bengali khichdi recipe | bhaja muger khichuri | bengali khichuri recipe

bhaja muger dal khichuri is one pot meal of rice, moong dal, vegetables that is made during durga puja.
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bhaja muger dal or bengali khichdi recipe with step by step photos. bengali moong dal khichdi  is always made during durga puja festival. this khichdi is served as bhog to ma durga along with some other bengali delicacies.

bhaja muger khichuri

the khichdi has an addition of mixed vegetables that we generally add to pulao like – cauliflower, green peas, potatoes, carrots etc. i just had potatoes, cauliflower and peas and hence added these to the khichdi.

adding vegetable to this rice and lentil preparation makes it a wholesome one pot meal. you can even skip adding vegetables if you prefer.

again like the cholar dal, in this recipe, panch phoron is not used. the moong dal khichdi is made fragrant by tempering whole garam masala or spices like bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.

the moong dal is roasted first and this imparts a lovely warm aroma and taste to the khichdi. this is also a no onion no garlic recipe. the consistency of the khichdi can be adjusted to one’s preference. the khichdi that is served during durga puja has a porridge like consistency. to suit the family’s taste buds, i did not make a porridge like khichdi.

there few more variations of moong dal khichdi recipe on the blog. e.g. this moong dal khichdi is made during ganesh chaturthi festival in maharashtra and is specially prepared to be offered as naivedyam to lord ganesha. in this recipe also onions and garlic are not used. if you want to use onions to make khichdi then check this masala khichdi recipe or this khichdi recipe.

i have adapted this bengali khichuri recipe from two of the bengali cookbooks which i have. mix and matched both of them to get the best recipe.

this roasted moong dal khichdi is served with baingan bhaja or aloo bhaja. a bowl of yogurt and some roasted papads by the side would also go very well with the khichdi. i had made both fried as well as baked baingan bhaja to go with the khichdi.

few more rice recipes for you !

bengali khichdi

4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:45 mins
bhaja muger dal khichuri is one pot meal of rice, moong dal, vegetables that is made during durga puja.
bengali khichdi recipe, bhaja muger khichuri, bengali khichuri recipe
Course:main course
Cuisine:bengali,indian
Servings:3 to 4

INGREDIENTS FOR bengali khichdi

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 1 cup basmati rice or govind bhog rice (basmati chawal ya govind bhog chawal)
  • 1 cup dhuli moong dal (split and husked moong dal)
  • 3 tablespoon ghee or 2.5 tablespoon oil
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamom (choti elaichi)
  • 3 cloves (laung)
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) or cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • 1 inch grated ginger (adrak kisa hua)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi powder)
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) - optional
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped (optional)
  • 1 green chili, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 2 small to medium potatoes, ½ cup cauliflower and ½ cup green peas OR 1 to 1.5 cups of chopped mix vegetables like cauliflower, peas, potatoes and carrots
  • ½ teaspoon sugar or as required - optional
  • rock salt or sendha namak as required
  • 5 cups water

HOW TO MAKE bengali khichdi

preparation for bhaja muger dal khichuri

  • rinse and soak rice in water for 30 mins.
  • in a pan slow roast the moong dal till some of the lentils turn light golden and aromatic.
  • keep on stirring to get uniform roasting and browning.
  • when the lentils cool, rinse them in water. sprinkle some water on them and keep aside.
  • just before you begin tempering, drain both the moong dal as well as rice and keep aside.

making bhaja muger dal khichuri

  • heat ghee or oil in the pressure cooker.
  • first fry the whole spices till they become aromatic - cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and cumin.
  • the cumin should also crackle when frying the spices.
  • now add the grated ginger and saute for a 5-6 seconds or till the raw aroma of the ginger goes away.
  • add turmeric, red chili powder and asafoetida and saute for 2-3 seconds.
  • then add the tomatoes and green chilies and saute till the tomatoes become soft.
  • add the chopped veggies - potato, cauliflower and peas.
  • stir and saute for a minute.
  • add the roasted moong dal and saute for 2 minutes.
  • add the drained rice and stir well.
  • pour 5 cups water and add salt & sugar.
  • stir and then pressure cook moong dal khichdi for 4-5 whistles on medium to high flame.
  • once the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid of the cooker.
  • serve the bengali moong dal khichdi with baingan bhaja or yogurt and some roasted papads by the side.

