March 25, 2013

Methi Kadhi | Fenugreek and gramflour in a flavourful yoghurt sauce - Jain Version

Sometimes we derive maximum comfort from simple things in life, isnt it ? That soft cottony bedspread that's been used and washed for ages that you want to never let go. A simple strong cup of coffee early in the morning, served with love (I am not a coffee drinker, but I still make it for all those who love it at home). A simple meal of rice and yoghurt after a long shopping sojourn in the sun. A baby's smile and gurgle at the end of a weary day.

Where am I going with all this, you may ask ? Well, I need no introduction to my most favourite comfort food in North Indian cuisine - and that's Kadhi (or spiced gramflour in yoghurt gravy - that translation itself takes away the magic that this dish offers). Some Kadhi, a little steamed rice, a papad. And thats ultimate comfort food for me. And for many people I know.

And team it up with some methi / fenugreek leaves, and you have a winner on hand. Adapted from Vidhu Mittal's Palak Magori ki Kadhi, I tweaked the recipe a bit as I had fresh methi leaves on hand and also had blogged about Magori Kadhi and Kadhi Pakodi earlier. And the earthiness was soo flavoursome, I hardly had any Kadhi left to snap it up. Thankfully, mom's dinner was delayed a bit so got to take a few snaps. Here you go for an awesome yoghurt gravy that's sure to tickle your senses.

Linking this to BM # 26. Also to Priya's healthy Me, healthy Us

Prep time : 15 mins | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves: 3
Difficulty level : Easy
Serving Suggestions : Plain steamed rice / Jeera Rice and papads / pickle

Besan - 1/4 cup (take away 1 tsp from this)
Yoghurt - 2 1/2 cups (slightly sour)
Water - 3 to 3.5 cups
Fresh fenugreek - washed and cleaned-  3 TBSP (substitute with Kasuri methi if you wish - but the flavour would be compromised)
Turmeric-  1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Ghee / clarified butter - 1/2 tsp
Green chillies - 1/2 tsp, minced
Ginger grated - 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds / jeera - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida / hing - 1/4 tsp
Red chillies, broken - 2 nos
Oil - 2 TBSP

Wash clean and sort fenugreek leaves, Chop them fine. Saute them in 1 TBSP of oil with little salt and keep aside.Do not add any water to cook, let the leaves wilt on its own. (If using kasuri methi / dried fenugreek, crush them with your palms and add to the tempering as in the next step)
In a large bowl, beat the yoghurt till free of lumps. Add in the besan, salt, turmeric and whisk together till they mix in a homegeneous mixture
In a deep pan or kadai, heat remaining oil. splutter cumin seeds, green chillies, asafoetida, red chillies, ginger. Saute well for 2 - 3 mins. Now add the yoghurt - besan mixture and let it simmer on very low flame for 5 -6 mins. Once the raw smell disappears, add the sauteed methi / fenugreek leaves and simmer further for 1-2 mins
Transfer to serving bowl. And serve hot with plain steamed rice and pickle.


  1. never tried kadhi with fenugreek,will give try next time.

  2. Yummy Kadhi... I love this kadhi...

  3. love the aroma of methi!!! so flavorful and so delicious!!!
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  4. looks delicious, my sister makes it this way and i agree that fresh fenugreek has its unique flavor that cannot be found in kasuri methi. Beautiful click

  5. Love the aroma of fresh methi!! looks super yum!!!!

  6. lovely combo and colorful kadhi dear :)

  7. I dont mind inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this delicious,health and flavourful Kadhi.

  8. Sounds new to me never tried kadhi with methi leaves,must be a flavorful one...

  9. this yogurt sauce is really versatile...just add anything to it..and you get something new and interesting..have tried with paalak, cluster beans and what not!..thank god, for the delay:) in meal, else you could have clicked in a spoon:)))!!

  10. Love how yellow the kadi looks..nice and healthy with palak kalyani..

  11. love kadhi of any type and love the flavor of methi in kadhi..Very colorful!

  12. I'm a big fan of kadhi. And your methi kadhi sounds different and tasty. Will try soon.

  13. This is very new to me Kalyani . Love the click!


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