Dal kichadi (maharashtrian delight)

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How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 3  

Dal-kichadi – a maharashtrian dish prepared with a combination of Basumati rice and toor dal accompanied with all masala ingredients and relished with a dash of pure ghee garnished with onions, cilantro and potato chips just like the Karnataka special dish Bisibele bhath.  The only difference could be that we add a lot of vegetables and a masala with dry copra and tamarind juice. This dish is surprisingly very light on the stomach and tasty too !

What you need to have:

1.Toor dal –  3/4 cup

2. Basumati Rice – 1/4 cup

3. Water – 3 and 1/2 cups (to cook the dish)


                                              Ingredients of Dal-kichadi

Other ingredients of seasoning & garnishing:

1. Chopped onions – 1 cup

2. Chopped tomatoes – 1/3 cup

3. Chopped cilantro – a handful (for garnishing)

4. Fresh grated coconut – 1-2 tablespoon (optional )

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                     Ingredients of seasoning & garnishing

5. Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

6. Asafoetida powder – 1/4 teaspoon

7. Tej patha – 1-2

8. Masala cardamom – 2

9. Cloves – 4

10. Cinnamon stick – 2 pieces

11. Garlic pods –  4-5 (chopped fine)

12. Curry leaves – a few

13. pepper – 4-5

14. Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

15. Dhania-jeera powder – 1/2 teaspoon

16. Garam-masala powder – a little

17. Goda masala powder – 1 teaspoon

18. Chili powder – 1 teaspoon

19. Green chili – 2

20. Ginger chopped – 1/2 teaspoon

21. butter – 2 tablespoons

22. Salt – to taste


                                        Ingredients of seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Place a cooker with 2 tablespoons of butter in it on medium flame. On heating add tej patha to it. On frying add whole spices like the cardamom, cinnamon, cloves , curry leaves and finally slit green chili to it.


                                                 Seasoning in progress

2. When fried add chopped onions and tomatoes and salt and fry till tomatoes turn mushy and onions also fried along with it.


                                  Chopped onions & tomatoes being fried

3. When fried add chopped ginger, chopped garlic pods and fry for a while. Now add all powders in a row and just give a stir to it.


                                          All powders added in a row

4. When done add toor dal and rice to it and also give a stir and add 3 and 1/2 cups of water to it checking for salt. Close the lid and cook for 30 minutes as usual on sim flame and switch off heat.


                                         Cooker ready to cook dal-kichadi

5. Transfer it to serving dish and garnish with chopped cilantro, chopped onion and the yummy potato chipssss !!


                                         Ready to serrve Dal-kichadi

Good to remember:

1. It is better to use basumati rice for this dish rather than the ordinary raw rice.

2. This dish should be semi solid  as shown in the image and hence the above   mentioned quantity of water should be added.

3. using coconut is purely optional for garnishing.   one can omit it for sure.

9 thoughts on “Dal kichadi (maharashtrian delight)

    saigeetha said:
    July 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    lovely post 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Hi Saigeetha,

      Thanx a lot for your comments and also for dropping by the web site.

    ameeta said:
    July 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    what joy!

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Ameeta,

      Thanx a lot and do give a try for the same and send me da feed back please.

    mona said:
    August 1, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Hello Ji,

    I have been a silent reader of your blog and really enjoy it very much. I love your step by step pictures and explanations, and the easy to follow neatness of your recipes.
    It looks delicious and I wish to scoop up some of its yumminess from here right now.
    Hope to make it in the weekend.

    Krithika said:
    October 20, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Namaste Aunty!

    I loved this recipe. It reminded me of the dal khichadi I used to eat in Mumbai, during my internship. My husband, who has eaten it only once before in Mumbai, is a huge fan of this dish. I get repeat requests for this, and I never fail to impress!

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!


    Shilpa said:
    February 25, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Pratibha Aunty,

    I love your blog and frequently have tried various dishes. This dish looks similar to Bisi bele bath.. I am curious to try.. Can you tell me what is Goda masala powder?? I have never heard of it before.
    Thanks again,

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Shilpa,

      Goda masala is a Maharashtrian masala available in Bombay, pune and other places and widely used in few of their dishes. Now it may be available down south too.

      On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 6:11 PM, The Indian Food Court wrote:


    Ritesh Sharma said:
    December 7, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Learn a new way to make khichdi from Maharashtra cuisine.
    Thanks for sharing this, will try this soon.

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