Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Gujarati Series: Kadhi

Kadhi, and that too, made the Gujarati way is a nice change from the everyday daals.....I make Kadhi at least once a week. This sweet and sour mixture tastes the best when accompanied with some thick daal, and rice. I make just plain toor daal, cooked until thick with some salt and turmeric, or sometimes, yellow moong daal, cooked to a mush with some garlic.....either way, that's the way to eat this Kadhi. Of course, there are people who like this as is, or with some puris - like me.

Here is my recipe for this Gujarati classic:
  • 1 cup- Sour Yogurt, 1.5 cups water
  • 1 heaping tbsp- Besan Flour
  • 1 large jalapeño, 1 thick piece of ginger- chopped
  • 1 large piece of jaggery
  • A handful of Cilantro- chopped
  • Salt - to taste
  • A few curry leaves, Methi seeds, Mustard seeds, dried red chili, asafoetida and some ghee for the tempering.
  • A pinch of Cardamom powder- for a nice fragrance and taste to the kadhi *the secret ingredient*
Whisk together the sour yogurt and water, add the chopped jalapeño and ginger and set aside for at least half an hour for the flavors to blend in.

When ready to make the kadhi, add the besan flour and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Don't add too much besan otherwise you will end up with a thick kadhi later on. It shouldn't be too thick or too thin.

In a deep pan, heat some ghee or oil, whatever you prefer. Add the mustard seeds, methi seeds, curry leaves, dried red chili and the asafoetida. When everything starts to crackle, slowly add the kadhi mixture, stir to avoid any lumps. Bring to a boil. Add the salt and the jaggery to the kadhi,along with the cardamom powder...this is a great tip for that perfect Kadhi taste and the flavor.

Keep it on medium-low heat and boil until ready to serve. Garnish with some fresh cilantro at the end. Serve hot with plain,fluffy basmati rice and some thick daal, or just with some puris or rotis. I made Gujarati style Chana & Batata curry to go with this...Recipe for that will be posted soon.

For an interesting variation to this plain Kadhi, check out Bee & Jai's "Fajeto", made with mangoes, along with their very creative Jugalbandi of flavors. Definitely worth a look!

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Richa said...

Yum-O, to quote RR! Kadhi & chana nu shaak is the ultimate combination. I learnt kadhi from a very dear friend of mine, her tip is to add cinnamon piece & a few black peppercorns to the tadka for an exceptional kadhi, will blog about it sometime.
Keep Smiling

Sharmi said...

oh it made me so hungry early in the morning.Waiting for the channa recipe too. I make both of these regularly but want to try out the Gujarathi way.
cheers to great cooking

bee said...

love chana and love kadhi. ths one's a keeper. watch out for a trupti special on next week.

Bong Mom said...

I love the pakodi kadhi and make it often now shall add your tips

Sia said...

now i can try making khadi at home. will use same base and make bhindi khadi:) slurrrppp...i can just drink it instead of serving it with rice:)
guess what i have got for u in my blog today?;)

Asha said...

Aha,cardamom!!!:)) See,that's why I rush when bloggers post new ones.I am always curious what and how they cooked!You learn a lot.Thanks for that tip.I love brown chana in any form.

I bought some Mathri or Mathi last week.It's so crispy and light at the same time.I don't have the recipe and I also don't know if it's a Gujarati Farsan.If it is,could you post it sometime? It's fried,so you don't have to make it but post just the recipe.Thanks.

Mishmash ! said...

hmm...gujarathi series is really going good....I come to realise the variations of the same food in different cuisines....Kerala preparation is slightly different, we dont use besan.


Anonymous said...

I love Kadhi but could never make it...Jyostna always makes it...still I will keep trying...looking forward to the Muthiyas..we often have them...can wait to see your version...thanks for sharing

Manjula said...

Love these Gujarati Kadhi & dal. There is a new Gujrathi Restaurant opened up here in Los Angeles. Simply the best.
Do u have kadhi posted here? Let me check again.
Thanks a ton

TNL said...

Richa: cinnamon and peppercorns! now that I will try!

Sharmi: thanks! and I will be posting the chana recipe soon.

bee&jai: oh thank you guys! you two are so nice!

sandeepa: pakodi kadhi is a great dish...maybe you could do a post on it?

Sia: hehhee....just checked your K's entry! Lovely!

Ashaji: yep..cardamom is what imparts that wonderful flavor and aroma! And I will be making that Farsi puri soon!

Mishmash: oh..would love to see your version!

Dilipbhai: bau vakhte! yes, I will post the muthiyas soon.

Manjula: wow..a gujju restaurant? would love to visit! and yep,i have kadhi recipe posted.

Sia said...

i am making khadi now:) will give u the feedback soon;)

swapna susarla said...

looking good trupti.

Vini K said...

Trupti,looks like Bee has awakened the guilt in you:)replying to all the comments now haan?Thanks Bee!hee hee

That kadhi is one of the best things I ever tasted in my life.We used to have this kadhi when we were in US.Our gujrati friend used to make it soo really make me nostalgic every time dear.Will make it this time.chana..well,I am not a big fan of it but will try your recipe:Just because it is from you:)

Mallika said...

Kadhi is one of my favourite dishes Trupti but I've never attempted to make it. Thanks so much for the recipe. Looks yummy (and simple).

Sia said...

girl.... it was just gr8... simple yet so tasty... and u know what? our gujju friend was here for dinner and he absolutely loved it. he didn't believed me when i said it was my first attempt at making khadi:) now thats a compliment han?
served it with onion pakodas and kala channa dal:) thanks a lot for yummylicious recipe. its a keeper for me:) hugs to u:)
oh no!!! i forgot to take pic and khadi got over:( no prob, will take it when i try it again(and that again is tom;)

Anonymous said...

kadhi ! yummmmmm !! I specily love it during winters. I make the punjabi style kadhi which is just sour -will have to try your sweet and sour ishtyle !!!!

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hey thrupthi,
good one.Will try this version very soon.I love kadi and prepared them in 2-3 different ways alrready.yours will be the next in turn i suppose

Anonymous said...

I love gujju kadhi, and am going to try to make this very soon.I have a request though-- I love gujju aloo gobi recipe, can you post how you make it?

Linda said...

Trupti, you're too much! Sooo many delicious things... "panting, catching breath hurrying to keep up" :)

And yes, I'd love to see that chana recipe, too! ;)

Vcuisine said...

Learning more Gujarati dishes from your Trupti. (ofcourse from Pooja also). Nice and simple ones. Looks like our Moor Kuzumbu, but a different taste. Interesting. Getting prepared for my entry to your event :)Viji

Saju said...

Great entry! We had kadhi yesterday, my favourite food. Chana look good too. It is 7.45 in the morning here, and you have made be soooo hungry!

Anonymous said...

Hey no wonder my kadhi does not turn out the way it tastes in Gujarati thalis in restaurants. I will try your secret of cardamom and jaggery. I always added sugar. I like the bor chillis round red ones you use for dal and kadhi :)

Prema Sundar said...

I have tried kadhis at restaurants Trupti, but never made at home. The kadhis I have tasted had pakodis inside and urs is new to me. Love kala channa too. thanks for the recipe and we get to know a lot abt gujarathi cuisine from ur blog.

J said...

We love gujju kadhi! I can have it anytime or all the time!!

Anonymous said...

I never heard cardamon added in Kadhi...would be giving a nice flavour to the kadhi.. Thanxs Trupti for sharing

Sri said...

Kadhi is my hubby's fav...looking delicious.

Foodie said...

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