Kheerer Malpua Or Mawa Malpua

Kheerer malpua or mawa malpua. Soft fluffy delicious fried pancake from Bengali cuisine. Malpua is soft but edges are crisp and taste heavenly. Saffron and cardamom flavored kheerer malpua or mawa malpua is a perfect festive treat.

You can also make this malpua to offer Goddess Durga or Bhog prasad.

Earlier shared delicious Malpua. Method of making this malpua is same but khoya/mawa or dried milk used in this malpua. You have to make a smooth lump free batter to make perfect malpua. Khoya or mawa and milk should be blend really well. You can add any shredded dry fruits in the batter. You may like some more fried and sugar syrup soaked sweets on this blog like Gulab jamun, Chhanar jilipi, Pantua, Gokul pithe and Ranga aloor pithe or sweet potato dumplings. And you may also like to try Pahala rasgulla from Sasmita’s blog.

This malpua is very easy to make and taste is delectable. Remember that batter should not be very thick. Make a lump free smooth flowing batter for perfect malpua. Fennel seeds or sounf is optional, you can skip it. But lightly crushed fennel seeds will give a lovely flavour. Sugar syrup is flavored with cardamom and saffron. If you don’t like cardamom then use only half teaspoon. I have used peanut oil mixed with 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter for frying. You can use only oil or only ghee/clarified butter if you want. You can use any flavorless oil for frying.

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Recipe

Khoya or mawa – 1 cup

Maida or all purpose flour – 1 cup

Suji or semolina – 4 tablespoon

Saunf or fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon, optional

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Warm milk – 1&3/4 cup

Oil or ghee/clarified butter for frying

Sugar – 1&1/2 cup

Water – 1 cup

Saffron or keshar – a pinch

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Blend khoya or mawa and warm milk with a hand whisker or you can use your blender to mix really well. Homemade khoya will be soft and easy to blend. Get the method of making khoya here. But if you are using store bought khoya or mawa, grate the khoya before using.

2. Lightly crush the fennel seeds or sounf in a mortar pestle.

3. In a large bowl whisk maida or all purpose flour gradually with khoya and milk mixture. Don’t add all the maida in one go to avoid forming lump.

4. Add lighly crushed fennel seeds, semolina or suji and baking soda. Whisk well to make a lump free batter. Cover and keep aside for 30-40 minutes. Batter shouldn’t be thick. Make a flowing batter.

5. In a pan boil water and sugar with a pinch of saffron. Let it boil for 4 minutes. Add cardamom powder, mix and switch off the heat. If you don’t like the flavour of cardamom then add only half teaspoon cardamom powder.

6. Heat oil or ghee/clarified butter in a wok or pan. I used oil with two tablespoon ghee for flavour.

7..When oil becomes hot reduce the heat. Give a good stir to the batter. Pour a ladle full of batter in the middle of the ghee or oil. Fry on low medium heat till light golden brown from both sides and transfer on a plate. Fry all the malpua.

8. Dip the malpua in warm sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes. Press gently with a spoon to soak from both sides. Take out from the sugar syrup and arrange on a plate. Dip all the malpua this way.

9. Dip 2-3 malpua at a time and arrange on a large plate. Don’t dip in syrup for more than 2-3 minutes to soak each malpua. And remember sugar syrup should be warm.

10. Garnish with pistachios. You can also use shredded almond or grated khoya or mawa for garnishing. Serve warm or at room temperature. You can also serve malpua with rabri.

Notes

1. You can use shredded almond,cashew nuts or any dry fruits in the batter.

2. Batter should be lump free, smooth and flowing.

3. You can use only oil or ghee for frying. Or use a mixture of oil and ghee.

4. Any flavorless oil can be used for frying.

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Shahi Dum Aloo

Shahi dum aloo. A no onion garlic rich creamy and delicious curry. Easy to make spicy and flavorful curry to paired with puri, paratha, roti, fried rice, jeera rice or pulao. A perfect side dish for this festive season.

