Pakode wali Kadhi is a yogurt based Indian curry with Gram flour dumpling.
Can you imagine so much fuss about a simple and humble kadhi. In gujarat kadhi is our regular food with Khichdi. To us it was a regular fare but was surprised to find tales and spins surrounded with this humble dish. My cousins Nani called our Gujarati kadhi a bewa (widow) kadhi. Her reasoning would be you people don’t put any fritters or Pakodas in it so the name. During long Summer’s my Nani and cousins nani would visit our house. And all our afternoon was spent around both of them with tales and fun filled games. I learnt my initial cooking from these two wonderful women who always encouraged me to try something new and guiding me at each level. Their idea of kadhi started with preps in the morning if it had to be served in evening. In a large bigona (pot) yogurt was meshed with gram flour and spices. Then was cooked on a low flame for three to four hours. Yes this much time. And then the process of making pakodas and soaking it in the cooked yogurt mix. Lastly the kadhi would be tempered with fragrant spices to infuse more flavors. The end result was delicious and all the bigona would be finished fighting over who will lick the empty bowl. Insha Allah, I will share their recipe soon.
After getting married in different state, I was trying to learn as much of their food habits from my mother in law. My cooking had more of influence of northern India and Gujarat. While maharashtrian cooking consisted of loads of pre prepared masalas. Each having different use with meats and vegetables. One of those days, I told my mother in law today I will prepare kadhi. She was taken aback. And here I was wondering did I offend her in some manner. Though she is one of the coolest and friendly person I was a bit scared. After some time she said preparing kadhi is no joke.
Do you know a perfect kadhi has to be boiled 11 times. And the yogurt should not get curdled. Okay but how a already curdled yogurt will curdle again. I was rattling my brains for an answer ?. Still I kept quiet letting her complete. Furthermore she started telling me how her mother in law would stand beside her everytime and see that kadhi is boiled 11 times at correct temperature and cooked properly. Okay now that was too much?. Shukr alhahamdolilha, I am a lucky gal to have such a good loving ma in law. Not to further bore you all, she asked me to prepare my version of Gujarati Muslim kadhi. Ya it’s different from Gujarati household. And alhamdolilha my version of was like by everyone.
Today I am sharing with you recipe of kadhi prepared at my in laws. Yes 11 boils remember ?.
. This Kadhi is best eaten with parathas and rice. And if is a day old then you are in for a flavorsome treat. Let’s check out the recipe.