Kadhi Pakodi

As much as I love tangy kadhis i hardly make them because from what I understood my husband wasn't a big fan so I just stuck to the morkuzhambu recipe that he loves. However, I recentry tried making kadhi with pakodis cooked in the kuzhipaniyaram/appe pan instead of deep frying them so I could satisfy my cravings and found to my immense delight that my husband really liked the dish as well. Well, that was a win-win for me.


For the Pakodas:
Besan - 2/3 cup
Chopped Frozen Spinach - 1/4 cup, thawed
Onion - half, chopped
Green bell pepper - 1/4 cup, chopped
G. chillies - 3, chopped
Chilli powder - half tsp
Salt - to taste
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp

For the Kadhi:
Sour Yogurt - 2 cups
Besan - 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup
Chilli powder - 1.5 tsp
Turmeric Powder - quarter tsp
Salt - 1.5 tsp, or to taste
Ginger - quarter inch piece, minced
Garlic - 1 clove, minced
Jeera seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Curry leaves - few
Dried Red Chilli - 1
Oil - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves - for garnish


For the Pakodas:
Mix all the ingredients listed under the pakodas list and add water little by little to make a batter that's not too thick or thin... mine was almost like bajji batter, maybe a tad thicker. This consistency works great when using a kuzhipaniyaram/abeskiever pan to make the pakados. If you are deep frying them instead, sprinkle water and make it really thick so it doesn't absorb too much oil.

2) Heat a drop of oil in each depression of the kuzhi paniyaram pan and drop teaspoonfuls of the batter in each. Cover and let cook on a medium flame till light brown, flip over and cook uncovered till done. Keep these aside.

For the kadhi:
1) Blend the besan with the cup of water to a smooth paste. Whisk this in with the sour yogurt, chilli powder, salt & turmeric.

2) Heat the oil in a pan and the tempering ingredients - mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida (hing), curry leaves, red chilli broken in two, followed by the minced ginger and garlic.

3) It will brown pretty fast so watch out... immediately add the blended besan-yogurt mixture. Keep whisking this mixture so it doesn't separate for the first 5 minutes or so... When it's hot enough.. allow to simmer for a about 10 minutes or so till smooth and thickens lightly.

4) Add the cooked pakodas at this point and allow to simmer for 2 more mins.. before switching off the stove and adding coriander leaves. Tasty and easy kadhi is now ready to serve. Keep in mind that it will thicken a bit more upon standing.

I would like to send this to FIC - Yellow event hosted by Sunshinemom.


  1. That is my favo gravy! Sounds different than mine , looks delicious

  2. Beautiful and super delicious.

  3. Now that looks really thick! I like the kadhi pakodi and khichdi that's served in Guj restaurants - has a bit of sugar in it!

  4. Love that Kadhi, wish I could have some right now. It's so cold and i am hungry. Bookmarked, I will try! :)

  5. love kadhi anyday...you can probably send this to FIC; Yellow by sunshinemom..

  6. I love Kadhi too but I dont find myself making it too often these days. Loved the low fat pakodis, I need to try it too & spinach is a nice addition

  7. Spinach in pakoda kadhi is new to me...lovely recipe,wud surely like to try out this low fat version :-)

  8. Delicious dish!!!!quite different..

  9. this has been a favorite of mine and amazingly the whole family too but I have never tried making. Yours looks so good I can almost smell it :)

  10. kadi looks delicious laavanya :)


  12. Mouthwatering lavanya! Sounds awesome:)

  13. I knew it! I knew it!! The minute I saw the title "kadhi pakodi", I thought to myself, "she must have used the kuzhipaniyaram pan"!! I love it that you have so many non-kuzhipaniyaram uses for it!

  14. They look so creamy.. nice picture :)

  15. i have heard about this but never tried. looks yummy. will try soon

  16. wow..perfect click and superb recipe..I am drooling :)

  17. Yummy post! they look so tempting.

  18. I recently bought the jap version of appe chatti and have been meaning to give pakodis a go in that. Thanks for letting me know it works, looks great!

  19. Wow makes me hungry....

  20. i was planning to make this today and find recipe here..thanks for sharing..looks yummy..

  21. spinach in pakodi...lovely,healthy.....yummyumm

  22. Any day for kadhi pakodi..yours looks gud...last time I tried with making chilla ;)..hehe

  23. What a beautiful dish! Such a gorgeous color! I would be sure to love this.

  24. Oh this is my fav, looks delicious and yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

  25. Hello Lavanya..belated new yr and pongal wishes..Same here with my hubby too..Looks lovely..shall try it some time

  26. Hi Lavanya!!!
    Wish you a very happy new year and pongal......
    Actualy i tasted it in one of my frnds house.....i loved its different taste....now i have the recipe....thanks so much dear

  27. Its hard not to like kadhi pakodi...luv them myself and also use pancake puff pan to cut out excess oil...the photo luks gorgeous

  28. Me too not a big fan of kadhi...always loves morkuzhambu...recipe looks good.

  29. I have been wanting to try this for quite some time, yours looks so fantastic, it is tempting me to try very soon :-)

  30. Perfect Lavanya and I have been always enamored by this, would love to refer this sometime.

  31. Wow... thats a nice colour... looks very tempting.. Can u Pass it to me for my lunch...

  32. wooo...kadhi pakoda looks delicious and superb presentation..

  33. What a delicious recipe, Laavanya. I don't think I've ever before cooked this, so gotta try this with vegan yogurt.

  34. I love mor kuzhambu, but never tried this dish before. Looks gorgeous, Laavanya! :)

  35. My fav gravy:) Lovely Laavanya....the appe pan idea is awesome ...is anytime better than the fried ones....great stuff!

  36. Thank you Cham, Happy cook.

    Sra, i've heard of that combination but not really tasted them.

    Thanks Asha.. hope you do get to try it.

    Superchef - thanks for the idea.. I need to update the post and send to that event.

    Deesha, yes i remember the tempting kadhi you had posted.

    Alka, just wanted to add in some veggies.. was thinking of methi but didn't have it so added spinach instead.

    Thank you Priya.

    ISG :) Thanks.

    Thank you Ramya, Mahima & Raks.

    VeggieBelly, ha ha.. i'm so predictable these days when it comes to the kuzhipaniyaram pan.. next on my list to try is vadai curry.

    Thank you Gita, Jeyashri, Pavithra & Vij.

    Delhi belle, yes.. they are softer than the deep fried version but since they are going to soak in gravy anyway, what difference does it make... :)

    Thank you Lubna.

    Sowmya, hope you try & like it.

    Thank you notyet100, shama, Lisa, Madhavi & priti for your sweet comments.

    Kamala, Raaji good to see you again after a break.

    DK, thanks :)

    Mrs. Kannan, try this, it's easier than morkuzhambu (no grinding) but is pretty good.

    Thank you Usha.. hope you do.

    Thanks ANudivya, AnuSriram & Suma.

    Vaishali, i've not tried vegan yogurt before but with the masalas added, am sure the kadhi will be good with that too.

    We are morkuzhambu fans too Kalai.. this didn't disappoint us either.

    Thank you Nithya for your kind words.

  37. I guessed it must be the appam pan at use here;) Seems to be the craze right now! My favourite kadhi too and thanks for sending it to FIC!

  38. That picture is making me hungry, looks so good!


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