South Indian Kadhi Yogurt Curry

kadhi in a wooden bowl on a colorful mat next to a wooden spoon
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
577 Calories
50g Fat
28g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 577
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 65%
Saturated Fat 35g 174%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 289mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Protein 11g
Calcium 266mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Kadhi is another word for 'curry'. Kadhis are almost always vegetarian and are soup like in their consistency with either vegetables or fritters in them. They are made differently in different parts of India. Unlike the Kadhi made in North India, South Indian Kadhi does not include Pakodis (gram flour fritters) or turmeric. It is made with yogurt so has a distinctive tangy flavor unlike its North Indian counterpart.

South Indian Kadhi is a mild dish and is fairly easy to cook, which makes it a great family dish to throw together quickly. It is considered good to eat when you have an upset tummy as it is made with ingredients that have digestive properties. It does not keep well so must be eaten as it is made because reheating will cause the yogurt in it to curdle.


  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 250 grams coconut (freshly grated)
  • Optional: 2 green chilies (to taste)
  • 3 cups yogurt (slightly sour, preferably a few days old)
  • Dash salt (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable cooking oil (or ghee)
  • 2 dry red chilies (broken into small pieces)
  • 10 curry leaves
  • Garnish: coriander (freshly chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat a griddle on medium heat. When hot, add the cumin seeds and dry roast until they are slightly fragrant and start to get darker in color. Take off the griddle when this happens and leave on a plate to cool.

  3. Mix the grated coconut, green chilies, and toasted cumin seeds and grind to a smooth paste in a food processor.

  4. Whisk the yogurt till smooth and add a cup of water to it. Stir to blend well.

  5. Add the coconut-spice mixture, salt to taste to this and stir well.

  6. Put the mixture in a heavy-bottomed pan and heat slowly on a medium flame. Stir occasionally to prevent the mixture from sticking to the pan or scorching. (Milk and other dairy products seem to scorch easily!)

  7. At the same time, heat the vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil or ghee in a small pan on a medium flame, add the dry red chilies, cumin seeds and curry leaves to it. They will splutter so be very careful to avoid getting burned by the hot oil. Cook till the spluttering stops.

  8. Just before the yogurt-coconut-cumin mixture comes to a boil, turn off the heat and add the above Tadka or tempering mix (oil, cumin, dry red chilies, and curry leaves) to it.

  9. Now garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve with Basmati rice.

  10. Enjoy!


  • This dish must be eaten after it is made because reheating will cause the yogurt in it to curdle.
  • Good to settle upset stomachs.