Rajasthani Kadhi

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Rajasthani Kadhi Recipe with step by step photos. Rajasthani kadhi is a spiced curd sauce that can be had plain or served with steamed basmati rice or cumin rice.

rajasthani kadhi

It is a very easy, delicious & quick kadhi recipe. The recipe does not take much time to make as no pakoras are added to it. Another good thing is that you don’t need to chop any veggies like onions etc to make this Rajasthani kadhi.

Kadhi is a spiced curd based sauce and is thickened with gram flour (besan). kadhis are naturally cooling as they are made with curd (yogurt) and is excellent during the summers and often made in North Indian homes.

I make this version of Rajasthani kadhi when I want to make something quick to go along with rice or rotis. There is another version in which pakoras or lentil fritters are added.

In Punjabi kadhi recipe, also pakoras are added. Addition of pakoras makes the kadhi more filling and delicious but at the same time, it requires more effort and time to prepare the dish.

If you want to make kadhi without pakoras then you can try this Rajasthani kadhi or Maharashrian kadhi or the Gujarati kadhi. The Gujarati kadhi has sugar or jaggery added to it & thus has a light sweet taste. Both Rajasthani and Gujarati kadhis are a no onion no garlic recipes.

I usually serve the kadhi with steamed basmati rice or jeera rice. You can also serve it with rotis or peas pulao or even with veg pulao.

How to make Rajasthani kadhi

1. Firstly in a pan take 1 cup sour curd. Use full-fat curd.

full fat curd in a pan

2. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons besan (gram flour).

adding besan to yogurt

3. Then add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and salt as required.

adding turmeric powder to bowl

4. Add 2 cups of water.

adding water to kadhi mixture

5. With a wired whisk or madani (wooden churner) mix everything well till smooth. There should be no lumps of besan.

mixing Rajasthani kadhi mixture

6. Now keep the pan on the stovetop.

cooking Rajasthani kadhi mixture

7. Keep the flame to a low or low-medium and begin to cook the kadhi.

cooking Rajasthani kadhi

8. Keep stirring at intervals.

cooking Rajasthani kadhi

9. And let the kadhi come to a boil.

cooking Rajasthani kadhi

10. continue to simmer even after the kadhi comes to a boil.

making Rajasthani kadhi

11. Do keep on stirring at intervals and cook for 12 to 15 minutes on a low to low-medium flame. There should be no raw taste of besan in the kadhi. The kadhi will also thicken by the time it is cooked. Cover and keep aside.

cooked Rajasthani kadhi

Making tempering for Rajasthani kadhi

1. Heat 2 tablespoons ghee or oil in a small pan or tadka pan.

oil in a tadka pan

2. Add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds.

adding mustard seeds to pan

3. Next add 1 tej patta (Indian bay leaf). let the mustard seeds crackle.

adding 1 tej patta to oil

4. Then add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

adding cumin

5. Once the cumin seeds splutter, then add ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana).

making tempering for Rajasthani kadhi

6. Add 2 dry red chilies. Fry for a few seconds till the red chilies change their color.

tempering for Rajasthani kadhi

7. Switch off the flame and add ½ teaspoon red chilli powder. Shake the pan or mix with a spoon.

tempering for Rajasthani kadhi

8. Immediately pour the tempering in the kadhi. Cover and let the tempering flavors infuse with the kadhi.

adding tempering to Rajasthani kadhi

9. After 5 to 6 minutes, Serve Rajasthani kadhi with rotis or steamed rice or even with veg pulao.

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rajasthani kadhi

Rajasthani Kadhi

Rajasthani kadhi is a spiced curd sauce that can be had plain or served with steamed basmati rice or cumin rice.
4.87 from 22 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Cuisine Indian, Rajasthani
Course Main Course
Servings 2 to 3


for kadhi mixture

  • 1 cup sour full fat curd (khatta dahi or yogurt)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons besan (gram flour)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt as required

for tempering

  • 2 tablespoons oil or 2 tablespoons ghee
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 dry red chilies - kept whole or halved and seeds removed


making rajasthani kadhi

  • Mix the above mentioned kadhi ingredients including salt, till smooth in a pan. Use a wired whisk to stir. No lumps should be there.
  • Keep on a low flame and stirring at intervals simmer and cook for  12 to 15 minutes till the gram flour or besan gets cooked and the kadhi thickens a bit.
  • The consistency of the kadhi is neither thick nor thin.
  • Keep aside covered.

tempering rajasthani kadhi

  • Heat oil or ghee in a small pan. Add the mustard seeds along with the bay leaf first.
  • Let the mustard seeds start popping & crackling.
  • Then add cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds. Stir and add red chilies and asafoetida.
  • Fry for a few seconds till the red chilies darken a bit. Switch off the flame.
  • Add the red chili powder and stir. Immediately pour this tempering into the kadhi.
  • Cover and let the tempering flavors infuse with the kadhi.
  • After 5 to 6 mins, stir and serve rajasthani kadhi hot with phulkas, steamed rice or jeera rice.


  • To make the kadhi gluten free, skip the asafoetida (hing).

