Punjabi Kadhi Pakora Recipe – Instant Pot Option

Punjabi Kadhi Pakora is classic Indian comfort food recipe. This wholesome and hearty dinner gravy recipe is gluten free. Kadhi is creamy soup like curry, full of complex flavors , pleasantly tangy and richly satisfying.

Velvety smooth chickpea flour and yogurt batter is simmered with quintessential Indian spices to make kadhi. Pakodas ( pakora ) are savory vegetable fritters. Pakoras are added to kadhi mixture to make wholesome and comforting kadhi pakora.

Learn how to make Best Punjabi Kadhi Recipe using stove top as well as in electric pressure cooker like InstantPot . And we also made this recipe guilt free by pan frying pakoras in very little oil instead of deep frying.

A spoon holding oil tempered kadhi and fritter. White rice and chutney in the background.

This pakoda kadhi recipe is epitomy of classic comfort food. And surprisingly it’s only served  during home cooked dinners.. you don’t find this dish in restaurant menus that often.

Kadhi pakoda is two step recipe. Making pakoras and making kadhi. Pakoras are then dunked into kadhi, given special garnish of oil tempering to make unbelievably delicious meal.

Even though the word kadhi sounds close to curry, the literally meaning of it quiet different. Kadhi is derived from word “kadhna” which means slowly simmered. Thus the classic recipe involves slow simmering it for extended period of time. We are showing easy and less tedious way to get similar results !

A ladle full of creamy kadhi and pan fried fritter. The curry is cooked in Instantpot.

VARIATIONS OF KADHI RECIPES ACROSS INDIA

Punjabi Kadhi Pakora recipe is all-time favorite food in many north-Indian homes. This curry is thick, full of spices and often served along with dipped pakodas.

Maharashtrian Kadhi is therapeutic yogurt curry. It uses only ginger and turmeric as main flavors. It is very thin and often used in healing common cough and cold during winter months.

Gujarati kadhi is sweeter in taste. It is often thick and served with boondi.

Karnatka and other Southern regions have similar dish called Tamali. It primarily uses buttermilk and raw garlic.

RECIPE INSPIRATION

This recipe is based on my dear friend Sonia’s mother home cooking. Aunty was an unbelievable cook and she loved feeding all of our group of friends lip smacking yummy meals.

I am using most of her ingredients to bring you that unparalleled taste. However, in my efforts to make classic food easy to make, I am including short cuts and tricks for time savings and efficiency in cooking.

A black dinner plate full of whie basmati rice garnished with chopped red onion and serving of Kadhi pakoda .

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE PUNJABI KADHI PAKORA RECIPE

Kadhi – Yogurt and chickpea flour are the main ingredients. Adding a teaspoon of sugar brings in a sweet taste.

Spices – For oil tempering, use cumin and mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Ground turmeric and cayenne pepper for the flavors along with minced ginger and garlic. We use kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) for authentic curry aroma. We keep it mildly spicy but feel free add green chilis to kick the spices another notch.

For pakoras – I like onions and baby spinach leaves in my besan batter along with carrom seeds, cumin seeds, ajwain (carrom seeds), red chili powder and pinch of baking soda and salt.

Ingredient needed to make Kadhi and pakoras displayed

HOW TO MAKE PUNJABI KADHI IN INSTANT POT?

Make Yogurt mixture – in a large mixing bowl, add yogurt and chickpea flour (besan) and sugar. Add 1 cup water and whisk the batter to smooth paste like consistency.

Start IP sauté mode. add oil. When oil heats up add  fenugreek seeds. Let them crackle. Add cumin and mustard seeds and curry leaves. Let the curry leaves sizzle. Add the yogurt mixture, ground turmeric and cayenne pepper. Stir for a minute. Cancel SAUTE .

Add remaining water and mix everything well. Select SOUP mode. Choose Less ( + – buttons) choose – and til it goes to less . ( you have to do it quickly) .. choose 15 mins. Keep the float valve on VENTING side ( so no pressure builds during cooking)

When InstantPot goes to KEEP WARM mode after it’s done cooking, wait 5 minutes. Open then lid.

Add pakora, salt, chopped cilantro. Select SAUTE mode back. Let it simmer for another 5 mins for 1 quick boil. Stir frequently. Cancel SAUTE.

In the meantime, make additional tadka. Heat up the ghee / oil in small fry pan. Add chopped garlic and let it fry till golden brown. Turn off the heat. Add whole coriander seeds and whole red chilies and give it a good stir.

Pour the sizzling tadka over the kadhi . Crush some kasuri methi on your palm  and sprinkle it over the curry. Gently stir so everything mixes well. Serve hot !

Process step collage showing steps involved in making punjabi kadhi in Instatnpot

HOW TO MAKE NO FRY PAKORAS 

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except oil. Mix everything well. Add water and make a pancake consistency batter.

Heat ebelskiever/paniyaram or appe pan on medium heat. Add couple drops of oil or use oil spray to coat each cavity.

Add about a tablespoon of batter in each cavity. Cover the lid and cook for 3-5 minutes low heat.

Add a few more drops of oil on the pakoras and flip them. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove them from the pan. Set aside.

Pakoras are done when golden brown on all sides. Make sure to cook it on low heat so they cook evenly without staying limpy inside. 