On upcoming Navaratri which starts from 7th October this year, many people avoid onion garlic on these days. So here is a mouthwatering and easy recipe for you. You can also make it to serve as Bhog prasad with Luchi, Basanti pulao, Bhuni khichuri or Bengali pulao. I have served it with basanti pulao.

Potatoes are always comes to our resque when no other vegetables available for some reason. I always store potatoes when my vegetable vendor is on leave. Versatile potatoes are

• Packed With Nutrients.

• Contain Antioxidants. Potatoes are rich in compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids

• May Improve Blood Sugar Control

• May Improve Digestive Health

• Naturally Gluten-Free

• Incredibly Filling

• Extremely Versatile

To read more about health benefits of potato click here.

Some fragrant spices are used to make this potato curry flavorful. I have used ground paste of these spices. You can also use these cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in tempering or tadka. If you are using in tempering don’t forget to crush the whole spices in a mortar pestle. But I like my gravy smooth and many people don’t like if these whole spices comes in mouth while eating. So to make the gravy smooth and creamy grind the spices into a smooth paste. And you can also add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream at the end of cooking if you want.

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Recipe

Small potatoes – 500 gram

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Cashew nuts – 10

Melon seeds – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 Inch piece

Cloves – 3

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Curd or yogurt – 4 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1 teaspoon

Water – 1&1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – to garnish

Method

1. Boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker for 2 whistle. Don’t make too soft because we will fry the potatoes. If you don’t have small potatoes then you can also use large size potatoes. Cut the boiled potatoes in large pieces before frying.

2. Let the cooker cool down. Take out the potatoes and peel them. Prick the potatoes with a fork and keep aside.

3. Dry grind poppy seeds, melon seeds and cashew nuts. Add 3-4 tablespoon water and grind again. Make a smooth paste. Pour the paste into a bowl. Mix well beaten curd or yogurt with the mixture and keep aside.

4. In the same grinder grind tomato, ginger, 1-2 green chilli, cinnamon, green cardamom and cloves. You can use green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves for tempering or tadka but I recommend to grind everything into a smooth paste to get creamy smooth gravy. And the whole spices will not come in mouth while eating.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add potatoes and salt. Fry till potatoes becomes golden brown.

6. Add tomato, ginger, green chilli, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves paste. Mix well. Add cumin powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

7. Reduce the heat and add cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds paste mixed with curd or yogurt. Saute till everything dried up and oil leaves the sides. Don’t increase the heat. Cook on simmer to avoid curdling the yogurt.

8. Add 1 & 1/2 cup water, sugar, 2-3 green chilli and little salt. Remember we have added salt in potatoes.

9. Increase the flame. When the gravy starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 10-15 minutes. Or till you get your desired consistency.

10. Crush Kasuri methi with your palm and add in potatoes. Taste and adjust the salt if required. Add a dollop of ghee or clarified butter and remove from heat. You can add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream if you like. I didn’t.

11. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with any pulao, steamed rice, puri, luchi, naan, paratha or any Indian flatbread.

Notes

1. You can use almond instead of cashew nuts.

2. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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Basanti Pulao

Basanti pulao or Bengali sweet yellow pulao. Bright yellow coloured aromatic rice made with fragrant gobindobhog rice saffron and aromatic whole spices taste heavenly with any spicy curry. A festive dish from Bengali cuisine. Basanti stands for yellow. This sweet yellow pulao called basanti pulao, holud pulao or misti pulao. Basanti pulao also taste great with Basmati rice, so you can use whatever you have.

Durga puja is around the corner. Try this aromatic rice to celebrate your festival. You can also make it for bhog prasad for Goddess. To know about Durga Puja or Sharad Utsab click here. For bhog or naivedya different types of dishes are prepared to offer Goddess Durga. Reading a book Bhog Naivedya by Sujata Shukla. Copy pasting a line from the book, “This is not just faith, but also a nation’s food culture, brought to you on a puja thali!.” I completely agree with it. You can get many more authentic recipes on above Durga Puja post link. As I said you can serve this pulao with any veg or non veg spicy curry. I served it with shahi dum aloo. I will share the recipe soon.

