside.

making punjabi kadhi pakora recipe:

  1. in another pan or kadai, heat 2 tbsp mustard oil. make sure to use a large bottomed pot so that while boiling, the kadhi does not spill.
  2. add the 1 tsp cumin seeds, 8 to 10 methi seeds and a generous pinch of asafoetida. allow the cumin seeds to crackle and the methi seeds to change their color. fry on a low flame, so that these spices do not get burnt.
  3. add ⅓ cup chopped onion. stir and saute for 3 minutes on a low flame.

  4. then add 1 tbsp chopped ginger/adrak, ¾ to 1 tbsp chopped garlic and 2 green chillies, chopped. stir and saute for a minute.

  5. now add 8 to 10 curry leaves, 2 dry red chilies (halved or broken). stir and saute for a minute on a low flame.
  6. then add the curd mixture.
  7. stir very well.
  8. increase the flame to medium and bring the kadhi to a boil. keep on stirring often so that the bottom does not get browned. time taken to cook the kadhi will be around 14 to 16 minutes.
  9. after the kadhi has come to a boil, then lower the flame and simmer the kadhi for more 6 to 7 minutes. the kadhi will thicken. 

  10. if the kadhi becomes too thick, then add some hot water.

  11. now add the onion pakoras in the kadhi. stir gently.
  12. cover the punjabi kadhi with a lid and let the onion pakoras be soaked in the kadhi for 8 to 10 minutes.

  13. lastly sprinkle some garam masala powder on the punjabi kadhi.
  14. serve the punjabi kadhi pakora with steamed rice or jeera rice, topped with few teaspoonfuls of ghee. you could also have kadhi with rotis or parathas. however the combo of kadhi chawal is very popular and taste very good.


how to make punjabi kadhi pakora recipe:

a) making curd mixture:

1. in a bowl take 1.5 cups sour curd or about 375 grams of curd. whisk it well till smooth.

curd for punjabi kadhi recipe

2. add 8 tbsp gram flour (besan), ½ tsp red chilli powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp garam masala powder and 1 tsp salt to the whisked curd.

curd mixture for kadhi recipe

3. stir and mix everything again.

curd mixture for punjabi kadhi recipe

4. add 3 cups water and stir again.

curd mixture for punjabi kadhi recipe

5. stir very well to make a smooth mixture without lumps. if there are lumps, then break them with a wired whisk or a spatula or with your fingers. keep the curd mixture aside. you can use a blender to make this mixture, but make sure you don’t over do it. you will get butter instead of a smooth blended curd.

curd mixture for punjabi kadhi recipe

b) making onion pakoras for kadhi:

1. take 1 cup gram flour/besan in a bowl and add ½ tsp ajwain/carom seeds, ½ tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp garam masala powder and 2/3 tsp salt or as required.

onion batter for kadhi recipe

2. add 1 cup thinly sliced onions. about 2 medium to large onions, sliced, approx 150 grams of onions.

making pakora batter for punjabi kadhi

3. mix everything well and keep aside covered for 30 minutes.

making pakora batter for kadhi recipe

4. this will allow the onions to release their water in the mixture. depending on the water content in the onions, the mixture will become very moist or just about moist. here’s a pic of the onions after 30 minutes. mix again.

pakora batter for punjabi kadhi recipe

4. then accordingly add water as required to make a thick batter. i added ¼ cup water. you can also skip adding water if the mixture is too moist.

making pakora batter for kadhi recipe

6. heat oil for deep frying in a pan or kadai. with a spoon or with your hands drop the pakora batter in the oil.

frying pakora for punjabi kadhi recipe

7. when the pakoras are partly cooked, then turn over and fry the other side.

frying pakora for punjabi kadhi recipe

8. fry till the pakoras are crisp and golden.

frying pakora for punjabi kadhi recipe

9. remove the fried pakoras and place them on a kitchen paper towel so that extra oil is absorbed. fry the pakoras in batches this way. when done keep all of them aside.

frying pakora for punjabi kadhi recipe

c) making punjabi kadhi:

1. in another pan or kadai, heat 2 tbsp mustard oil. make sure to use a large bottomed pot so that while cooking, the kadhi does not spill.

heat oil to make kadhi recipe

2. add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 8 to 10 methi seeds/fenugreek seeds and a generous pinch of asafoetida/hing. allow the cumin seeds to crackle and the methi seeds to change their color. fry on a low flame, so that these spices do not get burnt.

