Kadhi is an ideal example of Indian slow cooking. Have you ever tried cooking kadhi in a slow cooker? If not, than I would suggest try it for once and you will just love the flavors. Slow cookers aren’t only for soups and stews, you can cook yummy Indian meals in slow cooker. Since slow cooker uses indirect heat to cook, you don’t have to be around to stir or mix anything. Buttermilk combined with besan is allowed to simmer on a low flame for hours until satisfying flavors are achieved. Kadhi will not boil over or get burnt, rather it will simmer behind the closed lid and the end result would be a yummy and delicious kadhi loaded with flavor.
RECIPE DETAIL – Combine besan and buttermilk together, mix it with a hand blender and pour in the slow cooker. Before we close the lid, pour in the first tadka. This way fenugreek seeds (methi dana), garlic and ginger will release their flavor and aroma in the simmering kadhi and make it more flavorful. Set the timer on HIGH setting for 5 hours. Depending on the slow cooker model cooking time may vary. Prepare pakodas the way you like it – fried or appe pan cooked.
After the cooking time, adjust the consistency of kadhi accordingly – I had added extra 1 cup of water. Add pakodas, stir in the final tadka, adjust seasonings and your kadhi is all ready. Enjoy it with warm rotis or jeera rice. Looking for regular kadhi recipe cooked over flame – click here.
Heat oil/ghee in a pan, add all the ingredients one by one. When ginger-garlic starts to change color take it off the flame and..
Pour it over the kadhi.
Close the lid and let it cook undisturbed for 4 hours on HIGH setting.
Meanwhile let's prepare the pakodas.
Clean, wash and chop spinach leaves.
Add all the ingredients listed under pakoas in a bowl.
Add spices besan and pour enough water to make a thick batter.
Grease an appe pan.
Add batter to each mould.
Cover and cook.
Keep turning occasionally and cook until pakodas are crispy and brown in color.
Feel free to fry pakodas for your kadhi. Set it aside.
MAKING FINAL TADKA/TEMPERING
After 4 hours, kadhi is all cooked and thick. I have added extra 1 cup of water to thin out my kadhi.
Sprinkle garam masala and mix. Cover the lid and let it simmer for another 1 hour on HIGH setting.
Assemble ingredients for second tadka.
Heat oil/ghee in a pan. Add whole red chilies and cumin seeds. As they start to sputter, add chopped onions and cook until onions are translucent. Add red chili powder or degi mirch and take it off the flame.