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Onion and Potatoes Mixed Dumplings with Gram Flour Gravy

Updated on August 3, 2012
5 stars from 2 ratings of Kadhi Recipe

Hello, this is living with pulmonary hypertension since 2004 and I am making today onion and potato mixed dumplings. This is my family’s favorite dish and also very popular one in India also known as besan Kadhi or onion and potato mixed dumplings in gravy, made with chickpea flour/ gram flour. I always try to make different variety of kadhi by adding different ingredients each time. As you see, I added onion and potato in a gram flour batter. Traditionally, pakoras for the kadhi are made with plain gram flour batter, salt, turmeric and some spices.The gravy is a blend of curry powder, tamarind paste , besan (gram flour) and pakora, fritters or dumplings. You can serve the Kadhi with plain white rice.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 2 hours 15 min
Yields: 4-6
Vegetable Fritters or Pakora
Vegetable Fritters or Pakora | Source


  • ½ spoon Tamarind, Paste
  • 1/2 Cup Yogurt
  • 3 Spoons Oil
  • 3 Clove Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 Green Chili, Chopped
  • 5 spoon Gram Flour
  • 8 Cups Water
  • 1 Pinch Asafeitda
  • 1/2 Spoon Mustard Seed
  • 1/2 Spoon Turmeric
  • 1 Spoon Curry powder
  • 1 Tea spoon Salt or as needed
  • 1/2 tea spoon Chili Powder
Fried onion and potato
Fried onion and potato | Source
Chopped onions and potatoes
Chopped onions and potatoes | Source
Gram flour gravy
Gram flour gravy | Source

To Make Gravy and Dumplings

  1. Take 5 teaspoon of gram flour in big bowl. Make sure there are no lumps. Pour 2 cups of water slowly and mix well. Add turmeric powder and curry powder in the mixture
  2. Add 2-3 spoon oil in a saucepan. When the oil is ready, add 1 spoon mustard seeds. Cover the lid as mustard seeds gets all over the pan. After 2 minutes add chopped garlic and green chili. Stir for a few seconds. Cover the lid. Takes 3-4 minutes to cook or until turns brown
  3. Add gram flour mixture and stir few minutes. Let it cook uncovered. Keep stirring until the kadhi comes to a boil. Add 3 more cups of water and let it boil and turn the heat to medium low. Stir occasionally and let the kadhi cook for 30 minutes when the kadhi is cooked, add salt.
  4. To Make Onion and potato Pakora or Dumpling. Mix besan with about 1 cup of water and mix well until there is smooth.
  5. Whip the basen batter using a spoon in a circular motion for about 2-3 minutes. Batter becomes light and fluffy. Add salt, turmeric powder, cumin seed. Now add thinly chopped onions and potatoes. Mix well. Make sure the consistency of the batter is thick. If it’s runny, add more gram flower.
  6. Heat the oil in a flat pan. The oil should be about 1-2 inch deep. Drop one spoon of the batter in the oil and if the batter come up without changing the color immediately then oil is ready.
  7. Now drop about 1 tablespoon of batter at a time into the oil. Batter should not be covered with oil. This will allow the pakoras to expand. The pakoras will be softer if they are shallow fried. Fry the pakoras in small batches. Fry the pakoras until golden brow
  8. After the pakoras are fried, add the pakoras to the hot kadhi and let it boil on low-medium heat for approximately 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: Per Bowl
Calories 450
Calories from Fat450
% Daily Value *
Fat 50 g77%
Carbohydrates 70 g23%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 20 g40%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


Heat the ghee (clear butter) lightly in a small saucepan. Add chili powder and/or paprika (adjust to taste). Pour over the kadhi when ready to serve.


  1. Add 1 cup of chopped spinach to the kadhi just before adding the pakoras for extra flavor and gives good color.
  2. Adding the salt after the kadhi is cooked will prevent the yogurt from breaking. Tip: You can adjust the thickness of the kadhi to your liking by adding water.
  3. Try adding 1 tablespoon of dry fenugreek leaves (mathis) in the batter for the pakoras.



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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Global-Chica, thanks for liking the recipe. Enjoy!

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Mmm I want to try making this and I think my vegetarian boyfriend will love this dish. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Haha. Om Paramapoonya, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Lovely! Your dumplings look wonderful. I'm afraid to try this recipe, though. I'm not sure if I'll be able to stop eating them! lol

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      You should try this. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Amy L. Tarr 5 years ago from Home

      I've never heard of this. It sounds really yummy.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Peggy W,thanks for your nice comments. Have a great weekend!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds very interesting and certainly well flavored with all of the seasonings used. Thanks for giving us your recipe. Voted not only interesting but useful as well.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Oh, thank you so much for commenting and tweeting, seanorjohn. God bless you!

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      seanorjohn 5 years ago

      Wow, this is such a great recipe. Well done. My dumplings are so bland compared to this. And I was quite proud of them. Looking forward to trying yours. I have just tweeted it.Voted up.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. God Bless you!

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. God Bless you!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Awesome! Thank you. This is definitely a recipe I want try.

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      ASchwartz 5 years ago from Kentucky

      That looks so good. Saving this to try later.