cumin for punjabi kadhi recipe

3. add ⅓ cup chopped onion. stir and saute for 3 minutes on a low flame.

sauting onions for punjabi kadhi recipe

4. then add 1 tbsp chopped ginger/adrak, ¾ to 1 tbsp chopped garlic and 2 green chillies, chopped. stir and saute for a minute.

add ginger - making punjabi kadhi recipe

5. now add 8 to 10 curry leaves, 2 dry red chilies (halved or broken).

curry leaves for punjabi kadhi recipe

6. stir and saute for a minute on a low flame.

making punjabi kadhi recipe

7. then add the curd mixture.

add curd to make punjabi kadhi

8. stir very well.

simmer punjabi kadhi recipe

9. increase the flame to medium and bring the kadhi to a boil. keep on stirring often so that the bottom does not get browned. time taken to cook kadhi will be around 14 to 16 minutes.

simmer punjabi kadhi pakora recipe

10. after the kadhi comes to a boil, then lower the flame and simmer the kadhi for more 6 to 7 minutes. do stir the kadhi at times. the kadhi will thicken. if the kadhi becomes too thick, then add some hot water.

simmer punjabi kadhi pakora recipe

11. here is the kadhi ready now.

simmer punjabi kadhi pakora recipe

12. now add the onion pakoras in the kadhi. stir gently.

add pakoras to punjabi kadhi recipe

13. cover the kadhi with a lid and let the onion pakoras be soaked in the kadhi for 8 to 10 minutes.

making punjabi kadhi pakora recipe

14. lastly sprinkle some garam masala powder on the punjabi kadhi.

punjabi kadhi pakora recipe, punjabi kadhi recipe

garnish with coriander leaves & serve punjabi kadhi pakora hot with steamed rice or jeera rice, topped with few teaspoonfuls of ghee. you could also have kadhi with rotis or parathas. however the combo of kadhi chawal is very popular and taste very good.

punjabi kadhi recipe easy




213 thoughts on “punjabi kadhi recipe | punjabi kadhi pakora recipe | kadhi chawal recipe”

  1. Hi dassana,
    Thankyou for d recipe. It turned out awesome as usual.
    U r always a blessing to people like us.

    Thanx once again.
    Keep doing the good work.

  2. Hi please tellme.. can i use buttermilk instead of curd for making the kadhi.. please reply soon.. i m looking forward to make it today..

  3. hi i tried ur kadhi receipe…it came out very well thanku . ..everyone in my home liked it….but one doubt i felt it s little bit sweet ..may be because i prefer more spicy ..can i increase the red chilli powder and green chilli ..? and ur way of writing and explaining things is very good .and step by step procedure is very easy to adapt and time saving …

    1. yes pavithra, you can increase red chilli powder and green chili. punjabi kadhi has a sour taste. if sour curd is used, the taste is very good. with fresh curd, the taste changes and has a bit of sweetness. thanks pavithra.

  4. hello dassana,
    this recipe looks really delicious! as a vegan however, i was wondering if you think this recipe would work with cashew curd or coconut curd? i look forward to hearing back from you, thank you!

    1. coconut curd works very well. i remember one vegan friend making kadhis with coconut curd. i have made gravy based dishes with cashew curd, so i guess even cashew curd will work well.

  5. First, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your recipes and the step by step pictures! My husband is from India and I am good with recipes, so I have been able to learn to cook many Indian dishes from your website. Your kadhi recipe is excellent and my husband says it tastes really authentic. I have a question for you regarding what to do if you have a large group to cook for and you need to double or triple the recipe. Do you then double the spices as well or will that make it too spicy? Also for something that needs to be pressure cooked liked rajma masala or dal, do you double the water and the number of whistles required to pressure cook the beans or dal? I am not sure if you still reply to comments on this site, but if you do I would appreciate your suggestions! Thank you in advance and thank you again for all of the wonderful recipes!

