Sindhi Kadhi (Vegetable in Gram Flour Gravy)

Sindhi Kadhi (Vegetable in Gram Flour Gravy)

Sindhi Kadhi (Vegetable in Gram Flour Gravy)

Sindhi Kadhi is very delicious and nutritious. This tangy Kadhi is made with roasted besan, (gram flour) and mix of vegetables. Traditionally it is served with rice and also can be served as a soup.
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Course dal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 people


  • 1/2 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (mathi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 3 whole red peppers
  • Approx. 10 curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • Approx. 3 tablespoons tamarind pulp (imli)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of mixed vegetables (I am using 8 okras slit into 2 vertically, 1/4 cup carrots sliced in rounds, 1 small potato cubed, 1/4 cup cut green beans about 1 inch longs)
  • Also need 1 tablespoon oil for stir-fry okra
  • 5 cups of water


  • Wash and dry the okra. Remove the top of the okra and stir-fry in 1 tablespoon of oil over medium high heat until they are tender. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium high heat, add fenugreek seed, and cumin seeds, as seeds crack add asafetida, red pepper, ginger, and curry leaves stir for few seconds.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add besan. Roast the besan stirring continually till the besan has become golden brown and aromatic (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Add about 4 cups of water slowly, stirring continuously to avoid forming lumps.
  • Add turmeric, salt, potatoes, green beans and carrots.
  • After Kadhi comes to boil, lower the heat to low medium and cover the pan and let it simmer for about 8-10 minutes, until vegetables are tender. If needed add more water, this should be running consistency but not watery.
  • Add okra and tamarind pulp to Kadhi, after kadhi comes to boil, let it simmer for another 6-7minutes over medium low heat.
  • Serve hot. Sindhi kadhi taste great with rice or serve as a soup.
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How To Make Sindhi Kadhi: Savor The Flavors Of Sindhi Kadhi

Sindhi Kadhi is a flavorful and aromatic dish hailing from the Sindhi cuisine, known for its unique blend of spices and tangy flavors. This Sindhi Kadhi recipe features a medley of vegetables simmered in a creamy gram flour gravy, creating a dish that’s both comforting and nourishing. With its rich flavors and wholesome ingredients, Sindhi Kadhi is a beloved dish that’s perfect for any occasion. Sindhi Kadhi is a traditional dish originating from the Sindhi region of Pakistan and India. 

It’s a flavorful and tangy soup made primarily with dal (lentils) and various vegetables. This dish is naturally gluten-free and low in fat, making it suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions. To prepare Sindhi Kadhi, lentils are cooked until they are soft and then combined with a variety of vegetables such as okra, potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes. The soup is seasoned with a blend of spices including turmeric, cumin, coriander, and mustard seeds, which give it its distinctive flavor profile. 

To commence the preparation of Sindhi Kadhi, begin by thoroughly washing and drying the okra. Subsequently, delicately remove the tops of the okra and set them aside. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil reaches its optimal temperature, add the prepared okra and stir-fry until it reaches a tender consistency. This step enhances the flavor and texture of the okra, ensuring it is cooked to perfection. Once accomplished, set aside the cooked okra for future use.

Next, in a saucepan, heat some oil over medium-high heat. Add fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds, allowing them to crackle. As they release their aroma, incorporate the asafetida, red pepper, ginger, and curry leaves, stirring for a few seconds. This process allows the spices to infuse into the oil, imparting their flavors to the dish.

Lower the heat to medium and add besan (gram flour) to the spice-infused oil. Continuously stir the besan until it turns golden brown and emits a fragrant aroma, typically taking around 4 to 5 minutes. This roasting process is crucial as it enhances the nutty flavor of the besan, adding depth to the kadhi.

Gradually pour in about 4 cups of water while stirring continuously to prevent the formation of lumps. This step ensures that the besan is evenly dispersed in the liquid, creating a smooth consistency for the kadhi base.

Now, add turmeric, salt, potatoes, green beans, and carrots to the kadhi base. These vegetables not only contribute to the nutritional value of the dish but also add color and texture. Allow the kadhi to come to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low-medium, cover the pan, and let it simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender. If necessary, adjust the consistency by adding more water, ensuring that it retains a slightly thick, running consistency.

Once the vegetables are cooked, add the previously prepared okra and tamarind pulp to the kadhi. Allow the kadhi to come to a boil again, then let it simmer for another 6 to 7 minutes over medium-low heat. This final step allows all the flavors to meld together, creating a harmonious balance in the dish.

Tips for Perfect Sindhi Kadhi

Variety of Vegetables: Experiment with different vegetables to add depth and flavor to the kadhi. Vegetables like bitter gourd (karela) and eggplant (brinjal) can also be used to enhance the taste of the dish.

Consistency of Kadhi: Adjust the amount of water added to the kadhi to achieve the desired consistency. The kadhi should have a creamy texture that coats the back of a spoon.

Balancing Flavors: Taste the kadhi and adjust the seasoning according to your preference. You can add more salt, sugar, or lemon juice to balance the flavors and enhance the taste.

Variations of Sindhi Kadhi

Paneer Kadhi: Add cubes of paneer (Indian cottage cheese) to the kadhi for a creamy and indulgent variation. Paneer adds richness and protein to the dish, making it more satisfying.

Sprouted Lentils: Add sprouted lentils such as moong dal or matki to the kadhi for added nutrition and texture. Sprouted lentils are high in protein and fiber, making them a healthy addition to the dish.

