Timeless Sindhi Kadhi

A classic Sunday meal in a Sindhi household must include Kadhi-Chawal. If this is accompanied by Aloo Tuk and Sweet Boondi, a siesta is guaranteed! The trick to getting a robust flavor in the Kadhi is in roasting the Besan (roasted bengal gram flour) well—almost to the point that you would roast it for Besan Laddoos!



  1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Fry the vegetables with a pinch of salt until half-done. Remove.
  2. In the same pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, ginger, chili and asafetida, and saute until fragrant.
  3. Now add the Besan and roast well until pinkish brown in color and very fragrant.
  4. Now add the tomato puree and whisk it in, making sure there are no lumps.
  5. Return the vegetables to the pan and add about a liter of water. Add the turmeric and red chili powders, salt, and tamarind.
  6. Bring the kadhi to a good boil and simmer for 5-6 minutes until the vegetables are done and the kadhi has thickened.
  7. Serve with hot rice!

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