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Karhi Pakora is a dahi karhi prepared with besan, curd and delicious besan pakora. As compared with other karhi recipes, karhi prepared with this recipe has simply tempting texture that lives up to its expectation of giving truly Punjabi taste because of mildly spiced, deep fried pakora submerged in thick gravy. Enjoy Punjabi kadhi pakora’s unparalleled taste with steamed rice and experience the truly blissful feel of classic food.

It is basically a yogurt based curry prepared with chickpea flour, and topped fritters called pakoras. it is usually served with plain hot steamed rice and/or roti chapati in Pakistan and is sometimes served with kichri in India.

Punjabi cuisine is primarily famous for its creamy based curries. More interestingly, it is then topped with onion pakoras which makes it an exotic dish while across Pakistan there are several varieties to karhi recipe. However, this flavorsome creamy recipe is from Punjabi cuisine.

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To get the best taste of this tasty dish, pakora should simmer in karhi for some time, So it soaks up some gravy and flavors, so it will become soft. This karhi should be thick and creamy with soft pakora in it.

For making karhi pakora, I have used homemade yogurt but you can also buy yogurt from any shop. The yogurt or curd has to be sour, otherwise karhi won’t taste that good. To make yogurt sour, Remove the required amount from the fridge and let it stand at room temperature for 3-4 hours. It is little time consuming but not hard to make. It has addition of tadka with ghee and red chili powder.

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Furthermore, I would like to highlight few tips and variations to this recipe. For the kadhi pakora recipe, I have prepared the pakoras with only onion. However, if you prefer you can also make vegetable pakora as well such as bangan pakora. Just add finely chopped cabbage, carrots, potato with onions and follow the same procedure. also, sour curd is preferred for karhi recipe. Moreover, do not forget to whisk the curd properly before transferring it pan.

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Yogurt is very rich in potassium, calcium, protein, vitamins, it also strengthens and stabilizes our immune system. During the hot summer season yogurt act as a natural coolant to keep our body cool. So it means this dish is healthy too. So you must try this delicious Punjabi Karhi Pakora.

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Karhi Pakora

The karhi would taste best with onion pakora but you can also prepare other pakora too. The karhi shoulld be sour for a good taste and you should enjoy it with your family.
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine South Asian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 7 persons
Calories 496kcal
Author Fareeha Raheel

Ingredients

For making Karhi

  • ½ kg Yogurt
  • 2 cup Besan
  • 1 Onion medium or small
  • 2 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 Bayleaf
  • 1 Cardamom
  • 2 pieces Cinnamon small
  • 6 Cloves
  • 8 Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ cup Oil/Ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Red Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dry Coriander Powder

For making Pakora

  • 2 cups Besan
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dry Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Chaat Masalah Powder
  • 1 Onion medium, chopped
  • 6 Green Chilies chopped
  • ½ cup Green Coriander fresh, chopped
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder

For Tarka

  • 1 cup Ghee
  • 1 Onion medium, sliced
  • 3 Chilies sliced, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 6-8 Curry Leaves
  • 5-6 Whole Red Chili
Nutrition Facts
Karhi Pakora
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 4.8g30%
Trans Fat 0.6g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 973mg42%
Potassium 836mg24%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 6.6g28%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 750IU15%
Vitamin C 116.3mg141%
Calcium 220mg22%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Instructions

For making Karhi

  • Beat up the yogurt like lassi. Then beat besan in the way that there should be no lump left and add it in the yogurt. Take a pan and add oil in it. Add onion for frying and ginger-garlic paste in it. The add salt, chili powder, chili flakes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, bay leaf, cloves, black pepper and cinnamon and fry.
  • When the ghee will start separating from the spices then add the batter of yogurt and besan. Add a jug of water and stir the spoon continuously. Cover the lid for cooking on low flame.

For making Pakora

  • Take besan and add all the dry ingredients in it and mix. Add water in it and make a paste. Then add rest of the ingredients in it and mix again. Take a spoon and dip the batter one by one with it in a karahi for frying.
  • When the karhi will be thick then add pakora in it.

For tadka

  • Take ghee in a pan. Add sliced onion in it. When it is golden then add green and whole red chili, cumin seeds and curry seeds. When the onion will be golden brown then add it in the karhi. Sprinkle Spices powder on it and cover the lid and the flame should be on.
  • Your tasty Karhi Pakora is ready. Serve hot with rice, roti or paratha.

Notes

  • The curry should be thin. 
  • After adding pakora then put it on low flame so they will be soft from inside too.
  • After adding spices powder then cover the lid quickly so the aroma should not escape.

Karhi Pakora step-by-step

Beat up the yogurt like lassi. Then beat besan in the way that there should be no lump left and add it in the yogurt. Take a pan and add oil in it.

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Add onion for frying and ginger-garlic paste in it.

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The add salt, chili powder, chili flakes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, bay leaf, cloves, black pepper and cinnamon and fry. Cover the lid for cooking on low flame.

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When the ghee will start separating from the spices then add the batter of yogurt and besan. Add a jug of water and stir the spoon continuously.

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Take besan and add all the dry ingredients in it and mix.

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Add water in it and make a paste. Then add rest of the ingredients in it and mix again.

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Take a spoon and dip the batter one by one with it in a karahi for frying.

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When the karhi will be thick then add pakora in it.

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Take ghee in a pan. Add sliced onion in it.

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When it is golden then add green and whole red chili, cumin seeds and curry seeds

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When the onion will be golden brown then add it in the karhi.

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Sprinkle Spices powder on it and cover the lid and the flame should be on.

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Your tasty Karhi Pakora is ready. Serve hot with rice, roti or paratha.

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