Bhoger khichuri recipe | Niramish khichubhogri bhog | Puja special Bengali moong dal khichdi

Make a delicious Bengali Bhoger khichuri recipe at home step by step with pictures. Bhoger khichuri means a no onion-garlic Bengali gobindo bhog rice and moong dal khichdi recipe prepared at every home in Bengal to offer God/Goddess as bhog or prasad/prasadam. This khichuri is prepared by cooking moong dal and gobindo bhog rice together with a few Indian spices, ghee and vegetables(aloo, fulkopi & koraishuti). An easy to cook recipe.

No onion, garlic, and massor dal is used for making this niramish Bengali khichuri because “without onion garlic” dish is called niramish in Bengali. As in traditional Bengali cuisine, onion, garlic and masoor dal are not considered veg ingredients so it is strictly avoided in making this niramish bengali khichdi recipe prepared for pujor bhog. Bhoger khichuri is a very popular Bengali khichdi in Kolkata aka West Bengal and  Bangladesh during Durga puja, Saraswati pujo, Lakshmi puja or Kali puja occasions. To get that authentic bhoger khichuri flavour, must serve this Bengali khichdi on a sal leaf plate (Saal patar thala) or in a clay pot or plate.

bhoger khichuri(niramish khichuri bhog) is served with pujor bhoger labra and chutney

About Bhoger khichuri

Bhoger khichuri is a slightly sweet ghee garam masala mixed niramish Bengali khichuri recipe cooked with rice, moong lentils and selected vegetables prepared to serve God. For making this Bengali bhoger khichuri, we use best quality gobindo bhog rice(a small grain fragrant rice) with sona muger dal(a small grain moong dal especially found in Bengal). For making this bengali khichdi even you can use scented basmati rice, or jeera rice if govindo bhog rice is not available around. Even you can use simple moong dal (or organic mung dal) if sona mug is not available nearby. In this khichuri, I used dry roasted sona moong dal with an equal quantity of gobindo bhog rice. Even the use of whole garam masala is a must for tempering in hot mustard oil in the beginning and lastly, must add powdered garam masala. Potato, cauliflower and green peas are also common ingredients in this bengali khichuri, though can use cashew nuts too in this recipe. Hot water is one most important ingredients used in making this Bengali Khichuri recipe like any other khichdi recipe.

The taste and aroma of this bengali style bhoger khichuri is just incredible in one word, and I’m really a true lover of this Bengali moong dal khichdi recipe. My immense love towards bhoger khichuri every year attracts me to the Bengali puja pandals on Maha Ashtami where Ma(Durga Maa) er bhog er Prasad is served. And I don’t mind standing in a long queue outside the Puja pandals to get that khichuri Prasad. I believe you must be lucky enough to get Ma er bhog prasad. And in Bengali puja pandal, a special bramhin cook or ranna’r thakur is appointed for making this pujor bhoger khichuri to serve God and then to people.

We generalize bhog as two types, first, anna bhog which is prepared with rice. And the other one is shukno bhog(dry bhog prasad without rice) like luchi-sujir halwa-chire-different sweets and fruits. And according to Hindu Puranas or Vedas, only Bramhin can cook this anna bhog(white rice or khichdi) for offering it to the god. Whereas, non-bramhin people don’t have the right to do so. I strongly believe in God, and I personally believe, that if anyone prepares this Anna bhog(rice or khichdi) with love and care, and then serves it to God with a strong belief in him, God surely accepts his offering without seeing his/her brahmin identity. That is why after getting married during every Lakshmi puja and Saraswati puja I always prepare this Bengali khichuri at home and serve as bhog to the deity of my house. 

If you are a bengali, then must have noticed only bengali Goddess has been offered anna bhog i.e, Khichuri, White Rice or Pulao, not to the God(Male one). Like, this Bengali khichuri recipe is prepared in Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Saraswati Puja, and even as Jagatdhatri pujar bhog. But we don’t offer white rice or this Bengali khichdi in Satyanarayan puja, Shiv puja, and Vishwakarma puja.

In Kolkata, I never felt such a craving for bhoger khichuri as Maa Durga is worshipped in our own house. Every year during the Puja days, bhog has to serve Ma Durga first, then distributed it to all family members, relatives, and neighbours. So I have seen every year how the khichuri prasad is being prepared at my home. The first time I felt my utmost craving for bhoger khichuri was when I was expecting and not able to go to Kolkata during Durga Puja. After seeing my huge craving for khichuri bhog my husband took me to the Bengali puja pandal and brought some bhog prasad er khichuri with labra, brinjal fritter(beguni), chutney, sweet and payesh for me. Believe me, I was never been so happy to have khichuri bhog before.

