Chickpea Yogurt Soup

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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!


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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.


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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.


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Chickpea Yogurt Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Chickpea Yogurt Soup


  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 inch ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon ghee/clarified butter
  • 1 teaspoon hing/asafoetida
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 6 to 8 curry leaves
  • salt


  • In a deep pan, whisk yogurt, water and chickpea flour to make a smooth batter making sure there are no lumps. Add salt, sugar and turmeric powder to it and bring it to a boil. Once done, lower the heat, add grated ginger and let it simmer for 10 minutes. If you wish to thicken the soup more, continue cooking for 5 more minutes. Keep stirring in between. Once done, switch off the heat and keep the pan aside.
  • Heat another small pan, pour ghee/clarified butter in it and bring it to medium heat. Add asafoetida, chopped green chili, mustard seeds and curry leaves. It will splatter, so be very careful. After a couple of seconds, switch off the heat and pour the hot ghee straight in the soup. It will sizzle. Give the soup a mix and serve it either warm or at room temperature.


  • Asafoetida is easily available in any Indian store but if you don't find it, add one clove grated garlic.
  • Curry leaves are also available in Indian stores. There is really no substitute that I can suggest for curry leaves as the flavor is very different from any other herb. However, you can use bay leaves or kaffir lime leaves for a flavor boost but it would still be different from curry leaves.


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I love chickpeas, what wonderful flavors!

nags says:

i have the same mugs, without the design on it though! clicked some soup in it the other day 🙂

Funny I have exactly the same cups too just a different color and I have shots of kadhi soup in that too 🙂 Great Minds!

Kankana Saxena says:

Indeed great minds and I love these cups. That plate, I got from my aunt, 50 years old and I intend to pass it on, if I can 🙂

Jess says:

Wow – this is such an interesting soup. THe original version (with dumplings) sounds delicious, but your soup sounds like something I can easily make tonight for dinner. Food memories really are a remarkable thing – it’s amazing how well we can remember very distinct flavors. Looking forward to trying this!

Very beautifully presented!!!

I have this love hate relationship with Kadhi. Sometimes it comes out great and sometimes goes straight from the stovetop to the trash can. Your Kadhi looks not just gorgeous but just the right consistency.
Great post girl!

Sarah says:

YUM! This looks delicious! Lovely styling too – talent.

Reem says:

Kadhi can be tricky little thing… sometime it is just perfect and sometimes it is a big mess. ..
Yours look to die for good babe..
N ur post just took me back to my kitchen adventures when I started to learn to cook for my Mr.Foodie… I miss those days. .lol

Never heard or tried this before. Will need to try sometimes. Beautiful photos.

Kadhi was sort of staple in my Punjabi family. It was present on the menu almost every fortnight. Your recipe is lighter sans the dumplings and looks very tempting.

Nandita says:

Kadhi is an all time favourite!! This looks comforting. Just perfect with a bowl of chawal 🙂

Pia says:

My memories are so intermingled with food, Kankana. Just the photograph of your curry leaves, and I could smell it, and it brought back our time in Bangalore. Our cook would throw in curry leaves into everything she cooked. I love curry leaves, but it came to a point where I had to keep them hidden from her. She’d put them in noodles too 🙂
Your kadhi, and the memory it brings back for you – dutoi khub shundor 🙂

Rosa says:

A very healthy soup which must taste wonderful! Your pictures are delightful.



Ambika says:

Hey Kankana!! Visiting you after a long time! Congratulations on the new name and website design, it sounds and looks wonderful 🙂 Kadhi look so glamarous in this post!

Spandana says:

I have never made Kadhi before, but I sure must try. The gorgeous pictures are delight to the eyes 🙂

Like the idea of kadhi with bread. I’ve always had it with khichadi.

Kadhi is one of my all time favorite yogurt dishes. I just love Jodhpuri kadhi which is much like this soup sans the sugar and cooking time which is an hour at the minimum.

I make this everyday for my boys–their fave combo with rice! Okay my version is called “moru kachiyathu” and it’s minus chickpea flour and sugar 🙂

Eye appealing soup, visually beautiful presentation and flawless photography.Genius !

Like always loved everything in this post- recipe, pics and of course enjoyed reading the story about Kadhi …Great job Kankana

Asha@FSK says:

You know seeing Kadhi here reminds me that I have never made one!!!! I don’t know why. I love kadhi, especially with dumplings in it and a side of deep fried yam! Oh YUM! This needs to be corrected ASAP! 🙂

A wonderful recipe with mouthwatering clicks!

Anna@CCS says:

Gorgeous photos, Kankana! I love the colors and the background! I have to say the first thing I made for my then future husband was actually a dessert. I made a cheesecake! My very first one without a crack! 🙂 He loved it!

This will be a fun one to try-after I go to an Indian grocery! thanks!

I am SO making this! I love the recipe and I love your photos as always!

Heather says:

WOW so beautiful!

5 mins to heaven. This would be great as a quick, nutritious weeknight dinner, esp if it’s raining outside.

Archana says:

We too love ‘Khadi’ at home and make it quite often. It is just sooo comforting! I adore the version with the dumplings too….It has always been my fav. Lovely post and colorful shots!

veena says:

yummy soup.. very comforting

Eha says:

Have eaten but not made this before: easy recipe so has been printed out!!

Kiran says:

I got introduced to kadhi after marriage. Believe it 😀

Lovely recipe and beautiful styling, my friend!

Carrie says:

This sounds delicious. And you photos are amazing…

Anna says:

Will definitely try recipe. Your photos are stunning! Congrats

Mallika says:

Oh you make Indian dishes look incredibly delicious. I love kadhi so much and could never have thought kadhi could look so damn appealing in photographs. Every shot is stunning!

Your Kadhi looks ravenous! Do you suggest that this should be chilled? Since it has got yoghurt in it…

Deepa says:

Wonderful memories that you have shared with us. I too love to prepare kadhi particularly in winter. With or without dumplings, your preparation looks amazing.

kale says:

some have the gift of “selective memory” stronger than others… this chickpea soup, however, I would never delete from my memory!

Kadhi transforming into a comforting soup sounds really scrumptious. And your pictures make me crave for it at 1:00 AM and that isn’t a good sign.

What a stunning soup. Love the color and all that yogurt. Yum! And it’s fun to see your new look!

Kelly Nicola says:

This looks delicious! And lovely photographs… this is my first time to your blog and I adore it! <3 I think I need to pick up some more spices 🙂

Nupur says:

Ohh you have taken this simple Kadhi to an entirely new level… the pictures, the write up, the props and your simple recipe.. love every bit of this page

The new name, and theme looks wonderful btw, very subtle and suits your style of photography and writing very much..

Would love to try this chickpea + yogurt soup. It sounds amazing and unique, different from flavor that I used to. Very curious to taste it. Such a lovely styling. One photo after another, I crave for more. I wish you share like 10 versions of the photos. LOL.

nipponnin says:

Gorgeous photos! I love the story too. Perfect!

Wizzy says:

What an intriguing looking soup.

Chitra says:

This soup looks so delicious & comforting and love your food styling!

bhavani says:

This looks so beautiful – and a great idea! I might have to steal the recipe and try it out myself! Thanks for sharing! b