Bhuni Khichuri

Bhuni khichuri means fried khichdi or tempered Bengali style rice and lentil preparation.I had shortlisted quite a few dishes with letter B like Bengali lopsi, Bhandhakopir ghonto ,Begun Siraji ,Beans Tarkari etc. but I ended up making Bhuni Khichuri.The name Bhuni caught my attention and I imeediately bookmarked  to try this popular khichdi from the cuisine.

The spice powder makes the khichdi more like pulao or biryani and as this khichdi supposed to have separated rice and lentil grains.Usually the khichdi is served with begun bhajja and fish curry.I wanted to serve it with begun bhajja.So after I finished cooking khichdi,I was about to make begun bhajja but could not ind the eggplant in the refrigerator.I knew I surely bought the big eggplant to pair wit the khichdi but where it was.After searching for a couple of minutes I had to change the begun bhajja with aloo bhajja. They tasted great with khichdi but I could not get what I had in my mind.

Next day afternoon when I was making lunch or us guess what I found that same sneaky eggplant ,it was in the top shelve behind a box of chocolate.Silly me ,I should have looked carefully but I guess I was in too hurry as i khichdi would be cold it might become sticky and lost the texture that I needed.Well that’s a common story for being a food blogger.I am sure many of you agree with me on this.

Blogging Marathon#63 Day 2
Dish-Bhuni Khichuri

1 cup rice
1/2 cup split moong dal/dhuli moong dal
1/4 cup peas
1 big potato,cubed
1/2 cup onion-ginger paste
2 green chillies,cut in slits
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoon raisins
2 tablespoon cashew nuts
2 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon ghee/clarified butter

Whole Spices

1 bay leave
2 cloves
2 cardamoms
1 cinnamon stick
1 dry red chilli

For masala
4 cinnamon sticks
3 dre yred chilli
7-8 cloves
3-4 cardamoms
2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon panch phoran

For Khichdi
Dry roast the ingredients for masala.Cool and grind in coffee grinder or food processor to make a powder.Set aside.
Wash and drain rice.Dry roast the moong dal in a pan until light golden in color.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the whole spices.Stir and add onion ginger paste.
Saute the onions ,stiriing ocassionaly until light brown in color.
Now add peas, potatoes ,turmeric powder,salt and the ground masala.Mix weel.
Add rice ,moong dal and 2 cups of water.Stir and add a tablespoon of ghee.
Cover the lid and cook for one whistle.
Let the pressure release and open the lid of cooker.

Serve hot with begun bhajja or any other side dish.


Serve-3 Cooking time-20 minutes

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Best regards,

Sapana Behl

20 comments on “Bhuni Khichuri”

  1. The kichuri looks amazing and makes a beautiful lunch when paired with some raita. I love the spice masala that you have used for the kichuri. Eggplant or potato, those bhajjas looks awesome!

  2. Looks like a flavourful delicious kichdi. Ingredients surely play hide and seek with us inside fridge…

  3. I loved your write-up. I am equally hasty when my dish is nearly cooked, panicking about it becoming cold or soggy before I capture it. Your dish looks really great! Lovely mix of colors and spices.

  4. Srivalli says:

    Wow your entire setup looks so stunning Sapana. Such a wonderful choice..going to bookmark it for sure..good choice..

  5. Kalyani says:

    That meal looks declicious sapana 🙂 with or without any bhajia, would love to dig into it …

  6. This is in my list too but bandhakopi'r ghonto took first place for me. perfect one pot meal nice post…

  7. The Khichuri looks amazing specially with those bhajias…good set up with lovely clicks.

  8. Pavani N says:

    What a yummy yummy Bengali meal you got there Sapana. Both the khichdi and the bhajja look soooo inviting.
    Tell me about sneaky ingredients. I turn the fridge inside out to find an ingrediewnt and then it shows up the next day when I'm not looking for it. Life of a dysfunctional food blogger.

  9. Usha says:

    Yes, it is a common story. You know you picked up the ingredients but can't kind it when needed. Aloo bhajji looks delicious and must have paired well khichuri

  10. Wow! That is an awesome combo and the khichuri looks very inviting…

  11. Can smell the flavour, how delicious and beautiful khichuri and am in love with your set up Sapana, so irresistible.

  12. Khichuri looks inviting and healthy, Sapna. Makes a great one pot meal whether bhajia are served along with it or not.

  13. Love the one pot meal. Also the spice powder used is tempting.

  14. The khichuri and bhajja combo looks inviting and delicious. Bookmarked the recipe Sapana…

  15. Such a flavourful Kichuri. And you are absolutely right we care about the pics more!! 🙂 🙂

  16. Delicious.. Love this kichuri bhath any time any day.

  17. Ruchi Indu says:

    Oh…. even my refrigerator is full of stuff and in the morning rush hours whenever I search I never find what I am searching for… This kichdi looks like a perfect one pot meal that can be packed in lunch boxes…

  18. at 11 pm im hungry seeing your pictures… droolworthy

  19. what a platter – looks so flavorful

  20. Lovely set up Sapana and khichuri looks too good

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