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Spinach Pakoda Kadhi !

Swapna Sunil
20 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Spinach Pakoda Kadhi ! RECIPE

Kadhi pakoda or Pakoda wali kadi is a staple dish of North Indian homes. This is not only known by different names but also made with many variations. Spinach pakoda kadhi is more influenced by the Punjabi cuisine wherein pakodas are crunchy fritters made with spinach and chickpea flour being the main ingredients flavored with spices and are then simmered in yogurt, chickpea based tangy gravy. However the authentic recipe does not include spinach but this was my twist to the traditional make. Kadhi is mostly enjoyed with rice but tastes great with roti as well !

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • North Indian
  • Simmering
  • Whisking
  • Frying
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. For Pakoda :
  2. 1 cup spinach finely chopped
  3. 1/2 cup onion finely sliced
  4. 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  5. 1 tbsp yogurt
  6. 1 tsp carom seeds
  7. 1 tbsp ginger finely chopped
  8. 1 tbsp green chillies finely chopped
  9. 1 tsp red chilli powder
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Oil for frying
  12. For the kadhi :
  13. 1 cup yogurt thick and sour
  14. 2 tbsp chickpea flour
  15. 2 to 3 cups water
  16. 1 tbsp Oil
  17. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  18. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  19. few curry leaves
  20. 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  21. 2 nos dry red chillies
  22. 1 tbsp ginger
  23. 1 tsp garlic
  24. 1 tsp turmeric
  25. 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  26. Salt to taste
  27. 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  28. For final seasoning :
  29. 1/4 cup onion finely sliced
  30. 1 tsp garlic finely sliced
  31. 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  32. 1 nos dry red chilli
  33. A pinch asafoetida / Hing
  34. 2 tsp clarified butter/ ghee


  1. In a bowl add the ingredients mentioned under pakodas and mix well. Adding water make this into a thick pakoda batter.
  2. Once the batter is mixed start heating oil for frying pakodas.
  3. Add a spoonful of batter at a time to the hot oil in shape of dumplings either by hand or with a spoon. Fry the fritters until golden and drain them on to a paper towel.
  4. Now lets start with the gravy making. In a bowl add yogurt, chickpea flour and whisk together without any lumps. Now add water and whisk into a runny liquid.
  5. Heat up a deep pan with oil. Once hot add in mustard, cumin, fenugreek seed. Allow them to pop. Later stir in the chopped ginger , garlic, broken red chilli pieces, curry leaves and fry until ginger garlic turn golden .
  6. Next add the turmeric and stir in the whisked yogurt mix.
  7. Lower the heat and bring this to a boil. Next stir in the red chilli powder and salt.
  8. Continue cooking on low until thick for atleast 10 minutes.
  9. Next add the pakodas and cook further for 6 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and turn off the heat.
  10. Lastly lets head towards the final seasoning. Heat up a pan with ghee once hot add in the hing fry for a few seconds until fragrant. Next add in the dry red chilli, sliced onions, garlic and fry until they turn golden.
  11. Lastly stir in the red chilli powder and fry for few seconds.
  12. Turn off the heat and immediately top the pakoda kadhi with spicy seasoning.
  13. Serve hot with steamed rice or roti.
  14. Silky smooth tangy yogurt sauce with goodness loaded pakodas is ready to dig in !

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