Chickpea Yogurt Soup

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 Creamy luscious, very  light on the tummy, this Chickpea Yogurt Soup is a perfect summer time meal. Break some rustic bread and dunk in or pair it with some grilled meat, this soup is delicious and will help you cool your tummy. The Chickpea Yogurt Soup is extremely easy to make and barely takes any time. It’s like kadhi pakoda except without the pakoda/dumplings in it.

What is Kadhi – Chickpea Yogurt Soup?

It’s a popular yogurt based gravy curry, very popular in the state of Gujarat and Punjab. You make the gravy with chickpea flour and yogurt, and add crispy dumplings to the gravy. Based on the region you are from, the kadhi will have its own version. You then serve the kadhi with rice, hence most often you will hear the term “kadhi chawal” being used where Kadhi is the curry and chawal is steamed white rice served along. It’s a comforting hearty meal! The yogurt soup barely takes any time, it’s the dumpling that might need some time, so if you want a light soup, you might want to try this light Chickpea Yogurt Soup.

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.

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What Ingredient goes in the Chickpea Yogurt Soup

Yogurt: Use plain thick yogurt

Chickpea flour: You need just couple spoonful that adds flavor and thicken the soup.

Fresh ginger: The soup is very light and fresh ginger gives the perfect oomph of flavor

Asafoetida, Green chili, Curry leaves, Mustard seeds: These three flavoring components makes all the difference to the soup

Sugar, salt, turmeric powder: Little amount of sugar works beautifully to balance the tang and savory taste. Turmeric powder is a must for the vibrant yellow shade.

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Some good ole memories!

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. It’s difficult to recall a certain incident. 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.

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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 that I don’t really 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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The abundance of yogurt in the soup makes it tangy and up-lifting. 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.

Related Recipe :

Kadhi Pakoda

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Chickpea Yogurt Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I love chickpeas, what wonderful flavors!

  • nags
    May 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

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

    • Prerna@IndianSimmer
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      May 9, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      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
        Kankana Saxena
        May 9, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        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
    May 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    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!

  • indugetscooking
    May 9, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Very beautifully presented!!!

  • Prerna@IndianSimmer
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    May 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    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
    May 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM

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

  • Reem
    May 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    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

  • Lail | With A Spin
    Lail | With A Spin
    May 9, 2013 at 10:52 PM

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

  • easyfoodsmith
    May 9, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    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
    May 9, 2013 at 11:32 PM

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

  • Pia
    May 9, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    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
    May 10, 2013 at 12:04 AM

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



  • Ambika
    May 10, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    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
    May 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

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

  • Shruti@PartTimeChef
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    May 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

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

  • Charul @ Tadka Masal
    Charul @ Tadka Masal
    May 10, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    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.

  • Nash at Plateful
    Nash at Plateful
    May 10, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    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 🙂

  • Marie|Little Kitchie
    Marie|Little Kitchie
    May 10, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    What a gorgeous soup!

  • Nusrat Azim
    Nusrat Azim
    May 10, 2013 at 4:56 AM

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

  • Shema George
    Shema George
    May 10, 2013 at 5:27 AM

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

  • Asha@FSK
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    May 10, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    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! 🙂

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    May 10, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    A wonderful recipe with mouthwatering clicks!

  • Anna@CCS
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    May 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    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!

  • Abbe@This is How I C
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    May 10, 2013 at 7:57 AM

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

  • Jodi @Garlic Girl
    Jodi @Garlic Girl
    May 10, 2013 at 10:04 AM

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

  • Heather
    May 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    WOW so beautiful!

  • Colette@JFF
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    May 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

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

  • Archana
    May 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    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
    May 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    yummy soup.. very comforting

  • Eha
    May 10, 2013 at 7:25 PM

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

  • Kiran
    May 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    I got introduced to kadhi after marriage. Believe it 😀

    Lovely recipe and beautiful styling, my friend!

  • Carrie
    May 11, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    This sounds delicious. And you photos are amazing…

  • Anna
    May 12, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Will definitely try recipe. Your photos are stunning! Congrats

  • Mallika
    May 12, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    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!

  • IshitaUnblogged
    May 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

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

  • Deepa
    May 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    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
    May 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM

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

  • Radhika Vasanth
    Radhika Vasanth
    May 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    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.

  • erin @ yummy supper
    erin @ yummy supper
    May 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

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

  • Kelly Nicola
    Kelly Nicola
    May 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    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
    May 16, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    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..

  • Nami JustOneCookbook
    Nami JustOneCookbook
    May 16, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    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
    May 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Gorgeous photos! I love the story too. Perfect!

  • Wizzy
    May 17, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    What an intriguing looking soup.

  • Chitra
    May 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM

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

  • bhavani
    May 30, 2013 at 1:01 AM

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

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