Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda

Kadhi Pakoda is a typical Punjabi dish. It is spicy, tangy and addictive buttermilk and gram flour gravy which is loaded with soft and tasty pakoda and is quite popular in North India.

I mean this particular dish is my favourite and it is just fabulous. It needs a lot of patience to make delicious kadhi pakoda and the pakoda are itself a perfect time snack with tea.

Try to use a little sour yoghurt or buttermilk to get the perfect tangy kadhi.It tastes best the next with some steaming hot rice.

5 from 2 votes
Kadhi Pakoda
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

A spicy and delicious yoghurt based curry with deep fried gram flour, potato and onions pakodas. This is a must in Punjabi households.

Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Sapana Behl
  • 1- litre buttermilk khatti lassi or 2 cups yoghurt + 2 cups water whisked
  • 1 cup besan/gram flour
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds/methi dana
  • a pinch asafetida
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 2-3 whole dried red chilly
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger powder/saunth
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • water as required
For pakodas:
  • 1 potato thinly chopped
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 cup besan/gram flour
  • water as required
For tempering:
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red chill powder
  • a pinch asafetida
  1. In a mixing bowl add gram flour, salt, turmeric and buttermilk and whisk for some time until combined.
  2. In a large heavy bottom pan, heat ghee and add asafetida, fenugreek seeds, dried fenugreek leaves, cumin seeds, whole red chilly and sauté for 1 minute.Add coriander powder, chopped chillies and stir again.
  3. Pour the buttermilk mixture and 2 cups water or as much consistency desired and let it boil with continuous stirring on high heat.If you stop stirring it will come out from the vessel(like milk when boiled).Stir till a point comes when it stops raising up.Now add dried ginger powder and keep the flame low.Allow it to cook on low heat for some time about 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
For the pakodas
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.Heat oil in a pan.Make small pakodas with hand or spoon, pour in hot oil and fry till golden colour appears.Take them out from oil, press gently with hand(Keep in a foil or towel) and fry again.Keep aside.
For tempering
  1. Heat oil in a pan, add asafetida, garlic and chilly flakes,sauté and add into the hot kadi ( which is still simmering on low heat).Mix pakodas in kadhi and remove from heat.
  2. Serve hot with Rice.


Best Regards,

Sapana Behl

12 comments on “Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda”

  1. Pavani says:

    That is such a comforting and delicious dish Sapana. I would love to have some over hot rice.

  2. Ruchi says:

    Oh so delicious.. lovely pics.. Sapana me drooling over Pakoda Kadhi.. Simply love this combo..

  3. Avin says:

    One of the staples in Punjabi cuisines. Love your pics

  4. Sapana I love the pictures. They are beautiful. As for the kadhi I am off to get myself a plate and help myself.

  5. My favourite too. 🙂 Just love them, but who doesnt like Punjabi dishes eh ?

  6. Jayashree says:

    Kadhi I love anytime, comfort food. Love your kadhi with pakora.

  7. I m drooling sapana! I love kadhi’s and with these crispy pakade’s it must be awesome!!

  8. Afroz says:

    This is comfort food for me. I love the crispy pakoda with the kadi and rice.
    Beautiful pictures as well .

  9. Jagruti says:

    This pakode wali kadhi must in my kitchen when someone has a sore throat in the family. classic dish and I just love it.

  10. This reminds me of kadi pakoda, I recently had at rishikesh and it was too good. Yours am sure would have tasted great!!!

  11. Such a comforting food, i can survive for many days with this kadi. Lipsmacking here.

  12. Mukul Sharma says:

    I am cooking this today. looks delicious

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