Friday, October 15, 2010

Indian Cooking Challenge - Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda

I havent participated in the last two ICC challenges bcoz of my sudden trip to India. So I had decided to participate in this month's ICC Challenge no matter what! In fact when Srivalli chose Simran's Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda for September challenge, I browsed through the recipe and thought I would make it within a couple of days following her announcement and posting of the recipe. However, life has been very hectic both at home and at work and I havent been cooking a lot these days. I just got done making this delicious kadhi pakoda and I'm posting this just in time. Though, I make buttermilk kadhi very often, my version is more like the Maharashtrian/ Gujarati kadhi where ginger, curry leaves and green chillies are mainly used for flavoring the kadhi. Besides, I have never added any pakodas to the kadhi so that was something I had never tried making before. I just tasted the kadhi and it tasted awesome. However we will be having it for lunch tomorrow.
I made a few changes to the original recipe. I replaced the yogurt with buttermilk, added some finely chopped fenugreek/ methi leaves to the onion pakodas and reduced the amounts of certain ingredients called out in the original recipe.

Ingredients -
For Pakodas -
1/2 cup besan / chickpea Flour
1 medium onion sliced
1/4 cup finely chopped fenugreek/ methi leaves
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder Water
Oil for deep frying

For Kadhi -
11/2 cups buttermilk
21/2 cups water
1/4 cup besan/ chickpea flour
3/4 tsp mustard seeds
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
3/4 tsp ajwain/ carom Seeds
3/4 tsp methi / fenugreek seeds
1 large onion finely chopped
1 pinch turmeric powder
Red Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp amchur/ dried mango powder

Method -
1. Slice onions lenghtwise. Take the chickpea flour, salt, red chill powder and chopped fenugreek/ methi leaves in a bowl. Add some water to it to make a batter of a semi thick consistency.
2. Heat some oil in a pan/ kadhai for deep frying. When it is hot, dip onions in the batter and gently drop into the hot oil. Deep fry until crispy.
3. Drain and keep aside.
4. For the kadhi, take some buttermilk in a bowl and add enough water to it. Now add chickpea flour, salt, sugar, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and mix well to make a very thin batter.
5. Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan. When the oil in hot, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, carom seeds and methi/ fenugreek seeds. Let them splutter for a few seconds.
6. Add the finely chopped onions and fry till they turn light brown.
7. Pour in the buttermilk batter and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for at least half an hour. Keep stirring occasionally.
8. When you feel it is pretty thick, add the reserved pakodas and bring to boil. Add garam masala and amchur powder to the gravy just before taking it off the stove.


Anonymous said...

I never tried adding methi to my pakodas... I should try it next time...

I thought of adding green chilies and kotmir to the batter when making the pakoras for ICC, but stuck to the original recipe... Kadhi looks great!

Scraps said...

Looks fantastic--I would imagine the buttermilk would be a great substitute for the yogurt; will have to keep that in mind for next time!

Anonymous said...

I was looking for this recipe and always wanted to make it. Nice presentation and bookmarked!

Srivalli said...

Good that you added methi..I am told that there are many versions of pakodas that can be added to this kadi..thanks for joining us..

Priya said...

Absolutely delicious looking punjabi kadi pakoras..

aipi said...

Mouthwatering and absolutely tempting kadhi pakoras..will be perfect with some piping hot steamed rice..YUM!

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NIDHYA said...

Got to know new ideas in preparing pakodas.

Aaha Oho

Apu said...

Looks yummy!! Love Punjabi kadhi.

freegirlgames said...

wow..very good... what a colour.. am always in love with the beet colour..

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