    1. thanks marissa for this lovely feedback. when i need to double or triple any recipe, i use the system of approximation when adding ingredients. its called as ‘andaaz’ in india. basically just feeling and eyeballing the ingredients and then adding it. i do not double the spices or other ingredients. i rely on my feeling and intuition when cooking for crowds. doubling the ingredients works where there is a set proportion of ingredients like sweets or in baked food. but in curries or dals, the balance of the flavors and taste can go awry if ingredients are doubled.

      for pressure cooking, there is a proportion that is used. so yes double the amount of water. the number of whistles will increase and so the time will also increase, but these won’t be doubled. just some more whistles and time.

      i reply to all comments that we get 🙂. i hope i have managed to reply to all your queries.

  6. Hello mam I m going to try this…. 8 tbsp besan ,Tablespoon means the spoon with which we eat

    1. sonia, its not that tablespoon. there are specific measurement spoons available and both teaspoon and tablespoon are part of this set. instead just add 1/2 cup of besan. here the cup is also a measuring cup and not the cup in which we have tea or coffee.

  7. Dear Dassana I am in love with all your recipes. I am a great fan of your app and always suggest it to anyone who wants Indian vegetarian recipes. You have made me enjoy and love cooking. Wish you all the best. God bless.

  8. I tried this recipe today and it turned out to be the yummiest Kadhi ever. This is the first time I have tried making kadhi and Thanks to you for such easy and yummy recipe 😊 Loved it

  9. I have been thinking for a while now to thank u for the well crafted meticuluously pictographic recipes.Having never entered in a kitchen before and a sudden transfer to New York might have been a catastrophe but u are my saviour.I have already earned a lot of accolades and I know many more are underway.All thanks to you😊😊

  10. Hello dassana,
    I love your recipes, especially this kadhi recipe and the restaurant style rajma curry are my favourites. I learnt cooking mostly by reading your blogs. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful recipes.
    I would really appreciate and be grateful if you would-
    1) share some soya nuggets based recipes
    2) share some low calorie recipes for fitness freaks and weight watchers
    Looking forward to hearing from you. 🙂

    1. thanks geetha and welcome. i do use soy nuggets as they are over processed and do not have any nutritive value. some years back i had read an article on the way soy nuggets is made in india and the article went into detail as to how they are made. i am not able to trace this article online as many readers have asked me to share soy nugget recipe. in fact any recipe from soy nuggets is one of the most requested recipes that i get.

      i will try to add low calorie recipes. i have shared some already. you can check them here at this category of low fat recipe. though the recipes have less fat in them but calories are there 🙂 – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/recipes/low-fat-recipes/

  11. When I googled this recipe,i don’t know why I didnot see you at the too and for a sec I thought that”ok if this recipe is not by Dasanna,then I am not going to cook!”immediately I saw this recipe and now I am heading out to prepare it…Thankyou so much for such amazing recipes.It is a lot of work to maintain all this ..Thankyou for what you are doing and keep up your work.Thankyou once again

  12. Hi dassana , made it today following the recipe to the T . and if was wonderful . first time used mustard oil and its presence was felt in the curry making it yummy!!!! .thank u god bless u:)

  13. Hi

    Just wanted to express how grateful I am for your wonderful recipes. I have been married a while but never quite needed to cook, apart from the fancy party stuff. Your blog is Godsend for me, in more ways than you’d know how 🙂 from simple dals and veggies to the more complicated dishes, I have tried many recipes of yours, and they all come out perfect. Been meaning to write in to thank you for a while, but never did get around to it.

    So again, many many thanks 🙂 keep the blog going and the wonderful recipes coming. Cheers !

    1. Thanks a lot Shipra for this motivating feedback. I am happy to know that I could help you in learning cooking. Keep visiting the blog. Yes the blog will keep on running.

  14. Hi ur recipes r good simple. Thanks a lot for putting them up.
    Regards kadhi. Recipe..
    1.this amount will prepare less final kadhi.
    2. The water u have mentioned is less. It has to be at least 2 more glass so that kadhi is cooked for long time around 50 min.
    3. Also pl add …for the first boil keep on stirring to cook besan after that it can be simmered with occasional stirring till it thickens.

