Bengali vegetarian dishes bhuna khichuri recipe

Bhuna Khichuri│Bengali Spicy Mung Bean Pilaf Recipe

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ভুনা খিচুরি রেসিপি | Bengali Bhuna Khichuri Recipe

Khichuri or Khichdi does not always have to boring and simple. This can be made quite interesting in much simpler ways. So, presenting a Bhoger Bhuna Khichuri recipe, that can add some spice to the gloomy and rainy day.

It is almost as if it’s in our genes that once it starts raining, our soul craves for a plate full of piping hot khichudi, accompanied by begun bhaja and dimer omlette. For those who might be in any mood for cooking in such an amazing weather, can definitely treat their soul with some Illish Maach bhaja.

Having said that, let me share something weird about me. I don’t like Bengali khichuri AT ALL.

I have never been a fan of this dish and even to this day, I can make 128976 excuses to avoid having some on any day.

I know that it is probably one of easiest dishes that can be made. Also, this niramish khichuri is power nutrient rich and completely fits the bill as ‘one-pot’ recipe. Still, I have failed to develop any kind of liking for khichuri or khichdi.

Bengali Festive Food Menu Mangsho KhichuriBhoger Bhuni Khichuri Meal

So, when I planned to present a complete festive Bengali meal on my blog for Durga Puja, I knew it has to have some bhoger bhuni khichuri in it.

For those who might be unaware, but khuchuri is an important element of Bengali Durga Pujo food. Starting from Shashti to Navami, Ma Durga is served with meals as an offering or bhog which comprises of different dishes.

Khichdi or Bengali khichuri is one of those dishes which gets made almost every day during the Durga Puja. Also, it is often made in a large batch in order to serve all those who visit the Pujo. It is almost like a community coming together and having a feast together.

Reminiscing my childhood when we used to celebrate Durga Pujo right next to our house, and my days after wedding where Durga Pujo is almost like a homely affair to us, I decided to celebrate it in my own ways by preparing food that symbolizes this festival.

Related Read: Festive Meal Ideas or Festive Menu Ideas for Parties & Get-Togethers

After all, what else could be a better option, other than preparing the traditional Bengali meals for ourselves? I have already shared the recipe for Niramish Bengali Dum Aloo and Kosha Mangsho. This is the spicy and dry bhuna khichuri, done in medley of Indian spices.

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Bengali Bhoger Bhuni Khichuri Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This Niramish Bhoger Bhuna Khichuri can give a pulao/pilaf run for money in terms of grandeur and taste. Pair it with Kosha Mangsho or Illish maach for a meal fit for kings

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bengali
Keyword: Bengali Pulao Recipe, Gluten Free Recipes, Indian Pilaf Recipes, Khichuri Recipe, Pulao Recipes, Rice Dishes
Servings: 2 People
Author: Priyanka
  • 1/4 cup Basmati Rice or Long Grained Jasmine Rice
  • 1/4 cup Mung Daal
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 Green Chili Finely Chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp Water
  1. Dry roast the Mung Daal till they become a shade darker. Take them out and keep them aside.

  2. Now, heat oil in the same pan and add Bay Leaves, Cumin Seeds, Grated Ginger and chopped Chilies. Once they become aromatic, add the rice and stir it on medium heat for next 3-4 minutes. 

  3. Add Turmeric Powder and Bengali Garam Masala Powder and stir. 

  4. Once the rice has become completely fried, add the roasted Mung daal and Water. Season with Salt as per taste. 

  5. Cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer till the water has been completely soaked and rice is cooked.

  6. Serve hot.


  1. […] Once the Green Mung Bean is hulled and split, it becomes Mung Dal which is popularly consumed as lentils. Every household makes it on a regular basis because its quick, super nutritious and an affordable source of plant-based protein. We also use this mung dal for khichdi recipes. It is again very popular rice & lentil-based one-pot dish consumed throughout the Indian sub-continent. If in case you are looking for a Pilaf version of khichdi, known as Bhuna Khichuri, check it out her… […]

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