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Palda(Low Calorie Yogurt Curry With Vegetables)

Posted on: July 28, 2017

My mom is from Himachal Pradesh, so pahadi food is in our soul. There is a unique flavour to the food of hills, a little sweet and a bit tangy. Most of the Himachali food has a sweet and sour taste to it, making every dish actually a delicacy. This is one of my favourite dishes, which my mom used to make especially in summers. The dahi makes it very refreshing and light and the veggies make it wholesome. I wonder why I didn’t think of putting this recipe earlier, it brings back a lot of memories. Another great part about this recipe is that it is extremely low calorie and has all the goodness of veggies.


1 cup curd

Few gobhi flowerts

A handful of chopped French beans

1 boiled potato ( chopped)

2 carrots (cut into squares)

1 teaspoon oil

1 teaspoon zeera (cumin seeds)

1 teaspoon haldi powder (turmeric)

1 teaspoon lal mirch powder (red chilli)

1 big dried red chilli

Salt to taste


  1.  Steam gobhi, beans and carrots till they are done. Do not overcook the veggies, they should not be pulpy.
  2. Beat the dahi till it is smooth, and has no lumps.
  3.  In a kadai heat oil, add dried red chilli and zeera.
  4.  Add haldi and lal mirch powder and stir so that the masala does not burn.
  5.  Lower the gas flame and add the steamed vegetables, boiled potato and mix well.
  6.  Add the beaten curd and stirring it vigorously. Add salt according to your taste.
  7. Keep on stirring the curry till it is lukewarm.
  8. Once lukewarm, turn off the gas and your plada is ready. It goes best with boiled rice or pulao.

Serves 2

Calories per serving-  105

Tip– Make sure not to heat the palda, as the curd and the whey will separate. This is eaten cold or at room temperature.


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