Desi Health Bites : Recipe for Healthy Kadhi Pakodi

This is the second and final post in the FRBH oil series. You'll find my first recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Sticks.

Like I said in my earlier post, I use a variety of oils in my kitchen, each one having its specific use. I cannot dream of having my favourite idlis and molaga podi without gingelly (sesame oil). Likewise, extra virgin olive oil adds the best flavour to salads.

Healthy kadhi pakodi -Indian curry recipe from
Pakodi prepared in Appam pan

Whenever cooking at high temperatures as in deep frying, pan frying or stir frying, it is best to use oils with high smoking point. This is where a rice bran oil like Fortune Rice Bran Health - FRBH plays the perfect role. It's neutral flavour also makes sure that the food doesn't have any residual taste from the oil used. If you check the chart that lists the smoking points of commonly used oils, you'll find that Rice Bran oil has a smoking point of 254°C making it the best option for high temperature cooking. Studies also show that including rice bran oil in the diet improves the blood cholesterol picture by reducing total cholesterol and increasing HDL, the good cholesterol. 

Kadhi Pakodi is one of my favourite Punjabi dishes. There's no onion-tomato to be fried, just a handful of ingredients and you have a perfect dish ready to be slurped up with some steaming hot basmati rice. But hey, the deep frying of the pakodas does add to the clean up work and the calories make a dent in a person's healthy eating plans. Since I'd also at #getFitMarch, I'd love to present to you this classic Indian dish, with my own healthy twist.
Here, I have used the appam pan to 'fry' the pakodas. You can also use my airfryer recipe for onion pakodas and use them in the kadhi instead. 

Healthy kadhi pakodi -Indian curry recipe from

Recipe for Healthy Kadhi Pakodi (Gram flour fritters in a yogurt sauce)
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: Under 30 minutes
Serves 2-3

Equipment Required:
Appam Pan with lid

For Pakodi
3/4 cup besan (gram flour)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
pinch of asafoetida
¼ tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp slightly sour yogurt
¼ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
2 tbsp FRBH Oil

For Kadhi
1 cup yogurt
1.5 cups water
1 tbsp besan (gram flour)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp FRBH Oil
2 dried red chillies
pinch of asafoetida
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp garam masala powder
coriander leaves for garnish

1.     In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the pakodi, except the oil.
2.     Add up to 1/3 cup water to make a thick batter.
3.     Grease the holes of an appam pan / Abelskeiverpan with some oil using fingertips or kitchen paper.
4.     Pour a tablespoon of batter into each hole. Add a few drops of oil around each pakodi. Cook on medium flame for 4-5 minutes. Flip over using a skewer or a chopstick.
5.     Add a few drops oil in each pakodi once again. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes until outside is golden and crisp and inside is cooked through.
6.     You can prepare the kadhi while the pakodis are getting cooked. Whisk the yogurt with water and besan.
7.     Heat the FRBH oil in a heavy bottomed pan.
8.     Add the red chillies, asafoetida to the oil, immediately add cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add the yogurt mix. Keep the flame on low. Add salt, garam masala powder, and keep stirring on a low flame, until it comes to a simmer. This may take up to 8 minutes or so.
9.     Just before serving add the pakodis to the kadhi and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with hot steamed rice.

This blogpost is in association with Fortune Foods as a part of their Desi Health Bites activity– The Hunt for the Best Rice Bran Oil Recipes. For more updates and healthy recipes using Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil, follow Fortune Foods on Facebook and on Twitter as @fortunefoods.

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