March 14, 2012

Mangodi Kadhi | Green gram dumplings in spiced yoghurt gravy

Till a few years ago, I was completely unaware of Mangodi (green gram dumplings). I think summers bring out the food preservation techniques best known to each Indian home maker. Be it the papads or vathals or making mangodis, I personally feel the Indian art of preserving food (without artificial additives / canning devices) since time immemorial is worth a book by itself. Pickles - the ubiquitous lip smacking dish in every Indian meal is one such example : comes in a variety of flavours, and vegetable combos, their array is astonishing as one travels across India. 

Even I am wondering why all this rambling when I could write only about today's post ? Mangodi Kadhi - Green gram dumplings in spicy yoghurt gravy - is one such dish which summers make more delightful. Had with steaming rice and some papad, this is one dish that is truly desi in its avatar and flavour. I have adapted the basic Gatte ki Kadhi from my paired blogger - Pradnya - this month for Blog Hop Wednesdays. Pradnya's blog - Pumpkin Farm Food - is a delight to read. With an array of world cuisine and regional delights, I had a hard time choosing which dish to duplicate for BHP. Finally decided to adapt the Gatte Ki Kadhi but was pressed for time to make the Gatte. So, I had this packet of Mangodis waiting to be used up (a friend of mine had sent it all the way from Jaipur). It was delicious and we had this for our lunch with steaming rice and some pickles. Am happy to have tried this, and am sure this would be a regular along with the usual Kadhi Pakodi that is my family's favourite. Now off to the recipe..

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Prep time : 15 mins
Cook time : 15 mins
Serves : 3

Ingredients:
  • Mangodi - 1/2 cup
  • Oil - 2 TBSP
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coriander leaves - for garnish
For the Kadhi:
  • Yoghurt / Curd - 2 cups
  • Besan / gramflour - 2 TBSP
  • Turmeric - a dash
  • Asafoetida - a generous pinch
Tempering:
  • Oil - 1 TBSP
  • Methi seeds (dry fenugreek seeds) - 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chillies - 2 or 3 (also can substitute with green chillies)
  • Minced Ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
Method:
1) Fry Mangodis in the oil till golden brown and drain on paper towels.
2) Beat yoghurt with besan (gram flour), salt, turmeric and little water to pouring consistency (like Dosa batter)
3) In a deep bottomed pan, heat 1 TBSP oil. Splutter methi seeds, coriander seeds, chillies, ginger & curry leaves
4) When the methi seeds turn slightly reddish, add the asafoetida and the yoghurt-besan mixture. Mix and simmer on low heat for 10 mins. When it comes to a slow boil, add the fried Mangodis, coriander leaves and simmer for further 5 - 6 mins till they are cooked.
5) Serve hot with steamed rice, pickles / papad and dry curry for a wholesome meal.

Notes:
1) Do not over fry the mangodis - they turn bitter.
2) Slightly sour yoghurt (dahi) works well for this kadhi, unless you prefer really sweet curds
3) Use of methi seeds is optional, but it enhances the taste quite a bit. use 1/4 tsp if you dont prefer the bitter taste.

30 comments:

  1. Very comfort tangy and yummy curry. Thanks for linking my event.

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  2. yummy kadhi kal my all time favorite!! Go on and link it up to the event on my space

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  3. kadhis are super comfort food.. love this

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  4. new combo of curry and magori.looks fabulous

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  5. new combo of curry and magori.looks fabulous

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  6. You are so lucky to have those mangodis. We don;t get it here. lovely tangy kadhi.

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  7. delicious kadhi with those superb moong fritters

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  8. looks lovely & delicious .....

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  9. lovely tangy kadhi..The mangodis sure add a crunch in there!!

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  10. hey kadhi looks good...thanks for trying..this is a keeper in my family especially when FIL is visiting. I once tried mungdal mangodi but no one like it , I think my lack of experience on how to use them or maybe the local brand. I am still interested in trying it. If it clicks it will be an instant hit. BTW...for stuff buns, milk+sugar+butter works for brushing the surface- wonder whether you noticed

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  11. looks colorful and tasty tangy.


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  12. Mangodi kadi looks super yummy. Nice color as well.

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  13. color is so vibrant....a must try recipe!

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  14. yummy kadhi...I love all and every type of kadhi...only i dont make it too often...i wish i could and would!

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  15. Looks yummy... Love the colour.

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  16. wow..it looks more tempting...i rarelt make kadhi n now i am more tempted :) mangodi once have seen in Indian store will try to get that...looks too good!
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  17. Very nice recipe...Addition of mungodi in kadhi is very innovative....

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  18. I have never heard of Mangodi, but def of Kadhi pakora & i love kadhi.. esp with Moongdal Khcihdi :).. Love this one.. Thanks for linking it to my event :)

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  19. Kadhi is my favorite. I have not tried it before.

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  20. delicious kadhi with mangodis.

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  21. summer fiesta indeed;looks yum kalyani

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  22. grt ..Kalyani..this kadhi is really inviting.

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  23. I have a packet of these in my fridge will put them to good use now thanks.

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  24. Looks delicious kadhi..am sorry to tell you cilantro used for garnish can't qualify for the event dear..

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  25. very delicious and perfect kadi..I will also post my version soon..

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  26. mangodi kadi. looks awesome


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  27. Mangodi looks yummy and very refreshing. A new recipe added to my to do list!

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  28. Excellent, I was in hunt for a good kadi recipe and I think I will be making it this weekend, let you know soon.

    I always love steaming hot kadi and steaming hot white rice together. But have not made it together like this. And I'll be making this soon now.
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