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16 February, 2013

Badhshahi Khichdi/Khichuri- For Saraswati Puja

16 February, 2013

Badhshahi Khichdi/Khichuri- For Saraswati Puja

Idol of Saraswati Ma at our  building
 It is a tradition in our house to eattt khichudi and fried ilish (hilsa) fish for lunch at the Saraswati puja, the invocation of the goddesses of learning and music. Khichuri is usually served with labra(a five vegetable mix curry) and tomato chutney. Badshahi khichuri is not the traditional khichdi cooked with cauliflower and peas, but has more flavour than the traditional one. Devi Saraswati is devoted not only by Bengalis but Hindus all over the world. Goddess Sarawati's idol holding the "veena" is sign of greatness. People of all ages wear yellow saaris and kurta pyajamas and the city is enrobed in festivity.
       I am sorry, I couldn't write for many days as my relatives had come over for more than a week and I was really busy with them. Yesterday, we had Saraswati Puja at my house. The whole house was full of festivity and fragrant inscence sticks. Happy Saraswati Puja!! (And don't forget to comment or subscribe! Njoy!! )

Badhshahi Khichdi/Khichuri- For Saraswati Puja


  • Basmati rice-2 cups
  • Moong dal- 1 cup
  • Green peas- 1/2 cup
  • Garam Masala (Whole)-2 tbsp.
  • Mace & Nutmeg powder(Jaiphal & Jayitri)- A little
  • Ginger paste- 1 tsp
  • Cumin paste-1 tsp.
  • Whole red chillies-2
  • Cashew nuts-2 tbsp.
  • Raisins/Kishmish- 2 tbsp.
  • Bay leaf/Tej patta-4
  •  A few cumin seeds
  • Sugar and salt to taste
  • Ghee- 3 tbsp. (Because it is badshaahi khichdi)
  • Water, turmeric powder and red chilli powder- As required


1. Wash the rice properly. Shallow fry the moong dal.
2. Add ghee to a pan. Add the whole red chillies, cumin seeds, by leaves and whole garam masala to the ghee in the pan. Stir.
3. Add the rice and fried dal.Stir well and add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, ginger paste, green peas, salt, cumin paste,cashewnuts and raisins.
4. Mix well. Add water. Once it gets cooked nicely add sugar, ghee, mace and nutmeg powder.
5. Serve hot with beguni (Brinjal fritters) or onion rings. Garnish with ghee. Njoy!!


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