05
Dec 17

Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

Khichadi is perhaps the most humble, universal and adaptable food experiments in India with innumerable variations as complex as our country’s geography is. With the recent heat around the controversy of declaring it the national food of the country and eventually downgrading it to letting it remain a brand India food has at least given some acknowledgement to its existence nevertheless.

This is the quintessential Bengali version popularly savored as a ‘Bhog’ or ‘Prasad’ during the Durga puja festival and makes the taste buds running with the fragrance of rice, lentils and vegetables with the hint of sweetness and strong yet palatable spice mix.

Puja bhog around the country is actually a part of ‘Naivedya’ or the essential offering of food to the Hindu Deity. Khichuri or Khichadi must perhaps be tracing back its origin to a time when humungous amounts of Bhog were to be distributed to the devotees worshipping the Goddess and which also was relatively quick, simple, and flavorful and filling for the stomach. Use of garlic and onion in this version of the Khichadi is a complete no but you shall find the taste perfectly comforting and satiating.

So this one recipe is to be classically prepared with a lavish drizzle of ghee and a generous potpourri of three to five vegetables along with the simple raw spice mix blended in it. Traditionally ‘Gobindobhog’ rice and ‘’Sona’ Moong dal varieties are used. However, I have used the ordinary home-cooking style and yet it has come out equally tasty and rich in flavour. You must try out this one recipe if the ordinary recipe has fizzed you to boredom.

Ingredients:

  •  Rice: 100 gm.
  • Mung Dal (split green gram):100 gm.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Red chili powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Garam Masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Roasted cumin powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Green chili: 2-3 no.
  • Potato: 2no.
  • Cauliflower: 100 gm
  • Green peas: 100-150 gm
  • Red pumpkin: 50 gm.
  • Fresh coconut: 4” piece (scraped)
  • Ginger: 2” piece
  • Red chili powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Cooking oil: 4 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon: 2” stick
  • Clove: 3-4 no.
  • Bay leaf: 2 no.
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili: 2 no.
  • Green cardamom: 3-4 no.
  • Ghee: 50 gm.
  • Water: 1 liter

Preparation:

  1. Dry roast Moong dal on low flame, till it gets light brown in color, wash it with running water, keep aside.
  2. Wash rice, keep aside.
  3. Chop potatoes, cauliflower, tomato, yellow pumpkin into large pieces (~ 2”pieces), keep aside.
  4. Cut ginger and green chili into small pieces, keep aside.
  5. Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan, heat 2 tablespoon of oil. Let this start emitting smoke. Then add cumin seed, bay leaf, red chili and whole Garam masala.
  2. Let this splutter for few seconds. Then add the desiccated coconut and fry for few seconds and add washed dal and fry on low flame for couple of minutes.
  3. Add rice and continue to fry on low flame for couple of minutes. Then keep this mixture aside.
  4. Take a frying pan. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and let the oil start to emit smoke. Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower. Fry on medium flame till the edges start to become light brown in color. Add peas, yellow pumpkin and mixed wet masala and continue to fry further for couple of minutes.
  5. Add ginger and tomatoes; fry for another two minutes, add fried rice and dal  into fried vegetables, stir  and add boiled water, add 1 ½  teaspoon of salt.
  6. Cook on high flame till it starts to boil; lower the flame and cook further until it reaches the desired consistency as demonstrated in the pictures (About 10-15 minutes). Add ghee when the Khichadi is piping hot and also drizzle it with a dash of Garam Masala powder.  Put off the stove and keep this aside.
  7. Now Bhog ki khichadi (Rice and Lentil porridge) is ready to be served.
  8. Note: Pressure cooker can be used instead.
    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    Chop potatoes, cauliflower, tomato, yellow pumpkin into large pieces

    Chop potatoes, cauliflower, tomato, yellow pumpkin into large pieces

    rice and dal

    rice and dal

    add cumin seed, bay leaf, red chili and whole Garam masala.

    add cumin seed, bay leaf, red chili and whole Garam masala.

    add desiccated coconut

    add desiccated coconut

    add washed dal and fry on low flame for couple of minutes.

    add washed dal and fry on low flame for couple of minutes.

