Kadhi Pakodi/Chickpea Dumplings in Yogurt Soup

When I made this dish for the first time, we had couple of bites and it went straight to the trash. This happened about 4 years back and since then, I never bothered to even think about it until very recently!

Let me explain..

The girlfriend was trying to impress her boyfriend by making one of his favorite dishes. Point to note over here is that, the girlfriend was not much of a cook and never ate that dish before. On top of that, she tried to understand the recipe from the boyfriend. Result.. major disaster!! 😀

Arvind is not a picky eater. He eats everything and likes to try out new cuisines. However, when it comes to some of his favorites dishes, you are not allowed to mess around it. He has this very funny way of explaining his favorite dishes. He will visualize it, explain you the color, texture and some basic ingredients that he is aware of. Here is the interesting part – most of his favorite dishes are new to me.. fun of cross cultural marriage 😀

Did you guys know that Indian cuisine can be split into 5 categories — northern, southern, eastern, western and north-eastern??

Few weeks back, he suddenly mentioned ‘Kadhi Pakori’ and immediately, I had a flashback of the ‘disaster cooking’ episode. This time, I didn’t want to take any chance and I decided to take the recipe from Mummy (that’s what I call my Mom-in -law). This is a very popular North Indian dish and somehow, the idea of mixing yogurt with chickpea flour was not too appetizing for me. Arvind convinced me that I will like it and I told him that if I don’t.. he has to take me out for dinner 😛

This time the wife was trying to impress her husband. Result.. yummmyyy !! I made it again.. twice in the same week! The spicy yogurt soup with chickpea dumplings is a comforting meal and you shouldn’t miss giving it  a try.

This will make 4 servings

Lets start by making the pakodi/dumplings first


  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • water to make the batter
  • oil to deep fry the dumplings

Directions :

Use a glass bowl and mix the chickpea flour with chilly powder, salt, pepper and baking powder.

Add little water and start making the batter. Add just enough water, so that the batter looks nice and thick. It shouldn’t look flow-y.

In a wok, heat enough oil for deep fry and then, bring it down to medium high.

Using a spoon, drop the batter to make dumplings. Don’t over crowd the wok. Just put 5 to 6 dumplings at a time.

Once done, take it out and keep it in a kitchen towel and let it soak the extra oil.

The dumplings will not form proper round in shape. Also, these dumplings can be enjoyed as a great snack bite with some dip.

Once you are ready with the dumplings, you can start making the kadhi/yogurt soup


  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbs chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp hing/asafoetida
  • 1 tbs ginger paste
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 2 tsp ghee/clarified butter
  • 6 to 8 curry leaves
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil


In a bowl, whisk yogurt, water and chickpea flour to make a smooth batter without any lumps. Keep it aside.

In a deep pan or wok, heat 2 tsp oil and add cumin seed, hing/asafoetida and ginger paste.

Once they start to sizzle, add the yogurt mix along with the turmeric powder.

Add salt, sugar and chilly powder.

Stir for 10 minutes in low heat. You need to keep stirring else it will boil up and start to puff.

Add the pakodis/dumplings that we had made earlier, pour 2 cups water and stir properly.

Cover and let it cook for 10 minutes in low heat and then switch off the heat.

In a separate pan, preferable a tiny one, prepare the tampering.

Heat the ghee and add mustard seed, cinnamon stick, curry leaves. It will splatter, so be very careful.

As soon as it starts to splatter, switch off the heat and pour the hot ghee straight in the soup and serve!

A lesson I learned. Never say ‘No’ to a dish before you try it, you might just end up loving it! 🙂

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Manu says:

This looks wonderful. I had never heard of kadhi pakodi before! You are so right: Indian cuisine is so diverse and it varies so much from one place to the other, I find it amazing! And that’s why I love it! 🙂 Fantastic clicks as always! 🙂

Raji says:

Love this kadhi Kankana…the pakodis dunked in yoghurt are a real treat…I too make it nearly the same way..have the post lying in my draft folder since ages. Beautiful presentation.

Radhika says:

Love the presentation and the shots have come out beautifully. First time and happy to follow you dear.

Priya says:

Feel like grabbing that bowl and having rite now, dont even need anything to have along, will finish it in no time,tempting kadhi pakodi..

Tiffany says:

This looks so rich and delicious! And I LOVED your story! 😀

though i have heard about this a lot , i never tasted this so far.Very inviting clicks and interesting recipe

Wow, that looks stunning! I’m happy to know that you’ve now mastered one of Arvind’s favorite! 🙂

Faith says:

Looks like this dish came out perfect this time! The color of that creamy soup is lovely…and the chickpea dumplings look like pretty little pillows…definitely a delicious dish!

sally says:

I’m glad you were able to successfully make this dish! It looks wonderful! I love chickpea dumplings and I imagine that they would be great in a yogurt soup.

