Bhoger Khichuri


Khichuri served with either Panchmesali or bandhakopi torkari – important part of any Bengali festival. Khichuri or khichdi as it is more commonly known outside Bengal, is essentially rice, lentils and vegetables slow cooked together. Simple dish cooked in every household. But when this is made during festivals and given as offering to God (bhog), this simple khichuri tastes absolutely divine. The devotion and love that goes in while making it takes it to another level altogether. We never taste while cooking food for God, but magically the balance of salt and spices becomes perfect.

Click here for Panchmesali recipe

Click here for bandhakopi torkari recipe

 

 

Ingredients:

Basmati/Govind Bhog rice – 1 cup
Split green gram (moong dal) – ¾ cup
Potato – 1, cut into cubes
Cut vegetables – 1 cup (I used a mix of peas, carrot, beans)
Clarified butter or ghee – 2 tbsp
Cinnamon – 1 small piece
Cardamom – 2-3
Cloves – 2-3
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Bay leaf – 2
Dry red chilli – 1
Ginger – ½ inch, grated
Green chilli – 1-2 or as per taste, slit lenghwise
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Sugar – ½ tsp
Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Heat a fry pan or kadhai. Dry roast the moong dal for a few minutes unti golden and aromatic. Wash it thoroughly and set aside
  2. Wash the rice and drain water. Set aside
  3. In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp ghee. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter
  4. Add bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, dry red chilli and saute for a few seconds
  5. Add ginger and cook for further few seconds. Add the cut vegetables, salt, sugar, turmeric powder, green chilli and mix well
  6. Add the moong dal and saute for a minute or two
  7. Add 6 cups water and bring to boil. Simmer on medium to low flame
  8. When the moong dal starts to get tender, add the rice. Cook until it is completely done. Add ½ to 1 cup water if required
  9. Once done, add garam masala, 1 tbsp ghee and mix well
  10. Serve hot

 

Dry roast moong dal until aromatic

Dry roast moong dal until aromatic

 

Heat ghee and temper with whole spices

Heat ghee and temper with whole spices

 

Add cut vegetables

Add cut vegetables

 

Add moong dal and fry for a couple of minutes

Add moong dal and fry for a couple of minutes

 

Add rice when the dal starts to get tender

Add rice when the dal starts to get tender

 

Simmer until everything is cooked completely

Simmer until everything is cooked completely

 

Khichuri served with cannage curry and tomato dates chutney

Khichuri served with cabbage curry and tomato dates chutney

 

khichuri

Khichuri served with panchmesali

 

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