Here are some no onion garlic veg curry recipes which you can serve with this pulao.

Chhanar dalna

Spicy potato curry

Makhana curry

Kaju Curry

Dahi aloo

Aloo kofta curry

Pointed gourd in yogurt gravy

Rasgulla korma

Matar kofta

Shahi paneer

Aloo Paneer

You can also serve this pulao with any non veg curry like

Chicken kosha

Chicken rezala

Dim kosha

Zafrani chicken

Chicken dak bungalow

Rara mutton

Railway mutton curry

Fish kalia

Chhanamukhe ilish

Chicken chaap

Fragrant gobindobhog rice with whole spices made this pulao aromatic. But if you don’t have gobindobhog rice then you can use Basmati rice. I usually make basanti pulao with Basmati rice because gobindobhog rice is not available outside Bengal. Have a look at how it looks with basmati rice. In this pulao I have used basmati rice and instead of saffron used little turmeric powder.

But this time got gobindobhog rice online. I used saffron or keshar to make this pulao basanti or yellow. If you don’t have saffron then you can use little food colour or turmeric. But I recommend to use saffron for the lovely aroma and colour.

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Recipe

Gobindobhog rice – 1&1/4 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Saffron or keshar – 1/4 teaspoon

Milk – 3 tablespoon

Cumin seeds or jeera – 1/2 teaspoon

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Cashew nuts – 15

Raisins – 15

Ginger – 1 teaspoon, grated or paste

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar – 2-3 tablespoon

Bengali garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Mace or javitri powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Nutmeg or jaiphal powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice well. Drain the water completely. Marinate the rice with 1 teaspoon ghee, salt, sugar, grated ginger or paste, nutmeg or jaiphal powder, mace or javitri powder, cumin powder and 1/2 teaspoon Bengali garam masala powder. Get the recipe of Bengali garam masala here. I have used 1 teaspoon salt and 2&1/2 teaspoon Sugar and its perfect for me. Mix everything well and keep aside.

2. Soak saffron for 15 minutes in 3 tablespoon warm milk. After 15 minutes crush the saffron with your finger tips and let it soak for some more time.

3. Crush the green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.

4. Heat remaining ghee in a pan or wok. You can use half oil and half ghee if you want but ghee taste better. Fry the cashew nuts on low medium heat. Keep stirring to fry the nuts evenly. When cashew nuts becomes light golden brown transfer the nuts on a plate.

5. Now fry the raisins. When raisins fluff up immediately remove from ghee and transfer on a plate.

6. In the same ghee add cumin seeds, crushed green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add marinated rice and fry for 2-3 minutes.

7. Add saffron soaked milk, water and fried cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well.

8. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on high heat. After 5 minutes reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 5 minutes again.

9. Now stir the rice gently and check. Add little more water if required. I had to add 1/4 cup more water. Cover and cook on simmer for 5 minutes more or till water absorbed.

10. Add 1/2 teaspoon Bengali garam masala powder, mix and switch off the heat.

11. Cover and leave it to rest for 5-10 minutes. Now fluff the rice gently and serve with any spicy curry.

Recipe notes

1. Basmati rice can be used instead of gobindobhog rice.

2. You can use turmeric powder or yellow food colour instead of saffron or keshar.

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Kaju Curry/No Onion Garlic Curry

Wishing a very happy Janmashtami to you all and your family. May Lord Krishna fill your life with bliss and joy. May God bless you all with good health, happiness and prosperity 🙏

Kaju or cashew nut curry. A no onion garlic rich creamy, mildly spicy and delicious tomato based gravy with fried cashew nuts. A scrumptious side dish to serve with paratha, puri or any bread and rice dishes.