So creamy and tasty..I love this recipe and it is very tempting!
Great pictures as always!!! yummy for sure!

RS says:

Looks rich and creamy 🙂

Beautiful styling and pictures as always 🙂
This looks like a wonderful meal..glad it worked out this time 🙂

Good for you on giving this another go! It looks simply delicious! And, I was only aware of northern and southern Indian cuisine. Wow…

Peggy says:

Don’t you love when the second go-around proves to be worth trying something again? Glad this turned out well for you both! =)

Nishi says:

oooohh!!! What a lovely Kadhi. Loved the colour and the presentation 🙂

Love this! It looks wonderfully simple and exotic–thanks for sharing 🙂

Shu Han says:

mummy’s the best (: i need to start asking my mother for her recipes more often!that looks delish!

My husband is not a big fan of this dish..though I LOVE it..Super yummy looking.I like the yellow color that has come out a lot…seems you have perfected kadhi now 🙂

LOL! Trying to impress your man :)) I messed up on my hubs first favorite meal, too… I was nervous! 🙂

That dish though looks really really good!

rebecca says:

looks great good for you for having the guts to do it again

Sarah says:

gorgeous pics! This is very commmon here in Bangalore. And ive had it multiple times outside though Ive never tried to cook it. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

I love you story and you bet you are not alone when cross cultural marriage is concern. I feel you because I am still learning about western food and what goes with what and how to serve it. Just the other day, I served pizza with chips and my hubby said, they normally don’t eat pizzas with chips.. OIC, said the blind man hehe. Your dish looks absolutely stunning, so the Husband should give the Wife a prize!

Simply inviting…Seems u have perfected the recipe by now. i too posted a Kadhi recipe recently. BTW where did u attend Dario Milano’s workshop..jusr curious!!

Kankana says:

Dario Milano’s workshop ? NO! I attended Penny’s workshop .. online .. it was in creativelive few weeks back. 🙂

Even though I have never had this dish, the combo of chickpea and yogurt is one I would love to explore; it is so interesting, in our Lebanese traditions, we have yogurt soup and we flavor it with fresh herbs pesto with garlic. However, we never use chickpea flour, only chickpeas and a lot of them!

Radhika says:


I’m not the biggest fan of Kadhi Pakodi, but let me tell you, it never looked this appetizing before!
Love the bright colors, so much like sunshine and you..
I can see you implementing lessons from Penny’s workshop very much. All the pictures are lovely, second and third are my favs..
Go girl!

So so delicious..i love this..made it recently…
Awesome clicks and very well presented too

I am such a huge fan of Kadi pakodi and could have it anyday. I can relate to the disasters that happened years ago. Love the beautiful vibrant colors and I am sure you both enjoyed it.

nisha says:

this is somethin new to me, but sounds like a dish i would def love..
and aww what a sweet story that was 🙂

This is familiar to me as I make a similar type of dumpling but it has a measure of flour in it because by itself the chickpea flour does not hold together well but I notice yours doesn’t have any flour.Did the batter give any trouble? Lovely photos.

Kankana says:

Hi dear .. it did hold pretty fine .. although it will not be proper round it shape .. but it will be soft and fluffy 🙂 give it a try and let me know!

Adam’s the same way about some of his favorites as well. IT took a lot of convincing that he could trust me with the sacred charge of his taste buds. I have never had nor made a yoghurt soup, but It might be time to try. Adam loves all things Indian, and with your recipe I can avoid a similar experience to yours on my first attempt. I might not have your Mummy, but I do have you!

Great job on this dish. My husband would be thoroughly impressed if I made this for him. Your presentation is mouthwatering!

Meghna says:

Love this Kadhi…. This Love your pics Kankana 🙂

kadhi pakoda….completely tempting and delicious looking recipe…..love to give it a try…..

Kadi looks so good! love the colour and the tadka bring a sp zing! we make something similar….would like to try ur version sometime 🙂

daksha says:

Hi! kankana my hubby like kadhi pakodi in Gujarati we called “Dapka kadhi” I love chickpea dumplings. u done perfect it’s looks so creamy.

this looks deliciously healthy looks wonderful

Really 5 different regions? Well India is a big country, so I see why not, but it’s true, the food can be quite different. This soup looks really tasty!

spice says:

I guess I’m first time here & I like it here specailly when I’ve Pakora Karhi to welcome…..Me & my husband are totally fan of this…I always make big batch so it lasts me next day too and I make it every single week, that’s how much I love it. Your karhi looks perfect….