Kadhi as is well known is a North Indian delicacy that is very much relished with rice. It is a yoghurt based preparation with or without the dumplings or veggies added to it. Today I decided to add in some Dhoka pieces (fried Lentil cakes) in it and the end result was an yummy fusion of Bengali and North Indian cuisine.
I have already posted the original Bengali recipe of Dhokar Dalna (Fried Lentil Cakes in Gravy) in my earlier post. So do try this combination and enjoy a simple homemade lunch of this unusual Kadhi-Chawal. Please find below a step by step guide with pictures to preparing it. Bon Appetit.
- 1/2 cup yoghurt
- 3 cups water
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
- 1 tbsp. oil
- 1 tsp. panch phoron (equal quantity of fennel. fenugreek, mustard, cumin & nigella seeds)
- 1/4 tsp. asafoetida (hing)
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 8-10 Dhoka pieces (recipe below)
- coriander leaves to garnish
In a bowl, whisk together yoghurt, water, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and cumin powder.
Heat oil in a pan and temper with panch phoron. Saute for a few seconds and then add the asafoetida and curry leaves.
Now add the yoghurt mix and bring it to a boil. Simmer and cook on a low flame by stirring at intervals.
After 10 minutes add the Dhoka pieces and further simmer till the gravy thickens to a desired consistency. Serve, garnished with coriander leaves.
To prepare the Dhokas ----
To the ground chana dal paste, add salt, turmeric powder and red
chili powder. Mix well.
Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a non-stick pan and temper with kalonji and
asafoetida. Saute for a few seconds.
Add the chana dal mix and saute till it leaves the sides of the pan.
Transfer to a greased plate and allow it to cool .
Cut into desired shapes.
Heat oil and shallow fry to light golden colour.
Drain and keep aside.
Now to prepare the Kadhi ------
Heat oil in a pan. Temper with panch phoron, asafoetida & curry
Pour the kadhi mix and bring it to a boil. Simmer on a low flame
for 10 minutes by stirring at intervals.
Add the fried Dhokas and continue to simmer further till you get a
Serve, garnished with coriander leaves.