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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Bengali Khichuri (Khichdi / Rice & Lentil Porridge)

          Bengali Khichuri / Khichdi happens to be a very common dish that is served in Durga Puja Pandals all over India and overseas. It is first offered as bhog (offering) to the Goddess and then served to all the devotees. It is a very simple & delicious mish mash of rice, lentil and vegetables. Generally, only potatoes, cauliflower and green peas are used but there is absolutely no harm in adding raddish, parwals or beans if you wish, which I sometimes do. A secret - It tastes awesome the next day.

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup moong dal (split green gram), dry roasted
  • 1 potato, cubes
  • 8-10 cauliflower florettes
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 2 tbsp. muastard oil
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 green cardamoms
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander-cumin powder
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. ghee

          Soak the dal and rice for an hour. Heat 1 tbsp. oil and saute the potatoes and cauliflower till light brown. Keep aside.

          Heat the remaining oil in a pan and temper with bay leaves, red chilies, cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and cardamoms.

          After it stops spluttering, add the ginger and saute for a few seconds. Add the drained  rice, dal, coriander-cumin powder and turmeric powder and saute for 2-3 minutes.

          Then add salt, sugar and 4 cups water and pressure cook for 7-8 minutes on low flame after the first whistle.

          Open the lid after 10 minutes and add the fried potato, cauliflower, green peas and 1 cup water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Serve hot along with some ghee and Beguni (Eggplant fry).

(This is a pressure cooker method but you can also do it in an open pan too).

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