Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Masala Bhaat


Until few years back Masala bhaat (Masale bhaat in marathi) was inevitable part of Maharashtrian wedding.Though these days it is replaced by veg pulav,veg biryani or fried rice in almost every wedding, it is still cooked on many occasions in a Maharashtrian home.Even my home isn't an exception.I make this spicy one dish meal when I am lazy to cook a series of dishes and yet have a fulfilling meal.Its a no onion recipe and hence can be served even for a puja.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup long grain raw rice
3 cups water
1/4 cup peas
1/4 cup potato chopped in 2"cubes
1/4 cup brinjal pieces
1/4 cup carrot or gherkins(tondli in Marathi)
2 tsp Maharashtrian goda masala
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida
salt,sugar to taste
2 tbsp oil
2" cinnamon stick
3 cloves
2 bay leaves

Masala (Lightly roast all the items and grind)
1/4 cup dry coconut
4 red chilies
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds

For garnishing
chopped cilantro
Freshly shredded coconut
1 tsp ghee

Method

Wash rice and drain. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour. Heat a heavy bottom pan. Heat oil and add the whole garam masala. When all the masala ingredients sizzle, add turmeric powder and asafoetida. Add potato and chopped gherkins/carrot. Once soft, add peas and brinjal pieces and fry.Next add the raw rice and keep stirring for some time on medium heat. Pour boiling water all over into the rice and vegetable mixture. Stir well.Let the rice come to boil until you see bubbles on top. Now turn down the heat to low and add the ground masala, goda masala, ghee, salt and sugar. Cover and cook. Rice is done when all the water evaporates. Garnish with coconut and coriander leaves. Top with ghee. Serve hot.

3 comments:

Ashwini said...

Hi Antika, first time here..Masala bath looks very inviting..and mouthwatering..love them and is my favourite.
Thank you for visiting my space and leaving wonderful comments..

Purnima said...

Ankita, thks for dropping by my space! Wow the masale bhaat looks super inviting n makes me nostalgic..had it at several marathi weddings!
(If you refer to patholi, try making it in parchment paper..Shilpa @ aayisrecipes has made it in that manner, so has she made patrado wt the leaves available locally in the US..do visit her to satisfy these cravings! :D )Nice to b here..u hv lovely blog..belated happy monthversary to your lovely kid..loved the kaju dice, atta cake n ur lovely ideas, plus the paintings! Faarach sundar aahe.

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