Hi Everyone! It’s your friendly Indian food blogger back again with another one of my favourite homestyle recipes. If you don’t already know me, I’m Raj, and I blog at Pink Chai. I’m super happy to be back here on Jillian’s blog with another recipe that’s close to my heart and family favourite with a vegan twist – Kadhi. I also did a Vegan Palak Tofu recipe so make sure you check it out!
Kadhi is a yogurt based dish that is popular all across India, but the version we are making today isn’t really traditional. Kadhi comes from the word ‘kadh’ which means to cook slowly and gently. So a very traditional version might be cooked for an hour or more. This Vegan Kadhi is a take on my quick weeknight version that cooks up in about half an hour, and skips the added pakoras (fried fritters) on top. But don’t worry, it’s packed with flavour and super satisfying. To make up for the missing pakoras I use thinly sliced onions and roasted chickpeas for extra texture and crunch.
Kadhi is unique to most dishes you’ve probably eaten at Indian restaurants as it’s made from a mixture of chickpea flour and yogurt that are cooked together to create a ‘cream of soup’ type of consistency. It’s often cooked in warm weather as yogurt has a naturally cooling effect on the body.
Before we get into the recipe, a few quick notes:
- Kadhi is one of those dishes that needs a little bit of babysitting. Keep the flame on low, and make sure you are stirring it regularly or the chickpea flour will stick to the bottom of the pot.
- I tried a variety of vegan yogurts on my quest to get the recipe just right, the winner for me is coconut yogurt. I just couldn’t get the flavours right with other options.
- For the chickpea topping, simply drain a can of chickpeas and toss them with your favourite spice blend. I like paprika, salt, and cumin. Roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. They’ll come out perfectly roasted and delicious.
With that, let’s get cooking!