Quick Fix Dahi Kadhi ( Yoghurt kadhi)


  1 cup /200gm dahi/yogurt
  1 small tomato
  1 green chilli chopped
  1 t sp chopped ginger
  1/2 t sp methi (fenugreek seeds)
  1/2 t sp rai (mustard seeds)
  1/4 t sp haldi (turmeric)
  a pinch of hing (asaphoetida)
  chilli powder to taste (optional)
  salt to taste
  3tsps cooking oil

  • Heat oil in a small saucepan, add hing, methi seeds,mustard seeds and as they begin to crackle add finely chopped tomatoes and cook till soft.
  • Add haldi ,salt and chilli powder.
  • Add chopped ginger, green chillies,chopped coriander leaves and mix well for a minute or two.
  • Lower heat, add well beaten dahi, stir well to mix all the ingredients and turn off the heat. Continue to stir for two minutes even after switching off the heat so that the dahi does not split.
  • Dahi Kadi is ready. Enjoy it with boiled rice and vegetables .
  Note: You can change the consistency to your liking by adding water to the dahi when you beat it.
            Try the thick version as a dip with nachos,crisps or french fries.

Green Crunch (crunchy green salad with spices)


  2 cups finely shreded cabbage
  1/2 cup finely sliced green beans
  1/4 cup carrot julliens
  7 curry leaves washed and dried
  1 green chilli
  1/4t sp cumin seeds
  1/tsp mustard seeds
  1/4 tsp methi (fenugreek seeds)
  salt to taste
  1tb sp olive oil or any other cooking oil

  • Heat oil in a kadai or frypan.
  • Add mustard, cumin and methi seeds. When the seeds begin to crackle, add curry leaves and broken green chilli.
  • Add the cabbage, beans and carrots,stir fry for a minute  and cover and cook for 3 minutes on low heat or till the vegetables are cooked to your liking.Do not over cook as the veg's should be crunchy.
  • Take the lid off, add salt and  stir fry for a minute or till no moisture is left.
  • Can be served hot with rice and daal or  at room temparature as a salad.
  • Add grated coconut for an exotic touch.

   Note:Innovate as one of the layers of a club sandwich or use it in a tortilla or paratha roll with other accompaniments.Try it out as a raita mixed with well beaten yoghurt, topped with roasted and powdered cumin seeds and coarsely ground black pepper.