Kadhi Pakora – A Flavorful Curry Delight

Ingredients for Kadhi:

  • 1 cup yogurt (plain, whisked)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour (besan)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 green chilies (slit)
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (carrots, beans, bell peppers – chopped)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Ingredients for Pakoras:

  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 green chili (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • Water (as needed for batter consistency)
  • Cooking oil (for frying)



1. Prepare the Pakoras:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine gram flour, chopped onion, green chili, cumin seeds, red chili powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gradually add water to form a thick, smooth batter. Make sure the batter is not too runny.
  • Heat cooking oil in a deep pan over medium heat.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crispy. Remove the pakoras and drain excess oil on a paper towel. Set aside.
2. Prepare the Kadhi:
  • In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt and gram flour together until smooth, ensuring no lumps remain.
  • Heat oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, and green chilies. Sauté for a minute until the spices release their aroma.
  • Lower the heat and add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Cook for another minute.
  • Pour the yogurt-gram flour mixture into the saucepan, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Add water to adjust the consistency, and bring it to a gentle simmer.
  • Add the chopped mixed vegetables and cook until they become tender and the kadhi thickens.
3. Combine Kadhi and Pakoras:
  • Gently drop the prepared pakoras into the simmering kadhi. Let them soak in the flavors for a few minutes.
4. Serve:
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and serve the delectable Kadhi Pakora with steamed rice or hot chapatis.

Enjoy the delightful Kadhi Pakora, a scrumptious and comforting curry that harmoniously blends the richness of yogurt and spices with the crispiness of pakoras!

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