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Veg Kadai Recipes, Kadhai Indian Recipes

As one already knows, India is a large country with an even larger variety of cuisines. As you go through these cuisines, there comes realization that the utensil you are using is as important as the recipe or any technique. Just like that you are introduced to one of the most principle yet humble items in the Indian kitchen: the Kadai

Kadai is an equipment which has a thick round bottomed pan, and resembles the Chinese wok, but is deeper and narrower. Typically made with cast iron, they are now also made with copper and stainless steel or with non-stick coatings. The ideal reason for using kadai is to obtain maximum medley of flavors by using dry spices and various diced or chopped vegetables.  

Kadais made of cast iron are used for deep frying which is needed for making Bread PakodaAloo Cheese Croquettes or Dahi ke Kebabwhile the ones made of copper are used in recipes like Peshawari Chole or Stir Fried Mushrooms for stir frying.  Kadhai Vegetables and Kadhai Paneer are amongst the most famous subzis at restaurants and they steal your heart with their spicy flavour and rich texture.

Ideally, this utensil is used for cooking with very little water like in Sweet and Sour Stir- Fry, so that ingredients are cooked in their own juices which make them mouth-watering and very enjoyable. This is because of the round bottom of the kadai, which makes the heat distribute evenly and cooks all vegetables perfectly. A lot of the time ground spices are used as well with a little bit of oil to get the vegetables a beautiful flavor as done in Paneer and Red Capsicum Sabzi.

Kadais come in different sizes, the smallest variant being used for tempering or tadka which is infusion of spices in hot oil to add to dals and curries. The bigger ones can be used to make a number of recipes, some of which are provided below.

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Bengali Style Okra (  Rotis and Subzis)
Recipe# 38905
23 Sep 13

 by Tarla Dalal
When something can be cooked quickly and easily, and is also too tasty to resist, it appeals to everybody! such is the case with the bengali style okra. A fine powder of mustard and poppy seeds lends a unique flavour to this subzi, which features only simple ingredients that can be found in anybody' ....
Paneer Makhani (  Cooking Under 10 Minutes)
Recipe# 1739

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 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer makhani is a signature dish of punjab, where both cottage cheese and butter are available in abundance. This quick version makes use of tomato puree to save time. We have also used the paneer cubes without frying—it is quicker, healthier and just as tasty!
Kokum Kadhi
Recipe# 8684
12 Oct 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Slurp! What an exciting flavour this Kokum Kadhi has. Indeed, the best of homely flavours, tanginess, is the highlight of this recipe. This recipe is quite different from any other kadhi because it uses neither curds nor besan Inste ....
Pav Bhaji ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )
Recipe# 33423
12 Oct 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Pav bhaji is more than a mere snack! it’s a quick meal that can be grabbed on the go – since large potions of the bhaji are made in advance and simply reheated with a few spices before serving. You just need to wait till the pav is toasted to perfection with oodles of butter! hmm, top with the raw o ....
Pyaaz ki Kachori
Recipe# 3636
09 Oct 18

 by Tarla Dalal
These kachoris probably originated in Jodhpur but are today popular throughout Rajasthan. Very few households actually prepare these crisp, flaky deep-fried kachoris stuffed with an onion filling. Steaming hot Pyaaz ki Kachoris or Aloo Pyaaz ki Kachoris are sold at most 'namkeen' shops in Rajast ....
Veg Manchurian ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )
Recipe# 33435
08 Oct 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Veg manchurian, you cannot miss the inimitable smell of cooking garlic, onions and chillies, which will grab your attention even from 500 metres away! this ever-popular chinese dish is really easy to make. When you eat these deep-fried vegetable balls in a soya sauce based gravy, do not let mundane ....
Gajar ka Halwa,  Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe
Recipe# 2026
28 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Gajar ka Halwa has a traditional charm that continues to please every generation of Indians! Here is a quick and tasty version of Gajar ka Halwa made using the pressure cooker. Cooked in ....
Urad Dal Puris
Recipe# 2923
01 Oct 18

 by Tarla Dalal
When you want the crispiest of crisp puris, Urad Dal Puri is the best choice! Reinforcing the whole wheat dough with a paste of soaked urad dal adds bulk and crispness to the puris, while the nigella seeds impart a unique and lingering flavour to them. Enjoy these puris fresh and hot, with Dahiwali ....
Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 578
13 Jul 18

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by Tarla Dalal
Dal dhokli is a sunday morning delight in most traditional gujarati households! a perfect combination of spiced whole wheat flour dhoklis simmered in Gujarati dal, this can be classified as a sumptuous one-dish meal, but you could also serve it with rice to make it all the more tasty and wholesome. ....
Kadhi ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 607
31 May 18