I’ve experienced, bengali style niramish khichuri doesn’t taste so scrumptious if it’s not offered to God first. Since using the same khichuri recipe the other day, simply for lunch or dinner, won’t be able to get that divine taste and aroma. 

I can remember in our childhood when Maa Saraswati was worshipped in our home, we woke up early in the morning and after offering pushpanjali to the goddess, used to go to our school for Devi Dharshan and have some prasad there. And most of the bengali schools either served bhoger khichuri with labra / niramish phulkopir torkari or bandhakopir torkari  or alur dum beguni as a side dish with tomato chutney, papad and sweet. Or served lunch with luchi-aloo dum, cholar dal, begun bhaja, chutney, papad and sweet on that day. Even almost the same menu would wait for us with khichuri prasad at home.

Just a few days left for this year’s Saraswati puja, I decided to share this niramish bhoger khichuri recipe for the upcoming Saraswati puja. So must try this Bengali Khichuri at home. To get the best result, perfectly follow my step-by-step instructions of this recipe. Don’t forget to let me know how this khichuri worked in your kitchen by leaving a comment in the comment section below. Your valuable comment means a lot to me. Happy Saraswati puja to all of my Bengali friends, celebrate this festival with your family and friends.

Though I’m going to post this khichuri bhoger recipe for the upcoming Saraswati puja. But you can use the same khichuri recipe for making bhog in Lakshmi puja, Durga Puja, Kali pujo & Jagatdhatri pujo. This is the common recipe to make Bengali niramish khichuri and Bengali bhoger khichuri.

Serve this khichuri bhog with Bengali Labra Torkari or Niramish Bhoger Aloo Dum or Niramish Phulkopir Tarkari(no onion garlic Bengali cauliflower curry) or Bandhakopir Torkari(Bengali cabbage curry).

Try my other blog posts for Bengali lakshmi puja special niramish dishes

Bengali Labra Recipe

Niramish Bhoger Aloo Dum

Niramish Phulkopir Tarkari

Bandhakopir Torkari

Bhoger khichuri recipe | Niramish khichuri bhog recipe | Puja special Bengali moong dal khichdi recipe

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup Gobindo Bhog rice/Basmati rice
  • 3/4 cup Sona Moong Dal/Organic Mung Dal
  • 1 Potato(Medium)
  • 7-8 Cauliflower Florets
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped Tomato
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 4 Green chillies
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder(1 tsp cumin seeds, 1-inch cinnamon stick, 3-4 cloves, 3 cardamoms)
  • 6-7 cups of Hot water
  • 3-4 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Whole Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Whole garam masala for tempering
  • 5 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • Salt(as per taste)

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 40 mins

Served in: 1 hr 10 mins

Course: Lunch

Cuisine: Bengali/Indian/Bangladesh

Served: 6 people

Author: Moumita Paul

How to make bhoger khichuri recipe with step by step pictures

Instructions

Soaking of dal & rice

  •  First, dry roast the moong dal until dal changes its colour to light golden and a nice aroma comes from the roasted dal.
  • Add water to that dal and thoroughly wash the dal to remove all the dirt.
  • Then soak the dal in hot water(optional) until not used for cooking.

after dry roast the moong er dal wash it properly and soak it in water   for making moong er dal er niramish bhoger khichuri

  • Then wash gobindo bhog rice(or basmati rice instead) 5-6 times to clean it perfectly.
  • And then soak the rice in water till it turns comes to cook.

Fry the vegetables(aloo & fulkopi)

  • Heat a pan, and add 3 tbsp oil to it. Let the oil gets hot. 
  • Smear the potatoes(aloo) with 1/4 tsp turmeric and 1/4 tsp salt to fry them in oil.
  • Fry the potatoes until golden, take out the potatoes from the pan. Keep it aside for later use.

frying the potatoes in hot oil till it gets golden brown in colour to add this bengali niramish bhoger khichuri

  • Wash the cauliflower florets(medium size florets) and smear them with 1/4 tsp turmeric and 1/2 tsp salt. 
  • Fry the cauliflower until golden and get the aroma of the fried cauliflower. Then remove it from the pan.

frying the cauliflower(fulkopi) till it gets nice golden brown colour for adding it to this bengali niramish bhoger khichuri recipe

Making of khichuri’r masala

  • Add 2 tbsp mustard oil to the pan(same pan).
  • Add 2 whole red chillies, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp whole cumin seeds, 2 green cardamoms, 3 cloves and 1-inch cinnamon stick for tempering in the hot oil.
  • When the nice aroma will come from whole spices, add chopped tomatoes and 1/4 tsp salt with it to quickly make it soft.
  • Cover the pan with the lid.

