Kadhi Pakora ~ Light Style

Last night I was over the top with tooth ache.
The strongest medication in the house couldn’t touch it, but it sure touched me! Talk about a wordy post I wrote — ouch.

After that, I can only hang my head in shame, and very humbly offer this up as my next installment for Nupur’s recipe marathon.

Today I followed some good advice from the comments — cloves really did help!
Many thanks for that πŸ™‚

I was still craving comfort food tonight. I had kadhi pakora on my mind all day,
but I hardly felt like cooking, nevermind deep-frying.

Here is what I did, inspired by these pakoras, these baked goodies and this kadhi.

I followed the pakora recipe almost to the letter — skipping potatoes, and using ginger-garlic paste and green chile paste to avoid chewy items.

I baked the pakora batter in mini-muffin pans sprayed with Pam — a la the baked masala vadai recipe. They came out fluffy and light, a complete success.
I would make these again just for a snack.

For the kadhi, I followed Anita’s rule — with the small addition of curry leaves, simply because I love their fragrance and flavor.

The fluffy little “pakoras”, soaked in slightly spicy kadhi, made the perfect post-holiday indulgence — a very healthy dish in spite of itself — and it was easy on the ol’ tooth, too πŸ™‚


“pakoras” before baking


“pakoras” after baking


baked “pakoras” ~ the flip side


kadhi pakora ~ healthy and tasty!

Thanks to Nags, Koki, and Anita for the recipes and inspiration.

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19 Comments »

  1. Sonia said

    Hi Linda, it’s really clever idea of using muffin pan for pakora! πŸ˜€ And you know, it’s coincidence…I am going to post this same recipe from Anita for marathon day 5. It’s really yummy and tasty Kadhi..no? Yours look so good and creamy. πŸ™‚

    Hi Sonia, I was away overnight and haven’t been able to go visiting, but I will be sure to check your kadhi — one of my favorite things! Thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚

  2. Nupur said

    Oh that does look sublime!

    Thanks, Nupur πŸ™‚

  3. indosungod said

    The kadhi looks delicious Linda and sorry about that stubborn tooth ache.
    The muffin tin pakoras are a must have, craving has set in.

    Thanks ISG — the girls would love to make (and eat!) these — really easy and fun πŸ™‚

  4. Sayantani said

    Linda, thats a beautiful way of cutting down oil for pakora. its great to look at and super healthy. would follow this.

    Thank you Sayantani — it was an experiment but they turned out tasty! πŸ™‚

  5. Linda, The kadhi looks so yummy. It is comfort food and hope it gave you the warmth and comfort. Kadhi has its own special place , with baked pakodas , nope its not a humble offering πŸ™‚

    Glad to know that cloves gave your some relief..Sorry to hear about the juice giving you some uneasy feeling, since I try it often I wrote it asap..

    Dear S, thank you for your kind words and cloves advice! I think the queasy was simply that I had nothing in my stomach for a day or two. Not to worry, I am in no danger of starving πŸ™‚

  6. Madhu said

    Cloves really do help with the tooth ache, hope you are feeling better.
    Nice idea to use muffin pans to make pakodas.. they almost looks like savory muffins..Indeed healthy kadhi pakodas.

    Hi Madhu and thank you! The muffin-pakodas were tasty on their own — who knew! They would make a good little lunchbox snack, I think πŸ™‚

  7. elaichietcetera said

    Oh, I’ve had toothaches too…at times so bad that I had visions of trying to pull it out. Yeah, cloves help a lot…and they have the added bonus of numbing the lips for spicy smooches. πŸ™‚ Hope the pain leaves you soon Linda. Your kadhi pakora wala is far out!

    Haha, Pel! Nice to see you around a bit. I did like the cloves remedy, but the dentist will do the trick permanently, next week πŸ˜‰ Try those baked pakodas — I am sure you can spice them up πŸ™‚

  8. Koki said

    Your kadhi looks so creamy and delicious. I baked pakodas for evening snacks too but its long since I made kadi pakoda… will do that soon.

    Thank you Koki! You were a great inspiration here πŸ™‚

  9. Kanchan said

    Healthy Pakodas Linda !
    Nice way to cut down on those unwanted oil.

    No oil at all here, Kanchan — not even in the batter. Glad you liked them πŸ™‚

  10. lavi said

    Baked Pakora’s — is a Great way, i will try this.

    Cloves is the only remedy i know for toothache.that too iam late.

    Never too late, Lavi — I appreciate the advice and your kind comment πŸ™‚

  11. notyet100 said

    thanks for this,..

    NY you’re most welcome! Mostly from others’ recipes πŸ™‚

  12. Sheetal said

    Oh my..this looks so delectable, Linda! I must take a page out of your book and try to bake instead of fry! So lovely and very innovative!

    Thank you Sheetal, I’m so glad you liked it. There are lots of baked snack/tiffin recipes out there but this is the first time I tried for a soft version — worked out ok! πŸ™‚

  13. Mathangi said

    Look at those fabulous muffin pakoras!!! When I muster up enough courage to bake, I am so going to come back to these!

    Come now Mathangi — I am sure you have the courage! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting and for the kind comment πŸ™‚

  14. shankari said

    I am glad you feel better using cloves. The baked pakora in a muffin pan is just brilliant!

    Shankari, I peeked at your site — is this my old friend Shankari? πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the muffins πŸ˜‰

  15. Anita said

    All kadhis south of the Vindhya’s will have curry leaves! Great work with lightening the pakoras!

    Thanks Anita, and now I feel better about the curry leaves! πŸ˜‰ The baked pakoras were surprisingly yummy. But right now I am thinking haak haak haak πŸ™‚

  16. Vinaya said

    Sorry to hear about the nasty toothache Linda…hope you are feeling better now!

    awestruck by the muffin tray idea to make the pakodas…so innovative..my hubby loves punjabi kadhi..will try this for sure πŸ™‚

    I am feeling better now, thanks, Vinaya. Do try the baked pakodas — they surprised me, being soft and tasty πŸ™‚

  17. pelicano said

    Spice ’em up, eh? For the pakoras/pakodas for karhi/kadhi I keep them rather bland, and use only haldi, lal mirch- just a little, as too much will make them brown too fast, and a bit of amchur to take the edge off the sweetness of the potatoes. I don’t use onions. The kadhi, however, I highly-spice, yes. I suppose one of these days I should post it. I sure hope your mouth is all better now-

    I am better, thanks Pel. And yes, it’s high time you posted something for me to drool over! πŸ˜‰

  18. Disorichu said

    Can you tell what was the baking temp and time? I am not sure if you have a link in the baked goodies section for masala vadai. Ty

  19. Nalini said

    Sorry I am new to this site and I tried finding the details of how you cooked the pakoras (what temp and time) and kadhi but I could not find it. Can you please direct me so?

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