Saturday, September 19, 2009

Yin and Yang kadhi

Well, no I didn't make a special Chinese version of the kadhi. But we make 2 versions of the kadhis at home, especially if my mom or MIL is around. I like mine with vegetables, is that the Oriya version (?) - not sure, while my hubby likes the ones with the pakoras. The kids love the pakoras version too. So usually if I am cooking, I go with the majority vote. Knowing my love for the vegetable version, my mom made both versions.

The yin is the healthy version and the yang is the not-so healthy version of dahi kadhi. Both are alike, mine has boiled vegetables added to the sour yogurt curry, while the other favorite has deep fried pakoras added to it. So if you want to choose the healthy one - you know what to try!



Ingredients

For the gravy
Yogurt - 1 cup
2 cups water
Besan - 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder - pinch
Chili powder - 1 tea spoon
Salt to taste

For seasoning
Oil - 1 tea spoon
Panch Phutan - 1 table spoon
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Couple of whole red chilies
Garam Masala - 1/2 tea spoon (optional)

For Pakoras
Besan - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1 big pinch
Chili powder - 1 tea spoon
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

For Boiled vegetables
1 small egg plant sliced lengthwise
few small pearl onions
few Okras
Add any other vegetables you fancy (these are what I like in my kadhi)
Salt to taste

How To

Take the curd and beat well.
Add water and salt and besan and turmeric powder and chili powder. Mix well until there are no lumps left.

Take a pan and add oil for seasonings.
Once the oil gets hot, add the punch phutan and the curry leaves and whole red chilies. Add the seasonings to the curd gravy above. Add some garam masala if you want and mix well and keep aside. Also boil the gravy if you want a thicker consistency.

Take a pan; boil the vegetables with salt and turmeric powder. Keep an eye on it, that it doesn't get overcooked. Usually we add the okra 1/2 way through when the vegetables are cooked. Add the vegetables to 1/2 the yogurt mixture and boil again with the yogurt gravy.

For the pakoras, mix the besan and baking powder and chili powder and salt with water. Make sure the consistency of the besan paste is thick.
Heat oil, add these pakoras and deep fry them.
Add the pakoras to the yogurt mixture just before serving, no boiling here...

Serve the kadhi warm or cold.



56 comments:

  1. who does not like kadhi pakoda...

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  2. Nice pakora and kadhi. Looking forward your participation in my next dussehra event.

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  3. Somoo...this LOOKS Fantastic ! Makes me want to go to an indian place for dinner tonight...! My favorite ingredients are the curry leaves and those HOT DRY red chillies... YUMMEE ! Looks like from one of those Food Mags :) !

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  4. Yin and yan kadhi! lol. I love kadhi pakora ... and it is because of all that deep frying I make it rarely. Love your veggie version too. :-)

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  5. Looks delicious esp the pakora.I love to have them with moor gravy..

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  6. Pari - thanks...
    Shanthi - yes have to think of something
    MommyTheCook - thanks for your lovely comments
    Sharmila - I knew you would like the yin and yang about the kadhis...
    Sara - Is moor gravy the curd gravy ?

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  7. Both the versions look lovely and very interesting name for these lovely kadhis.

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  8. Ha-Ha! I had to find a different name... doesn't it suit it ?

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  10. is there any story behind the names for these two curries? I like the names though....lovely looking curries

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  11. Both versions looks interesting and delicious, once i saw the post name that u have prepared something in chinese..lovely!

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  12. looks yummy...love the name...hehe!!

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  13. The name is too Catchy and curry looks great

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  14. Thats a very interesting name....the healthy version looks good too :)

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  15. That looks wonderful! I love the presentation with the dried chilies on top.

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  16. Indrani - The yin and yang are usually opposites to a whole, so I justed twisted it a little to apply here...
    Priya - haha tricked you...
    Sowmya - glad you like dthe name
    Gita - I love the healthy version
    Palidor - yes the dried red chillies are good for seasoning, I don't eat them though. Scared of the heat in them...
    Happy Cook - thanks...

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  17. Looking at the name I felt this is a chinese dish... nice names given... :)... love both version... nice presentation :)

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  18. This is absolutely new dish for me. You have presented nicely with yummy photos. It looks delicious.I will try your recipe.

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  19. Ann - see the name got you to check it out...
    Padma - yeah just a play on words... Glad you liked it..
    Babli - let me know if you like it. Thanks....

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  20. nice and absolutely new recipe ; and nice picture presentatio too

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  21. somoo...this looks amazing... :) wonderful shot dear.. :)

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  22. Sarah - I knew the name was catchy! The food is comfort for most people anyway...
    jeyashri - glad you like it...

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  23. chinese kadhi? hmm looks delicious!

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  24. Once in a while the deep fried pakodas kadhi is sure to indulge! The name of the dish is quiet interesting!

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  25. kadhi... mmmm... I like it...

    I remember the kadhi I used to have during hanuman jayanti in the hanuman teple...

    Your kadhi looks coloured and marvellous...

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  26. It really is a cute name to the dish:)I love the pakoras version but hey I can eat both:D

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  27. Lena - thanks dear...
    Parita - mom cooked, has to be delicious...
    Cham - haha - true...
    Abhilash - thanks. Tried it ? Its super easy to make
    Shri - glad the name was catchy...

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  28. Wow! Kadhi and pakoras look delicious! Different cool names!

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  29. wow looks very colourful and yum...will try this one...

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  30. Pick up some awards from my blog pl.

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  31. Nandini and Sushma - thanks
    Indrani - thank you so much. I am honored...

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  32. Nice khadi,i love with pakodas :)

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  33. Hi,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leading me to yours. You have a lovely space. The khadi looks wonderful. I make this often but never tried garam masala in it. I must next time

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  34. this is very innovative and interesting recipe....will try my hands on this....thanks for sharing

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  35. Interesting name for the dish..Looks delish

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  36. I like that name Somoo..:)..n the pic look soo colorful too..:)

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  37. Valarmathi - glad you liked it..
    Purva - sure let me know if you like it, I will be so happy if you try it...
    Ramya - thanks.
    Varsha - cute name na... Thanks.

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  38. wow , super name..Looks too good

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  39. Thank you for visiting my blog... Glad I could find yours too..
    You have a lovely space... mmmoriya cusine... I have no idea about it.. Will visit often to learn more veggie options from your blog.

    Happy Blogging!!!

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  40. Chitra - thanks. I know the name was a hit...
    Sandhya - thanks for dropping by...

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  41. Adding veggies to the kadhi sounds like such a good idea! Looks delicious.

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  42. Mandira - I am so glad you liked the veggie version! My favorite too...

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  43. Please accept your award from my blog.

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  44. My mom is also here. Really moms are so wonderful. Whatever chance they will get they will make the food of your choice taking any pains. Like your family I too love kadhi with pakodas and a little ghee on top with rice. Sumptuous meal!!

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  45. Looks appetizing and temtpting dear:)

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  46. Wow taht yin yan kadi sure does looks delicious. Luved the click.

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  47. Dhanya - glad you liked it...
    Welcome back...

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