Masala Bhaat


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The spicy and tempting masala bhat is basically a rice recipe with an array of spice powders and masalas added to the rice while cooking. Enjoy masala bhat as main course meal with chopped coriander leaves as garnish and raita as accompaniment.

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Masala Bhaat recipe - How to make Masala Bhaat

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1 cup uncooked rice (chawal)
½ cup brinjals (baingan), diced
½ cup tendli, sliced vertically
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
12 mm. (½") piece of ginger (adrak), grated
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
½ cup onions, chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
1 tsp oil
salt to taste
To be ground into a powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp coriander (dhania) seeds
8 to 10 black peppercorns (kalimirch)
3 cloves (laung / lavang)
To be mixed into a topping
¼ cup cauliflower, grated
¼ cup coriander, chopped
1/2 tsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp sugar


  1. How to proceed
  2. 1. clean, wash and soak the rice for about 10 minutes. drain and keep aside.
  3. 2. heat the oil in a pressure cooker and add the asafoetida, ginger, turmeric powder and cumin seeds.
  4. 3. when the seeds crackle, add the onions and green chillies and sauté till the onions turn translucent.
  5. 4. add the brinjals, tendli and the soaked rice.
  6. 5. add the ground powder, salt with 2½ cups of hot water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.
  7. 6. when the rice is done add the topping mixture and toss well.
  8. 7. serve hot.

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This recipe was contributed by Hpatel7 on 09 Dec 2003

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