You can also make it with onion garlic. Also sharing the recipe below with onion and garlic. You may like some Janmashtami special recipes on this blog. Click on the link for recipe.

1. Apple coconut fudge or barfi

2. Chhena kheer

3. Malpua

4. Mohanbhog

5. Makhana curry

And many other dessert, sweet and no onion garlic satwik recipes. Or you might like to try Janmashtami prasad thali to celebrate the festival from the blog of Poonam Bachhav.

This Kaju curry is completely Satwik recipe. But you can also make it with onion garlic if you want as I mentioned above. To make with onion garlic fry the roughly chopped onion, garlic cloves, ginger and green chilli. When onion becomes translucent add tomatoes. Saute till tomato becomes mushy. Let the sauteed mixture cool down and grind into a smooth paste. Then follow the steps as given below. Add the ground mixture in oil instead of tomato green chilli and ginger paste.

I served this delicious Kaju curry with paratha. To make paratha in a bowl mix 1 cup maida or refined flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or atta. You can use only maida or only atta if you want. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoon oil or ghee. Mix well. Now add water gradually to make a smooth dough. Smear the dough with half teaspoon of oil. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes. Make medium sized balls and roll into a thin roti with the help of little flour. Fold the round roti into half then fold again into a triangle. You can spread ghee on both layers. Fry the triangle paratha from both sides on a griddle or tawa.

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Recipe

Kaju or cashew nuts – 3/4 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

For gravy

Tomato – 3 medium

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Cashew nuts or Kaju – 2 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Fresh cream – 2 tablespoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1/2 teaspoon

Water 1&1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped, optional

Method

1. Dry grind cashew nuts, poppy seeds and melon seeds into a fine powder. Add 4 tablespoon water and grind again to make smooth paste.

2. Grind chopped tomatoes, 1-2 green chilli and ginger. Make a smooth paste.

3. Heat one teaspoon ghee or butter in a pan. I used ghee. Add the cashew nuts or Kaju and fry on low medium heat till light golden brown. Take out the cashews and ghee and place on a plate.

4. In the same pan heat 3 tablespoon oil. You can use ghee or butter if you want. Add tomato, chilli and ginger paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, salt and sugar. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

5. Add cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds paste and fresh cream. Saute again till everything dried up and oil leaves the sides.

6. Add water and let it boil for 4-5 minutes on low heat. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom.

7. Now add the fried cashew nuts, 1-2 slit green chili and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves . Reserve some fried cashew nuts for garnishing. Cook again for 3-4 minutes.

8. Crush the Kasuri methi with your palm and add in the gravy. Mix well.

9. Add garam masala and remove from heat. I have used homemade Bengali garam masala. Get the recipe here.

10. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and fried cashew nuts. You can also use fresh cream to garnish your Kaju curry. Serve with paratha, puri, or any bread and rice dishes.

Notes

1. You can use ghee or butter instead of oil to make the gravy.

2. You can also use 1-2 tablespoon more cream at the end if you want.

3. Dry roasted cashew nuts can be used instead of fried cashew nuts.

4. Use green chilli according to your taste.

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Mohanbhog Or Suji Halwa With Milk

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Mohanbhog or suji halwa with milk. Humble halwa with a twist. Used salted butter instead of ghee or clarified butter. Fried dry fruits, milk, saffron and salted butter made this halwa or mohanbhog heavenly.

Mohanbhog with ghee is made for offering as Bhog or Prasad to Lord Krishna who is also known as Mohan. So this halwa called mohanbhog. Try this delicious mohanbhog from Bengali cuisine on upcoming Janmashtami to offer and enjoy the divine taste as prasad. Mohanbhog is similar to kesari bhat, suji halwa or sheera. This mohanbhog is usually made with ghee. I am also sharing suji halwa with ghee which we usually made in home. And a cheat recipe for this mohanbhog.

Here are some different halwa recipes on this blog. Click on the link for recipe.

