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Friday, September 3, 2010

Kali Massor Kichdi & Beguni (Black Lentils with Rice & Deep Fried Eggplant)

Dal kichdi can be prepared by various dals like masoor dal, moong dal or tool dal. But this one is my favourite because of the black and yellow color of the kichdi which could be attributed to kali masoor daal and rice. 

It's raining here and one of the most favorite combination in any rainy afternoon is piping hot kichdi along with some fried pakodas. And just like any other fry/ pakoda the most important is batter. 

This is such a comforting dish that I introduced it to my little one as early as 7 months old. Works wonder for upset stomach and diarrhea. For my little one I add water more than usual quantity and mash a little with the back of a wooden spoon. To make it more nutritious and tasty I serve along with yogurt as accompaniment.

In Northeren India, kichdi is given to babies when they are ready for solid food. My son loves this warm kichdi on rainy /wintery days with a dollop of butter before serving.

I also made Beguni, now many of you must be wondering about this word 'Beguni' well it's nothing but sliced egg plants marinated in spiced batter (chickpea flour) mix and deep fried. Perfect snack to munch on with hot kichdi or with muri (puffed rice). A cusine from West Bengal.


Ingredients for Beguni:
1 or more depending upon the size of Begun (eggplant)
1 cup Besan (chickpea flour)
1/4 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Red chilly powder
1 tsp Kalonji (black cumin seeds)
1 tsp Green chilly powder
Salt to taste
4 tbsp Oil for frying

Slice the egg plant into thick slices (lengthwise) from middle. Now halve the pieces again. Marinate the pieces with salt and turmeric and keep it aside for 5 minutes. In the mean time prepare batter by mixing besan, baking soda, turmeric powder, chilly powder, kalonji, green chilly paste and salt. Dip each eggplant pieces into the batter and deep fry them untill they turn crispy. Now place these fried eggplants on tissue paper for excess oil. Serve hot with kichdi, muri or as a snack.


Ingredients for Kali Masoor Kichdi:
1/2 cup Kali masoor dal / Black lentils
1/2 cup Rice
1 Onion
1/2 cup Green peas
1/2 tsp Ginger (chopped)
2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 Tomato (chopped)
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
2 tsp Butter
4 cups Water
Salt to taste

Soak black lentil in hot water for atleast 3 hours. Wash rice 3-4 times and keep aside. Chop onion finely. In a pressure cooker, heat ghee/ butter and add cumin seeds. Once they start spluttering, add onion and ginger. Stir fry for 2 minutes, add washed rice and lentils. Add turmeric and stir around for 2 minutes. The grains of the rice should not break. Add green peas, salt and water to cook the lentils. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook till 2-3 whistles. Garnish with little ghee on top and serve with plain yogurt.



  1. Hi Deepa and Tanu,

    Lovely healthy dal....


  2. ki bichchri brishti boloto? fire theke chele ami aar or baba sab ake ake down hoechi. khub jar sabari. aaj ektu better. kichchu khete iche korche na tabe tomar gota mususr er khichuri byapok. ki sundor dekhet. kakhano banai ni amon.

  3. Both the dishes sound interesting and unique. lovely clicks

  4. Dear Deepa
    Yesterday I had a stupid Musuri dal, onion khichudi...I wish you had made this 2 days back!!!.
    But it is very new recipe for me and will make it soon. I am in Khichudi eating mode these days...
    Didi has come from Blore , so will have a pot luck party at dada's place ...Kakima has made her specilalty Dahi Murg ( and no Kasuri methi, thank God )and a dal made from a mixture of Chana dal and whole Mung ( with skin)..(If she has used all the mung, then I dont have to eat spouted mung for next few days :-)
    Bhazlo theko

  5. khichdi looks so delicious Deepa, with the curd it

  6. this khichdi with masoor dal is really new to me ..looks healthy and yum !

  7. Beautiful presentation deepa, recipe too is very nice...and congrats on winning the giveaway...lucky you....

  8. Beguni dekhei jive jol chole elo....tomar ei khichurir recipe ta amar kachhe notun....khub healthy arr tasty dekhe mone hochhe....try kore dekhbo...amar hubby r khichuri pele aar kicchu chai na....

  9. aah... my type of comfort food... I especially love begunis... never tried making khichdi with whole masoor daal... sounds like a good idea.

    US Masala

  10. U have presented khichri in so attractive way I want to eat it right now....I love khichri...perfectly comfort food...& one pot meal too.....btw Like the methi chicken...I make it little different kind this recipe sounds good enough to try....

  11. My family loves khichdi too...very simple yet healthy food..pakora looks tasty !

    New event running..please come and have a look !

  12. Khichudi looks yummy..Khichudi with beguni-Yum yum yum !!

  13. Both the dishes look yummy Deepa! Worth trying. And...Congrats dear on winning the 'only'-kids delight event.

  14. congs Deepa for winning kid's delight event .presentation of both kichri and baguin is beautiful i like both very much we make banguin with gramflour

  15. Khichdi looks faboulous and tasty together with beguni..wanna grab that plate now...

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  17. wow, what a beautiful combo and lovely looking dishes :)

  18. wow dear its my favorite combo ....looks very very tempting ...yummy


  19. this looks like such a delicious combo and a wonderful comfort meal!

  20. Delicious combo !!! Loved the dish truly a comfort food...

  21. Both unique and interesting recipes and healthy too..must have tasted great.

  22. this khichdi made with kali masoor dal? In the pic the dal looks like sabat mah/urad/black lentils.Which dal did u use? Plz reply


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