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Rajasthani Kadhi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 749 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 171mg7%
Potassium 1502mg43%
Carbohydrates 90g30%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1175IU24%
Vitamin C 65.3mg79%
Calcium 222mg22%
Iron 7.9mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I am a newbie in cooking. I tried this recipe first time yesterday..it came out very well. Taste was awesome. My husband liked it very much. Its simple and easy to follow your recipes and cook . I enjoyed cooking it. Thanks a lot!5 stars

  2. Hi Dassana,
    I have been a fan of your recipes for a long time. I tried both your Punjabi and Rajasthani kadhi recipes. Loved both of them. My mom found your Rajasthani recipe awesome. So, I am cooking it once again today :-).5 stars

  3. I love Kadhi ,but never dared to make it, Going to try it tonight. Hope it turns out well. Thanks a lot for your constant motivation and publishing the recipes. Your smile is so genuine and makes me look at the website for every small thing. I am a visual learner and quite relate to what is shown rather than just reading the recipe. To an extent, my husband also refers to the images posted.

    Pearl4 stars

    1. thank you pearl. i am sure you will like the kadhi. i am also a visual learner and thus this helps me while adding recipes. thanks again.

  4. Hi, i tried making kadhi by your recipe, however, the fenugreek turned bitter.. did i do something wrong in the preparation..5 stars

    1. Kritika, the kadhi is not bitter. did you used ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds only? by teaspoon i mean the standard measuring spoon. some people make mistake here.

  5. Hi….I have been following ur receipes for sometime…I m 36 years old everytime I make the kadhi it wud cuddle up I. E phatjana….I m a north indian married to SouthIndian so my in laws don’t know to make besan kadhi…I have always wanted to eat Khichdi and khadi….Today I followed the receipe step up with measuring cups and I must say “GOD Bless U guys” finally without wasting I had kadhi….Made by me….Thanks alot….5 stars

    1. Welcome Namita. Glad to know that you liked the kadhi recipe. Thanks for your positive feedback and the best wishes.

  6. This is such a nostalgic recipe. I make it exactly like this but for tempering I use mustard oil like how my mom and grandmother would.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you earnestly for all the pains you take to maintain such a wonderful site. I love the layout, photography, the ease of navigation and clarity of instructions. It is a true treasure trove of homestyle Indian cuisine. What I like most about your recipes is that they can be so easily adapated- I don’t consume onion/garlic, and your recipes provide an excellent foundation for modification without sacrificing on taste.
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    1. thats a lovely as well as encouraging comment. thanks a lot for your kind words. i do feel good and motivated to share more recipes. thanks again.

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    1. thanks a lot aakriti. nice to read your comment. wish you all the best in your life.

  8. Hello, the part when you said to keep aside covered (kadhi) do you switch off the flame before putting in the tharka into the kadhi and when you do, do you switch off flame for when flavour is infused for 5-6 mins? I got confused there lol5 stars

    1. the kadhi has to be done before tadka is added. so once the kadhi is thickened, then switch off the flame. cover and keep aside. then start preparing the tadka. the kadhi has to be hot, when you add the tadka. when the tadka is done, add it to the kadhi. cover and let the flavors infuse.

  9. Just cooked this yesterday, it was absolutely delicious! Parents were praising the taste and were very happy. Thank you so much for your easy methods, I enjoyed making this <3 Tasty

    1. glad you and your parents liked the rajasthani kadhi recipe. you are welcome and thanks for kind words 🙂

  10. I really love the way you cook.Need to cook this recipe for my son.Can we replace Besan with something else as my son is allergic to it.

    God bless…:)

    1. jyoti traditionally besan is used for the rajasthani curry however you could try using wheat flour but not sure how the outcome would be? thankyou

      1. To substitute besan,you can use yellow moong dal. Just soak it for 3-4 hours,grind it and follow the same recipe 🙂

  11. Hi Dassana, I tried this today and I thought it was good. However, my flatmate who is a Rajasthani said she could taste the curd separately and that it should cook more. She said there are people who cook the kadi for 30 mins or more. Is that so? What is your suggestion?

    Thanks again. I’m a devotee of Lord Krishna and practically all your recipes are used to prepare bhoga for Him at home. This is loads of gratitude for you all the way from Atlanta, USA! Hare Krishna!

    Divya5 stars

    1. hi divya, in any kadhi, the curd should not taste separately. that means more cooking and simmering was required. your friend is right. cooking time varies with the type and quality of pan, intensity of flame etc. the final check is always the taste. kadi can be cooked for longer period, but thats only when you make it in larger proportions. here we are just using 1 cup of curd. so 30 minutes will be too much for cooking this amount of kadhi. when we were living in a joint family, we used to make kadhi from 500 grams to 1 kg curd and here we would cook punjabi kadhi for 30 to 45 minutes. so depending on the proportions, the time will vary.

      thats so nice to hear from you. i feel blessed that the recipes are being used to prepare bhog for lord krishna. thank you very much divya. feels really good.

      hare krishna

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    1. welcome saumya. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes.

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