Chila Kadi -kadi with a twist

Kadhi is a blend of yogurt and besan (gram flour) with besan pakoras(Generally) . This dish is popular throughout India.There are different versions of kadi through out India.Being a Punjabi i just love kadi-chawal.I make kadi using many different stuff like papad,peas,potato,moong dal pakoda & chila. Today I will tell you how to make chila kadi which goes really well with chapati or rice & some side sabzi like bhindi fry or jeera aloo.Its very easy and tasty. Lets begin 😉

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Ingredients for chila :

  • 1/2 cup besan (chickpea flour)
  • 1/4 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp chilly powder
  • Enough water to make the batter
  • Salt to taste
  • Little chopped fresh cilantro/Coriander
  • Oil

For the Kadhi 

  • 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt, slightly sour
  • 2-3 tbsp besan (chickpea flour)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder (adjust to tolerance)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp crushed kasuri methi, (dried fenugreek leaves, give a great flavor but can be skipped if not available)
  • 2.5 – 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Generous pinch of hing powder
  • Salt to taste


Making the Chilla

  1. In a bowl, mix up all the ingredients of chilla & make a batter ( it should not be very thin or thick)
  2. In a tawa put little oil & spread this mixture to make a  round dosa.
  3. Shallow fry in low flame ,turning both the sides & cut into 12 pieces with a knife.
  4. Your chilla is ready 🙂

Making the Kadhi

  1. In a bowl, combine besan, yogurt, and water to make a lump free smooth mix. Let stand.
  2. In a heavy bottomed pot, heat oil ,add hing, cumin, turmeric, chilly and coriander powder.
  3. Add the besan-yogurt mixture and mix thoroughly. Return to medium heat and let the kadhi come to a boil.
  4. Add the Chilla and let simmer for about 5-8 minutes. Add chopped coriander.
  5. For Garnish (optional)
  6. In a small saucepan, warm up the ghee and add cumin seeds to it, when they splutter, take away from the heat and add sliced green chillies.
  7. Top up the chilla-kadhi with this cumin ghee just before serving along side rotis or steamed rice.

Hope you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

There are different ways you can make the kadhi tadka,you can use chopped onion,garlic,fenugreek seeds,Curry leaves, dry red chillies. The above process was quick & easy as all the masala is always available at home all the time.When you have time use a different tadka & enjoy the mouthwatering flavours. Ting!!!!!:-)



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