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Onion Kadhi in 10 Minutes

Written By Srimathi Mani on Sunday, November 14, 2010 | 3:02 PM

The first time I tasted onion kadhi was when Renu, my sister-in-law made it for us. From that time I have been hooked on to it.. Renu always made something different from the normal day to day food. My sister and I have enjoyed all the meals she had prepared for us. One very memorable recipes of hers was the onion kadhi, the taste of which I can still recollect. We call it "Renu's onion kadhi" and I wanted to post it because it is one of the most relished and popular side dish any time. Over the years the recipe has evolved and one change that I have made to the recipe is, I roasted the besan with the onions instead of cooking it with the buttermilk directly. This assured that the besan gets well cooked. No sugar is added to this recipe because the addition of onions makes it sweet enough.


Heavy bottom pan
Measuring cups and spoons
Cutting Board


Red Onion - 1 big ( diced or jullined)
Oil - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4th tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - a few
Butter Milk - 3 cups
Besan/Channa Flour - 1 tbsp
Dry Red Chillies - 2 or 1green and 1 red chillies
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp 


1. In a heated pan add oil and ghee.

2. Add asafoetida and mustard seeds, allow it to pop and then add cumin, turmeric powder, dry chillies, curry leaves and mix well.

3. Add onions and salt and cook until they are well done. 

4. Add besan and mix it well along with the onion and allow it to get cooked for a minute or two.

4. Remove from flame and add buttermilk and serve hot with rice or roti.


  1. That's a nice one!, looks delicious...

  2. I make this too. I make it a little thick to go with rotis. I do add some other veggies like potato and sometimes bell pepper. Looks good.

  3. Sure a gud twist to the usual onion raita

  4. This is a real life saver when u need a quick and tasty dish with rice/chapatis. I make something similar, but whisk the besan in the butter milk and simmer, looks yumm..

  5. Lovely recipe,sure should taste great with rice,love the way you have presented stewise pictures,looks neat and classy!

  6. Hey Sri,

    Looks lovely dear..A real quick fix for rotis...:)


  7. wow such a quick dish. will try this out

  8. Such a quick,easy and delicious looking kadhi..

  9. Kadhi looks perfect and tasty.. yummyyy !!!

  10. this is my all time fav ...the only difference is i never add besan to it ..looks wonderful

  11. we call it majjiga pulusu and its it!

  12. Yumm!! Kashi is my favourite food!!

  13. Very different from my usual preparation. I will surely give it a try.

  14. this one is very different. love the inclusion of onion. bookmarking it. will try this for sure. very simple recipe..


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