It has been an interesting week so far. I fell in love with a beautiful blue couch I saw at a friend’s studio. I found out where she got it and it turns out the store was very close to our home. We already have a couch, a recliner that I also love and we don’t need another one. So, I just wanted to “window surf” at the store. Then I went around to a few more stores and by the time I had to come back, I ended up spending three hours looking at everything there .
I realized two things. One – that the battery in my phone was dead and I did not have the charger in the car and two that I did not exactly know my way back to home. As I started to worry a little, I decided what the heck – I can figure it out. As I was driving (probably slower than usual), I saw in my rear window that there was a cop car following me. I was nervous thinking that I might have done something wrong and I will be stopped and I will get a ticket or something. I did not know if I had to pullover or not. I decided the best thing was to pullover and then face the situation. It did not occur to me that you are supposed to pullover only if you see the cop has turned on the flashing lights and/or the siren. I guess I was too nervous to remember the details.
And as cops minding their own business generally do, he/she just drove off without paying any attention to the car that they thought probably pulled over to make a phone call or something. I was relieved and also a little embarrassed as I remembered about the flashing lights :p
I got back onto the road, drove for a few more minutes. I trusted my instincts and arrived at the intersection that I recognized very well. I was home in a few more minutes and the first thing I did was call the husband and narrate the whole story. We both had a good laugh :p I now have a separate cable to charge my mobile in the car.
The best way to beat stressful days is with comfort food and also Karva chauth is around the corner and I am sure those who celebrate it will be in a very festive mood 🙂
Today I want to share one of those recipes with you. Kadi is a very common dish made during the Gujarati festivities. It is a yogurt and chickpea flour (besan) based dish that is very popular in many regions of India.
One of the familiar versions of kadhi in the south India is known as majjiga pulusu. It is traditionally accompanied by rice and various kinds of vegetables, but can also be had by itself.
- 2 cup Yogurt / Curd
- ½ cup Chickpea flour / Besan
- 1 tbsp Sour cream (optional)
- ½ tbsp Green chili paste / Hot thai chili
- ½ tbsp Ginger paste
- 4 cup Water
- 2 tbsp Ghee / Clarified Butter
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1 Dry red chili
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 2 Cloves
- ½ tsp Turmeric powder
- ½ tsp Hing / Asafoetida
- 1 Sprig curry leaves
- ½ tbsp Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1/4 cup Coriander / Cilantro (chopped)
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Prep time 10 min
Cook time 20-25 min
Passive time 10 min
Recipe level Easy / Beginner
Spice level 4 (On a scale of 1 to 6)
Shelf life 1 – 3 days in refrigerator using an airtight container
Serving suggestion With plain rice
- In a mixing bowl add the chickpea flour, yogurt, sour cream and whisk well so as to remove any lumps.
- Add water, sugar, salt and mix well.
- In a deep pot on medium heat add the yogurt mixture and simmer for 10-15 min. Making sure to stir occasionally as the chickpea flour tends to stick to the bottom of the pot.
- For the tempering, in a small sauce pan add the ghee on medium heat.
- Once the ghee melts, add the ginger and green chili paste. Saute until the raw smell of the ginger is gone. This takes 30 seconds to a minute.
- Add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and once they stop to splatter add asafoetida, cinnamon stick, cloves, dry red chili and curry leaves. Saute for a minute or so.
- Add turmeric powder.
- Add the tempering to the yogurt mixture. Cook for another 5-10 min until it gets slightly thickened.
- Switch off the flame and garnish with chopped coriander.
Serve hot as a soup or with pulao or plain rice. I made some baked aloo / potato with peppers and thyme. This goes very well with the kadi and rice. I will share the baked potato recipe in the coming weeks.
I hope you enjoy making this simple kadi and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week