    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil

    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower. Fry on medium flame till the edges start to brown in color. Add peas, yellow pumpkin

    Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower. Fry on medium flame till the edges start to brown in color. Add peas, yellow pumpkin

    Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower. Fry on medium flame till the edges start to brown in color. Add peas, yellow pumpkin

    Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower. Fry on medium flame till the edges start to brown in color. Add peas, yellow pumpkin

    add washed dal and fry on low flame for couple of minutes.

    add washed dal and fry on low flame for couple of minutes.

    add mixed wet masala

    add mixed wet masala

    Add ginger and tomatoes

    Add ginger and tomatoes

    Add ginger and tomatoes

    Add ginger and tomatoes

    , add fried rice and dal

    , add fried rice and dal

    add boiled water

    add boiled water

    Cook on high flame

    Cook on high flame

    lower the flame and cook further

    lower the flame and cook further

    Add ghee

    Add ghee

    a dash of Garam Masala powder

    a dash of Garam Masala powder

    Put off the stove

    Put off the stove

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)


29
Nov 17

Peas (Matar) Pulao

My earliest memory of this recipe is of my childhood days where my mother paired this Pulao with my favorite ‘chana dal tadka’ and Boondi Raita.

This preparation is packed with bags of flavorful spices combined with fresh peas and onion. Above all the protein in the peas is dairy free, gluten free and a great alternative of the ordinary protein which we are used to consuming through dairy etc.

Believe me you cannot get done with one serving of this and it will keep you wanting more and more!

Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice: 200 gm
  • Onion: 50 gm
  • Fresh peas: 300 gm.
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Cumin seed: half teaspoon.
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Hot water: 400 ml
  • Garam masala: (Clove: 3 no., Black pepper: 10-12 no., Star anise: 1 no., Mace: 2 inch piece, Black cardamom: 1 no., bay leaf: 1 no. and clove: 2-3 no.)
  • Ginger: 1 inch piece (grated)
  • Ghee/clarified butter: 3-4 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Clean and wash the rice. Keep it aside in a sieve.
  2. Chop onion longitudinally. Keep aside.
  3. Grate ginger, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat ghee in a cooker; add Garam masala, allow spluttering for few seconds, add chopped onion and grated ginger; fry it on a high flame till it gets light brown in color. Add peas and stir fry for couple of minutes, add washed rice and fry for 3-5 minutes.
  2. The moment some of the rice begins to change color; add hot water, salt and sugar, place cooker on high flame and bring to full cooking pressure. Put off the flame.
  3. Allow the cooker to cool. After cooling, stir the Pulao lightly with the help of a fork or spoon.
  4. Transfer Pulao in rice plate.
  5. Mouth watering Pulao is ready to be served. Try this with delicious Boondi ka Raita.
Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Ingredients

Ingredients

add Garam masala

add Garam masala

add chopped onion

add chopped onion

Add peas

Add peas

Add peas

Add peas

add washed rice

add washed rice

add washed rice and fry

add washed rice and fry

add hot water

add hot water

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

bring to full cooking pressure

bring to full cooking pressure

Put off the flame

Put off the flame

stir the Pulao lightly

stir the Pulao lightly

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao


08
Sep 17

Mix vegetable pulao

The mix vegetable pulao is simple; aroma of spices roasted in ghee and mix vegetable provides the dish a unique taste, accompanied with chana dal tadka or dry mung dal fry and cucumber raita makes it complete meal.

Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice: 250 gm
  • Onion: 80-100 gm
  • Carrot: 5o gm.
  • Beans: 50 gm.
  • Peas: 100 gm.
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Cumin seed: half teaspoon.
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Hot water: 500 ml
  • Garam masala: (Clove: 3 no., Black pepper: 10-12 no., Star anise: 1 no., Mace: 2 inch piece, Black cardamom: 1 no., bay leaf: 1 no. and clove: 2-3 no.)
  • Ginger: 1 inch piece (grated)
  • Butter/ ghee: 3-4 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Clean and wash rice. Keep aside in a sieve.
  2. Chop onion longitudinally. Keep aside.
  3. Chop carrot and beans into small pieces as shown in photo, keep aside.
  4. Grate ginger, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat butter in a cooker; add Garam masala, allow sputtering for few seconds, add chopped onion and grated ginger; fry it on high flame till it gets light brown in color, add chopped vegetables, Stir fry for couple of minutes, add washed rice and fry for 3-5 minutes.
  2. The moment some of rice begins to change color; add hot water, salt and sugar, place cooker on high flame and bring to full cooking pressure, put off the flame.
  3. Allow cooker to cool, after cooling, stir pulao lightly with the help of fork.
  4. Transfer pulao in rice plate and decorate with fresh coriander leaves, mouth watering pulao is ready to be served with dry mung dal and cucumber raita.
Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Ingredients

Ingredients

Chop carrot and beans into small pieces

Chop carrot and beans into small pieces

add chopped onion

add chopped onion

add chopped vegetables

add chopped vegetables

add chopped vegetables

add chopped vegetables

Stir fry

Stir fry

add chopped vegetables

add chopped vegetables

add salt

add salt

add washed rice

add washed rice

fry for 3-5 minutes

fry for 3-5 minutes

add hot water

add hot water

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

put off the flame

put off the flame

stir pulao lightly with the help of fork

stir pulao lightly with the help of fork

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao


22
Jun 17

Chana dal pulao

Pulao is rice based food; having crossed many generations, it has numerous version across the world. The ‘Chana dal pulao’ is one of them which is easy to make and has unique flavor with great nutritious value.

I made this with long grain double deer basmati rice, and the right blend of whole Garam masala and chana dal to complete the nutrition of protein in diet. Do must try this simple recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice: 250 gm
  • Split Bengal gram: 120 gm
  • Onion: 80-100 gm
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Cumin seed: half teaspoon.
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Water: 700ml
  • Garam masala: (Clove: 3 no, Black pepper: 10-12 no, Star anise: 1 no, Mace: 2 inch piece, Black cardamom: 1 no., bay leaf: 1 no. and clove: 2-3 no.)
  • Ginger: 1 inch piece (grated)
  • Butter: 3-4 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Soak split Bengal gram in water for couple of hour, keep aside.
  2. Clean and wash rice. Keep aside in a sieve.
  3. Chop onion longitudinally. Keep aside.
  4. Grate ginger, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat butter in a cooker; add Garam masala, allow sputtering it for few seconds.
  2. Add chopped onion and grated ginger; fry it on high flame till it gets light brown in color, add soaked dal
  3. Stir fry for a minute, add washed rice and fry for 3-5 minutes.
  4. The moment some of rice begins to change color; add hot water, salt and sugar.
  5. Place cooker on high flame and bring to full cooking pressure, put off the flame.
  6. Allow cooker to cool. Keep aside.
  7. After cooling the cooker, stir lightly the pulao with the help of fork.
  8.  Serve pulao in rice plate and decorate with fried onion, mouth watering pulao is ready to serve with curd/raita and salad.
Chana dal pulao

Chana dal pulao

Ingredients

Ingredients

add Garam masala

add Garam masala

add Garam masala

add Garam masala

Add chopped onion

Add chopped onion

fry it on high flame till it gets light brown

fry it on high flame till it gets light brown

add soaked dal

add soaked dal

add soaked dal

add soaked dal

add washed rice

add washed rice

add washed rice

add washed rice

add hot water

add hot water

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

Place cooker on high flame

Place cooker on high flame

Allow cooker to cool

Allow cooker to cool

Chana dal pulao

Chana dal pulao


14
Jun 17

Raw jackfruit biryani

I had jackfruit tree in our house in Rawat Bhata, so I experimented a lot with jackfruit. Actually the jackfruit is the powerhouse of nutrition as it is packed with good amount of fiber too.