Process shot collage showing steps in making no fry pakoras

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Kadhi pakora served with steamed basmati rice is match made in heaven. “Kadhi Chawal” as is fondly called, has been epitomy of Punjabi comfort food , similar to Dal – Chawal and Rajma Chawal.

Similar to other dinner curries, you can also serve it with roti, naan or paratha. It can also be served with Makki ki roti along with baingan bharta for scrumptious dinner.

PREP AHEAD AND STORING OPTIONS

If you’d like to prepare this recipe in advance, prepare and keep the kadhi and pakoras separate. Add the pakoras to the kadhi about an hour before serving. This will keep them fresh and give them time to absorb some of the kadhi without being limpy.

Kadhi thickens over time , so add little water and thin it out before reheating.

You can refrigerate the kadhi and pakoda separately for 2-3 days. However once you mix them up , don’t store them for longer duration.

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A dinner serving of Punjabi Kadhi Pakora - creamy yogurt curry with non fry fritters along with steamed basmati rice, cut onion salad and flaxseed chutney. This meal is homely and comforting.

Punjabi Kadhi Pakora Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Punjabi Kadhi Pakora is popular North Indian comfort food. Learn how to make this classic dinner recipe in Instant Pot along with non fried fritters.

Ingredients

Onion-Spinach Pakoras (Fritters)

For Garnishing Tadka / Oil Tempering

  • 1 Teaspoon Ghee or Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • 4-5 garlic cloves- roughly chopped
  • 2-3 Whole Red Chilis

Equipments / Kitchen tools used

Instructions

To MAKE KADHI IN INSTANT POT

Make yogurt mixture - In a large mixing bowl, add yogurt and besan and sugar. Add 1 cup water and whisk the batter to smooth paste like consistency.

Start IP SAUTE mode. add ghee / oil. When it heats up add fenugreek seeds. Let them crackle. Add cumin and mustard seeds, minced ginger and curry leaves. Let the curry leaves sizzle.

Add the yogurt mixture, ground turmeric and cayenne pepper. Stir for a minute. Cancel SAUTE . Add remaining water and mix everything well.

Select SOUP mode. Choose Less ( + - buttons) choose - and til it goes to less . ( you have to do it quickly) Choose 15 mins. Keep the float valve on VENTING side ( so no pressure builds during cooking)

When Instant Pot goes to KEEP WARM mode after it's done cooking, wait 5 minutes. Open then lid.

To make No-Fry Pakoras :

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients listed for pakoda except oil. Mix everything well. Add water and make a pancake consistency batter.

Heat ebelskiever/paniyaram or appe pan on medium heat. Add couple drops of oil or use oil spray to coat each cavity.

Add about a tablespoon of batter in each cavity. Cover the lid and cook for 3-5 minutes low heat. Add a few more drops of oil or couple oil mists on the pakoras and flip them. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove them from the pan. Set aside.

Pakoras are done when golden brown on all sides. Make sure to cook it on low heat so they cook evenly without staying limpy inside. 

MAKE GARNISHING TADKA / OIL TEMPERING :

Heat up the ghee / oil in small fry pan. Add chopped garlic and let it fry till golden brown. Turn off the heat. Add whole coriander seeds and whole red chilies and give it a good stir.

HOW TO SERVE :

Add pakora in the Kadhi mixture. Add salt, chopped cilantro. Select SAUTE mode back. Let it simmer for another 5 mins for 1 quick boil. Stir frequently. Cancel SAUTE.

Pour the sizzling tadka over the kadhi . Crush some kasuri methi on your palm  and sprinkle it over the curry. Gently stir so everything mixes well. Serve hot with rice and devour !

STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS:

Prepare the yogurt and besan mixture as above. In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil or ghee on medium heat. Add Fenugreek seeds, black mustard seeds and cumin seeds and curry leaves. Let them crackle and sizzle.

Add Yogurt mixture and all other spices. Mix well. Let it bring to boil. Add remaining water. Stir well. Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for 30-50 minutes stirring frequently.

Once it gets to desired thickness, turn the heat off. Follow the same steps to make fritters, garnishing tadka and serving.

Notes

Kadhi tastes best if you use sour yogurt.  In fact, it was a recipe to use leftover old yogurt. If your yogurt is not sour, add 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of Amchur powder.

To avoid Yogurt from separating and curdling:
* Avoid high pressure cooking. Always cook kadhi at low pressure.
* Do not add salt while cooking. Add it along with the garnish at the end.
* Use room temperature yogurt and whisk it well.

For Instant Pot, Soup mode works best. You can also use Low Pressure MANUAL for 6 minutes.To prevent the hot kadhi from spitting out while releasing pressure, it is recommended to let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, followed by quick release. 

You can also make pakoda in airfryer or bake them in oven. Arrange the spoonful of pakora batter in single layer on the grill. Lightly spray some oil mist. Use 325 F temperature setting for 10 minutes. Flip them upside down and bake for another 5-8 minutes until golden brown from all sides.

I like spinach and onion pakora. You can also change the veggies for your likings. If you want to keep kadhi simple, skip the pakoras. Use masala boondi instead of pakoras. 

This recipe is intended for 6 QT and above sized Instant Pots only.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 20g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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