Monday, April 16, 2012

Kadhi Pakodi/Pakora(Baked Gram flour dumplings in Yogurt Sauce)


Kadhi Pakodi or pakora whatever name you call, is an Indian side dish made with tangy yogurt and besan(split chick pea) flour with spices and fried besan and onion dumplings and normally served with steaming hot rice and clarified butter(ghee).  Believe me they taste so good by itself or with hot cooked quinoa mixed with some ghee or even finger millet flat breads. What ever the main dish is this side dish is heavenly.  I love fried food but I  make fried snacks very rarely and try to bake or use the Aebleskiver Pan as the alternate method of cooking. Believe me the dumplings after they are soaked in the Kadhi, you cannot make out if it is fried or baked.

Now coming to the recipe, I used to have a Nanny couple of years back when I used to work full time. She is a Gujarati and was from Mumbai and  used to run a Catering business before she moved here with her Daughter. She was so  well versed in different Indian regional  dishes and I surely learned a lot of cooking from her. This is one of her recipe. Thank you Nirupama Ben if you happen to read this post.

Preparation Time – 10 Minutes

Cooking Time – 30 Minutes

Serves – 4


For Pakora

Onion - 1 Big
Red Chili powder 1/2 tsp or to taste
Salt - 1/3 Tsp or to taste
Besan - 1 Cup
Water - About 3/4 th Cup
Oil - 1 Tbsp


Sour Yogurt - 1 Cup
Besan - 1/3 Cup
Turmeric powdder - 1 Tsp
Salt - 1 Tsp
Red Chili powder - 1 Tsp
Garam Masala powder - 3/4 Tsp
Ghee - 1 Tsp
curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1/2 Tsp
Methi seeds - 1/2 Tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 Tsp
Water - 3 Cups


Ghee - 1 Tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 Tsp
Red chili - 2
Red chili powder - 1/2 Tsp


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1) Preheat baking oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Mix the onion, salt, red chili powder and besan and grease your hands with the oil and pour the
rest of the oil in the flour mixture.

2) Take small balls of the mixture and place it in the baking tray and bake for 15 Minutes each side, by turning in between.

3) While the pakoras are baking let us get the kadhi prepared. Mix besan, red chili powder, asafoetida powder, turmeric powder, salt and make a smooth lump free paste. Using a whisk mix this mixture and then add the water and keep this mixture ready.

4) Heat a pan, add 1 Tsp of ghee and once it is hot add the mustard seeds, after they stop crackling
add the methi seeds and after they slightly brown add the curry leaves.

5) Now pour the besan mixture and slightly simmer in low to medium heat till the besan is well cooked and
the kadhi comes to a boiling point, now add the garam masala and the dumplings and simmer it for 4-5 minutes.

6) Heat a tsp of ghee once it is hot add the cumin seeds, red chili and red chili powder and pour on top of the kadhi and serve hot.

Note - You can add bay leaves, thinly sliced onions and garlic in step 4. But for some reason, I prefer it this way.



Priti said...

Yum ...can eat this every day ...looks fab

Sobha Shyam said...

lovely recipe, baked pakoras sounds great..nice and healthy kadhi :)

Rasi said...

i love this kadhi pakodi.. during my PG days, we used to have the local bhaiyas get them for lunch & i would just have their food for this :)

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Reva said...

Very traditional flavourful dish..:)The colour looks fabulous..

Prathibha said...

Delicious n healthy it

Lavanya T R said...

Looks delicious and colourful

Charu Srivastava said...

luks yummilicious !!!

Poonam Borkar said...

looks absolutely delicious..drooling here!!

jeyashrisuresh said...

baking the pakodi is a healthy idea, nicely done

Kanchan said...

I love this dish .. not prepared often. yours look lovely too.

Priya said...

Its been a while i had kadhi pakodi,makes me hungry..

Shobha said...

I love this kadhi with pakodis.. it's really so tasty with the spicy tadka.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

really baking the pakodis makes it more healthy...I need some rice now to finish off this bowl

Hamaree Rasoi

Suchi said...

The curry looks awesome...this was part of my hostel food, hated it then, but now feeling nostalgic...thanks for the recipe....bookmarking this :-)

radha said...

With kichidi it would be just great.

faseela said...

awesome n yummy recipe....

sm said...

tasty kadhi

Madhu said...

Beautiful color of the kadhi and your baked version is so healthy

Kanan said...

I always love pakoda kadhi. yours look delicious

Indulge said...

I love Pakora kadhi. Thanks for the pan info, have been using it in a lot of recipes now.
Love Ash.

Srimathi said...

i am so happy to see this post. My friends mother-in-law just gave me a a big dabba of kadhi pakoda and I liked it. Thanks for this recipe.

maha said...

lovely!.can imagine the taste.......must be really really good.

Julie said...

Delicious kadhi,beautiful color..had lots when I was in Delhi:-)

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Sravs said...

That's very inviting curry !! looks wonderful !!.

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R said...

looks absolutely delicious! the baked pakodas makes it even more tempting!


Healthy and tempting baked pakoda kadhi...Thanks for sharing with us...Wonderful clicks...

Vimitha Anand said...

Looks so creamy and would be perfect with rice

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

I love pakodi kadhi and the fact that the pakodis are baked makes it so much better...very yum

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

baked pakoras! wow... thats so healthy love this idea

Gayathri Anand said...

loved ur method of baking the pakoda ...Healthy kadhi

Loveforfood said...

This looks delicious! I've never tried anything like this, but will experiment with this recipe. Thank you!

Jay said...

oh so delicious..looks & sounds awesome
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Vidhya said...

I have not tasted kadhi but this looks so much like kerala moru curry which I love so bookmarking this lovely looking kadhi.

the mad said...

Looks yum. I am showing this to my sil so that she makes it for me. Nanan se kuch to karana hai.
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