Monday, April 25, 2011

Punjabi Kadhi Pakora

Punjabi Kadhi Pakora
Punjabi kadhi pakora is yogurt based curry. It is a specialty of northern Indian province "Punjab". It has fried dumplings (pakoras) made up of gram flour. Punjabi kadhi pakora is a great combination with fragrant basmati rice.

For Pakora:
  • Besan (gram flour) – 1 cup
  • Onions  - 1/2 cup chopped
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Green chili – 1 finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1 pinch
  • water (to make a smooth batter)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

For Kadhi:
  • Besan (gram flour)  - 3/4 cup
  • Yogurt – 2 cups (sour is better)
  • Onion – 1 sliced
  • Ginger paste – 2 tsp
  • Garlic  - 2 tsp minced
  • Green chilies – 2 finely chopped
  • Curry leaves – 8
  • Cumin seeds (jira)  - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds (rai) - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds (saunf) – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida powder – 1 pinch
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1 tsp for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro – 1 tbsp finely chopped for garnish

To make Pakora:

  1. In a bowl take besan; add onions and all the other ingredients.
  2. Add water to make smooth batter. Mix well.
  3. In a pan, heat oil for frying at medium high heat.
  4. Take batter, one spoon at a time, putting it in hot oil to make pakoras.
  5. Turn them over once. Deep fry till it becomes golden and crispy.
  6. Drain them on kitchen towel. Keep aside.
To make Kadhi:
  1. In a large bowl, add yogurt and besan. Mix well. Now add 4 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder. Blend well. It should have any lumps
  2. In a large pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. Add cumin, mustard, fenugreek and fennel seeds.
  3. When it crackles, add asafetida powder and sliced onions. Sauté till it becomes translucent. Now add ginger, garlic, green chilies and curry leaves.
  4. Sauté for 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Add yogurt and besan mix to the pan. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low. Stir it once.
  6. Let it simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in between a few times.
  7. Add already prepared pakoras to kadhi. Mix once gently.
  8. Kadhi pakora is ready to be served.
Garnish and serving suggestions:
Garnish kadhi pakora with freshly chopped cilantro and garam masala powder. Enjoy with fragrant basmati rice.


  1. wow looks so yumm!!! nice clicks:)

  2. Thanks, Prabha!

    Have fun cooking....!

  3. Hello Shveta, I tried your Kadhi recipe and it turned out really yummy and awesome. My husband loved it and could not stop complimenting it!! Thanks for sharing it! :)

    1. Thanks so much for the positive feedback! I'm glad you all liked it!

      Have fun cooking....!