Saturday, March 22, 2008

Gujrathi Kadhi

This is a very nice alternative to the usual dal with rice. Kadhi is also a traditional North Indian dish. It is usually spicy and also contains vegetable balls or pakoras in it. Gujrathi Kadhi tends to be sweeter and also it does not contain pakoras. Here goes my recipe for the Kadhi -

Ingredients -
1 cup plain yogurt
1 and half cups water
2 and half tsp besan or chickpea flour
1 inch piece of ginger minced
5-6 curry leaves
3 dried red chillies
1/2 tsp mustard and cumin seeds
a pinch of asafoetida
salt and sugar as per taste

Method -
Mix the yougurt, water and besan together in a bowl and set it aside. Now heat oil in a saucepan,and temper it with mustard and cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and dry red chillies. Once the tempering is sizzling, add the yogurt mixture. Add sugar and salt and bring it to a boil. Simmer it for 10-15 minutes stirring almost constantly. Garnish it with cilantro.

In Maharashtrian cuisine, the best way to serve this Kadhi is with Khichdi. Kadhi-Khichdi is a perfect combination for a monsoon night dinner. A papad and a favourite pickle at the side adds to a satisfying meal. This one's is everybody's favourite comfort food.

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