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Kitchari/Khichuri..Bengali Traditional Bhoger Prasad …


Kitchari-Traditional bengali bhoger prasad

Kitchari-Traditional bengali bhoger prasad

It was vasant Panchami, 4th February 2014, time for the devotion to Sarwaswati ma goddess of wisdom, prosperity, art and music. I can remember my joyous High School and College days during this Puja.We the students in many groups became so much busy to arrange the Puja in our school.

Our teachers distributed the responsibilities …..Decorating the puja mondop,decorating the front door of the school, inviting other schools or College,arrangement for bhog(vegetarian food devoted to god), collect the necessary things from market  and many more. I always enjoyed the responsibility for arrangement of Bhog .It was a pleasure to receive the appreciation from our teachers for our good management skills… 🙂 We also used to make the Kitchari as the bhoger prasad for Maa Durga during Durga puja.

Sarwaswati Protima -taken from my kid's school

Sarwaswati Protima -taken from my kid’s school

Now I can see my past through my twin girls as they become so busy during this Puja.

Kitchari is our traditional Bhog dish as well as Ayurvedic dish that’s known for its ability to detox the body and balance all three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. It provides good nutrients while pushing the junk out of your body. It’s made with Yellow split mung dal,Chana dal(optional) Bengal’s aromatic Gobindo bhog rice /basmati rice, seasonal vegetables, ghee, and spices. The mung dal are known for their ability to remove toxins, from the body. Mungs  are also a source of protein.

Kitchari-Traditional bengali bhoger prasad

Kitchari-Traditional bengali bhoger prasad

At the end I can tell you that it’s very easy, filling and time saving if you want to make your lunch or dinner. Here I serve Kitchari  with a traditional Cauliflower curry which I will share with you shortly. You can enjoy this dish also with Begun Bhaja (Brijal fry)


2 cups Bengal’s aromatic Gobindo bhog rice /basmati rice (Here I use Gobinda bhog rice)
1 cup Mung Dal
¼ cup Chana dal
3 medium sized Potato (cut in cubes)
1 cup green Peas /chopped vegetables, such as zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, or anything you choose
8 cups water
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 pinch asafoetida (a spice also called hing—available at Indian groceries)(optional)
1 teaspoon cumin seed
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
1 green chili
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon of ghee


  1. Heat a large pan and sauté the mung dal for 2 minutes.
  2. Add water, potato,green chili,peas,rice and chana dal to the pan
  3. Add turmeric powder,salt,chili powder and asafeotida
  4. In a another pan heat oil and fry the bay leaf and cumin seed for 2 minutes and add to the large pan.
  5. Cook over medium heat until the water is mostly absorbed.
  6. When everything is done add the aromatic ghee.

The final dish should be a stew with a very moist and soft consistency.

Serves: 10

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories 165.0
Total Fat 2.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 3.4 mg
Sodium 762.7 mg
Potassium 433.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 29.5 g
Dietary Fiber 5.1 g
Sugars 1.8 g
Protein 5.7 g
Vitamin A 40.5 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 14.1 %
Vitamin C 23.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.6 %
Calcium 3.9 %
Copper 6.6 %
Folate 4.2 %
Iron 9.4 %
Magnesium 9.6 %
Manganese 34.5 %
Niacin 6.7 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.6 %
Phosphorus 11.1 %
Riboflavin 2.3 %
Selenium 0.4 %
Thiamin 6.7 %
Zinc 3.6 %


Author: roytanusree

Hi , My name is Tanusree Roy. I am an expert in Health and Nutrition niche . I have extensive experience in diet plan, nutrition advisory roles in various USA based nutrition and recipe based projects as a co-founder of Ennovation Consulting. I always enjoy cooking .I am the mother of two kids ,so my main concern is kids.

6 thoughts on “Kitchari/Khichuri..Bengali Traditional Bhoger Prasad …

  1. Kitchari is all time favorite in my family…:)

  2. love the consistency of your khichri… perfect.

  3. Thank you so much Namrata ! By the way ,you are amazing , when it comes to styling a photo..:)

  4. When do u add the rice

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