Benefits of Sindhi Kadhi

Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Sindhi Kadhi is loaded with a variety of vegetables, providing essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote overall health and well-being.

Digestive Aid: Gram flour (besan) is known for its digestive properties and helps aid in digestion, making Sindhi Kadhi a comforting and soothing dish for the stomach.

Wholesome and Nourishing: With its blend of vegetables, spices, and gram flour gravy, Sindhi Kadhi is a wholesome and nourishing meal that’s perfect for the whole family.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make Sindhi Kadhi without vegetables?

Yes, you can make a simple version of Sindhi Kadhi using only gram flour and spices for the gravy. However, adding vegetables enhances the taste and nutritional value of the dish.

Can I make Sindhi Kadhi ahead of time?

Yes, Sindhi Kadhi tastes even better when allowed to sit for a few hours or overnight, allowing the flavors to develop. Reheat it gently before serving.

Is Sindhi Kadhi gluten-free?

Yes, Sindhi Kadhi is naturally gluten-free as it contains no wheat or gluten-containing ingredients.

Explore more delightful Sindhi recipes on Manjula’s Kitchen, such as Sindhi Koki for another culinary adventure.

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41 thoughts on “Sindhi Kadhi (Vegetable in Gram Flour Gravy)

  1. You forgot main vegetable drumstick. No need to fry okra as it doesn’t get slimy while boiling. We never fry okra seperately but add with other veggies. Yes guvar also must but please don’t add cabbage ????. Otherwise recipe is perfect.

  2. Hi Manjula

    The kadhi recipe looks great. I’d like to give it a try. You’ve mentioned 3 whole red peppers in the recipe but you haven’t used them in the video of the recipe. Not sure what you mean by whole red peppers. Do you mean bell peppers? Would be great if you could please clarify. Thanks.

  3. Manjula
    If I want to make it for 18 people and making everything 6 times, does the water get put 6 times more. Or only about 2.5 times more.
    Plus, last time I made, the veg. Were a little less

  4. Manjula

    I can’t thank you enough. Thank you thank you. Such easy recipes. Convenient. You’re amazing. I just reduce the oil little bit.
    Manjula, for Sindhi curry, can I use ready made tamarind paste? How much.

  5. Manjula

    I can’t thank you enough. Thank you thank you. Such easy recipes. Convenient. You’re amazing. Fool proof recipes.
    Manjula, for Sindhi curry, can I use ready made tamarind paste? How much.

  6. Just curious regarding KADHI word, I know KADHI means it made of YOGURT!
    In this recipe I do not see mixing yogurt at all….
    If anyone can send me email about it, will be greatly appreciated!


    1. 2) When you simmer something slowly for long period of time, the process is called (in punjabi) “KADHNA” e.g. maine doodh ko ghanta bhar kadhne rakha… or do ghante “kaadha”
      Since with punjabi kadhi, we dont roast or fry besan, before adding water, so we have to simmer it for at least half an hour to an hour…
      So kadh kadh ke bani, is liye its called “KADHI”
      Hope this answers both your questions….
      Good luck

  7. Dear Manjula Ma’am,
    Made Sindhi Kadhi as per your recipe, it turned out great ! it was the first time that i ventured to make sindhi kadhi and obviously had my apprehensions and jitters. your instructions were very easy to follow even for a novice like me and the simplified, step by step manner in which the recipe was presented helped me in nailing the recipe in the very first go !! Both my husband and me relished it to the fullest… Thanks a lot

  8. Hi, Manjula ji!

    Again, one of your recipes was fabulous! Three colleagues and I cooked it at work today, together with your cucumber salad – it turned so very, very tasty… And it was really easy, so everybody could take part!

    I’m working on turning all my acquaintances into avid Manjula-fans, and this went a long way to doing just that at my workplace… Success! 🙂

    Thank you again for your wonderful website. If I may ask – do you have any plans for converting your E-book into an ordinary book (I mean with pages and such)? It certainly would be easier to use in the kitchen, and less hazardous to my netbook, too… 🙂

    All the best to you and your family


  9. Aunty thank you so much for your amazing website! I have learned how to cook delicious indian food thanks to you!!! The one dish I have always wanted to make is Sindhi curry. I tried following recipes from other websites but they never came out good. I decided to give your recipe a try and WOW it came out amazing! Exactly the way I wanted! My husband absolutely loved it. Thank you so much!!!!!!

  10. When I saw another kadhi recipe, I had to try it, even though getting okra was hard where I live. I like the “creamier” kadhi in the gatte ke kadhi recipe for what it is, but this one seems to fit it’s own dishes, and the soup style really nicely!

    I hope you’ll get out some more kadhi variations in the future… I’m never disappointed!

  11. I love your recipes Manjula – thank you for sharing them. I have a question: would this be good with bitter gourd as one of the vegetables or would this be too overpowering? If so would you salt the gourd before using it? With best from Milan!

  12. It sounds deliscious but where do you find the asafetida or the tamarind pulp? I may be able to find the Pulp, but I’ve never heard of or seen asafetida. I’m in the inland empire, in Calif. What grocery store do you frequent? Your kitchen must be very fragrant. Blessings,

  13. Very good recipe. Perfectly made. We make it exactly the same way, only we add grated tomatoes while adding vegetables, and pinch of sugar, and fresh cilantro in the end.

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