Cook's Hideout: Vaal dal Khichdi

June 18, 2013

Vaal dal Khichdi

Blogging Marathon# 29: Week 3/ Day 2
Theme: Course Wise Meal from any State - Maharashtra/ Lunch Dishes
Dish: Vaal Dal Khichdi 
Day 2 of BM# 29 and I'm doing 'Maharashtrian cuisine-Lunch dishes' theme. Today's dish is also another one-pot meal, but this time its a legume and rice combination, Vaal Dal Khichdi. Nupur @ One hot Stove is one of my favorite bloggers and she happens to be a Maharashtrian. So I have perused her blog a lot for this week's theme :-)
Vaal dal Khichdi
When I saw her post for Vaal Khichdi, I went out and bought Vaal dal to make the dish. Vaal is slightly bitter, but the addition of tamarind and jaggery tames it a little bit in this dish. My 5 year old didn't dig the bitterness, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. So thanks to Nupur for introducing a new legume. Here's the picture of Vaal dal.
I changed the proportions a little bit to suit my taste and I made the khichdi in an open pot instead of the pressure cooker. Nupur suggests soaking both rice and dal for 30 minutes. But I used jasmine rice and I soaked it only for 10 minutes and soaked vaal dal for about 2 hours.
Vaal dal Khichdi
Rice - 1cup
Vaal dal - ½cup
Onion- 1 small, finely chopped
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Curry leaves - 6-8
Asafoetida (hing) - ¼tsp
Red chili powder - ½tsp
Ground Coriander - ¼tsp
Ground Cumin - ¼tsp
Tamarind pulp - 1tsp
Jaggery - 1tsp
Salt - to taste

  • Soak rice and dal for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a thick bottomed pan; add mustard seeds and once the seeds start to splutter, add curry leaves and hing. Next add onions and cook until translucent.
  • Add red chili powder, ground coriander and cumin, turmeric. Cook for 30 seconds. 
  • Now add the drained rice and dal. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil; lower the heat, cover and simmer until almost all of the water is absorbed and rice and dal are completely cooked, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Add tamarind pulp and jaggery. Mix well and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Add water if you think the mixture is too dry. Serve hot!!
I served it hot with some ghee, potato chips and instant mango pickle.
Vaal dal Khichdi

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 29.


  1. Comforting khichdi, simple and delicious filling dish.

  2. The kitchadi looks very fresh & inviting. What is Val dal? How does that look Paavni?

    1. Sheela, I updated the post with the pic of Vaal Dal.

  3. Nice khichdi! I tried her Vaal Bhaat couple years ago. Should try this vaal recipe too.

  4. Vaal kitchadi looks deliicous

  5. That's a great dish Pavani...

  6. Vaal dal is new for me ! Khichdi looks sober!!

  7. never heard of vaal dal - a new variety for me

  8. Nice dish Pavani. Haven't tried this yet...

  9. Very comfort food feel like having few spoons from that bowl.

  10. Sounds like a comforting dish. I haven't used Val dal yet.


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