    May i please add the following as It might be useful for some people …… the way I cook is using minimum spices.i m a punjabi by the way.☺. My spice box has turmeric. ..salt… cumin which is jeera ….garam masala …red chilli powder which I use very less. Ginger garlic I add if I get time…I like putting coriander leaves which is dhania if I have them but generally do not get time always to wash them.
    So people even with very few spices one can cook very tasty food.
    I try to get good raw vegetables and also have realised when too much spices are put the real taste of that veggie is LOST….so my cooking is with minimal spices.
    Thank you once again for ur efforts for all work u do. .
    Bless you
    Regards
    A Vaid

    1. firstly thanks. this kadhi recipe is for 4 to 5 servings. so the amount of water added is fine. since its less amount, the amount of time taken to cook is also less as compared to kadhi made for 8 to 10 servings. i have added the point for the stirring often in step 9. will update in step 10 also.

      sure you can share your variations and methods. it will definitely help other readers too. i agree with few spices also tasty food can be made.

  15. I never had had kadhi before. But when I made it turned out to be awesome n a big favorite in my family. Thanks a lot

  16. Sudeshna Dutta Ghosh

    I made this kadhi for the first time and it was yumm.. My husband, friends they loved this preparation . I am from Kolkata and never had kadhi before but after having this i can say, i am in love with kadhi. Thank u so much.

  17. Hii Dassana,
    I tried this recipe and it turned out so well, my family loved it so much, that I end up preparing Kadhi almost every Sunday.
    Thanks for this lovely recipe. Your step by step presentation with pictures makes it really simple to understand and follow the process. Thanks once again and keep it up?

  18. Thanks dassana.
    I am working merchant

    navy as a cook.i am basically from south. I don’t have a real experience of making punjabi food. But now I got full of punjabi crews in my ship. Searching for recipes. I found your blog. It’s really good .tips and step by step pics makes very comfortable and confidential. Thank you dassana. .

  19. Thank you so much for he recipe. I made kadhi by referring to your recipe and my husband loved it. ?

  20. This was a great recipe however I trippled the turmeric powder to give the colour shown in the picture.
    Thanks

  21. Nidhi Maheshwari

    U hav not mentioned the time for which curry needs 2 b boiled as u ha just mentioned 6-7 minutes which is nt sufficent it needs to be boiled for atleast 40-45 minutes

    1. after the kadhi comes to a boil, it has to be simmered for 7 to 8 minutes. i will make it clear it in the post and update the time too. this recipe does not require 40 to 45 minutes as the quantity is not much.

  22. wow, very well explained.Step by step pics for cooking was wonderful experience.
    My mom used to make almost similar to this. As she is no more with us(died in Dec 2014), this recipe has come as blessing from her. Thanx for this awesome recipe of Punjabi Kadhi..

    1. we are sorry to hear about your mom may god give you the strength and courage to bear this loss. god bless you and thankyou for your kind words we are glad we could help you in some way.

  23. Pics looks great. Can’t wait to try!

    How much amchoor powder do we add for this recipe? Thanks in advance.

  24. Hi Dassana, again a very lovely recipe. I have tried this and my family is in love with this dish. Just wanted to ask if I could add a little ajwain to the kadi during tadka. My so who used to not eat kadhi has started eating this.

  25. Hi! The presentation and method is great , however , in Punjab we don’t use curry leaves in traditional kadhi . Instead we like kasuri methi to flavour it

  26. Hai, I have tried your recipe and it came out very nice, my hubby loved it. Thankyou

  27. Just a perfect example of professionalism. The introduction, the incredible pictures, the ingredients, the process and the wonderful finesse for people like me who have a short memory. Hey, the list of ingredients was there for the picking at the end. Can it get better than this?. Ha!, I am too busy relishing the dish.

  28. Your recipes are easy and explained to the T . Thanks . Have made some veggies from your site and I must say that it’s tasty.

  29. Hi dassana, I love all ur recepies n m glad that I am able to follow your step by step clear instructions…u r doing a great job
    .just want to know the proportion if making the kadhi for 4 people with lassi..

  30. hey!!!the kadhi recipe came out very tempting but it’s too thick!!!!
    what shall i do guests are coming in 2 hrs?????

  31. Hi dassana!!

    I follow your recipes and always find good results. My kadhi turned a little sweet. What could be the reason and how can I improve this??

