Vaishnav cuisine - Rice hot pot - Khichri bhog

Rishikesh Barpuzari
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Vrindavan rice hot-pot: Khichdi

Radha Damodar temple at Vrindavan offers khichdi-prasad to visitors everyday. The Lord is said to have enjoyed khichdi cooked by Karmabai.  I love to cook sweet khichdi for Krishna's bhog. I'll just let you know how to prepare it the way I do. The one most important ingredient is the spirit of service that goes in its preparation. Cooking for Krishna, and eating his prasad is my way of connecting with him.

Krishna picnic in Vrindavan

Cooking for Krishna, and eating his prasad is my way of connecting with him.

Ingredients for Khichdi bhog

  1. 3/4 cup rice (Basmati can be rich)
  2. 1/2 cup 70:30 mix of Arhar and Moong lentils
  3. Some cabbage and cauliflower
  4. 2 potatoes
  5. 1 large sized tomato
  6. 2 carrots
  7. 1/4 cup green peas
  8. 3 tsp sugar
  9. Some almonds, cashews and raisins
  10. 1 tsp each, garam-masala and vegetable-masala
  11. 2 tsp each, turmeric and salt
  12. Elaichi, coriander powder, cinnamon and pepper as per taste
  13. 1 tbs refined oil or, pure ghee

Preparatin of Khichdi bhog

Soak the rice and lentil mix for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop the vegetables into small pieces and mix it with the ingredients listed in 10, 11 and 12. Heat the refined oil or ghee in a 2 litre pressure cooker. Add chopped vegetables when ghee is hot, and mix well.

Add the ingredients listed in 9 and continue stirring until the vegetables gain a reddish tinge. Add sugar and then the soaked rice-lentil combo while stirring briskly. Finally, add water to fill the cooker until half it is half full. Replace the lid of the cooker and allow to cook until the third whistle.

Add a topping of pure ghee and serve this warm khichdi to Krishna. Enjoy the khichdi prasad... It is highly nutritious and delicious.

Ayurvedic prescription

A one-pot dish, khichdi soothes vata dosha. The cereals pacify vata, though the potatoes and tomatoes are not exactly vata friendly, but they lose their edge in a one-pot dish cooked with cereals, spices such as coriander, cumin and turmeric. Ginger improves digestive agni, pitta. Ghee, again is a vata pacifier, but Kapha types should go easy with the ghee and sugar.




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"Cooking for Krishna, and eating his prasad is my way of connecting with him." lol thats mean!! whats krishna gonna eat?

Setu Sharma on Saturday, March 21, 2009

Well I beg to disagree, the term "Prasad" means in its true sense the leftover from the meals of the Gods. So Krishna still gets to eat :) and we get to eat his prasad!

sharmistha on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

this is real cute :-)

anisha on Wednesday, March 25, 2009


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