June 13, 2008
Bring a large aluminium pot to heat over a high flame for 30 seconds. Then add the lentils and dry roast for two minutes until a gorgeous aroma escapes the pan. Now, turn off the heat and add the rice/ Now carefully wash the rice and lentils under a cold running tap, draining the water until it’s nearly clear.
Put it back on a high heat with three cups of hot water, bring it to boil with the turmeric and leave uncovered to bubble away on medium for five minutes.
In the meantime, peel and chop the carrots, quarter the potatoes, and chop the onions. When the five minutes are up, stir in the vegetables and all the spice powders. Also add salt and the sugar.
By this time, the rice and lentil will be half cooked. Keep it cooking covered for another 10 minutes with another two cups of hot water. You want to make sure the consistency is runny.
As the cooking time is coming up, heat the ghee over a high flame in a small frying pan. When it starts sizzling, add the sugar and whole spices and let them splutter for a few seconds.
Finally, mix this tadka (or sambhar as we call it) into the Bengali Khichuri and serve.
Thanks for the posts. I bookmarked this and will be returning! Good job.
thanks for your support and your entry, dear mallika.
First on your blog, checking it out. Interesting stuff here and I especially like the part about “eating a shoe rather than making a samosa from scratch”. Yeah..me too!
Its raining in Kolkata , and what better food than khichuri and ilish maachh bhaja
Thanks v much for the reply! HUG
now things are much much clearer!
This food is so delicious.
You must give instructions about such different recipe.
What is the best side dish for this?
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Isn’t khichdi amazing? Yellow Moong dal tastes wonderful in any form – so mild and comforting. I am going to watch the “satc” movie tonight. Not a great fan of the show, but feel compelled to watch the movie. You know what I think – you ould start a movie discussion group section on your blog site somewhere. Would be fun!
Thanks for the great recommendation! I will add it to my list! Thanks also for posting about Bri! I think it is great the way the blogging community is coming together!
What a coincidence. I made kedgeree last night and it was lovely. Read in Larousse that it was based on an Indian vegetarian dish called khichdi. Was intending on hunting for a recipe and now I don’t need to. Thank you!
aha – kichuri – excellent! I’ve been wanting to make one! Ta!
Two questions though: what is _raw_ basmati rice? And what is Yellow mung dal – another type of mung bean, apart from the usual green kind? Many thanks!
Looks great! Must be yummy in taste too….
Nice blog for newbies in cooking….(would definitely help me in my quest to explore cooking!)
YUMYY! I have a Kichuri in draft too. Looks great Mallika, eating this better than Sex and the city if you ask me!
Enjoy your weekend.