1. Cherry pineapple kesari or pineapple flavored halwa

2. Chana dal halwa

3. Sugar free low calorie gajar halwa

4. Paneer gajar halwa

5. Buckwheat Waterchestnut Banana halwa

6. Moong dal halwa

7. Sweet potato halwa

You may also like to try Beetroot halwa recipe from Narmadha’s blog.

Now coming to the recipe. I have used salted butter instead ghee or clarified butter in this halwa. Salted butter taste great in some dessert. Already shared Rice kheer with salted butter. Many of my friends asked me about the recipe of my rice kheer. So shared the recipe with my secret ingredient salted butter. Now here is the recipe of suji halwa or mohanbhog with salted butter.

We need suji or semolina with salted butter, sugar, milk, saffron, cashew nuts, raisins and green cardamom. I have used cardamom powder.

You can use ghee instead of butter if you want. But salted butter with milk will give a different and wonderful taste. I have used less butter than normal halwa, you can increase the amount of butter if you like. Normally we use same amount of ghee, suji and sugar in our halwa. But I used less sugar according to my family member’s taste. We like our dessert less sweetened. You can use sugar according to your taste. If you are making for kids use half cup sugar and half cup butter or ghee with half cup suji or semolina. Remember patience is the key to get the divine taste so keep the flame low to perfectly cook the halwa.

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Recipe

Suji or semolina – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/3 cup

Salted butter or ghee – 1/4 cup

Milk – 2 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. Heat milk with sugar and saffron in a pan. When milk starts to boil reduce the heat. Let it boil on simmer. I like my halwa less sweetened. If you want your halwa more sweet then you can use half cup sugar.

2. Heat butter or ghee on low heat in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. I used Amul salted butter. Add cashew nuts and fry till cashew nuts becomes light brown. Remove the cashews from the butter and add raisins. When raisins starts to fluff up immediately remove from butter.

3. You can use 2 tablespoon more butter if you want. In the same butter add semolina or suji. Fry the suji on low heat. Don’t increase the flame. As I mentioned above  be patient to fry the suji evenly. If you increase the flame suji may burn from bottom.

4. When suji or semolina become light golden brown add saffron and sugar mixed milk. Don’t add entire milk in one go. Add milk slowly. It may splutter so stir continuously. Keep the flame low.

5. When milk dissolved and its about to dried up add fried cashew nuts and raisins. Reserve some for garnishing. Mix well. Keep the consistency according to your choice. When halwa starts to leave the sides of the pan, remove from heat. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

6. Garnish with fried cashew nuts, raisins, saffron and almond. Serve warm with Luchi dum aloo or Radhaballabhi with spicy potatoes. You can also make laddu of this halwa. To make laddu, let the halwa cool down and make round balls. Garnish each laddu with a cashew nut.

Cheat Recipe

Fry the suji as above method on low heat. When suji starts to becomes light golden brown add cashew nuts and raisins. Fry for a minute more. Add milk slowly Also add sugar and saffron. Saffron is optional you can skip if you want. Stir continuously. When milk dissolved add cardamom powder, mix well and switch off the heat. Your quick and easy mohanbhog is ready to serve.

Halwa Recipe

1. Heat 1/2 cup Ghee in a pan. Fry the cashew nuts and raisins as above method. Remove from ghee.

2. Add 1/2 cup suji or semolina. Fry on low heat till suji becomes nicely browned. Suji shouldn’t be burnt.

3. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1&1/2 cup water. Keep stirring. Cook till water dissolved and halwa leaves the sides.

4. Add fried cashew and and raisins. Mix well and remove from heat. You can add cardamom powder if you want. Serve hot.

Notes

1. With cashew nuts and raisins you can add almond or any dry fruits of your choice.

2. Saffron is optional, you can skip if you want. But saffron will give a nice colour.

3. You can use ghee or clarified butter instead of salted butter.

4. You can use same amount of suji, sugar and butter.

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Bhuni Khichuri Or Bhoger Khichuri/Moong Dal Khichdi

Bhuni khichuri or bhoger khichuri/khichdi. A very aromatic and delicious one pot meal . This khichdi is usually prepared for offering as bhog prasad for Goddess with 5 types of vegetable fry, mixed vegetable or labra, dum aloo, chutney, rice kheer and sweets etc.