  32. Hi Dassana …Your recipes are awesum..hv tried out your Kadhai Paneer,Wadi Lauki ,Gajar matar and many others an dit turns out well everytyime..Thanks 2 ur clear explanation 🙂

    Just wanted to add a few comments on the Kadhi
    1. In my in laws place ,we add a pinch of ajwain while tempering .This lends a unique flavour
    2. After the curry is done, we temper dry chili,ghee, jeera powder and a pinch of red chili powder in a wok and add that to the curry. It adds taste as well as flavour

    1. thanks angshu for the feedback on the recipes. also thanks for sharing your tips. it will help the readers too. ajwain is new to me. i will try adding ajwain next time. i know about the second tempering part. i am sure it will definitely make the kadhi more flavorful.

  33. I love kadhi – although I only make the gujarati kadhi- I never knew how punjabis make theirs but my kadhi always tends to curdle in the US, especially if I try to bring to a boil. Do you have a remedy for that? Thanks.
    P.S. I am going to have to the try the punjabi kadhi one of these days! It looks yummy!

  34. Hi Dassana, I live in New Zealand and was so excited to try out your Punjabi Kadhi recipe!

    Beautifully illustrated and excellently well written out recipe. Was so easy to follow. You have me hooked now. Can’t wait to try out some of your other recipes. Looking for a good palak paneer one which am sure you have.

    Just made the Kadhi and it’s come out so well. Thank you for making it so easy to follow.

    Cheers
    Anita

  35. One of my favourite… n ur recipe is awesome… just a little suggestion… i usually give a tarka of oil, whole red chillies, zeera and curry leaves right after adding pakoras… adds to aroma n taste

  36. you could make the pakoras softer by adding a spoon of curd while mixing. this is from personal experience. the pakoras come out very soft

  37. Made the pakora curry and it came out amazing. Just like my in-laws make in India!! And the method for making pakoras worked out fabulously. Far better than dipping individualy in batter. Easier. Tastier too!!

  38. I tried it came out v well. everyone at home too liked it. curry gets ready in few minutes. Its of late its one of the most sought after curries. thanks alot. keep going….

  39. I like your recipe. I live in surinam, south amerika and want to make kadhi. Here they make it without curd but we put slices of green mango in the dal to make it sour.

  40. divya deep chawla vaishnav

    Its same recipe the way my mom cook dassana . loved it . you have not mentioned the proportion of curd to be mixed with one cup of besan.so would like to know fine proportion of curd besan and water

    1. i made the curd with half litre milk. i have not measured it in cups or grams. but i think it should be around 250 gms of curd. so the amount of besan and water is same as mentioned in the recipe. also when cooking, the besan and water can always be adjusted. you can always add more besan or water to the kadhi.

      1. Hi Dassana,

        Its been 4 months I have been cooking. You n my mom has been my guide for cooking anything n everything I feel like eating. Love ur recepies for their simplicity n amazing taste. I ve tried Punjabi kadhi pakoda, many other curries, chutney recepies from you. Cooking has got added to d list of my hobbies. Thank you so much for making me capable of cooking n eating anything I want.

        1. thats so sweet rajashri. feeling good to read your comment. also it feels nice that cooking has been added to your list of hobbies. really it inspires & encourages me when i get comments like yours 🙂

  41. Hey, I’m a huge fan!!! Urs is the site I open first thing in the morning before I decide what to cook for both our tiffins.

    I’m gonna try your punjabi kadhi today.

    Just one more thing, off late when I open ur site some requests for mobile downloads keep popping up and redirect me to some other page. It just keeps discouraging me to use the site on my mobile. Not sure if it’s the advertisements. Pls take a look.

    Thanks,
    Deeksha

    1. thanks deeksha for the positive feedback. about the popup we are not aware of this issue. thanks for letting us know. we will check it and try to solve it soon. we appreciate your feedback.

  42. Thx for the recipe.. came out really yummy..the way my mil used to make 🙂 However I had to add 3 cups more water to adjust to 1 cup besan.

  43. We tried it at home… Its awesome!! Just mind blowing…
    Thank you a lot for the step wise details…
    Its really yummy!!
    -to the person who posted this delicious recipe…

  44. I love you! your day to day easy recipes are awesome. I know many of these already but learning them from some one else’s style is always awesome. keep it up

  45. Two days back, I was tempted to make kadhi and after a tips from a Gujarati family, I tried and bitterly failed, as it was testing like something else. I checked up with a catering personal, and his recipe also not test like Kadhi. Only after reading your recipe, I could know where I was wrong. Thanks a lot and kip it up.

