Drumstick Kadhi | Yoghurt Curry with Drumsticks

Yoghurt Curry with Drumstick Vegetables

After being given some drumsticks, home grown by a friend, Drumstick Kadhi was on the menu.

Kadhi is a slow cooked yogurt or buttermilk dish, thickened with besan (chana flour, chickpea flour) which is later tempered with spices. In Indian recipes the terms “curd”, “buttermilk” and “yoghurt” are used almost interchangeably.

You can use Western buttermilk especially if you are after that little sour tang that buttermilk provides. If you are using yoghurt, look for unsweetened natural yoghurt, eg Greek Yoghurt or yoghurt from your Indian grocery, and thin it a little.

Similar recipes include Drumstick Sambar with Lime.

You might like to browse the collection of yoghurt recipes here. A favourite is Thick Yoghurt Tahina Dip with Herbs. Browse all of our Indian recipes here. Find inspiration in our Winter dishes.


Yoghurt and Kadhi

Drumstick Kadhi

Drumstick Kadhi

Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves: 3 – 4 people, depending how you use it

1.5 cup yoghurt
2 cups water
2 Tblspns chickpea flour (besan)
salt to taste
0.5 tspn sugar (use white if you can, to maintain the beautiful colour of the dish)
1 – 2 drumsticks cut into 10cm pieces

1 Tbsp ghee
0.5 tspn brown mustard seeds
0.5  tspn cumin seeds
large pinch asafoetida
0.5 tspn turmeric powder
0.5 tspn of fenugreek seeds
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 green chilies, slit near the tail, so they do not burst in the oil
2 tspn ginger, grated

Beat the yoghurt, water and chickpea flour until there are no lumps and it is slightly aerated.

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the mustard seeds and allow them to pop. Add the cumin, asafoetia and fenugreek seeds with the green chillies. Cook for a moment then add the turmeric powder and ginger, then finally the curry leaves. As they sizzle, add the drumstick pieces and 0.25 cup water. Cover and simmer until the drumsticks are tender.

Then add the yoghurt mixture with the salt and sugar. Keep stirring until it boils and thickens.Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Drumstick Kadhi

4 thoughts on “Drumstick Kadhi | Yoghurt Curry with Drumsticks”

  1. Ganga, thanks for those thoughts. I woke up this morning worried about something very trivial. I
    read this post and it relaxed me.
    I would have never thought drumsticks could have gone into a kadhi. We get frozen drumsticks here in the US and that is all I use. The fresh ones are dry by the time they reach super markets . The best are the fresh ones grown by friends who live in FL and they bring or send with someone who are visiting from there.

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