Cook's Hideout: Dapka Kadhi (Gujarati Kadhi with Moong dal Dumplings)

June 15, 2013

Dapka Kadhi (Gujarati Kadhi with Moong dal Dumplings)

It has been quite some time that I made anything for Indian Cooking Challenge. When I see Valli's email announcing the dish of the month, I get excited and plan on making it, but some time between the announcement and the actual date of posting I either completely forget about it or don't find the time to make it.
Dapka Kadhi (Gujarati Kadhi with Moong dal Dumplings)
Anyway I didn't want to miss this month's challenge because kadhi is one of my favorite dishes, But I don't make it often because my husband doesn't eat milk/ yogurt based dishes and so I avoid making them when he's around. Lucky for me, he's been travelling and I went ahead and made this yummy kadhi with moong dal dumplings.
I followed Tarls Dalal's recipe to the T (but halved the quantities), but my moong dal got a little watery after grinding so I added 2tbsp besan to form the dumplings. Also I wasn't sure if the dumplings would cook evenly when dropped in the kadhi, so I microwaved them until set. But after looking at Valli's pictorial, I guess moong dal batter was supposed to be watery and instead of making dumplings, I should have just dropped the batter into the kadhi, will try this method next time.
Dapka Kadhi (Gujarati Kadhi with Moong dal Dumplings)
Recipe from Tarla Dalal.
For the Kadhi:
Yogurt - 1cup, whisked until smooth
Besan - 2tbsp
Ginger - ½" piece, finely grated
Green Chilies - 2, very finely minced
Sugar - 1tsp
Mustard seeds - ½tsp
Cumin seeds - ½tsp
Dry Red Chili - 1
Curry Leaves - 6
Salt - to taste
Cilantro - 1tbsp, finely chopped for garnish

For Moong Dal Dumplings (Dapka):
Moong dal - ½cup
Ginger - ½" piece, finely minced
Green Chilies - 1, very finely minced
Oil - ½tbsp
Baking Soda - a pinch
Sugar - a pinch (I didn't add any)
Salt - to taste
Moong dal Dumplings

  • Make Moong dal Dumplings: Soak moong dal for 3-4 hours and grind it to a smooth paste using little or no water. Add all the other ingredients and keep aside. 
  • At this point you have 2 options: Drop the batter directly in the kadhi or par cook the dumplings in the microwave and then drop them into kadhi. I microwaved my dumplings.
  • Make Kadhi: In a nonstick saucepan, combine yogurt, besan and 1cup of water and whisk to make sure that there are no lumps. Add grated ginger, minced green chilies, sugar and salt and mix well. Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, on medium flame. Keep aside.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a small saucepan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and once the seeds start to splutter, add dry red chili and curry leaves. Add the tempering to the kadhi, mix well and bring it back to a boil.
  • Add Moong dal dumplings (either microwaved or the batter directly) to the boiling kadhi and let cook for 5-8 minutes. Once the dumplings are completely cooked, they tend to float up to the surface.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with rotlas or rice.
Dapka Kadhi (Gujarati Kadhi with Moong dal Dumplings)
I served mine with Minty Brown Rice pulao. They tasted great together, but I also ate the kadhi all by itself for another meal and that tasted yummy too.


  1. Woww.. Such a delicious and authentic kadhi.. looks so tempting :)

  2. The presentation looks great Pavani. As you said when I dropped the dal as such it turned out very soft..good that you joined us..:)

  3. Wow... Look delicious... mouthwatering

  4. Love the way ur kadi has turned out. Yummy clicks Pavni.

  5. Ohh you microwaved the dapkas nice idea and lovely pots...


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