Bhuni Khichuri with mixed vegetablesBhuni khichuri is a One pot rice meal cooked with Aromatic Rice and Yellow Lentil(Mung Dal) along with Vegetables like Carrot, Cauliflower, Potato, Peas. This Khichuri is seasoned with roasted ground Whole Spices. The speciallity of this Khichuri is, the Rice and Lentil should be whole not totally mashed. This is a very flavorful version of Well Famous Khichuri. My Grand Mom (My mother's Mom) used to make this typical Bhuni Khichuri during Pujo as Bhog. My Grand Mom's special Bhog was very famous in our locality. My Grand Mom is no more with us. She left us 8 yrs ago. But I still remember her cooked food, specially this Bhuni Khichuri. I have tried to make this Bhuni Khichuri, but it was not exactly taste like my Grand Mom. But 80% similar to the taste. I hope you guys can try this recipe and get a wonderful aromatic One Pot Rice Meal, Bhuni Khichuri.
Bhuni Khichuri is a One pot Rice meal, cooked with Yellow Lenti (Mung Dal) & Basmati Rice along with Vegetables and other spices. This Khichuri does not need any sides, but if you want this can be served with Crispy Potato Fry, Fried Eggplant etc.
Steps to Prepare
First heat a pan and dry roast the Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom Pods, Whole Red Chili & Cumin Seeds. Turn off the heat and let the Roasted Spices cool down. When they are completely cool down dry grind the Whole Spices in a Spice Grinder to make a coarse powder and set aside.
Take a pan and heat it. Now dry roast the Mung Dal and take in a bowl and wash thoroughly. Take a large pan, add the roasted and washed Dal along with 3 cups of water and put the pan on heat to boil the dal. Boil the dal till 50% or half cooked.
Now take the Rice in a bowl and wash under cold water. Add the washed rice to the same Pan where the Mung Dal was boiling. Now boil the Rice too with the Mung Dal till the Rice is 50% cooked and the Dal is 75% done.
Take another pan and heat 2 tablespoons of Vegetable oil in it. Fry the Vegetables and fry till golden brown. Take the fried vegetables out from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining oil to the pan and heat it.
Add the Bay leaf to the pan and fry till the fragrance comes from the spices. Now add the Chopped Tomatoes to the pan and add some salt and sugar and cook the Tomato for 5 minutes. Add the Ginger paste to the pan. Add Turmeric, Red Chili powder, Cumin Powder and fry the spices by sprinkling some water to prevent the spices to get burnt.
Add the Fried Vegetables to the Spice mixture and mix well with the Spices. Now the Cooked spices along with the Vegetables add to the Pan where Rice & Dal is boiling. Add another 2 cups of water to the pan and cook them together till the Vegetables are cooked enough.
Add Salt and Sugar if needed. Add the the Ground Whole Spices to the pan and mix with the Khichuri. Let the Bhuni Khichuri stand for 15 minutes before serve.
Garnish with chopped Pista and Saffron Threads and serve chilled.