Kadhi – Spicy Indian Yogurt Soup

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Stop me if I’m wrong, but in Indian cuisines, and by Indian cuisine I mean cuisines from all parts of the country, there are very few recipes which can be considered as soup. Kadhi, is one of those few dishes that can be considered as soup. You can have it warm and serve it with khichdi or cold as a soup.

Kadhi is a true Indian dish, I say this because, almost the same recipe is followed throughout India. The wiki page on kadhi says that its a Gujrati dish and is popular among people in the Northern states and also among Sindhis. But, while living in the Southern states of India I have had kadhi with the South Indian touch of tempered curry leaves.

Gujrati Kadhi

Gujratis, as I have learnt over the years love their sweets, so even in kadhis they like to add some sugar or jaggery to give it a hint of sweetness. Sindhis like some vegetables in the kadhi, the most popular being okra. Another very common kadhi preparation is kadhi with pakora. The pakoras are made by frying a batter of chickpea and onions, and are dropped in the kadhi.

Growing up in a Bengali family, I had my share of having kadhi for lunch in the summer. My mom used to, actually she still makes sour yogurt at home, everyday all through the year. And, when there is some extra yogurt left she makes the kadhi, but with a touch of Bengali spices in it.

Kadhi

Appetizer, Indian, Yogurt soup, Gujrati kadhi, Kadhi, Indian recipe, Indian spicy yogurt soup, Summer recipe
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sour yogurt
  • 3 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • ½ teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • For tempering:
  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil
  • ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 2-3 whole dry red chilies
Directions
  • Take the yogurt is a large bowl and gradually add the chickpea flour to it, mix well so that there are no lumps. Pour the water a cup or less at a time and continue stirring. You can also add everything together and put it in a juicer for 10 seconds to get a good mix
  • Add all the ground spices and season with salt. Give it a good stir
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the mustard seeds, as they start sputtering add the curry leaves and whole red chilies. Pour the yogurt mixture and cook till it just starts to boil. Lower the flame and cook for a minute more. Serve hot or cold.

Kadhi

Hot Tips – Be patient while mixing the ingredients together, mix well so that there are no lumps. It depends on how thick you want your kadhi you can add or reduce the amount of water, also note that that the kadhi thickens after cooling.

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Summer Dessert – Fruit Custard

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Summer is the time to have everything cold from drinks to salads and from starters to desserts. And, with those lots of berries flooded in the market, there’s nothing better to get some in your plate. The strawberry lassi is one of my favourites.

There are kids who just hate to eat fruits, whichever may that be. When my sister was young my mom used to make custard and pour it over any fruit and serve it to her. That was the only way my sister ate fruits. Back in India, there is always the custard powder available in your grocery store, but in here its a little hard to find. So, I made it a little my way.

Fruit Custard

Dessert, Summer dessert, Custard, Fruit custard, Children food, Fruit recipe
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • Preparation:
  • 2 cups whole fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 3 egg yolks, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ cup refined sugar
  • Fruits of choice – banana, berries, apple, oranges
Directions
  • Heat the milk to boiling in a saucepan and then lower the flame. Reduce it to half the volume. Pour in the sugar and stir and continue simmering
  • In the meantime, take the egg yolks in a bowl, whisk till they become pale. If you are using an electric beater, use it at low for 1min, if you are using a balloon whisk; just beat it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Continue whisking and pour in the vanilla essence and all-purpose flour, make sure there aren’t any lumps.
  • Pour in the hot milk and whisk lightly. Transfer the mixture back to the saucepan and simmer while stirring. Continue stirring so that no lumps are formed. Simmer for 2-3 minutes more. Take out of flame and let cool
  • Chop the fruits to bite size pieces. Keep the chopped apple and banana, if using immersed in water so that they don’t turn black
  • Pour about a ladle of custard in small serving glasses, layer with fruits and pour another ladle of custard. Chill in the fridge for about 1 hour and serve topped with cherries.

Hot Tips – In place of all purpose flour you can also use cornflour as used by Nigella in her custard sauce recipe.

This custard recipe goes to Kid’s Special event hosted at Tickling Palates.

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Kacha Kumror Tarkari

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Kolkata is raging with heat waves. Not a drop of rain since a little shower last week. The mercury is rising every day, and it has become quite a tough job to keep the body cool. Choosing a meal that would keep the body in good health and also pamper your taste buds is definitely hard.

A healthy diet is very important to keep up with this heat, and to make the food least spicy is another crucial step. Alike winter summers to have its own set of vegetables flooding the markets. I love the small raw pumpkins during this time of the year. The only preparation I have ever tasted with green pumpkin though is this one. The fresh and green taste of the cilantros along with the softness of the green pumpkin makes this simple preparation a good treat. This particular recipe was inherited by mom from her mom.

If you know any other recipes of raw pumpkin please do let us know.


Ingredients:

  • Raw Pumpkin (Kacha Kumro): 1 medium size, 300-400gms approx
  • Potatoes (Alu): 2/3, cut into 2” squares
  • Coriander leaf (Dhane pata):
  • Nigella (Kalo jeera): 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger paste (Ada bata): 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder (Halud guro): ½ teaspoon
  • Green chili (Kancha lanka): 3/ 4
  • Mustard oil (Sarser tel): 2 ½ tablespoon
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Cut the pumpkin in 2” size square without peeling the coat
  • Heat oil in a wok, and throw in the nigella seeds
  • Add the potatoes and green pumpkin, cook covered without pouring water, add salt
  • Once the pumpkin is half cooked put turmeric powder, ginger paste and the coriander paste
  • Cook uncovered, pour some water if required
  • Take out of flame and serve hot with rice

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Aamer Dal – Bengali Mango Dal Recipe

 

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ও শিব কবে হবে কাল, নিম দিয়ে ছেচকি আম দিয়ে ডাল

Kolkata has started observing the heat waves for this year. The temperature is going way above the 30°C. To beat the heat and keep the body cool having something bitter or sour is best. By definition though summer is a little away but the markets are flooded with raw mangoes. These sour tasting mangoes are a wonderful ingredient for varieties of Bengali recipes. Starting from the simple dal to chatni and even achar green mangoes are a favorite.

Enlightment

Enlightenment

The green mango dal is a must have in most Bengali families during the summer time. Green mango has some very good health benefits too. The raw mango contains more Vitamin C than the half-ripe or ripe mangoes. It also contains a good amount of Vitamin B1 and B2. To know more about the health benefits of raw mangoes have a look at this article “Eating Mango is Really Beneficial for Health”.

So, Beat the Heat with Raw Mango Daal (Bengali Mango Daal, aamer dal, mango dhal):

Preparation time: 10min

Cooking time: 15min
Serves 4

Aamer Dal - Bengali Mango Daal

Aamer Dal - Bengali Mango Daal

Ingredients:

  • Red Lentil (Masur dal): ½ cup
  • Split Husked Mung Bean (Mung/Moog dal): ½ cup
  • Raw Mango (Kancha aam): 1
  • Turmeric powder (Halud guro): ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds (Sarse dana): 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard oil (Sarser tel): 2 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Mix the two lentils together and boil with 2 cups of water and salt
  • As the lentils get half cooked add the mango pieces and cook till the lentils are fully cooked
  • Add the turmeric powder and with a wired balloon whisk stir the cooked lentils once or twice
  • Heat the oil in a wok, throw in the mustard seeds and dried chilies
  • As the mustard seeds starts popping pour in the lentils and cook for a minute or two
  • Serve hot with rice for lunch

Further Reading: Chholar Daal, Dal Shukno, Masur Dal – Musurir Daal, Roadside Tadka

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