Punjabi Kadhi, Healthy Punjabi Besan Kadhi
by Tarla Dalal
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Every state in India has their own kadhi and Punjab, also has its very own kadhi known as Punjabi Kadhi or Punjabi besan kadhi. A preparation of curds, besan, onions and masalas the Punjabi Kadhi is ready in a jiffy. Long and tiring day at work? We can surely rely on this recipe as it is easy and quick.
Punjabi kadhi is made with the most basic ingredients. The first step is to make the curd-besan mixture. Next, we have tempered it with cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida, onion, garlic, green chilies and turmeric. You can also temper the Punjabi kadhi with ghee and do not skip garlic out as it provides amazing taste and aroma to the kadhi. Lastly, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
Usually Punjabi kadhi is made in 2 different ways, some people prefer adding pakora’s and hence called Punjabi pakora kadhi. This delicacy is often made in north Indian households. Punjabi Besan kadhi provides a welcome change in menu especially when one gets bored from daily routine of eating dal and vegetables.
Some basic notes on Punjabi kadhi recipe. 1. Add besan. It helps in thickening the Punjabi kadhi. 2. The addition of garlic adds nice aroma and flavors to the Punjabi kadhi, so do not skip it. 3. If the healthy Punjabi kadhi tends to thicken so add some water to make of desired consistency.
See why we think this is a healthy Punjabi kadhi? Made mainly from curds and besan, both are healthy ingredients. Curds help in digestion as it has very good bacteria. Probiotics in curds acts as a mild laxative but, in case of diarrhoea and dysentery, it is a boon, if curd is used with rice. Besan has more good fat than whole wheat flour and also higher protein content. Rich in complex carbohydrates and with a low glycemic index, besan is good for diabetics too.
Punjabi Kadhi makes a delicious sunday lunch when served with plain steamed rice.
Enjoy how to make Punjabi kadhi recipe | Punjabi besan kadhi | healthy Punjabi kadhi | with detailed step by step photos and video below.
- To make the for the punjabi kadhi recipe, whisk the curds and besan in a bowl till smooth. Keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a pan and add the cloves and cumin seeds.
- When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida, curry leaves and garlic and sauté on a medium flame for a minute.
- Add the onions and saute for 2 minutes.
- Add the curds-besan mixture, 1½ cups of water and turmeric powder, mix well and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add the salt and green chillies and simmer on a slow flame for more 8 to 10 minutes or till the kadhi thickens.
- Serve the punjabi kadhi hot garnished with coriander.
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Kadhi is an Indian curry/gravy. The base is generally curd thickened withe vegetables. Many times it is perked up using fritters or vegetables. Each community has its own version of Kadhi recipes. Like Punjabi kadhi recipe | Punjabi besan kadhi | healthy Punjabi kadhi | then listing down some popular ones that you might love to try :
To make the Punjabi kadhi recipe | Punjabi besan kadhi | healthy Punjabi kadhi | in a bowl take fresh curd. Learn with detailed step by step images and make fresh dahi at home. In fact, I love kadhi made using sour curd as it has a slight tangy taste.
Add besan. It helps in thickening the Punjabi kadhi.
Whisk them together till smooth using a wired whisk. You can use a hand blender instead of a wire whisk. Keep aside.
To temper, Punjabi kadhi heat the oil in a pan. To make it more authentic and flavorful, temper the Punjabi kadhi with ghee.
Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds.
When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida. Hing is one of the main flavoring ingredients in this recipe.
Add curry leaves.
Add garlic. The addition of garlic adds nice aroma and flavors to the Punjabi kadhi, so do not skip it.
Sauté on a medium flame for a minute or until aromatic.
Mix well and saute for 2 minutes or until translucent..
Ensure there are no lumps, stir once and add the curds-besan mixture.
Add 1½ cups of water. Add more or less water as per the consistency of kadhi you prefer.
Add turmeric powder.
Mix well and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir continuously till the mixture start to boil.
Add green chilies. Add more or less as per the spice you prefer.
Simmer pyaaz ki kadhi on a slow flame for more 8 to 10 minutes or till the Punjabi kadhi | Punjabi besan kadhi | healthy Punjabi kadhi | thickens.
Garnish Punjabi kadhi with coriander leaves.
Serve the Punjabi kadhi | Punjabi besan kadhi | healthy Punjabi kadhi | hot. If not serving immediately, the kadhi tends to thicken so add some water to make of desired consistency before eating with rice or roti.
This Punjabi Kadhi lends 4.1 g of protein per serving. Protein is a key nutrient for all the health of each and every cell of the body. It also helps build muscle mass.
This kadhi is a healthier choice for mother-to-be and lactating women too. However control the amount oil being used while cooking.
Reduce the quantity of oil to 1 tsp, instead of 1 tbsp used in the traditional version, and this recipe will qualify for weight loss too. Choice of high fat curd or its low fat counterpart depends on your other fat consumption through the day.
If you are a diabetic or a heart patient and have been asked to restrict fat consumption, then apart from using only 1 tsp of oil you also need to substitute high fat curd with low fat curd.
The sulfur compounds and the quercetin present in onions further will also help to manage diabetes and cholesterol levels in the body
Good amounts of calcium (27% per serving) and phosphorus (19% per serving) from this kadhi are a way of building strong bones and preventing osteoporosis.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
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