Saturday, July 30, 2011

#138 Gode Vaal Chi Kichdi /Maharashtrian Vaal Bean Rice

My Deccan upbringing has given me beautiful memories of Maharashtrian food and recipes that my Mom's helper "Bai" (as we called her) cooked up. A simple dish made on festival mornings or religious ceremonies served with a large dollop of ghee or yogurt and pickle,  "Bai" used to make this dish with fresh Vaal  found in markets in Maharashtra and I loved this Khichdi very much. Along with Khichdi comes memories of  favorites my Mom made like Moong Dal Shira, Thalipith, Batata Vada, Bhakharvadi, Puran Poli, Pitla and Aamti. "Tilgul ghya aani Goad Goad Bola" --the taste and the sweet goodness of sesame seeds.

Khichdi is considered the most healing and nourishing meal for vegetarians. Being a one-pot meal with rice, lentils and spices it was quick to put together for serving large groups of people. The idea of a Khichdi is to start just rice and lentil cooking in a pot and adding ingredients to make it  as luxurious as possible with clarified butter and the choicest vegetables as you wish. Now, some of you may ask "Did Bai use Brown rice?". I would have to say "Of course not!".  It's funny that no recipe of mine is branded "authentic" and my adventurous experiments led me to use brown rice, omit peanuts and add tomato instead.

My recipe is simple but flavored with chiilies, coconut paste, garlic, tamarind and jaggery and loaded with protein from the Vaal to produce one of the best tasting rice dishes I've tasted. Goda Masala is a local mix that I have never been able to recreate like Bai did, so I've substituted with a store bought one.

1 cup White Vaal beans- soaked for 20 mins
2 cups Brown rice
5 garlic cloves
2 inch piece of ginger
Cilantro with stems- 1/2 cup
Dessicated coconut- 1/4 cup
Green chillies- 3
Tamarind extract- 2 tspn
Goda Masala- 2 tspn
Haldi- 1/4 tspn
Asafoetida- 1-2 pinches
Jeera/Cumin Seeds- 1 pinch
Onions- 1/2 chopped
Tomato- 1 chopped.
Salt and oil as needed

1. Heat some oil add a pinch of jeera and then the onions.Saute until translucent.
2. Add the tomtaoes and saute until the mixture is mushy and soft.
3. Pressure cook the dried Vaal in some water until just cooked.
4. In a stew pot, add the washed drained brown rice and about 3 cups water and salt.
5. In a blender grind to a smooth paste the coconut, garlic, ginger, cilantro, green chillies with about
1 cup water.
6. Add the above paste in the pot along with the rest of the ingredients except the Vaal.
7. Cover and cook on low fire until the rice is just soft enough but no water remains.
8. Add the Vaal and toss together with a fork until evenly distributed. When serving add 1 tspn ghee and serve with pickle or salad.


  1. Delicious Kichdi,sounds so healthy and nice presentation too...

  2. This dish looks great, but don't have vaal beans, maybe could substitute with - Lima beans?

  3. OMG! that's really awesome recipe!!!

  4. Thks guys for your comments!
    Absolutely,try using baby lima beans (frozen)--should be equally delish:)

  5. wow dear that looks fab and yummy......

  6. This one looks very nice....healthy and yummy...


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