    With Regards

    B.D.Patro

  46. I was searching for the authentic north Indian Kadhi recipe. Than I found your recipe with great pictures. Though I am from north India but living in America since long time. It is hard to find Kadhi on the menu in indian restaurants in USA. Some times it is sold as ready to eat frozen packets in some Indian /Pakistani grocery stores, but do not taste good and often loaded with preservatives. So I decided to follow your recipe and I am glad every one in the family enjoyed it. But I only have one comment as I think in authentic north Indian kadhi they do not add curry leaves (Kadhi patta), even jeera and garlic. Even I have tasted kadhi seasoned with fried onion in north indian homes. But Dasanaji thanks for your recipe with pictures.

    1. welcome sanjeev for this positive feedback and your inputs. i agree with you that curry leaves are not added as they are not easily available in the north india. but my mil adds the curry leaves as she has access to a curry leaves tree near by and it is good for digestion also. about garlic and jeera i am not sure.. but they are added in many north indian and punjabi recipes.

  47. actually meri wife apne maike gaye hai, so Mujhe khane ki problem ho rahi thi. Roz Roz kya banaye Phir socha kadi banaye jaye or recipe search ki to aapki recipe mili. to mene socha yahi best hai kyunki jab pics dekhne me itni tasty Dikh rahi hai to khane me Kitni tasty hogi. then finally maine as per ur instructions kadi banaye and my god it’s very tasty.
    thanks Dasana for this.

  48. I want to thank you! We enjoyed the kadhi. I made it as a part of Blogging Marathon for Indian Sates. I wanted to thank you for the recipe and tell you that I have credited it back to you when it goes live on 23rd. Thanks a lot.

  49. I made ur kadhi yesterday…n it was really mind blowing. Thank u so much for this amazing recipe.

  50. Hi dassana, I started learning to cook a few months back and I always try and search for ur receipes,however I wanted to make Sindhi kadhi so wanted to Know if u can help me wid ur receipe 🙂

  51. Thanks … Kadhi was great. Pakoda not done properly (my mistake only.. i think besan was lil extra). Still half of pakoda i finished even before preparation of kadhi.

    Tomorrow i am going to try Dal Makhni !!

  52. Hi.
    I am a keralite, non vegetarian, presently in Abu Dhabi, UAE living as a marriged bachelor. For a change, i decided to be a vegetarian for 41days (from 16 november to 26 Dec).Each day i made a different vegetarian North Indian item with good success rate and completed 31 days and now my options are almost over. this morning i thought of trying kadi pakoda this evening. On my first search i got this link. Dassana, I loved your lovely joyful narration & pics and decided to post my comment, defenitely i will try this evening as i already have all the ingredients.

    1. i made the curd at home using 500 ml full fat milk. its about 2 to 2.25 cups of curd. i have heard about greek yogurt and its very thick. thats what i know. have never tried making anything with it. you can try making the kadhi with greek yogurt.

  53. This recepie sounds good. I have my own khadhi pakora recepie which is slightly different. I add cilantro/fresh dhania to my curd before putting on the pot. Try that it tastes good.

  54. What I have eaten in my childhood in our house and a few other Punjabi households, is quite different
    a. The pakoras were invariably plain ‘besan’ (chickpea flour) and not with onions
    b. The tadka (tempering) did not use garlic, only ginger.
    c. The curry leaf was unknown in the Punjab and hence not used.
    However, the recipe is very good, notwithstanding my comments.

    1. there are many variations of the pakora. the kadhi or yogurt sauce is more or less the same in all households. in our very much punjabi home, the pakoras are always made with onions. for the tadka too we use both ginger and garlic. and the curry leaf part is my mother in law’s added secret ingredient in the recipe. though when we don’t get curry leaves, we don’t add them.

  55. I tried this before but today I made it as per instructions
    The flavor from onions and garam Masala was really yummy

    ur pics speak a thousand words

    Thanks for inspiring me

    Lakshmi

  56. Dear Dassana,

    I made Kadhii-pakora yesterday at home as per your recipe. I received lots of appreciation from family members (Specially from my wife) and neighbors. Thanks a lot.

    Keep Cooking,

  57. how long should I cook the Kadhi ?

    I make Kadhi in same manner. but it does not turn out tasty

    1. you will have to cook till the whole kadhi comes to a boil and them simmer on a low or medium flame for 8-10 minutes or more till the kadhi thickens. the punjabi kadhi should thicken and the flavors should all be mingled with each other.

