There are lots of ritual related to this Kichuri Bhog.
The Bhog and all there accompaniments, that to be offered to the Goddess, has to cooked by community members who are ‘Dikhwito‘. Diksha means initiation into some Hindu group. Incidently, I am also Dikhwito. There are several rituals followed by such a person.
The rest of the Bhog which will be distributed to all devotees, doesn’t have such strict stipulations.
Kichuri Bhog is a part of the Durga Puja Platter.
Here’s what i did……..
makes for 2 persons
1/2 cup – rice or brown rice
2 tbsp – split and skinned green grams lentil(moong dhuli)
1 tsp – ginger paste
1 tsp – finely chopped fresh coconut
1 nos – cinnamon stick
1 nos – dried red whole chili
1/2 tsp – tumeric powder
1 nos – green chili (slit from the centre)
1/2 tsp – clarified butter (optional)
pinch of cumin seeds
salt to taste
1 tsp – vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup – water
Wash and drain the rice. Heat a heavy bottomed pan or a pressure pan. Dry roast the green gram till light brown in color. Cool and wash. In the same pan heat oil and fry the chopped coconut. Now add the cinnamon,cumin seeds and red whole chili. As the cumin splutters add the ginger paste and fry for 1 min.
Add the rice and green gram, tumeric powder and green chili. Stir well so that the tumeric and oil coats the rice and the lentils. Add water and salt. Cook for 8-10 mins or pressure cook it to 2 whistles.
The water will almost dry up but not too dry.
Pour the clarified butter on the khichuri and serve hot with vegetables, crispies.
Happy cooking !! 🙂
Cheers ! 😀
Note : Accompaniments to khichuri or khichdi can be many, but i have tried to maintain the authencity of Khichuri bhog by serving with labra and sweet tomato chutney with raisins.