Now what is bhog? Food prepared to offer God called naivedyam or bhog. I had mentioned about bhog in my Durga Puja Or Sharad Utsab post. Not only khichdi but Luchi , Radhaballabhi, pulao , Misti doi suji or semolina halwa and different kinds of sweets also can be prepared for bhog. You can serve this khichdi with any no onion garlic curry. I had served it with papad, begun bhaja, dum aloo, mixed vegetable or labra, chutney and rice kheer.

And some salted vegetable fry to serve with this khichdi. Aloo bhaja or fried potato, fried cauliflower, begun bhaja or fried brinjal and pumpkin fry.

Here are some recipes that you can make with khichuri.

.Date raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar

.Mango raisin chutney

.No onion garlic makhana curry

.Potato curry

.Dum aloo

.Rice kheer with date palm jaggery or khajur gur

.Rice kheer or paesh

.Misti doi

You can call it moong dal khichdi. But let me tell you that its not light moong khichdi which normally served to sick people. But this khichdi or khichuri is taste like pulao. Usually fried cauliflower and potatoes are used to make this bhoger khichuri or bhuni khichuri. But you can also make it with only green peas if you want. You can add cashew nuts and raisins in the khichdi if you like. Normally gobindobhog rice is used to make this khichdi but I don’t have gobindobhog rice so used Indrayani rice. My daughter bought it from Pune. You can use any fragrant short grain rice.

Monday again and this week 277 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is One Pot Wonder suggested by Archana Gunjikar Potdar who blog at Mad Scientist Kitchen. Archana is a wonderful blogger. I always love her authentic Goan recipes, different types of continental recipes and delicious bakes. Her Plum and apple cobbler and Goan-methi-che-polle-recipe are in my next to try recipes. Do visit her space for many more amazing recipes.

Now coming to the recipe. You can also make this khichdi in pressure cooker. If you are using pressure cooker add only 4 & 1/2 cup water. You need more water in open pot. But khichdi taste best in open pot, as I did. Fry the moong dal well or till you feel the aroma of fried moong dal and dal becomes golden brown. You can add less sugar according to your taste. But don’t skip it. To make the khichdi more aromatic and ghee and little Bengali garam masala powder at the end. You can add water according to your desired consistency but don’t make the khichdi runny. This khichdi or khichuri taste just like pulao. You can dry roast the dal and then wash and add with rice in the khichdi. You can add cumin powder and red chilli powder if you want. I am sharing my mother’s recipe here.

Recipe

Moong dal – 1 cup

Rice – 3/4 cup

Potato – 2 large

Cauliflower florets- 13 – 14

Slit green chili – 2 – 3

Green peas – 3/4 cup

Grated ginger – 1 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Bay leaf – 2

Green cardamom – 3, crushed

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Mustard oil – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 tablespoon or to taste

Water – 6 – 7 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice well and soak in water for 10-15 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside. Use gobindobhog rice or any fragrant short grain rice.

2. Wash the moong dal and drain well.

3. Peel the potatoes and cut into 4 pieces.

4. Heat mustard oil in a pan or wok. Fry the potato pieces till brown. Remove from oil.

5. In the same oil fry the cauliflower florets. When florets becomes brown remove from oil and place on a plate.

6. Now add 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in the oil. Add cumin seeds, dry red chilli, crushed or broken green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.

7. Add drained moong dal and fry for a minute. Add grated ginger and fry till dal becomes golden brown.

8. You can dry roast the dal before washing, dry roast till fragrant and golden brown. If you are dry roasting moong dal then wash when cool and add it with rice.

