Sanoli's Kitchen: DURGA PUJA ASHTAMI SPECIAL KHICHDI BHOG / BHOGER KHICHURI

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DURGA PUJA ASHTAMI SPECIAL KHICHDI BHOG / BHOGER KHICHURI

Durga Puja offers a culinary feast. Very simple ingredients are used here, this is also one of the best kept secrets, bhoger khichuri has a distinct flavour.Khichudi is an essential partof the spread offered to Devi Durga. Apart from that luchi (puffed pooris) or pulao can be given as bhog too. Here is a delectable khichuri recipe which we, Bengalis offer to Ma Durga as a 'bhog'.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Cup Gobindo bhog/ kalo jeera/ basmati rice
1&1/4 Cups of Moong Dal (Split green gram lentils)
1/3 Cup Green Peas (I used frozen)
6 Florets of Cauliflower
2 Potatoes (peeled and cut into halves)
2-3 tbsps Clarified Butter (ghee)
1-2 Bay Leaves
1 Dried Red Chillies
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
Garam Masala Crushed (1" Cinnamon, 3 Green Cardamoms & 3-4 Cloves)
1-2 Green Chilles (cut in slits)
3/4 tsp Minced Ginger
1/2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste

METHOD:
In a wok, dry roast moong dal. After few seconds, you will get a nice aroma of bhuni/roasting dal. Its colour will change to brown. Turn off heat. Pour some water over it. Drain water completely and keep the moong dal seperate. Wash the rice under running water and keep it aside.

Heat clarified butter in a pressure panor kadai. Add minced ginger in it. Saute for few seconds, add cumin seeds and let it change its colour a little. Now add dried red chilli and bay leaf, again saute for few more seconds. Mix crushed garam masala and green chillies in it, a nice aroma comes out. 

Now add potato and cauliflower in it. Saute for 3-4 minutes on medium heat.

Pour 1/2 Cup warm water and spread the dal in it. 

When dal started to boil, add rice and green peas in it. 

Add kashmiri red chilli powder, salt, sugar and turmeric powder in it. Fold nicely for 2-3 minutes or till everything incorporated very well.

Add 3&1/2 Cups of water in it. Let it come to boil. 

Close the lid of pressure cooker and pressure cook in low till you get one whistle. Switch off the heat now, let it rest in stream for few minutes. If dal is not cooked fully, add 1/2 cup of water and cook for another 7-8 minutes on low heat.

Khichuri bhog is ready. Serve infront of Ma Durga with five kinds of fried vegetables, Rice Kheer or Chaler payesh and Tomato Date chutney. Enjoy this simple but super scumptious meal.

NOTES: Do not use any onions and garlic, since Bengali customs consider these ingredients to be non vegetarian. 
It is not custom, but if you wish, may add tomato in it to enhance the flavour and taste.

30 comments:

  1. Bhog khichdi with bhaja looks authentic and yummy.

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  2. Very flavorful khichdi prashad...lovely platter..

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  3. I am just in love with this thali, had it recently at a bengali family for Ganesh pooja, Khichdi, bhaja, tomato chutney, and rice kheer and Rosogolla, can't forget the taste..... Today's post : http://nayanas-kitchen-kreations.blogspot.in/2013/09/cantonese-scallion-pancakes.html

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  4. Lovely kichadi and made very nicely love the spread for Durga devi...

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  5. it sounds healthy dear :) wish to give a try..

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  6. Bhoger khichuri is my all time favourite. Beautiful presentation Sanoli!
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  7. looks soooo delicious n yummy..

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  8. Very tasty khichdi recipe....I especially like the one made with gobindo bhog rice!!! Very flavorful..

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  9. Delicious traditional durga pooja khichdi Sanoli, thanks for sharing

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  10. Wonderful platter and the khichdi is just inviting me.

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  11. So Lovely Kichadi and you made it perfectly :)
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  12. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.CAn't wait to try!

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  13. khichudi with all those inviting sides looks like a delicious feast :-)

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  14. Kichadi looks delicious and inviting.. Nice platter.. Wholesome meal.. :)

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  15. Delicious and the platter looks more tempting.

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  16. Yummy n healthy kichadi,love the bold color

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  17. Subho Durga puja...that khichuri is something that am not gonna miss in this puja...thsnks to u...i m going to make it this time...

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  18. Eyi thala ta dekhe mone hoche ..bas boshe pori khete...very well made and presented..hugs

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  19. Such a delicious khichdi..Love the whole platter .

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  20. Really contenting platter,looks yummy.

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