When it’s gloomy outside or I’m feeling low, I often make kadhi. It never fails to make me feel better. Yesterday was a super busy day and I came home pretty tired. All I wanted to do was put my legs up and sit on the couch with a steaming bowl of kadhi and rice…and I did just that!
Kadhi is my ultimate comfort food. Kadhi is a traditional Gujarati gravy made with garbanzo bean flour and yogurt. It is pure spicy, creamy goodness. Best of all, it only takes about 20 minutes to make.
Yogurt and Garbanzo Flour Gravy (Kadhi)
- 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 tsp oil
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger (sometimes if I’m lazy, I just toss in two slices of ginger and take them out before serving)
- 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (optional)
- handful of curry leaves (optional)
- 3/4 cup yogurt
- 3 tbsp garbanzo bean flour (aka gram flour/besan)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- salt, to taste
- 3 cups water
- In a medium bowl, whisk the yogurt to get out the lumps. Whisk in the garbanzo bean flour and when the lumps are whisked away, whisk in the water.
- Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium high heat.
- When the oil is hot, add the cumin, fenugreek seeds, garlic and ginger. Stir for about 45 seconds.
- Stir in the yogurt, flour and water mixture. This will sizzle a bunch, just stir through it so that the yogurt does not curdle.
- Stir in the turmeric, chili powder and salt.
- Let the kadhi come to a boil. It will have thickened quite a bit. **Watch the kadhi when it is close to boiling. It has a tendency to boil over.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the cilantro.
- Serve warm with rice.
- Feel free to experiment with the recipe to come up with a version that suits your taste.
- Try adding a little less water if you like a thicker texture.
- I often add a finely chopped shallot or a couple of tablespoons of chopped onion to the kadhi.
- My mom adds a couple of cloves and a cinnamon stick to her kadhi.
- Traditionally a little bit of sugar is added to the kadhi. If you want to add a sweet element, try adding about one tsp of sugar.
- Garbanzo bean flour should be easy to find at a local health food or Indian grocery store. If not, you can order it online here Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour, 22 oz