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by Tarla Dalal
Kadhi is inseparable from gujarati cuisine. It is basically a wonderful sweet and spicy curd mixture thickened with gram flour, which can be enhanced in many ways using other ingredients like pakoras and koftas. This simple dish requires tact and perfection, which comes from practice. Remember never ....
Green Peas, Potato and Paneer Cutlet
Recipe# 1507
23 Sep 13

 by Tarla Dalal
Green peas, potato and paneer cutlet is an elaborate recipe, but not difficult to make. It involves making paneer mixture, potato mixture and a green peas mixture—all of which is to be be mixed well and deep-fried. You need to set aside a bit of time to make it, but it is definitely worth doing so. ....
Bhinda Sambhariya ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 595
20 Sep 16

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 by Tarla Dalal
Bhinda sambhariya is an irresistible preparation of fresh okras, stuffed with an exciting sesame-tinged coconut and coriander mixture, and cooked in its own juice. Choose very small and tender okras for the best flavour, and enjoy its juicy feel combined with typical gujarati spices. This dish is a ....
Matar ki Kachori, Rajasthani Vatana Kachori, Green Peas Kachori
Recipe# 3856
02 Oct 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Delicious to the core, that’s what this Matar ki Kachori is! You would never have, really, tasted a kachori with such a flavourful filling. Crushed green peas are pepped up with a rather snazzy assortment of spices, of which nigella seeds really stands out, with its prominent flavour. You will ....
Crushed Peanut Chikki, Crushed Shing Dana Chikki Made in Jaggery
Recipe# 41001
18 Oct 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Peanut Chikki is one of the most popular amongst chikkis, the crushed peanut version being as popular as the whole one. Crushing the peanuts increases the aroma of the chikki, and enhances the flavour too as the peanuts and jaggery mix more uniformly. The texture is also quite different, somewhat so ....
Cabbage Foogath
Recipe# 32849
07 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
This is a dry vegetable dish made with cabbage. Other vegetables like beans, cluster beans, sabre beans, carrots etc can also be prepared in a similar way. One such dry curry is always served along with a traditional south indian lunch.
Punjabi Garam Masala
Recipe# 1448
26 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
This is a must-have item, which you ought to prepare and store before trying your hand at Punjabi cooking! You can store Punjabi Garam Masala in an air-tight container for upto a year but if you do not have the time or inclination to make it, use any garam masala available in the market.
Spicy Rice Samosa
Recipe# 39575
04 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Does rice always have to be in the main course? No, it is such a versatile ingredient it can be used to make anything from crunchy and savoury starters to sweet and luscious
Vaal Ki Usal  ( Know Your Dals and Pulses )
Recipe# 32821
27 Aug 18

 by Tarla Dalal
This is a popular, easy-fix maharashtrian dish. The combination of jaggery and kokum gives a sweet and tangy taste to this usal, which is made using vaal.
Bread Fritters
Recipe# 22626
02 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Bread, soaked in curds and bound with besan, is mixed into a thick batter together with an assortment of interesting ingredients like grated carrots, coriander, and so on. When deep-fried this innovative batter transforms into an appetizing and tasty Bread Fritter that you will enjoy sinking your te ....
Sweet Boondi
Recipe# 37970
23 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Sweet boondi, a very easy and quick way to make these delicious boondi. Serve them hot to your guest and they will surely relish it!
Spicy Mixed Dal
Recipe# 60
09 Jul 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
With five protein-rich dals, this spicy mixed dal version combines curds and traditional spices to give a tangy, spicy, delectable accompaniment for parathas and rotis. This dal can be prepared easily and quickly, but remember to soak them together for an hour to ensure uniform cooking.
Sukhi Bhindi, Punjabi Dry Bhindi Recipe
Recipe# 30882
21 Jun 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Bhindi also called okra or ladies finger has acquired an exotic image in the west, but in fact this is one of the most commonly consumed vegetable in India. The Punjabis love their bhindi and eat it in every form, fried curries and stuffed. Here this delicious vegetable has been deep-fried, making i ....
Vegetables In Hot Garlic Sauce ( Chinese Cooking )
Recipe# 321
22 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Vegetables in hot garlic sauce, if you want to try something different and go beyond manchurian gravy or sweet and sour vegetables, this recipe is a spicier version that your guests will enjoy! it is also healthier and much more flavorful than a manchurian. Rich flavors of ginger and garlic is what ....
Malvani Chana Masala, Maharashtrian Chana Gravy
Recipe# 38906
31 Mar 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
There are several interesting things about this recipe. First of all, there is the malvani masala, which is so aromatic and flavourful because all the ingredients are toasted before grinding. Then, there is the hara chana, which is cooked and crushed to a very convenient consistency before being ....
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