  58. oh hello Dassana, i stumbled upon yr site by chance, looking 4 kadhi-pakora, n am glad i did. yr ‘WALK ME THRU THE RECIPE” style with gr8 pics is fab, am goin to try kadhi tom. i look 4ward to chking out more recipes frm u, in next few days. i hav a question– for punjabi kadhi, can i use the whey liquid leftover after making butter from malai?if so, how much to use, n do i still hav to add dahi to it? i hav a large amt of it n dont know what to do with it. any other suggestions? pls let me know asap. thnx, Shobhini. (since i am talking to u for the 1st time, happy new yr to u.)

    1. thanks shobhini. you can use the buttermilk. but it has to be sour. if its not sour, then you can add some curd to make it sour. basically the consistency has to like that of chaas.

      the buttermilk can be flavored with ginger/mint/roasted cumin powder/black salt and had as a cooling drink. you can also make khandvi (a gujarati dish) or even dhokla with it. other options are to add it to the atta or paratha dough instead of water. buttermilk can be added to cakes and breads and they give a nice texture. lastly you can make buttermilk biscuits. happy new year to you too.

      1. Hi Dassana, I was searching for the recipe of khandvi in your website and just got this recipe as a result as you have mentioned it in your comment below. Could you please put up that recipe, if and when possible? I would really appreciate that! Thanks so much!

  59. Hi Dassana
    Mouthwatering photos. Will surely try this out. Infact being a South Indian I love North Indian food. Tks

  60. hi dassana

    I made your kadhi yesterday again and it tasted sooo delicious as i remembered my mom when she used to make this kadhi chawal. This time instead of onion pakoras i made mixed veg pakoras and dipped in the kadhi. It was so tasty and good for my luch box also as summers have set in good for our tummy also.
    ur site is a saviour.

    thanks and take care

    1. thanks sunita for trying the kadhi recipe and also commenting back on the post. the kadhi goes well with any pakoras. in fact i have made it with palak pakora too. kadhi is excellent for the summer. some more curd recipes are waiting to be posted.

  61. Hello, I made this yesterday,,the pictures are really helpful ,,,Awesome recipes…Kadhi was simple and very tasty,,thank u v much ,,Keep posting pls.

  62. HI DASSANA

    happy new to yr 2 u and i tried out this recipe as i had invited my neighbours for lunch and was wondering what veg to make my goodness dassana it turned out so good good that everyone was asking for more the next day. thanks a lot dassana kepp posting lovely recipes

    lv sunita

    1. happy new year to you too sunita.

      i feel good that the punjabi kadhi turned out great. i have made a new year resolution to post at least 2 or 3 recipes a week. i hope i can follow it.

      1. 2-3 recipes a week wow thats a good bonus for all of us no worries for cooking veg food.
        thanks again. Can you give the recipe of palak paneer this whole season of winter i cudnt make the reason for not having a proper delicious recipe. As my hubby loves palak paneer.
        Will wait for the recipe thanks again

        lv sunita

        1. i hope i can somehow manage to keep 2-3 recipes going per week. i plan to make palak paneer, but a little later.

  63. Happy new year to you Dassana and to Amit,
    Love your website, very well presented with your step by step pictures. Looks delicious. Yam Yam.. With love, Tamara

    1. hey tamara… happy new year to you. hope you are good.

      thanks for your positive comments tamara. take care and be in touch.

      love
      dassana

  64. Hey Dassana, great post and real authentic recipe, loved your step by step pics…really easy for people to understand and follow….

  65. Many thanks for your wonderful, lovingly made site. Your combination of description & photos is entrancing—the photos are very helpful in their detail and some are very beautiful just as photos.

    I visited here for the first time today and look forward to trying many of the recipes!

  66. It is a very good authentic recipe.only I have eaten at panjabi families and
    they add big cardmom ,Clove and cinnamon as well.

    1. even this punjabi kadhi, i had for the first time at my punjabi sasural and was simply bowled over by the kadhi. at home in the kadhi we generally do not add whole garam masala. thats why we add garam masala powder.

      but one can add whole garam masala if garam masala powder is not available.

  67. Excellent recipe! Easy to follow. I will definitely be trying this recipe over the week-end and recommend it to my friends. Thanks so much.

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