Masoor Dal er Khichuri is one of the super tasty, savoury monsoon favourite meal in Bengali cooking. It is commonly known as Chale Dale Khichuri. Khichuri is a savoury porridge type of dish, a comfort meal, it is an ultra-easy dish to cook with staple pantry ingredients and even better to eat!
Course: Main Course
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Bengali recipe, Khichuri, Masoor Dal er Khichuri
Author: Shyamali Sinha
½cupShort grain Rice
½cupMasoor dal or Red Lentils
3-4Green Chilliesyou can add more or less
4tbspMustard Oilor 60 ml / You can use Vegetable oil
To make masala:
100gmRed Onionor ½ cup of chopped onion
50gmTomatoor 1 small
20gmGingeror 1.5 inch
10gmGarlic clovesor 2 big cloves
¾tspRed Chilli powder
Sugar to tasteI added 2 tsp
Salt to taste
1Dry red chilli
1bigBay leafor 2 small bay leaves
Take rice and lentil in a bowl, wash under cold water a couple of times and soak into the water for at least 30 minutes, to reduce cooking time soak for 1 hour then drain extra water.
Put the ginger and garlic together into the grinding jar, add a few tablespoons of water and make a paste. You will get about 2-3 tbsp of ginger garlic paste, depending on the amount of water you add.
Chop the onion and tomato. Slit green chillies.
In a small bowl, take cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and ½ tsp turmeric powder. Add salt, sugar and about 3-4 tbsp of water to make a paste.
Peel the potatoes cut them in half and then wash them.
Smear ¼ tsp of turmeric powder and salt to taste the potatoes.
Heat a Kadai or dutch oven, pour oil and heat it up over medium-high heat.
Reduce the temperature to low, add potatoes and fry them over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. The potato will develop a crispy texture on the outside and maybe started cooking inside. At this point, remove them from the oil.
Next, add the tempering to the hot oil and stir with a spatula for few seconds to get the flavour from whole spices.
Add chopped onion, sprinkle salt to taste and sauté for few minutes or until the raw flavour has gone.
Add ginger-garlic paste, over medium heat cook for about 30 seconds.
Then, add the spice paste and a little bit of water if required!
Add chopped tomato and continue cooking until oil releasing from the mixture.
Add fried potatoes, mix with the Masala.
Then, add cooked soaked rice and dal to the Masala.
Over high heat cook for few minutes, then add 4 cups of boiling water and stir well.
when the liquid starts bubbling up, bring the temperature to medium-low to low, cover with a lid and cook for 20 to 30 minutes. Give a stir at a regular interval to prevent burning.
Once cooked, add sugar, ghee, green chillies and mix everything well! Check salt, if required, add now.
Over high heat cook for a minute or until the liquid is bubbling up! Turn off the heat and give 10 -15 minutes standing time before serve.
If you want you can add ghee on top while you are serving and Enjoy!