Sunday, October 10, 2010

Khi(n)chudi Karaishuti Diye and thoughts of Durga Puja

                                    Durga Puja In a Pandal in Delhi

When the day of Mahalaya comes, it brings the message, “Pujo eshaa gelo”, and that starts the countdown of the arrival of the Durga Puja. Memories start appearing just like moving on the reverse gear. And the present beckons...eagerness and enthusiasm play their roles so modestly. In North India the festive fervour also warms up as this day marks the beginning of Navratri.

The day of the Mahalaya draws special attention among the Bengalis as it is the beginning of the Durga Puja festivities. This day brings with it some sweet memories...sitting near the radio early in the morning and listening to Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s Sanskrit recitation of the Mahishasura Mardini which was broadcast by All India Radio Calcutta at 4 a.m.

A sudden change in the air is felt from the day of the Mahalaya. The morning air becomes cool an indication of Sharat and the blooming of the Shuili flowers also indicates the coming of the Pujas. These flowers spread their sweet smell all around at night.

                                         From my puja room

Ma was very particular to start the annual cleaning of the home well before the arrival of the Mahalaya. For once the day of Mahalaya arrived she would get very busy. The tailor came and sat stitching away our Puja least 5 new dresses for the five days starting from Sashthi, to Saptami, to Ashtami, moving on to Navami and then the last day of the Pujas, the great Bijoya Dashami.

How can I forget all the food that was cooked at home? The sweets were so special...rosogollas, bonde, payesh, rosmalai...and we entered the store room to eat whatever we wanted. There were no restrictions at all. And so many kinds of Goja’s she made...mishti (sweet) and nonta (namkeen)...

The sound of the Dhaks is so important for Durga Puja. The Dhakis dancing away with the beating on their Dhaks...the sound is so special and magical. The Sondher Aaroti followed by Dhunochi Nach has a place of its own for the 4 days of the Pujas. But the festive fervour and gusto is gone once Ma Durga is immersed. And then we wait for the next Pujo to come.

Though lifestyle has changed a lot in these present days, Durga Puja still carries the same spirit as it was in the past.

Recollecting Pujo memories brought tears to my eyes...of the good old days and not sad ones. Today I would like to share my Khinchudi Karaishuti Diye with you all. This is in my Puja menu list.

For this we need:

Mung dal: 1 cup dry roasted to dark pink

Rice: 1 cup

Green peas: ¾ cup (frozen or fresh)

Haldi powder: 1 tsp

Jeera powder: ½ tsp

Dhania powder: ½ tsp

Red chili powder: ½ tsp

Salt to taste

Sugar: as per your taste

Ghee or any refined oil; 2 ½ tbsp

Water: 4 ½ cups


Mix the dal and rice and wash it. Place the pressure pan on the burning stove. Add the ghee or cooking oil. Once it is hot add the rice and dal and stir fry for 3-4 minutes. Simmer the stove and add all the spices and stir again. Let the spices mix up well. This will take a couple of minutes. Now add salt and cook for 1-2 minutes. Time to add the green peas and increase the flame and keep stirring. Now add water and sugar and place the lid.

3-4 whistles and the Khichudi is done. Once the pressure cooker cools down open and serve it hot with begun bhaja or aloo bhaja. Don’t forget to pour some ghee on the top while serving.

This is simple and takes so little time to cook. This can be also be cooked in a dekchi also but it is time consuming.

My best wishes to you all for the coming Pujas and hope all of you enjoy the festive days with lots of fun and good food.

Re-posting two recipes:
Aloo-r chop, find here
Nalen Gurer Payesh, read here

You can also relish the Allo-r Chop as an evening snack for the Pujas and Chaler payesh. Find it here.

Sending this to Pree's Beyond five Days of Durga Puja.


  1. Didibhai, thank you for finding time to do this. This is awesome, the way you reminiscence about your childhood. The Khichudi looks just like the Bhoger proshad. :-)

  2. Gouridi, sotti tomar ranna khichuri dekhe bhoger katha mone porche. aar chotobela'r gandho jano akdom anyarakam chilo taina. khali khali sei somoye palie jete ichhe kare.
    ashtimete amar menu-o etai. dekhi abar sosur bari theke soshti korte bole kina tale khub chap jabe amar.

  3. Lekha ta pore khub bhalo laglo...oi din gulor charm i alada....Kichuri dekhlei barir kotha mone pore..mayer hater ranna mone pore...shob kichhu ki je miss kori ki bolbo...khub bhalo dekho....aar khub bhalo kore pujo katiyo....

  4. Dwae Didibhai

    Loved the Khichudi you have prepared. I never miss having it during Puja Period every year.Darun dekhte hoyeche.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Gouri, Loved reading the bog. I have some bhendi at home. I will try the method you have posted. Happy festival season to you and your family. Hope you are having a lovely time. Did you buy 5 new Sarees this time like in the kid-days?

    By the way, I have made my other blog Books I Read and their Reviews a restricted access blog. I was kind of venting out there and didnt want every one to see that. I am still writing reviews. If you would like to read there, please let me know. I will provide access for you.

  6. Nice Kichudi.. really nice. Happy Pooja to you

  7. Delicious khichadi. Happy puja to you and your family. I so miss Kolkata during pujas...

  8. Dear Didibhai
    Subho Vijaya
    Tumi kemon achho? Nana Kaj-e phes-e chhilam, tai blog e aste parini...Mey, jamai ese chhilo , 2 din Naukuchia tal e giye chhilam...Mey-er khabar-er farma-is comply kor-te kor-te somoe kete gelo...
    Kato din ei khichuDi Kahiani !!! Last khe chhilam 30-40 yrs back, I guess.
    Ebar banabo.
    Ilish machh achhe....CR park -er Machh-ala phone korlo je, o ekta marda ( male) Ilish rekhechhe amar jonno and also one Ilish heavily loaded with eggs. Mon-e hochhe amara sabai Ilish machher poka...
    Kichhu ilish pieces salt diye ferment korbo..ami bangal tai, nona Ilish khub khai...
    Kal randhbo Ilish mach-begun tak....tomar recipe ...
    Bhalo theko
    Ekta unusual Biriyani recipe post korechhi...rendhe dekho...Boli ( sacrifice) patha diye bhalo hoe...because no onion or garlic is used ...ha ha. March mas-e Nava ratri-r somoe jodi himalaya jai tab-e Boli-r Magso diye ei biriani randhbo....

  9. Lovely Kichadi..hope you are doing great

  10. I love khichdi very much. You have prepared very nice and very well presented.

  11. kothay tumi Gouridi? anekdin post karo namkano? come back soon.

  12. Hi Sayantani, phire esechi, ebar abar dekha hobe...tai na?
    tomake-o miss korechi:)

    Lots of love,