Memories are mysterious. I sometime wish we had the power to retrieve whatever information we want from our brain and permanently delete the ones we dislike. When it is really needed, a very important incident would just deny to be remembered. No amount of tapping the brain or shutting the eyes tight would help. Then there are flashes; tiny casual ones that would float in front of my eyes, effortlessly, making me nostalgic and sometimes even mad. There are so many silly un-important incidents of my life that I recollect point by point.
Every time I prepare Kadhi, it takes me seven years back. I picture my old kitchen, I see the younger us (we had just started dating) and I picture me trying to prepare one of his favorite meals. We were at the stage of getting-to-know-each-other and he had mentioned kadhi several times, being his favorite dish. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right? True or not, I believed in that saying, and decided to impress him. It was such a disaster! The kadhi looked horrible and it was absolutely inedible. Funny thing is, I don’t recall if we finally ate out or filled our tummy with instant noodles. Totally unimportant event of my life and yet it pops in my mind every time I prepare this dish. Well, it does make me laugh at times!
Few years’ back, I finally managed to make the curry just the way he likes it. And ever since then, it’s one of my favorite meals to prepare any day and Arvind never complains. Kadhi is a famous North-Indian dish where deep-fried onion dumplings or chickpea flour dumplings are cooked in thick yellow chickpea yogurt gravy.
What I have for you today is a slightly different version of the same curry. It’s a thin soup minus the dumplings. It’s refreshing and a perfect way to cool down when weather gets uncomfortably warm.
The abundance of yogurt in the soup makes it tangy and uplifting. Turmeric powder paints the soup gorgeous yellow and the robust flavor comes from mustard seeds and curry leaves that are tampered in ghee before pouring in the kadhi soup. With few slices of crusty bread on the side, it makes a beautiful meal for the season.