Punjabi Kadhi

Fenugreek, onion pakoras in a yoghurt based kadhi.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serve: 4
Ingredients:
For Kadhi:
1 ½ cup Sour Yogurt
4tbsp Gram flour (besan)
1tsp Red chilli powder
½ tsp Turmeric powder
10 Black peppercorns
1 tsp Cumin seeds
½ tsp Fenugreek seeds
a pinch Asafoetida
4 Dried red chillies broken
1 medium Onion sliced
Salt to taste
2tbsp Oil
2tbsp Ghee
For Pakoras:
1 cup Gram flour (besan)
1/3 cup Fenugreek leaves, chopped
3/4 tsp Carom seeds
1 Onion finely sliced
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
a pinch Baking soda
Salt to taste
Oil for deep-frying
Method
Combine yogurt, gram flour, turmeric powder, 5 cups of water and blend to a smooth batter.
Heat 2tbsp oil in a heavy bottom pan.
Add asafetida, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and sauté for a minute till the cumin seeds splutter.
Add, peppercorns, and broken red chilies, mix and sauté till the red chilies are colored and fragrant.
Add sliced onions and sauté till the onion is translucent.
Add the yoghurt, besan mixture and stir till the mixture comes to a boil.
Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Season to taste.
To make pakoras, combine fenugreek leaves, carom seeds, onion, gram flour, turmeric powder, salt, red chilli powder and baking soda in a bowl. Mix well using sufficient water to make a mixture of dropping consistency.
Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Drop spoon fulls of gram flour mixture into the hot oil and deep-fry till golden. Drain on absorbent paper and set aside.
Cool the pakoras for a few minutes and add to the Kadhi.
Heat the ghee to medium hot. Add the red chili powder and remove from heat. Add the ghee to the kadhi and cover immediately.
Serve hot.

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