How to make it

  • Pakora:
  • 1 Mix besan and all the other ingredients in a bowl.
  • 2 Add enough water to make a very thick batter.
  • 3 Make any random shape or balls and fry them in oil to make pakoras.
  • 4 Deep fry them until they turn brown and crispy. Take them out on a paper towel so that the paper soaks all the extra oil. Keep them aside.
  • Kadi Prep:
  • 1 Blend yogurt,double the amount of water, pinch of turmeric powder, salt, pinch of red chilli powder, besan. It should look like a butter milk (lassi) mixture with besan in it.
  • 2 Keep it aside for half an hour before starting to make kadi.
  • Kadi:
  • 1 Pour oil in a big pan (or any big cooking utensil) and heat it until it gets hot. Add cumin seeds mustard seeds, fenugreek seed, coriander seeds, cloves and let them pop.
  • 2 Add curry leaves and dry red chilli to the above tadka (frying mixture)
  • 3 Add onions to it and fry them until brown.
  • 4 Add garlic, ginger to it and fry for 3 minutes.(watch that it should not stick to the bottom of the pan)
  • 5 Add chopped tomatoes and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  • 6 Add tamarind paste to the pan and let it come to the boil for 4-5 minutes.
  • 7 Add turmeric powder ,garam masala, red chilli powder, salt and fry until oil starts floating on the top and it gives out dark reddish brownish color.
  • 8 Add the kadi mixture, which was kept for half an hour to this tadka.
  • 9 Keep stirring the curry, as it will start sticking to the bottom. Keep it on a medium flame first, and let it come to a boil. Keep watching it stirring it. After 3-5 boils, lower down the flame to low and let it cook on low flame for 20 minutes and stir in between.
  • 10 Stir for another 5 minutes and check if its thick enough and looks dark yellow. Again stir it for 5 minutes and sprinkle dry fenugreek leaves on it and let it boil for another 2 minutes and than add the pakoras in the kadi.
  • 11 Boil more for 3 minutes and don’t stir too much as the pakora can break apart.
  • 12 For garnishing, sprinkle cilantro and serve hot with rice.

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