Bhoger Khichuri, is a special Khichdi which is prepared on the auspicious occasion of Durga Ashtami.....and is offered to Godess Durga. A very simple dish made with few ingredients but is an essential part of the spread offered to the Godess during Durga Puja.
Every family has there own recipe for this Khichuri and here is a simple yet flavorful recipe.Its made with Moong dal, Rice, vegetables and few spices, onion and garlic are not used in this recipe as it is an offering to the deity.
Rice - 1 cup (Small Grain rice like Gobindobhog, if not available you can use Surti kolam or Basmati)
Moong dal (yellow) - 1 cup
Green Peas - 1/4th cup
Potato - 1 medium size (cut into 4 pcs)
Cauliflower florets - 4-6 pcs (medium size)
Ginger, grated - 1 teaspoon
Green chillies - 2, slit lengthwise
Red Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
Whole red chilli - 1, broken into 2 pcs
Bay leaf - 1
Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Ghee - 2-3 tablespoon
Pick, wash and soak the rice in water.
In a kadhai,dry roast moong dal, in a minute or so it will start releasing a nutty aroma and will turn golden brown. Once golden brown remove from heat.
Transfer the roasted dal to a pressure cooker add around 2 cups of water, salt and a pinch of turmeric, pressure cook until 3-4 whistles, Once done turn off the heat, let all the steam escape and then open the pressure cooker.
Heat a heavy bottom pan, once hot reduce flame and add ghee, let it melt, (just let the ghee melt we don't want the ghee to brn as it will loose its aroma and leave behind a smoky flavor) Add the whole cumin seeds along with the dry red chillies and bay leaf, once the cumin seeds start cracking add the grated ginger and mix well and fry for a minute or so.
Add the chopped cauliflower and potato, mix well and add the red chilli powder and remaining turmeric powder, mix well, add a tablespoon of water so that the spices can mix well, fry until the raw smell of the spices is gone.
Add the boiled moong dal along with green peas, mix well fry for 2-3 minutes and add around 3 cups of water.
Once the water starts boiling add the soaked rice, mix well, let it come to a boil, add garam masala powder and slit green chillies and cook until rice is well done. This should take around 8-10 minutes.
Served hot Khichuri with a dollop of ghee and Begun Bhaja.
Since this Khichuri is prepared as an offering, I have made it in Ghee (Clarified Butter), however if you are not making it as an offering you could use any other cooking oil which is used in your daily cooking.
Usually Gobindobhog rice, which is small grain rice is used for this preparation however you can use any other small grain rice, you could use Basmati as well then I would suggest soaking it for a longer time as we would like the Khichuri to be mushy.
For recipe of Begun Bhaja please check below link