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.

Photo courtesy

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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