‘‘Aai Vasant Pale Oorant,’’ is an old saying in Dogri. It means that with an arrival of the Vasant festival there is an end of winter.
Vasant Panchami (sometimes referred to as “Basant Panchami” or “Shree Panchami” is a Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh (January-February), the first day of spring.
Bengali’s considers it as Valentine’s day and one of the Traditional dish that is cooked in almost all household is KICHURI and LABRA (Mixed Vegetables)
Basmati Rice 1 cup
Moong Dal 2 cup
Onion : 1
Green Chillies : 2 (slit into 4)
Green peas : 1/2 cup
Turmeric : 2 tsp.(teaspoon)
Cumin powder : 2 tsp.
Cumin seeds : 1 tsp.
Bay leaf : 1
Cinnamon : 1(1″)
Cloves : 4
Salt to taste
Sugar : a pinch(1 tsp.)
Oil : 3 tbsp.
Ghee : 2 tbsp.
Roast moong dal until golden brown and set aside.
In a heavy-bottomed pan or cooker, heat oil, add bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and cumin seeds (or panch phoran). When all starts crackling and turn light brown, add chopped onions.
Stir fry for some time then add green chillies and saute in medium flame for 1 minutes, then add turmeric and cumin powder, lastly add roasted moong dal and rice.
Mix everything very well and put salt (as per taste) and a pinch of sugar.Now add water , at least double the amount of rice and let it cook in medium flame (keep stiring)When rice and dal are done, add green peas. Sprinkle ghee over the top and serve.
Kichudi should be semi liquid and not dry