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Bhoger Khichuri | Bengali Khichuri | Bhaja Muger Dal Khichuri

Bhoger Khichuri | Bengali Khichuri | Bhaja Muger Dal Khichuri

Bhoger Khichuri is a traditional Bengali khichdi which is a no onion no garlic khichdi and is prepared during festivals and offered as prasad.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: No Onion No Garlic, Prasad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 People
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Basmati Rice
  • ½ Cup Yellow Moong Dal
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 4 Clove
  • ½ tablespoon Grated Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Jeera powder (Cumin Powder)
  • ½ tsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 Bay leaves
  • 1-2 Dried Red Chillies
  • ½ teaspoon Jeera (Cumin seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut or fresh grated coconut
  • 1 small tomato cut into 4
  • 1 small potato cut into cubes
  • ½ Cup carrot cubed
  • 1 green chilli slit
  • Hot water - 3 cups
  • Green peas - ¼ cup
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Ghee - 1 tablespoon

Instructions

Garam Masala

  • Dry roast ½ inch cinnamon stick, 2 clove and 2 cardamom in a pan.
  • Let it cool.
  • Transfer it into a mixer jar.
  • Grind them into fine powder.

Roasting of Rice & Dal

  • Clean and rinse the Rice well. Drain out all the water.
  • Spread it onto a plate and let it dry for 10 minutes.
  • Dry roast the mung dal in a pan until golden brown and it starts releasing aroma.
  • Transfer to a bowl.
  • Rinse this with water.
  • Drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Add a tablespoon of oil in a pan.
  • Add the rice in this and roast this for a few minutes until the raw smell of rice goes away.
  • Transfer it into a bowl and keep it aside.

Tomato Coconut Masala

  • Add 1 tablespoon mustard oil in a pan.
  • Now add the bay leaf and dried red chillies.
  • Add the remaining cinnamon stock and 2 cloves.
  • Add Jeera and let it splutter.
  • Now add grated coconut or desiccated coconut and mix well for 1-2 minutes on slow to medium.
  • Add the grated ginger, turmeric powder and jeera powder.
  • Add the tomato pieces and let it cook for 2 minutes or so.
  • Keep this aside.

Making the Bhoger Khichuri

  • In a bit pot or pan pan take 2 tablespoon of oil.
  • Shallow fry the potatoes and carrots. (One can deep fry too)
  • Remove it in a pan and keep it aside.
  • Now add the moong dal in the same pan.
  • Add the rice and split green chili.
  • Add salt to taste and 2 cups of water.
  • Cover with a lid and let the mixture cook for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, add the tomato-coconut mix.
  • Now add the shallow fried veggies and green peas.
  • Add sugar and another ½ cup water.
  • Add a teaspoon of the garam masala (I added all, you can adjust to your tastebuds)
  • Mix and let it cook on medium to for another 10.
  • Put the stove to slow and let it cook for another 5 minutes until the rice and dal is cooked properly.
  • Add a tablespoon of ghee and transfer it into a bowl.
  • Serve hot.
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