9. Add soaked and drained rice. Mix well. Add salt, turmeric powder, fried potato pieces, green peas and stir well. Saute for a minute. You can add 1 teaspoon cumin powder and 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder if you want. I didn’t.

10. Add 5 cup water and slit green chili. Mix everything well. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 15 minutes.

11. Stir in between. Check after 10 minutes and you can add more warm water if required. If you are using gobindobhog rice then you may need less water.

12. Now add sugar and fried cauliflower florets. You can also add some cashew nuts and raisins if you like.

13. Add 1 cup warm water and mix well. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes more. I like my bhuni khichuri/khichdi dry. But if you like medium thick then you can add little more warm water. Khichdi shouldn’t be runny so add water carefully.

14. At last add 1 tablespoon ghee and switch off the heat. Add more ghee if you wish. I have added some more ghee before serving. You can add little Bengali garam masala powder at the end. Get the recipe of Bengali garam masala here.

15. Serve hot khichuri/khichdi with begun bhaja or beguni or baigan pakoda, labra, Dum aloo , tomato chutney or Khajur or date chutney, Mango-raisin-chutney papad, paesh or rice kheer and Misti doi.

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Durga Puja Or Sharad Utsab

“Sarva Mangala Mangalye Sive Sarvartha SadhikeSaranye Trayambike Gauri Narayani Namostute”

Wishing a very happy Durga Puja to everyone. May Goddess Durga bless you and your family.

Durga Puja or Sharad Utsab is a most popular festival in Bengal. And also for us who are living outside Bengal. Durga Puja called Sharad Utsab because its celebrated in Autumn or Sharad season.

Goddess Durga took nine forms to kill Mahishasura, the demon. Each form has its own significance. Nine day of Navaratri devotees worship all the nine form of Godess Durga.

We celebrate it from 6 day of Navaratri to 9 day. Puja end on tenth day called Dasami or Dussehra.

For us its celebration time. Its autumn season. Clear blue sky with white cloud, different types of flowers including Shiuli or harsingar are the significance of Durga puja.

why it is celebration time?
According to mythology, Goddess Durga visits her paternal home with her four children, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesh and Kartik at this time every year and after staying here for four days, she returns to her husband lord Shiva on Dasami or Dussehra. The immersion ceremony on Dussehra represents her journey back home. We will discuss on this day at the end. And a big thank to Sujata Shukla for suggesting me to write this post. Thank you so much. Also sharing some recipes that you can make for bhog prasad at the end. Please scroll down to get the recipe links.

Today is Sashthi or sixth day of Navaratri. Starting day of Durga Puja. We celebrate the homecoming of Goddess Durga. Maa comes home for few days. So it’s not only celebration time but also a feasting time. Many people thought why we all not observe fast on these days. No for us these four days are the happiest days of the year. So enjoy it with different kinds of veg and none veg dishes. You don’t have to restrict yourself.

You can see everyone wearing new clothes. Specially faces of our happy kids makes us more happy.

Today is the first day of Durga puja. In morning is the time for Ghat Sthapna. Ghatasthapana or Kalash Sthapana is the most significant ritual of tha first day.

Mothers keep fast on this day for the well being of their kids.

Idol prepared in the pandal or Puja mandap. But it will be decorated and the priest will do all the ritual in the evening.

On sixth day of Navaratri is the time to preparing for 4 day Durga Puja. Kalparambha ritual is perform in the beginning of Durga Puja.

Preparations on Sasthi consists of three aspects-
a> Kalparambha
b> Bodhan
c> Adhivas and Amantran

Kalparambha- This ritual is done in the early hours of the morning. It deals with the Sankalpa to conduct the puja properly and by abiding all the rituals and customs. The ritual consists of installing the ghata, water-filled copper pot, at a corner of Durga mandap and offering worship to Durga and Chandi.
Bodhan – This is performed at the dusk. Durga Puja falls midway through the sleeping period of the Gods and hence they need an ‘awakening’; which is nothing but the Bodhan.

