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Punjabi Kadhi (healthy, gluten-free)

Punjabi Kadhi sans pakoda is made with chickpea flour, yogurt, and spices. This slightly tangy and delicious dish is also known as Kadhi Chawal.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Chickpea Flour, Curry, Yogurt
DietHealthy, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 247kcal
Author Nisha


for chickpea flour (besan) mixture

for the kadhi

for the tadka/tempering

for garnish

  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • pour tadka/tempering on top



  • Mix the chickpea flour and yogurt together to get rid of lumps, then add water.
  • Use a whisk to mix well.
  • Add a pinch of turmeric powder. Set aside for 1/2 hour.
  • Slice the onions. Chop the ginger and garlic.
  • Set aside the spices - curry pata, hing, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, cloves, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, and one dry red chili.

Cook the Punjabi Kadhi

  • Heat up a pot on medium heat, once hot, add oil.
  • Add the spices, saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add the ginger and garlic. Saute for 30-45 seconds.
  • Now add the onions. Saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add red chili powder, coriander powder, and a little salt to season the onions. Stir.
  • Slowly pour the besan-yogurt-water mixture to avoid curdling.
  • Stir, season with 3/4 tsp of salt, and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes - until the kadhi starts boiling away.
  • This is what you should have 5 minutes later, the kadhi will get thick.
  • Cover with a lid and cook the kadhi for 15 minutes on low-medium heat.
  • This is what you should have. Taste and adjust seasonings if need be. Add more water if you prefer your kadhi thinner (1-2 cups max).
  • Add mango powder, dry fenugreek leaves, and garam masala. Stir and turn off the stove.

for Tadka/Tempering

  • Heat up a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add oil followed by dry red chilies and Kashmiri chili powder. Cook for about 1-2 minutes max. Turn off the stove.
  • Pour tadka over kadhi and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.



    Feel free to add pakodas to this dish.

    Nutrition Facts
    Punjabi Kadhi (healthy, gluten-free)
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 247 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 13g20%
    Saturated Fat 3g19%
    Cholesterol 13mg4%
    Sodium 431mg19%
    Potassium 413mg12%
    Carbohydrates 25g8%
    Fiber 4g17%
    Sugar 9g10%
    Protein 10g20%
    Vitamin A 366IU7%
    Vitamin C 52mg63%
    Calcium 166mg17%
    Iron 2mg11%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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