Punjabi Kadhi

My kadhi came out exceptionally well today and so penning it before I forget any details. I have always wanted to learn how to make kadhi - correctly and perfectly spiced. I have eaten some exceptionally good kadhi's at friends house, got the recipe and tried the same at home... but it has never turned how I expect it to turn out. Well not today. For some reason, doing those same things today got me a very good kadhi....

Preparation Time: 10-15 min
Cooking Time: about 30 min
Serves: 5-6

Ingredients:

For Yoghurt mixture

2 cups dahi
10 tblsp besan (gram flour)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp red chilli pwd
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/4 tsp hing (asafetida)
salt to taste

For Tadka

2 tblsp Mustard oil
1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
10 Methi seeds
1/4 tsp hing (asafetida)
1 tblsp grated ginger
1 tsp garlic paste
1 small onion - chopped fine
2 red whole chillies
10 curry leaves


Method:

  1. Mix the contents under "Yoghurt Mixture" into a smooth paste. Add 4 cups water and mix well.
  2. Heat mustard oil in a pan on medium heat.
  3. Add 1 tsp jeera, 10 methi seeds, 1/4 tsp hing and let it splutter on low heat.
  4. Add chopped onion and fry till transluscent.
  5. Add 1 tblsp grated ginger and 1 tsp garlic paste and fry.
  6. Add curry leaves, 2 whole red chillies (broken) and fry for another min.
  7. Add yoghurt misture and bring kadhi to a boil.
  8. Simmer and let boil with stirring in between for about 15-20 min. Keep a watch and do not let the kadhi stick to the bottom. If it thickens a lot, add a little hot water.
  9. Add pakoras/boondi/veggies to the kadhi based on preference. I added Deep frozen spinach pakoras air fried.

Eggless Vanilla Cake

Mom made this for my birthday. She has given up eating egg and so the eggless cake. This is so good that I had to make a note of it.



Preparation Time: 30 min
Cooking Time: 40 min

Ingredients:

3 cups flour (maida)
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1 1/2 cup milk
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tblsp Vanilla Essence


Method:

  1. Preheat oven at 375F.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt 3 times.
  3. Beat sugar and oil to mix well
  4. Add 1 cup milk and Vanilla essence and beat a little more
  5. Add flour slowly as you beat
  6. Bake at 350F for about 40-45 minutes

Tips

  • Add some nuts to the top of the cake batter in the pan to decorate with nuts.