When talking about comfort food, how can one not mention "Kadhi". This buttermilk soup has been a part of various cultures...atleast the one's I've known.. Be it a Gujrati Kadhi, or a Maharashtrian Kadhi, a Punjabi Kadhi, or a More Khozumbu down South...its pretty much the same ingredients but uniquely distinct flavours...But if one were to analyze Kadhi's importance in Indian cuisine, then the only logical answer that I can think of is most Indian cuisines are hot and fiery and to counter that, buttermilk is used. Kadhi, hence, becomes an instant seller as its full of flavours, tangy, and most importantly a comfort food to most people.
I've tasted all the versions of Kadhi..and I enjoy them all..The best combination of Kadhi is with Onion Pakoda or Onion Fritters. But really when it comes to cooking...I'm very experimental...I have my own version of kadhi..which tastes good as well.. Basically its a concoction of all the above types....:)
Ingredients: Makes approx 2 servings
3 cups sour buttermilk,
1 onion, chopped length wise into thin slices,
8-10 garlic pods, chopped length wise,
5-6 curry leaves,
2-3 green chillies, slit lengthwise,
1-1/2 tsp cumin seeds,
1 tsp fenugreek seeds,
1 tsp turmeric powder,
1 tbsp cornflour, mixed in 2 spoons of water,
1 tbsp oil,
Salt as per taste,
Fresh green coriander, chopped,
1.) In a bowl, mix buttermilk, salt to taste, and turmeric powder. Mix well and set aside.
2.) Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds. Add the onions, green chillies, garlic, and curry leaves. Mix well and allow the onions to turn golden brown.
3.) Add the buttermilk mixture and mix well. Keep the flame low.
4.) As the mixture starts coming to a boil, add the cornflour/water mix. Keep stirring continuously. Turn off the heat.
5.) Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with onion pakodas.