Besan ki Kadhi Recipe | How to Make Kadhi | Besan ki Kadhi Using Buttermilk

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What is Besan ki Kadhi Recipe?

Besan ki kadhi is smooth curry made with buttermilk and gram flour (besan), tempered with a lots of spices which introduce many flavours in simple kadhi. Besan ki kadhi is spicy and tangy with the heat of red chillies and the flavours of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafetida, curry leaves, fenugreek seeds etc. Besan ki kadhi can be served with hot chapatis or steamed rice. Generally fritters (pakora) made using gram flour (besan) are also added to the kadhi, this is however recipe for plain kadhi without pakora.

Let’s talk about the Ingredients for Besan ki Kadhi

Besan ki kadhi calls for buttermilk and gram flour and both of them in correct proportion. Generally besan ki kadhi is prepared using yogurt and gram flour; I like to use this recipe because it makes very smooth and nice kadhi. Slighlty sour buttermilk works best for besan ki kadhi. Kadhi is garnished with lots of fresh coriander and separate tempering of clarified butter (ghee) and red chilli powder is added at the end. I like to make a separate tempering so that everyone in the family can add as per his or her taste and relish. I have used ghee for both the tempering. You can use oil. More than the ingredients it is the time that goes into making besan ki kadhi. “Jo kadhi  (verb) nahi wo kadhi (noun) nahi”basically it is important to simmer kadhi for sufficient time to get the proper taste and consistency.


Simple and delicious preparation of gram flour and buttermilk – BESAN KI KADHI

Ingredients for Besan ki Kadhi

  1. 2 cups buttermilk (chhachh)
  2. 2 tbsp gram flour (besan)
  3. ¼ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  4. ½ tsp red chili powder
  5. 1 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)
  6. 1 tsp mustard seeds (raie)
  7. ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  8. ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds (dana methi)
  9. 1 pinch asafetida (heeng)
  10. 1 dry red chilli, whole
  11. Handful of curry leaves
  12. Water as required
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Handful of chopped coriander

For second tempering

  • 2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder

How to Make Besan ki Kadhi Recipe

  1. Prepare mixture of buttermilk and gram flour and spices

In a mixing bowl add 2 cups buttermilk, 2 tbsp gram flour, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ½ tsp red chilli powder. Mix everything very well.

Important: Ensure that there are no lumps.


  1. Prepare tempering

Heat a pan. Add 1 tbsp clarified butter. Once it is hot, add 1 tsp mustard seeds. Let it crackle. Add ½ tsp cumin seeds and ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds. Cook till aromatic. Add a good pinch of asafetida and cook for 10 seconds. Switch off the flame and add 1 whole dry red chilli and handful of curry leaves. Let them crackle.


  1. Add mixture to tempering and simmer

On low flame, add the prepared mixture of buttermilk and gram flour into the tempering. Keep stirring till it comes to a boil. Thereafter let it simmer for 45-60 minutes. Add water as and when required as per the desired consistency. When the kadhi is almost ready, add in salt to taste. Check the seasoning and consistency and adjust the same as per your taste.

Tip: Continuous stirring till first boil and adding salt towards the end ensures that the kadhi doesn’t curdle.


  1. Prepare and add second tempering

Heat 2 tbsp clarified butter. Once it is hot, switch off the flame and add 1 tsp red chilli powder. Pour the second tempering on the prepared kadhi.

Tip: You can keep the tempering separate and add at the time of each serving.

Tip: To ensure that the red chilli powder doesn’t burn, add 1-2 tbsp water.


  1. Bon appétit

Garnish with lots of chopped fresh coriander. Serve besan ki kadhi with sooji ki instant idli.

Besan ki Kadhi Recipe


  • You can roast the besan slightly before starting the recipe for better results.
  • For the tempering you can also add ginger and garlic paste.

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