start making bhoger khichuri by adding chopped tomatoes in the pan

  • When the tomatoes get nice soft, add 1+1/2 tbsp ginger paste with 2 green chilli paste to the pan.

add ginger chilli paste(bengali nirmish bhoger khichuri masala) to the pan when tomatoes get soft

  • Then add turmeric powder, cumin powder and chilli powder one by one to the pan.

adding turmeric powder, cumin powder and red chilli powder to the pan to saute the masala together for making this niramish moong dal er khichuri'r masala

  • Add two green chillies(slit) and saute the masala until the raw smells of masalas go off.
  • Then add 2-3 tbsp of water into the pan and mix with the masalas to avoid burning of masalas.

after adding green chillies when the raw smell of masalas go off, then add little water to this niramish khichuri masala

Making of bhoger khichuri

  • When the masalas completely soak the water, getting dry and start leaving oil from the sides as shown in the pic below.

Khichuri masala is completely sauteed for adding gobindo bhog rice and dal to the pan

  • Add soaked moong dal and gobindo bhog rice(after draining the water) to the pan. Stir it well.

adding soaked and drained mug er dal(moong dal) and gobindo bhog rice to the pan for making bhoger khichuri or bengali niramish khichuri bhog

  • Then add fried potatoes and keep stirring to mix them with the chaal daal (rice and dal) and masalas.
  • Continuous stirring is mandatory at this stage.
  • After stirring it for 3-4 minutes add 4 cups of hot water to it.
  • Add 1+1/2 tbsp salt to it, stir it and cover it with its lid.
  • Let it cook for 10-15 minutes on a slow flame.

after adding fried potatoes(bhaja aloo) add hot water to it for boiling chaldal together with sauteed masala for making niramish bhoger khichuri

  • In this stage, frequently stir the khichuri to avoid burning from the bottom and after 10-15 mins add fried cauliflower florets to it.

add fried cauliflower florets or bhaja fulkopi to the pan for making this niramish khichuri bhog

  • When you notice chaaldaal has fully soaked the water then add 2 cups of hot water to it.
  • Cover the pan with a tight lid and bring the chaaldaal to a boil.
  • Then add the green peas to it. let it cook for 10-15 more mins on a slow flame.
  • Check the khichuri frequently while cooking.

after adding hot water and green peas or koraishuti or motor shuti for making this niramish bengali khichuri

  • After 10-15 mins when chaaldaal will be completely cooked with spices, then add 2+1/2 tsp sugar to this khichuri and mix it nicely.
  • Then add some salt if required. Cook it for 3-4 mins on low to medium heat.

adding sugar for making sweet taste in pujor bhoger khichuri

  • Dry roast 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1-inch cinnamon stick, 3-4 cloves, and 3 cardamoms first.
  • Then grind the dry roasted spices to make garam masala powder.
  • Now mix this homemade garam masala powder with this khichuri.
  • And after 2 mins of cooking this khichuri, switch off the flame.

add dry roasted garam masala powder to the pujor khichuri bhog

  • Then add 3-4 tbsp ghee to it and mix it well.
  • Now again cover its lid for a few mins to spread the aroma of ghee all over this dish.

add ghee to get the nice aroma to this bengali pujor bhoger khichuri

aloo, fulkopi, koraishuti diye niramish bengali bhoger khichuri or pujor khichuri bhog is ready to serve

Tips & tricks about this recipe

For making this recipe few more things need to know, such as

  • Soaking dal in hot water and soaking gobindo bhog rice in water(at room temperature) is not mandatory. Only this method will help you to cook the khichuri/khichdi in less time. Even you can cook this khichuri without soaking the chaaldaal.
  • Always add hot water while making any khichuri/khichdi, otherwise, its taste might be bland.
  • Add salt and sugar as per your requirement. Bhog er khichuri generally tastes a little sweeter than the normal niramish khichuri. So you can add more sugar to it as per your choice.
  • I added green peas later to keep its bright green colour intact or overcooking can spoil their natural colour
  • I have lastly added sugar to this khichdi. As my mom says while boiling rice and moong dal, don’t add the sugar till rice and dal gets soft. Because the early addition of sugar can spoil its cooking process and rice-dal won’t be cooked perfectly.
  • Even how I cook this khichuri in a pan too, the same way you can cook it in a pressure cooker with less cooking time. Just let one whistle blow on a high flame to cook rice, dal, potatoes & cauliflower together. When pressure releases, add green peas and the rest of the procedure is the same as mine.

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