Adhivas and Amantran– The procedure of invocating the Devi in the bel tree, post the Bodhan , is known as Adhivas. The ritual consists of the following steps-

  1. Devi Durga and the Bel tree are first worshipped
  2. Twenty-six sacramental things are sanctified by touching Devi Durga and the Bel tree with them.
  3. To get rid of evil effects, a red coloured thread is tied around the altar where Puja is done.
  4. Then ‘amantran’ is done, which is not but inviting the Devi to accept the Puja the next day. Then the Devi is worshipped and arati is done. These marks the end of proceedings on Mahasasthi and the daily Puja starts on the next morning. Source

Day 2 Maha Saptami or seventh day of Navaratri.

On this day puja began with Vedic hymns and playing of Conch and beating of drums. As prasad different types of fruits and sweets offered to Goddess. And distribute among the devotee.

In afternoon moong dal or yellow lentil khichdi, mixed vegetable, five types of fried vegetables, chutney and kheer or rice pudding offered to Goddess. You can get the recipe of khichdi here.

Aarti ceremony or waving of lighted lamps will be performed in the evening. Aarti with the sound of conch blowing and drums makes the environment divine.

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Picture from Google

Photo courtesy Suchismita Roy

Maha Ashtami today.
The eighth day starts with elaborate puja and pushpanjali rituals followed by the Sandhi Puja. Sandhi Puja is performed when Ashtami Tithi ends and Navami Tithi starts.

In Sandhi Puja ritual offering of 108 lotuses and lighting of 108 lamps is must.

Garland of 108 lotus offered to Goddess.

And 108 lamps are ready to be lit.

Photo courtesy Shoumik Bhattacharya

Picture credit Suchismita Roy

Usually luchi and halwa offered as prasad in Sandhi puja. After Sandhi Puja prasad is ready to be served to the devotees.

In evening devotees performe dhunuchi naach or dance. This dance is performed holding a dhunuchi or earthen pot. Some burning coconut husk placed in these earthen pot with dhuno or powdered essence sprinkled in it. I don’t have any pictures but got these two beautiful pictures from Google.

Ninth day or Maha Nabami today 🙏

After all the ritual puja, pushpanjali, hawan and bhog. Today’s bhog or offering platter consists of pulao, peas and potato curry, eggplant fritters, tomato chutney and kheer or rice pudding. Sorry forgot to click today.

And last day for panda hopping.

10th day today. Happy Dussehra or Happy Vijayadashami to everyone.

As I have mentioned after staying here for four days, she returns to her husband lord Shiva on Dasami or Dussehra. The immersion ceremony performed on this day.

On this day after morning puja and offering dahi chivra or flattend rice and curd priest perform darpan visarjan ritual.

Before the idol is lifted from the stage priest symbolically immerses the idol, by capturing its reflection in a mirror which is dipped in a bowl of water. This ceremony known as darpan visarjan or mirror immersion. People take their last darshan of the Goddess through the mirror. Here is a picture from Google.

Married women apply sindur or vermillion on the forehead of Goddess and then apply sindur on each other. Its called sindur khala. And women also offers sweet and beetle leaf or paan to Godess.

Now Goddess Durga prepared to leave to back home.

After all the joy and festivities now its time for devotees bid farewell to Maa Durga with tears in their eyes. Praying mother Godess to come again next year.

A large number of devotees join the procession to carries Goddess for immersion or visarjan in the river.

May Goddess Durga bless you and your family with all the happiness, wisdom, health and success 🙏

Photo courtesy Suchismita Roy

Updating this post with some recipes which can be offered to Goddess as bhog prasad.

1. Bhoger khichuri or khichdi

2. Luchi

3. Radhaballabhi with aloor dom

4. Pulao

5. Khajur aamsotto chutney

6. Mango chutney

7. Nolen gurer paesh

8. Kheer/paesh or rice pudding

9. Misti doi

10. Fried rice

11. Mohanbhog
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