Spicy Indian Kadhi in Instant Pot

By July 28, 2015

Kadhi an Indian dish which originated in Rajasthan. It is a spicy dish whose thick gravy is based on chickpea flour (besan), to which yogurt is added to lend a tart flavor. It may contain vegetable fritters called pakoras.

Submitted by Jaya N.

To put in blender:
1/2 cup gramflour (besan)
1 cup yogurt
5-6 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric

For basic seasoning:
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp Ajwain seeds
4 dry red chilies


1. Use a blender to blend together gramflour, yogurt, water, turmeric and salt.

2. Using “Saute” function in Instant pot, prepare a basic seasoning by heating 1 tsp oil/ghee and adding the fenugreenk seeds, ajwain seeds and the red chilies. When the aroma tells you they are ready (in a few seconds to a minute), add the blended mixture in to this.
You can also prepare basic seasoning in a saute pan and pour in to the yogurt blended mixture.

3. Cook this mixture using the “Slow cook” setting for 4 hours.

4. Add crunchy boondi to this mixture. Alternatively, add deep fried pakodas made by taking balls of this mixture and deep frying them —
1 chopped onion, 3/4th cup gramflour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 chopped green chilly, 1/2 tsp red chilly powder.

Awesome tasting kadhi is ready!

NOTE: You may also make your own yogurt, dairy or non-dairy, using the Instant Pot DUO and Smart “Yogurt” program.

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2 Responses to “Spicy Indian Kadhi in Instant Pot”

  1. Jay says:

    Thanks for the recipe. It was my first Insta pot cooking. The Kadhi turned out really good from a consistency standpoint. However, 1 tsp Ajwain and 1/2 tsp fenugreek seed are too much flavor even for Indian taste buds. Next time I will go with 1/4 tsp ajwain and and 1/4 tsp fengugreek seeds and i will add my own 1/4 tsp of mustard seed.

    If there is Gujrati kadhi recipe, then please someone point me to it or recommend the ingridients.


  2. Vandana says:

    has anyone tried this? Is it working in instant pot?


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