Recipes: Vegetarian

Rajasthani Kadhi

Once in a while I like to take a vacation. Correction. I need a vacation, but my busy schedule seldom make taking a long one possible. This is why I take my “zoom out times”. These are a few hours I take in any particular day – when I feel I most deserve it, where I leave everything behind and make believe I am on an adventure. I wear my favourite pair of comfortable pants, put on my comfy walking shoes, and, armed with a camera and other bare necessities, I set out on an exploration–anything to spice up my routine lifestyle.

Recipe for Rajasthani Kadhi taken from Visit site for detailed recipe.

The streets by my home are lined with vintage stores filled with pretty little things. There’s a café by the corner of the street, which serves the best chocolate filled éclair I’ve ever set my hands on. As I walk down that road, filled with the hustle and bustle of people walking their dogs and moms dragging their kids away from the ice-cream shoppe, it gives me a sense of vacationing. You know the feeling you get when you experience a place for the first time? It’s funny how enriching it can be just to take in all the sights and sounds and see things in a new perspective. It helps me forget deadlines and to-do lists. It opens up my mind to new avenues of thinking, some of which I never even knew were hidden somewhere in my head.

I walk the extra mile to a nearby lake. I turn towards my favourite bench overlooking the horizon and enjoy my éclair. My camera captures things that I have seen along the way and want to keep with me. These are also things that turn into inspiration for me for the rest of the week. Some are so good that they even last a month. But what is most exhilarating is the feeling of being free. It gives me a chance to see things around me in a new light. So the next time you need a breather, take a walk in your neighbourhood. All you need to get away is a smile on your face and an open mind.

When it comes to our everyday meals, I like to follow this very same principle as well. Often, simple weekday dinners may seem repetitive, so much so that you tend to shun it for a while. So I like to try my hand at something new and out of the ordinary atleast a few times each month. This week I felt the need for something creative and full of spunk. With the rainy Spring showers spreading its gloom, it was only just that I whipped us a meal that would not only drive the blues away, but would also give our lazy, tired selves a boost. This subtly spiced version of Kadhi did just that. It was quick and simple enough to prepare, and clubbed with a spicy side dish of eggplants made for a wonderful rainy day dinner.

Prep time: 10 min | Cooking time: 20 min | Serves: 2


1/4 cup gram flour
1 cup plain yogurt
1 small onion, finely sliced
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt, to taste
1/4 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
1 tbsp light cooking oil


Mix gram flour and yogurt with half a cup of water, and beat until there are no lumps.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed deep pan, and saute cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Once they start to sizzle, add in onions and fry till lightly browned. Add turmeric and chilli powder and fry for a few seconds.

Add in flour-yogurt mixture, salt, dried fenugreek and another half cup of water, stirring to mix it all well. Cover, and let it come to a thorough boil over very low heatfor a few minutes till the raw taste of gram flour disappears. Stir occasionally to avoid burning, and add more water if it gets too thick.

Serve warm with rice or rotis.

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  • Reply
    February 10, 2015

    5 stars
    Very delicious recipe. I was alone at home and don’t know to cook anything. I saw your recipe and just tried it.
    It came out very well.
    Thank you so much.

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    October 11, 2010

    Delicious !! Tried it today and loved it 🙂 thanks

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    April 8, 2010

    This looks delicious…i’ve had it with pakoda’s before would you happen to happen to have a recipe for them?

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    October 23, 2009

    You might want to revise the “Serves: 2”. I enjoyed every last spoonful myself (without the side of eggplants)! Thank you for a great recipe and a beautiful web site. Any chance of some new posts?

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    January 21, 2009

    Just found your site today while looking for indian food recipes – love it! Can’t wait to try some recipes. About this recipe – what kind of flavor do the fenugreek leaves add? Can I substitute something for them or just leave them out (I don’t have any; not sure if I can get local)? How did you make your “spicy side dish of eggplants “? Also, any ideas on what else to do with biryani mix (aside from the full-version chicken biryani)?

    Hi Ruth,

    Fenugreek leaves add a very fragrant and warming tone to this dish, but can be surely omitted if not available at hand. I don’t believe there is any substitute to it, and you should be able to find it easily at any ethnic Indian grocery store (also under the name of Kasuri Methi).

    The Eggplant dish recipe can be found here –

    Regarding Biryani Mix, I would use to to flavour a simple Pulao dish – makes a quick hearty rice dish without going through the hassles of making actual Biryani. Hope this helps! Do le me know how the recipes turn out for you.

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    December 16, 2008

    The recipe looks great, and I especially love your description of “zooming out” – I like to do that, too, and your explanation is so eloquent. Have you read Alain de Botton’s “The Art of Travel”? The last chapter, about seeing even familiar places with fresh eyes, is his version of the zoom-out philosophy.

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    December 11, 2008

    hi there…was browsing and came across ur site…made ur dal makhani today, has come out well…next am thinking of trying ur baingan patiala and this kadhi…the pics look so tempting and the recipes seem super easy…just a qn- wat do u mean by dried fenugreek? is it kasuri methi?

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    September 15, 2008

    I was so desperate for a yohurty dish last night and this completely satisfied my need! I added a few handfuls of spinach as well as my veggie chicken balls and it was a real nice treat. Will definitely add the recipe to my favourites 🙂 Thank you!

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    July 24, 2008

    Am not much of a kadhi person, rather I hated that smell and look of it. Went through your post and thought of trying it out. O my God , its so delicious, thank you so much for making me a Kadhi lover.

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    June 10, 2008


    I liked your version of kadhi …… had a look at it after I posted Punjabi kadhi recipe on my blog 🙂 ….. I really enjoy reading the introduction you write for each recipe.

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    May 31, 2008

    Oh my, this is seriously yummy! Thanks!

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    May 30, 2008

    Hey, As I said I tried this recpe this week and it came out really good.We had a hearty dinner.

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    May 23, 2008

    Tried out your recipe this week. It was great! Thanks for sharing!

    Glad you liked it Derina, it’s one of my favourite comfort foods for this cool spring weather.

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    May 22, 2008

    Searching for a kadhi recipe for a long time, The picture tells me to try this one.This week it is…Will send u the feedback.

    Do Let me know how it goes Suni, would love to hear your feedback!

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    May 20, 2008

    This looks sooooo good!

    I do hope you try it out HC, believe me when I say it tastes so much better than how it looks!

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    May 18, 2008

    Made this tonight and it was great!

    Glad you enjoyed it Diane!

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    May 17, 2008

    I love yogurt gravies, it looks awesome!

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    May 16, 2008

    Yummy looking kadhi Meena..looks so comforting!


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    May 16, 2008

    that looks so good!

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    May 16, 2008

    I think life should be one big holiday, with work a healthy distraction from total boredom. This looks so good. I can’t wait for all the delicious Rajasthani recipes.

    Really? You want work to be a distraction? Somehow I feel I can find enhough of distractions without work being one of them! 🙂

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    May 16, 2008

    Great entry!!! simply wonderful!! thanks for sending it to my event!!

    Can’t wait for the round-up Padmaja. Thanks for hosting a wonderful theme.

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    May 16, 2008

    Lovely entry for RCI. looks so delicious. first time here. you have a wonderful blog.

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    off the (meat)hook
    May 15, 2008

    That looks delicious! Looking forward to making and eating it. Thanks for sharing.

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