RECIPE TIPS

  1. to get a porridge like consistency in the khichdi you can add an additional ½ to 1 cup water.
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preparation for making bengali khichdi

1. rinse 1 cup of basmati rice or govind bhog rice couple of times in water.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

2. soak rice in water for 30 minutes.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

3. after 30 minutes drain the water.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

4. in a pan, take 1 cup moong dal (split and husked moong dal). roast the dal on low flame.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

5. roast and stir moong dal often till they turn light golden and aromatic. just keep stirring so that they are uniformly roasted.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

6. soon the dal will begin to change color. once the dal is roasted well, keep aside.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

7. when the lentils cool down, then rinse them in water a couple of times.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

8. sprinkle some water on them and keep aside.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

9. just before you begin tempering, drain the water from moong dal and keep aside.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

making bengali khichuri

10. heat 3 tablespoons ghee or oil in a pressure cooker.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

11. add 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini), 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi), 3 cloves (lavang), 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf) and 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera). saute the whole spices till they become aromatic.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

12. the cumin should also crackle when sauteing the spices.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

13. now add 1 inch grated ginger.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

14. saute for 5 to 6 seconds or till the raw aroma of the ginger goes away.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

15. then add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi), ½ to ¾ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder) and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing). addition of asafoetida is optional.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

16. saute for 2 to 3 seconds.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

17. then add 2 small tomatoes which are chopped. also add 1 chopped green chili.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

18. saute till the tomatoes soften and become pulpy.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

19. add 1 to 1.5 cups chopped mix veggies like cauliflower (gobi), potato and green peas (matar).

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

20. stir and saute for a minute.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

21. then add the roasted moong dal.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

22. saute for 2 minutes.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

23. now add the drained rice.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

24. mix well.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

25. add ½ teaspoon sugar and salt as required.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

26. next pour 5 cups water.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

27. stir well.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

28. then pressure cook moong dal khichdi for 4 to 5 whistles on medium to high flame.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

29. once the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid of the cooker.

bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

30. serve the bengali khichdi with baingan bhaja or yogurt and some roasted papads by the side.

bengali moong dal khichdi


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28 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana .. I always follow your recipes and have always got the best compliments from friends .. I am planning to make this for tomorrow’s Lakshmi Puja .. can you please tell me if rock salt is mandatory , or can I use white salt instead?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Absolute authentic bengali kichudi. I made it and it was loved by all at home. Thank you so much!

  3. Awesome recipe..today I made this khichdi at home on the eve of Saraswati Puja n mom n Dad loved it..thanks a ton for such an amazing recipe..☺

  4. Ur recipes r absolutely marvellous.i never thought that vegetarian food can b this good
    I m in love wid veg n of course ur blog
    Thnx
    Good luck

  5. I tried this recipe and only did 2 whistles and 5 mins on low induction as 4 whistles seemed too much. I used basmati rice and soaked it for 40 mins. The taste was okish however the rice was clearly overcooked, too mushy. Not sure what to do with the overcooked rice now, similar to you I hate to waste. Do you’ve any ideas? I’ve tried other recipes from your site and they generally turn out quite nice so not sure what went wrong on this one

    • if the rice turns mushy, no issues. just add some more water. stir and keep the khichdi to simmer. you will get a soft porridge consistency khichdi which also tastes equally good. you can adjust the water amount as required.

  6. Hello, I’ve recently discovered your wonderful site after a trip to India and falling totally in love with Indian food. I want to try this recipe, but my pressure cooker is electric. My choices are high or low pressure, and minutes. Can you tell me how “4-5 whistles on medium to high flame” translates to these terms? Thank you, and thank you for all of these wonderful recipes!

    • thanks deidre. i am sorry i cannot help you as i have no idea of how an electric pressure cooker works. generally the regular pressure cooker that we use has full high pressure. the pressure develops in the process of cooking and the whistles release the in built steam as well as the pressure. so you will have experiment and try with your electric pressure cooker.

      • Hello. I am expecting a baby. And to be true, I always disliked Khichdi. But in Pregnancy, I don’t know what has happened to me. Last night I keep dreaming of Khichdi. And so today morning, the first thing I searched on the web was your simple easy recipe! It’s yummy! It’s the easiest and the best! I paired it with Kumro bhaja and chutney! Thanks a lot for making this new mumma so happy!!!!

      • first of all congratulations sheersha. yes in pregnancy there are peculiar food cravings. i am glad that you liked the khichdi recipe. most khichdi recipes are easy to make. kumro bhaja (i have had only once) and chutney is a great combination with bengali khichdi recipe.
        wish you all the best.

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