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Khichuri is a well-liked dish in Bangladesh, and very acceptable to serve to your guests. While my Pakistani friends, strongly disagree. They think ‘khichdi’ is for people with a stomach problem!! The Pakistani ‘khichdi’ is a mushy combination of rice and lentils, while the Bengali one has a fluffy texture and tastes good!! So hope you enjoy the Bengali bhuna khichuri!!

Bhuna khichuri

Fried rice with lentils

Ingredients (Serves 5)

1 cup Moong Dal (yellow lentils)

2 cups Basmati Rice

1/2 cup Ghee/oil

2 tsp Ginger (very thin slices)

1 Bay leaf

2 Cloves

3 Cinnamon sticks

5 cups water

Salt (according to taste)

Fried onions and sliced chilies for garnish


Soak the rice and lentils in water for half hour and drain.

Heat the ghee/oil, add the ginger and the bay leaf. Then add the rice, lentils, cloves and the cinnamon sticks and fry the ingredients for a couple of minutes.

(If you want a more colorful version add a tsp of turmeric and a half tsp of chili powder at this stage)

Now add the water and salt and bring to a boil, and then cover the rice and simmer for 20-25 mins.

Once the rice is cooked, garnish with fried onions, and chilies.

(Sliced eggs is a nice additional garnish for this dish)