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.
I am born and brought up in a Bengali Colony and I simply love the Bengali cuisine and traditions, this Khichuri was something I never prepared myself at home and have always tasted it during Durga Pujo as Prasad offerings or bhog. As a tradition Khichuri is prepared during Durga Puja in Bengal. However exact you try to make it at home, it will never taste the way you get during durga pujo, that one is so very special and a blessing to have . The aroma of this ‘bhoger khichuri’ is always divine and special.
Khichuri is very popular Bengali dish and it’s always being a personal favorite too for me. I am glad I got the chance to learn from a Bengali friend and make this delicious Khichuri at home, I learnt, cooked, clicked and then it was all for us to eat .
Khichri / Khichuri is commonly considered to be a comfort food, and was the inspiration for the Anglo-Indian dish kedgeree. Khichuri is customary to cook during religious festivals in Bengal. I loved the different flavors in this Bengali Khichuri unlike 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 !