April 30, 2010

Gujarati-Style Mango Buttermilk Kadhi

Mango buttermilk Kadhi 3

Summer may not have graced the UK yet, but it has made a secret appearance in my kitchen. Yesterday I was given a huge box of Alphonso mangoes which are now filling my house with a beautifully sweet and fruity aroma. So with mangoes abundant, what was I to cook? I was scouring my favourite blogs on a mission to seek out an innovative recipe using perfectly ripe mangoes. I was thrilled when I found a South Indian recipe for Mampazha Pulissery by Namitha from Collaborative Curry. Not only did the fruity recipe sound delicious, but the pictures were so striking that I had to rush to the kitchen and feed my curiosity more or less immediately.

Alphonso mango

I admit that I’m a bit of a recipe mutineer, and I almost never follow instructions to the letter *slaps wrist*. As mouth-watering as Namitha’s recipe sounded, I had to incorporate aspects of the traditional Gujarati way of making Kadhi into the recipe. Kadhi is the Gujarati name for the almost-sacred buttermilk soup loved by every Gujarati I have ever met. It is similar to the South Indian soup Mor Kuzhambu, although the tempering process and ingredients usually differ significantly. You can find my recipe for Peas and Paneer Kadhi here. Kadhi is a versatile soup that is a great accompaniment to curries, chapattis and rice. Instead of making vegetable curries separately, I sometimes like to add a colourful array of vegetables to the Kadhi itself; the usual suspects are peas, sweetcorn, carrots, potatoes and onions. When served with rice, this can be a meal in itself. Gujaratis love plain, unadulterated Kadhi with Matar-Bhaat, which is a rice dish made by steaming rice with fresh green peas. I hope to bring you my recipe for Matar-Bhaat soon, along with a curry that pairs amazingly with Kadhi.

Mango buttermilk Kadhi 2

Kadhi is another one of those Gujarati dishes which screams to taste hot, sweet and sour, just like the recipe for Gujarati Toor Daal. Remember to use semi-sour yogurt, sugar (or jaggery- raw cane sugar) and chillies. I haven’t added any garlic to this recipe, like I usually do in traditional Kadhi because I didn’t want too many strong flavours overpowering the delicate fruitiness of the mangoes. Therefore, this recipe is suitable for those who have a strictly no-onions and no-garlic diet. I think the ginger and green chillies give the Kadhi the flavour-kick it needs without masking the taste of mango. I have added my mango pulp at the end in order to keep the mango flavour fresh and noticeable.

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1 cup ripe mango, pureed
2 cups yogurt
1 ½ tbsp chickpea flour
5-6 cups cold water
2 medium hot green chillies, minced (or to taste)
1 tbsp ginger, minced
½ tsp turmeric
¼ cup coriander, chopped
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste (according to how sweet your mangoes are- remember that Gujarati Kadhi is supposed to be hot, sweet and sour)

To Temper

1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds
4-5 curry leaves (optional)
3-4 cloves
¼ tsp asafoetida


1. Combine the yogurt, chickpea flour, water, chillies and ginger. Blend in a food processor or with an immersion blender. Set aside.

2. In a large pan, heat the ghee, cumin seeds, curry leaves, cloves and asafoetida. When aromatic, add the yogurt mixture and stir constantly until it comes to a gentle boil on a medium/low heat. This is to ensure that the mixture does not curdle.

3. When the mixture is gently simmering, add the turmeric, salt, mango puree and sugar. Adjust the consistency with water if you like, and simmer for a further 4-5 minutes. Taste to check for hot, sweet and sour.

4. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped coriander.

Serve with hot basmati rice, chapattis and your favourite dry curry. In my next post I’ll share my favourite dry curry recipe with you! It pairs wonderfully with this mango Kadhi.

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28 responses to “Gujarati-Style Mango Buttermilk Kadhi”

  1. Cool Lassi(e) says:

    I am a Mango-maniac. I would love anything made out of a mango and certainly love love this kadhi.And one more thing that I like about this dish is that is Sweet and Savory. My kinda dish! Happy Weekend dear!

  2. Preeti Kashyap says:

    this is such a wonderful dish..I love the kadhi and mango combination!

  3. Lazaro Cooks! says:

    Fantastic recipe. I love the contrast between sweet & spicy. I agree with you on not really following recipes, to me, the best part of cooking is exploring your creative side. Cheers!

  4. Jay says:

    Fabulous recipe with mango…loved the neat n perfect presentation. Do visit my blog sometime.

  5. Az says:

    Great recipe.. kadhi is a regular dish in our home.. i shall try this one!!!

  6. Priya says:

    Fantastic kadhi with mango, new for me..Awesome clicks Sanju..

  7. Jagruti says:

    Hey Sanj..me and my family really gets on with kadhi..any type..love my gujju kadhi with whole tuver…you made this one fantastic..great click too..I need pay a visit to wembley..love anything with mangoes…..

  8. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    Wow, I love Gujarati kadhi and the click came so well, I am drooling here.

  9. SAINT BAPU says:


  10. Heatherfeather says:

    This looks wonderful! Mangoes are one of my favorites and putting them in this soup just looks like such a great idea. Lovely photos too.

  11. AshKuku says:

    SUPERB Kadhi, no doubts…… I love the captures.. they are so so wonderful… In particular I like the last one where all three elements are clearly highlighted to add a zing to the captures…. The spoon, the handle & the fingers….. WOW!!!!


  12. Kathy Gori says:

    OOooooooo! I love mango and this looks just wonderful. I'm going to have to try it.Great job!

  13. Liz Marr, MS, RD says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I love the flavor combination of hot chile and mango.

  14. Vaishali Sharma says:

    Wow Sanjana…This Mango flavored Kadhi looks delicious! Wat a great idea of making Kadhi with the best fruit in the world (atleast for me 🙂 )

    I liked the dotted cup and plate too.

  15. Mr. P says:

    Love that it's mango season! My kitchen is going to be full of them (and fruit flies!).

    I buy big boxes from my corner shop, and it's like Christmas – they come wrapped in coloured tissue paper!

  16. Divina Pe says:

    This is something different for me, Sanjana. I'm used to take mango as a cold dessert but I love to be introduced to something unique and delicious.

  17. Trix says:

    This is a stunning soup, I can't imagine how refreshing and just utterly and completely satisfying … love the sour & sweet. Thanks for this recipe!!

  18. artipatel88 says:

    Mmmmmh Yummmy!:D Makin me hungry 🙁

  19. artipatel88 says:

    p.s. cute cup and saucer! 😉

  20. penny aka jeroxie says:

    I love it! I must try this but I wish I have some mangoes.

  21. Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking says:

    That looks like a great soup recipe. I love soups but I've never made one with mango actually. I will definitely try this one!

  22. Jeannie says:

    beautiful soup! love the sunny spring colour:D

  23. Preeti Kashyap says:

    There ….saw you in foodbuzz…

  24. Lawyer Loves Lunch says:

    Wow, this is beautiful! And, the polkda-dotted dishes add such whimsy 🙂

  25. Ann says:

    Awesome, it looks so good adn picture looks super tempting.

  26. Kathy Gori says:

    Congrats on Numero uno!!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Superb cant wait to taste this soup.

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