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How to make a healthy and traditional Bengali favourite: Kichuri

21 September 2017 , 0 comments / 6 likes
Ask any Bengali and he or she will tell you that Durga Pooja bhog (or prasad) is incomplete without khichuri (and the dollop of ghee that it comes with!) The Bengali version of the humble khichdi is healthy, filling and packed with flavour. Chef Dipon Mukherjee shares the recipe for healthy and delicious Khichuri.

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS
Potatoes 2
Cauliflower 120g
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder 2g + extra
Mustard oil 25ml
Jeera 2g
Whole garam masala 8g (cloves, cinnamon stick, green cardamom)
Bay leaf 1-2
Whole dried red chilli 2g
Rice 150g
Moong dal 150g
Red chilli powder As per preference
Hot water 850ml
Ginger 8g, grated
Tomato 1, chopped (optional)
Cashew nuts and raisins 5g
Green peas 15g
Ghee to serve

    
METHOD
Chop the potatoes and cauliflower into big pieces. Marinate the pieces in salt and turmeric powder for a while. Heat the mustard oil and sauté the potato and cauliflower pieces.  Remove and keep them aside. Temper the whole garam masala, jeera, dried red chilli and bay leaf in the same oil. Add the rice and moong dal to the pan and sauté until it releases oil. Add the turmeric and red chilli powders, hot water, salt, grated ginger, chopped tomato and the cashew nuts and raisins. When the rice is partly cooked, add green peas and the potato and cauliflower pieces. Cook until the rice is done. Keep the consistency semi thick. Sprinkle ghee on top before serving.

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