Bengali Bhoger Khichuri
Brief: Want to try out a simple, comforting, and delectably filling one-bowl traditional Bengali meal? Our Bengali Bhoger Khichuri is perfect for those who want flavor-packed, robust meals without a heap of Calorie guilt. The recipe, with a harmonious blend of rice, lentils, and veggies, hats off to the Bengali culinary art. It’s wholesome, delicious, easy to prepare, and clocking in at approximately 450 calories, it’s a fantastic choice for those aiming to maintain a balanced diet without compromising taste. Love Indian spices? You can adjust the heat level according to your preference. So why not swap a usual meal with this enticing Indian one-bowl dish?
Recipe: Serves: 2, Calories per serving: About 450
1. Basmati rice – 1/2 cup
2. Yellow moong dal – 1/2 cup
3. Cauliflower – 1/2 (chopped into florets)
4. Green peas – 1/2 cup
5. Ghee/oil – 2 tablespoons
6. Turmeric – a pinch
7. Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
8. Salt – to taste
9. Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
10. Bay leaf – 1
1. Rinse rice and dal under cold water until water runs clear. Soak them together for 15 minutes.
2. Drain the soak water. In a heavy-bottomed pot, add the rice, dal, turmeric, salt and 3 cups of water. Cook on medium flame until it’s 70% done.
3. While the rice and dal are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of oil/ghee in a pan. Add the cauliflower pieces and a pinch of salt. Sauté until the edges are slightly brown. Remove and keep aside.
4. In the same pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil/ghee. Add cumin seeds and bay leaf. When they start to crackle, add the peas. Sauté for a couple of minutes and then add the cooked rice and dal.
5. Add the fried cauliflower, red chilli powder, a little water if needed, and adjust the salt as per taste. Mix everything well. Cover and cook on low heat for around 10-15 minutes or until everything is combined well and cooked thoroughly.
Relish your Bengali veg one-bowl, Bhoger Khichuri, warm. You may indulge it with a side of raita or pickle if you desire an extra punch of flavor. Enjoy this simple yet fulfilling meal!