The ‘Raw jack fruit biryani’ cooked in ghee, teamed with cucumber raita and chili pickle, make a soul warming dish…

Awesome in taste…

Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice: 1 cup (200-250 gm.)
  • Raw jack fruit: 150-200 gm
  • Refined oil/cooking oil/ ghee: 5 tablespoon
  • Butter: 1 tablespoon
  • Curd: 1 cup
  • Onion: 100gm
  • Ramba/kewada leaf (Pandanus odorus): 2 no.
  • Cumin seed: 1 teaspoon.
  • Salt: 2 teaspoon
  • Red Chili powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: half teaspoon
  • Water: 2 cup
  • Ginger: 2 inch piece
  • Garlic: 4-6 flakes
  • Green chili: 4 no.
  • Tomato: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Capsicum: 1 no.
  • Whole Garam masala:(Clove: 3 no. Cinnamon: 2 inch stick Green cardamom: 2no.Black cardamom: 1 no. Mace: 2 inch piece Bay leaf: 2 no.)

Preparation:

  1. Peel and Cut jackfruit with the help of knife and chopping board (Rub chopping board, knife and your hands with oil so that sticky milk of jackfruits is easily removed), put cut jack fruit slices  in a bowl filled with water (otherwise it will turn dark brown as it contains lot of iron)
  2. Chop onion, capsicum, tomato and green chili, keep aside.
  3. Make paste of ginger, garlic, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan; add cumin, whole Garam masala, sputter for few seconds, add chopped onion; fry it on high flame till it gets transparent add raw jack fruit, ginger and garlic paste, kewada leaf, green chili , tomato and capsicum one by one in sequence, frying after 2 minutes each.
  2. Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and salt, fry for couple of minutes, and add curd, reduce the flame to lower, cook till vegetables are 80% done.
  3. Add Garam masala powder and butter stir fry and add hot water, place on high flame, when it starts to boil, add washed rice, and mix well cover it and  lower the flame, cook until rice is done
  4. Put off the flame; allow cooling for about 5-6 minutes, after cooling, stir lightly with the help of fork. Transfer raw jack fruit biryani into serving plate. Decorate with green coriander leaves and fried onion.
  5. Mouth watering Raw jackfruit biryani is ready to eat with cucumber raita and red chili pickle.
Raw jackfruit biryani

Raw jackfruit biryani

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

add cumin, whole Garam masala

add cumin, whole Garam masala

add chopped onion

add chopped onion

add chopped onion

add chopped onion

add raw jack fruit

add raw jack fruit

add raw jack fruit

add raw jack fruit

add raw jack fruit

add raw jack fruit

add raw jack fruit, ginger and garlic paste

add raw jack fruit, ginger and garlic paste

add raw jack fruit, ginger and garlic paste, kewada leaf, green chili

add raw jack fruit, ginger and garlic paste, kewada leaf, green chili

add raw jack fruit, ginger and garlic paste, kewada leaf, green chili

add raw jack fruit, ginger and garlic paste, kewada leaf, green chili

add tomato

add tomato

add tomato

add tomato

Add capsicum

Add capsicum

Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and salt

Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and salt

add curd

add curd

Add Garam masala powder and butter

Add Garam masala powder and butter

Add Garam masala powder and butter

Add Garam masala powder and butter

Add Garam masala powder and butter

Add Garam masala powder and butter

add hot water

add hot water

add washed rice

add washed rice

cook until rice is done

cook until rice is done

Raw jackfruit biryani

Raw jackfruit biryani

Raw jackfruit biryani

Raw jackfruit biryani