Quintessential Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri and Ilish Mach Bhaja Combo! Need I say more?
After almost 3 months of vigorous planning, we finally shifted our base to Kolkata from Gurgaon, and the City of Joy welcomed us with the droplets of Monsoon! For the last few days we were happily having outside food and finally, after managing the unpacking a bit along with the office core, I found some time to cook today! Believe me proper cooking after around 10 days is nothing but amazing that too a Monsoon special Bengali platter; Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri aar Ilish Mach Bhaja (Khichdi with Red lentil a.k.a Masoor Daal along with fried Hilsa fish).
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Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri aar Ilish Mach Bhaja, the rainy afternoon treat!
Though Khichuri is prepared with Lentils and Rice However, Bengali Khichuri is not synonymous with North Indian Khichdi! Khichdi is considered a comfort food in North India while Bongs prefer to have Khichuri during monsoon and winter and it is considered a heavy food. We mostly prepare Khichuri using either Moong Daal or Masoor Daal.
Moong Daal Khichuri is one of the famous foods prepared as part of BHOG. Masoor Daal Khichuri is a bit runny in texture and mostly tempered with onion and garlic. Coming to Ilish Mach, requires no introduction to Bongs! We love to have our Khichuri along with fried Hilsa during the Monsoon.
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Actually, I was planning to cook some “Daal Bhat Aloo Bhate” (Daal, Plain Rice, and Mashed Potato) today but Mehebub came back with a fresh Hilsa….and Monsoon played the role of catalyst and Hubby asked, “can we have some Patla Khichuri with Ilish Mach Bhaja?” Then 30 minutes of hassle-free cooking and I ended up making the Uttom Suchitra combo of Bengali food; Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri aar Ilish Mach Bhaja. I fried a piece of Rui Mach for the little one since she has not tasted Ilish till now! Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri aar Ilish Mach Bhaja and a dollop of Sweet Mango Pickle prepared and send by Mom-in-law! Errrrr Our dinner is special today!
Here's how I cook Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri at Debjanir Rannaghar!Print
Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri aar Ilish Mach Bhaja
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 4 People 1x
Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri is a signature Bengali runny Khichri cooked with Red Lentils and Gobindobhog Rice. This when served with Ilish bhaja is considered a quintessential Bengali meal of Khichuri and Ilish Bhaja!
For Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri:
- 150g Masoor Daal/ Red Lentil (1 Cup)
- 150g Gobindobhog Rice (1 Cup) (Basmati Rice can also be used)
- 3 Potato
- 2 Onion
- 2 Tomato
- ½ Tsp. Ginger Paste
- ⅔ Tsp. Garlic Paste
- 2-3 Green Chili
- 1 Dried Red Chili
- ½ Tsp. Cumin Seed
- ½ Tsp. Turmeric Powder
- ½ Tsp. Cumin Powder
- ½ Tsp. Red Chili Powder
- ½ Tsp. Bengali Garam Masala Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Salt or to taste
- 2 Tbsp. Mustard Oil
- 1 Tsp. Ghee
For Ilish Mach Bhaja:
- 400g Hilsa Fish (4 Pieces, 100g each)
- 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- 2 Tbsp. Mustard Oil
Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri:
- Wash Rice and Lentils separately and keep those aside.
- Cut Potatoes in half and make a thin slice of onion and tomatoes.
- Now heat the oil in a wok and fry Potatoes till they turn golden in color. Keep those aside after frying properly.
- Temper the same oil with Dried Red Chili and Cumin Seed.
- Add sliced Onions to the tempering and cook until onions turn golden brown in color.
- Add chopped Tomato and Ginger-Garlic Paste.
- Cook until tomatoes soften completely and the mixture releases oil.
- Now add half of the turmeric powder, Chili Powder, Salt, and Sugar and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add washed Masoor Daal and cook for 2 minutes on medium flame.
- finally, add washed rice and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- While cooking the spices take around 2 liters of water in a vessel and add the remaining turmeric powder, Chili Powder, Salt, and Sugar to it and start boiling it on high flame.
- Transfer the cooked Rice-Daal mix and fried potatoes to the vessel containing boiling water and then cook in medium flame.
- Cover the vessel with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in between.
- Check after 10 minutes whether both Rice and Daal cooked properly or not. If required cook for some more minutes and add some hot water if needed.
- Add slit green chilies and Garam Masala powder to the Khichuri.
- Cook for 1-2 more minutes.
- Switch the flame off and sprinkle some Ghee and mix properly.
- Masoor Daler Khichuri should be a bit runny in texture. Adjust Water accordingly.
Ilish Mach Bhaja:
- Wash pieces of Ilish properly and rub fish with Turmeric Powder and Salt and keep those aside for 10 minutes.
- Heat Mustard Oil in a wok and fry fish pieces lightly on the medium flame from both side and strain from the Oil.
- Serve hot Ilish Mach Bhaja with Masoor Daler Khichuri.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Category: Main
- Method: Cooking, Frying
- Cuisine: Bengali
- Serving Size: 300g
- Calories: 728
- Sugar: 8.6g
- Sodium: 1290mg
- Fat: 23.2g
- Saturated Fat: 3.5g
- Carbohydrates: 86.3g
- Fiber: 16.6g
- Protein: 42.6g
- Cholesterol: 31mg
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