This is a fantastic vegetarian dish from Pakistan, made with gram flour and yogurt that works well with steamed rice or with roti (flat bread). It is my mother’s recipe that she has been making for decades.


Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
A fantastic recipe made with gram flour and yogurt.



  • 250 grams Besun (gram flour)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander and cumin seeds (roasted)
  • 1 onion (mediun, finely chopped)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)


  • 100 grams gram flour
  • 150 ml yogurt (whisked )
  • 500 ml water
  • 1 onion (medium, finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paster
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • salt (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil

Tarka (garnish)

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 Whole round red chillies (optional)
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander (cilantro) (chopped)



  • Lightly roast cumin and coriander seeds on a dry frying pan. Let them cool.
  • Add all pakora ingredients together in a bowl and mix together (including roasted cumin and coriander), adding water till you get a thick paste.
  • Spoon out balls of pakora mix into a deep fryer and fry till golden brown.
  • Leave aside.


  • Fry onions, ginger and garlic paste together in a pot. Add salt and chilli powder and fry till oil appears on top. (This is the base).
  • Thoroughly whisk yogurt and add the water to it. Mix thoroughly and then add gram flour to this. Again mix thoroughly and add this mixture to the base.
  • Cook for 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add pakoras (made earlier) to the sauce.
  • Dish out.

Tarka (Garnish)

  • Heat oil in a small frying pan. Add cumin seeds and chilli (if you don't want chilli just use the cumin). Once everything starts sizzling and cumins are lightly brown, pour the whole mixture (including oil) onto the kadhi. Garnish with fresh coriander.
  • Serve with steamed rice or roti (flat bread).
Author: Saima Baig
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Pakistani, Vegetarian
Keyword: curry, easy, Pakistani, vegetarian




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