On these wet days, when winds are blowing and rain is pouring down every fortnight or so; the stomach yearns for comfort food. No food item invokes more craving in a true Bangali like a plate of simmering bhuna khichuri. Known to people as hodgepodge in the western community, Khichuri is one of the best rice dishes in South East Asian Countries. A Well-made biryani maybe a favorite but khichuri is a close second. It’s an extremely popular dish and also a great mix with eggs, dried fish (shutki), meat curries, and a host of other items. When we were little, we used to badger our mothers for bhuna khichuri with meat curry or fried meat items. Heck, we do it even now! But today, we’ll show you how you can whip up your own dish of Bhuna khichuri yourself with a simple yet tasty Bhuna Khichuri Recipe.
Bhuna Khichuri Recipe: Ingredients
- 1 Cup of Scented Rice of any kind (pulao/basmati)
- Half a cup of mung dal
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 pieces of whole dry red chillies
- 1 or 2 sticks of Cinnamon
- 3 cardamoms
- 4 pieces of Cloves
- 3 tablespoon of ginger paste
- 1 tablespoon of jeera powder
- Chopped onions – 1 cup
- 2 pieces of Green chilly
- A tablespoon of turmeric powder
- Salt and Sugar according to your taste
- Ghee according to taste
- Beresta (Fried Onions) for Garnish
First wash the rice and dal properly in a container. Make sure you drain any water after washing. Heat the Ghee in a traditional pan. Add the bay leaf, dried red chilli, ginger paste, cinnamon sticks, cardamom one after the other. Let the pan simmer for a bit. After this add the rice and dal to the pan, fry everything together for 5 minutes. On the side, add sliced onions and keep frying until they change golden in color. Turn down to the medium heat, and add water. Close the lid and let the mix cook. The rice and dal will absorb the water and turn soft. Once its texture is like that add jeera powder. You can add in cashew, almonds, and raisins if you want your khichuri to be fancy. Sprinkle some beresta and pour ghee and serve with the curry or fried egg of your choice.
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