Punjabi Kadi Pakoras - Indian Cooking Challenge for September ~ Step By Step Recipe!

>>  Friday, October 15, 2010

After all that sweets and savories, I thought it should be a gravy for the Indian Cooking Challenge this month. I always have been wanting to make Kadhi Pakoras famous dish from Punjab! Kadi Pakodas are those fried dumpling soaked in a yogurt based gravy.

So I pinged Lataji to ask if she has anything in mind. She suggested Khandvi, then when I said why don't we try Kadhi Pakoras, she even searched back her repository and sent a Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe.Then I remembered Simmi and asked her if her Mom has a recipe for this. Before I could even ask, Simmi said she has a killer dish! Now that got so much interesting.

Lataji even tried it immediately for her lunch and mailed me saying it was just very delicious. Now that is going to be some wonderful change.

Lets see the recipe in step by step

Making the Pakoras:

Take the Besan along with salt, chili powder in a bowl. Have the onions all chopped and ready
Slowly add water to get a lump less batter

Then add the onions and mix well.

you can scoop out the fritters with spoon and whisk well
Heat a pan with oil enough to deep fry the pakodas. Scoop out with spoon just enough to make medium sized pakoras.

Once they are cooked on both sides, drain them to a kitchen towel.

Making the Kadi

Get all the ingredients together.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a non stick pan. Add a tsp each of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, carom seeds and methi. Let splutter for a few seconds.

 Then add chopped onions.
 Stir till it is well browned.

 Make a paste with yogurt and besan, then mix with water to make a very thin batter. Pour in the yogurt/besan batter to the pan.

 add turmeric powder, salt

 and red chilli powder

 Stir everything well.
 Ensure it is all mixed well.

 you can get both the pakodas and kadi get going together.

 Finally add garam masala
just before removing from stove add the pokodas, bring to boil

Serve it with either rotis or rice

Punjabi Kadi Pakoras
Source: Simran of Bombay Foodie

Ingredients Needed:

For Pakoras:

Besan / Chickpea Flour - 1/2 cup
Onions - 1 medium
Salt to taste
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil for Deep frying

For Kadi

Curds / Yogurt - 1 cup
Besan/ chickpea flour - 1/3 cup
Water - 3 - 4 cups
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds- 1 tsp
Ajwain/ Carom Seeds- 1 tsp
Methi / Fenugreek seeds- 1 tsp
Onion -1 large
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Red Chili powder - 1/2 tsp

Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Amchur/ Dried Mango powder - 1 tsp

Method to prepare:

For the Pakoras

Slice onions length wise. In a bowl, take the chickpea flour, add salt, red chili powder. Make a batter with water to get a semi thick consistency.

Heat a pan/ kadai with oil. When it is hot, dip onions in the batter and gently drop into the hot oil. Deep fry until crispy.

Drain and keep aside.

For the kadhi

Make a paste with yogurt and besan, then mix with water to make a very thin batter.

Heat a tbsp of oil. Add a tsp each of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, carom seeds and methi. Let splutter for a few seconds.

Add onion slices, fry till they turn light brown.

Pour in the yogurt/besan batter, add turmeric powder, salt and red chilli powder.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for at least half an hour.

Keep stirring occasionally.

When you feel it is pretty thick, add the reserved pakoras, bring to boil. Add garam masala and Amchur powder to the gravy just before removing from stove.

Notes from Simran.:

She says this gravy needs to be stirred occasionally but otherwise you can leave it on its own to get cooked.

The kadhi has to be fairly thick - if you've had a thin, watery kadhi then it will be the Gujarati version. For a hearty Punjabi one,make it thick.

To all my ICC members, please link your Punjabi Kadi Pakoras post to Mr. Linky.


Scraps October 15, 2010 at 9:42 PM  

Loved this recipe--can hardly wait to see what we get to try for next month!

Oh, and I found a fantastic Indian grocery in town, finally--no more wonky substitutions!

Ambika October 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM  

Hey Valli! just posted my link...thanks for the wonderful challenge :)

kanthi October 15, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

Its a wonderful recipe sri valli..looks great.

Smitha October 15, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

Love the step by step...It came out really yummy love it...thanx for the challenge!

myspicykitchen October 15, 2010 at 10:07 PM  

Nice pick Valli! Loved the kadhi

meeso October 15, 2010 at 10:13 PM  

This post made me hungry!

harini-jaya October 15, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

I enjoyed making and my whole family enjoyed eating it! Thx for picking this for the challenge.

lata raja October 15, 2010 at 10:41 PM  

However do you get time to take and upload as many pictures? Kadhi Looks relish. October 15, 2010 at 11:48 PM  

Lovely tasty looking kadhi.This challenge was perfect and I really enjoyed making it.

G.Pavani October 16, 2010 at 12:35 AM  

it came really very delicious..every liked in the house.

Srivalli October 16, 2010 at 1:18 AM  

Thanks guys for the quick response, I am off to check out your posts!..

Lataji thanks I guess I am crazy..:)..but love doing this

Nutan October 16, 2010 at 3:27 AM  

Love recipe. It tasted so awesome! I have posted the link.

PJ October 16, 2010 at 5:59 AM  

HI Srivalli,just linked the post.Waiting or the next challenge :)

Rachana October 16, 2010 at 10:58 AM  

Hi Srivalli,
I'm really happy I could participate in the Sept ICC challenge, since I missed it last couple of months. Waiting for the next challenge.

veena krishnakumar October 17, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

hi srivalli

wow!! this looks so tempting. BEEN late in posting this month's challenge too. sorry. will post it by tomorow

veena krishnakumar October 18, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

thanks srivalli, finally linked my post:-)

Madhavi October 18, 2010 at 9:50 PM  


I reposted my link ,pls check it out

By seeing your kadi pakoras , i felt like eating in kadi only . very nice and yummy

Jayasri Ravi October 21, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

Hi valli, thanks andi, recipe Bhaaga undi, sorry for posting it so late, Valli I made few dishes to your kids entry too, but could never post it, I am so sorry I could not post it on time, will check out your next event on kids. I did not want to miss this as I had missed two of them already.
Ooops, I would have missed out to say this, your step by step pics are lovely these days, and lovely clicks too..

Pug1 November 1, 2010 at 9:24 PM  

I'd like to join your cooking challenge.

thanks michele

Malini November 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

Sri, my post got deleted and I am unable to post my URL in the linky...sending the link here...

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