Easy Bengali style winter special sabji khichuri! Does it sound something mouthwatering? I hope you are reading this when it is actually winter season, otherwise you can not make a perfect sabji khichuri. Here sabji means vegetables and khichuri means you know what it is, otherwise, you won’t land on this page. Is this not true? If still you could not understand that khichdi & khichuri are same. I would love to inform you that khichdi is called as khichuri in Bengali. If you did not try Bengali style khichuri then you try it soon.
This food becomes more enjoyable when it is raining outside or it is winter season when temperature reaches below 20 degree. Do you agree?
But khichuri in the winter season is different because people add various seasonal vegetables to khichuri to make it more healthy and delicious. Did you ever try this sabji khichuri? It is just awesome and you can have it as a complete meal. You simply do not need anything else with this easy Bengali style winter special sabji khichuri.
You may say that we can make sabji khichuri any time throughout the year because nowadays you can buy all those vegetables any season from a departmental store. It is true but you can not buy fresh winter vegetables in summer season. So the taste will not be same. Secondly, you will see all vegetable shops are storing plenty of fresh vegetables during winter season and selling those vegetables at a very reasonable price. Sometimes low vegetable prices may surprise you and force you buy extra vegetables. Haha! Is this not true?
So there are a lot reasons behind making sabji khichuri during this season. Though I said it is a complete meal and you do not need anything else to have it with this type of khichuri but still I often prefer any kind of pakoda/fries or papad along with this dish.
Winter special sabji khichuri recipe
- 1 cup rice
- ¾ cup moong daal
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder (roasted)
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder (roasted)
- 2 Bay leaves
- 3 teaspoons ginger / adrak
- 2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) powder
- 2 red chillies
- 2 green chillies
- 1.5 cup seasonal vegetables, cut into small pieces (radish, potato, carrot, cabbage, green peas etc)
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 3 cups water
- Fry moong dal in a pan for 2-3 minutes (do not add oil and don't let dal turns dark in color)
- Now boil water in a large cooking pot (Bengalis always use handi for this purpose)
- Add rice and boil for next 3-4 minutes
- Then add roasted moong dal and stir, boil dal & rice for another 3 minutes
- Add all chopped vegetables and boil for another 2-3 minutes
- Heat oil in a separate pan and add ginger paste, bay leaves and red chillies till strong aroma of mixed spices comes out, pour it to the boiling water along with dal & rice
- Now stir and add green chillies, roasted coriander powder, roasted cumin powder, turmeric powder and mix all and again cook it for another 5 minutes
- Adjust thickness of khichuri add hot water if needed
- Switch off fire when it is perfectly cooked & add ghee and mix
- Serve hot or warm
If you want to try something special then try this delicious sabudana khichdi. It is very special and popular in Mumbai.