Bengali Khichuri | Khichuri Bhog ~ Bengali Cuisine

by anamika on December 6, 2012

in Bengali Cuisine, Diet Recipes, Meal in itself

Begali Khichudi | Kichadi | comfort Food | Begli Cusine

Bengali Khichuri | Comfort Food | Bengali Cuisine

I simply love eating Khichadi / Khichuri and to me this seems to be one of those comforting foods that one would love to have anytime of the day. This one pot meal is so good and healthy. I made this Bengali Khichuri specially for Times Of India ( not to serve them :))during Durga Puja days but because I needed to provide them with the photograph of Bengali Khichuri, they wanted to use it for a post in The Hyderabad Times. I am glad I made this to provide a photograph to them because I loved learning it and then making it for self and my family apart from the clicking work I had on hand. All my family members simply loved it and I served this with plain curd. It was so delicious and comforting that now it is among one of the regular one pot meals at home :). It is also considered as the comfort meals all over India but is prepared differently in different states.

Bengali Khichudi | Kichadi | comfort Food | Bengali Cusine

I am born and brought up in a Bengali Colony and I simply love the Bengali cuisine┬áand traditions, this Khichuri┬áwas something I never prepared myself at home and have always tasted it during Durga Pujo as Prasad offerings or bhog. As a tradition Khichuri┬áis prepared during Durga Puja in Bengal.┬áHowever exact you try to make it at home, it will never taste the way you get during durga┬ápujo, that one is so very special and a blessing to have :). The aroma of this ‘bhoger┬ákhichuri’ is always┬ádivine and special.

Khichuri┬áis very popular Bengali dish and it’s always being a personal favorite too for me. I am glad I┬ágot the chance to learn from a Bengali┬áfriend and make this delicious Khichuri at home,┬áI learnt, cooked, clicked and then it was all for us to eat :).

Bengali Khichudi | Kichadi | comfort Food | Bengali Cusine

Khichri┬á/ Khichuri┬áis commonly considered to be a comfort food, and was the inspiration for the Anglo-Indian dish┬ákedgeree. Khichuri┬áis customary to cook┬áduring religious festivals in Bengal. I loved the different flavors┬áin this Bengali┬áKhichuri┬áunlike the one I normally prepare at home which is very simple with only the rice and lentils mixed and cooked with a cumin seeds tempering to it with very less spices – that’s how we prepare Khichadi in North India.

I am late in posting this one here due to my personal comittments but it’s always said better late than never :) and to me this simple, authentic and delightful recipe is a must have and a keeper in my blog :)!

Bengali Khichuri | Khichuri Bhog ~ Bengali Cuisine

Bengali Khichuri | Khichuri Bhog ~ Bengali Cuisine


  • Govindobhog or any rice ÔÇô 1 cup ( I used basmati rice )
  • Moong Daal ÔÇô 1 cup
  • Green Peas ÔÇô ?? cup
  • Potatoes ÔÇô 2 ( chopped into small pieces )
  • Tomato ÔÇô 1
  • Chili Powder ÔÇô ?¢ teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder ÔÇô 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds Powder ÔÇô 1 teaspoon
  • Dry Red Chillis ÔÇô 2 or you can use green chillies slit into halves
  • Bay leaves ÔÇô 1 or 2
  • Ginger Paste ÔÇô 2 tablespoons
  • Cloves ÔÇô 2- 3
  • Cardamoms ÔÇô 2
  • Cinnamom Stick ÔÇô ?¢ inch only
  • Salt to taste
  • Water ÔÇô 3 cups or ?¢ litre
  • Sugar ÔÇô ?¢ teaspoon
  • Ghee ÔÇô 2 tablespoons


  1. Take a non-stick kadai and dry roast the moong daal for few seconds and till you smell the aroma from the daal, its color will change to brown. Sprinkle some water over the dry roasted daal and keep aside.
  2. Now wash the rice under running water and keep aside. Take a pressure cooker and heat ghee in it for few seconds and add in bay leaves, Cinnamon Stick, cloves, cardamom and stir for few seconds. Now add in ginger paste, dry red chillies and mix well and allow to cook for 3 - 4 minutes. Add in chopped potatoes and peas to this now and saut?® for 2 ÔÇô 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and mix again.
  3. After this add in dry roasted daal and washed rice with water, mix well, add in salt, sugar and red chilli powder to it. Now pressure cook on low till you get one whistle.
  4. Switch off the flame and let it rest in stream for few minutes, open and allow to cook with open lid for 5 - 7 minutes till the rice and daal are fully mixed with each other.
  5. Serve hot.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Spandana December 7, 2012 at 5:40 AM

Khichuri looks very delicious. Love all the pics, they are making me hungry.


madcookingfusions December 7, 2012 at 7:33 AM

hey thank you Spandana :)!


Shubha December 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Hi,I have always loved this khichuri since as a child I would visit the pandals during Durga pujo.Thanks very much for this recipe.


madcookingfusions December 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

thank you Shubha :)!


Sanoli Ghosh December 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Wow Khichuri looks so luscious Anamika, feeling hungry now. A wonderful comfort and onepot meal.

today’s recipe:


madcookingfusions December 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Thank You Sanoli :), I have to check on you tndoori paneer tikka’s :)


radha December 8, 2012 at 4:34 AM

Love these kichadis. Most of them are just a variation. And also one to make in a short time.


madcookingfusions December 8, 2012 at 6:11 PM

yes Radha, I agree with many variations to such a simple dish if you think of it but all so comforting!


Ansh | Spiceroots December 10, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I love Khichudi especially with the Govindobhog rice. I loved it best at the puja pandals.

looks delicious and comforting!


madcookingfusions December 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

thank you Anshie, puja pandals bhog are always special :)!


Your Cookery Book December 11, 2012 at 4:42 AM

I love all types of khichdi, So does my family. Easy to make and easy to digest. Onepot meal for everyone.

I’ll give your bengali khichuri try soon. Lovely clicks and khichuri Looks so mouthwatering…


madcookingfusions December 11, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Same here YCB and thank you for your comment :)


Kankana December 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Now I feel like making some! Whenever I come back from a long trip, this is the first thing I make and relish :)


madcookingfusions December 13, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Was part of your virtual trip to paris :), hope you had a grt time, saw all your lovely clicks on insta :)… yeah this is surely a comfort food for all.


rdxdude008 December 26, 2012 at 1:47 AM

I love bangali KHICDI …I like to cook it but dont know how to cook..
any frd hear can teach me how to make it easily..


madcookingfusions January 3, 2013 at 9:48 PM

making this Khichadi is vey simple, do read the instructions and follow the method. thank you.


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