Masala Bhaat

Delicately spiced traditional Maharashtrian Masala Bhaat or Masale Bhat.

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A quick look at the recipes on this blog will reveal 2 things: I’m obsessed with chocolate and rice. There is no dearth of recipes using either of the 2 ingredients. When it comes to dessert, I love using chocolate more than anything else. And when it comes to entrée, the desi soul in me automatically looks for something with rice in it.

I mean how could you not love rice right? It is fluffy, flavorful and such a delight to eat. This recipe for Masala Bhaat is wonderful – not just because it is so easy to make and tastes delicious, but also because it is such a wholesome meal when served with a bowl of yogurt.   

Masala Bhaat Recipe | Masale Bhaat or bhat recipe | Maharashtrian masala rice recipe withs tep by step pictures | Foodomania

Masala Bhaat (also known as masala bhat or masala rice) is a delicately spiced traditional Maharashtrian rice recipe. While typically made with brinjals and ivy gourd (aka baingan & tendli), you can use any veggies you have on hand. It is similar to making vegetable pulao, although with the added twist of coconut.

Using a good quality long-grained Basmati makes a world of a difference to the masala bhaat. I’ve tried this recipe with regular rice and brown rice too. While the dish still turns out well (be sure to adjust water as per the type of rice you use), I’ve found the best results when I use good quality Basmati rice.

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Delicately spiced traditional Maharashtrian Masala Bhaat using the aromatic basmati rice
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Coriander Seeds (dhania)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Black Peppercorns (kali mirch)
  • 2 Dry Red Chill (sookha laal mirch)
  • ¼ cup Coconut (preferably desiccated coconut)
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Cloves (laung)
  • 1 Bay Leaf (tej patta)
  • 1 Star anise (optional) (chakra phool)
  • ¼ inch Cinnamon stick (daalchini)
  • 1 cup Mixed Veggies (Onion, Carrot, Capsicum, Brinjal, Ivy Gourd, Green Peas)
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon Maharashtrian Goda Masala (optional – use Garam Masala if you don’t have this)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Coriander Leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 cups Water (adjust as per rice you’re using)
Instructions
  1. Wash the Basmati rice well and soak it in water for around 30 minutes. Soaking helps the rice to cook faster.
  2. Dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and dried red chilli until you get a nice aroma (for around 1 minute on medium heat). Add them to a food processor. Dry roast some coconut and add it to the food processor. Add some water and grind to a smooth paste.
  3. Meanwhile, heat some oil in a pan with high sides. Add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, bay leaf and chilli and fry for a minute. Add the veggies and fry for 3-4 minutes or until they’ve turned translucent.
  4. Add the coconut paste, goda masala and turmeric powder to the veggies and mix well. Fry on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until the coconut paste has cooked and dried up a little. You’re looking for the raw smell to go away.
  5. Drain out all the water from the Basmati rice and add it to the pan. Mix well and fry for a couple of minutes. Add salt and mix well.
  6. Add water and mix well. Taste the water and adjust for salt, if required. Put the flame on low heat, close the pan with a lid and cook for 12-15 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.
  7. Open the lid and add some chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  8. Serve with a bowl of cool plain yogurt for a complete meal.

Masala Bhaat or Masale Bhaat Recipe – step by step pictures –

Wash the Basmati rice well and soak it in water for around 30 minutes. Soaking helps the rice to cook faster.
Masala Bhaat Recipe | Masale Bhaat or bhat recipe | Maharashtrian masala rice recipe withs tep by step pictures | Foodomania

Dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and dried red chilli until you get a nice aroma (for around 1 minute on medium heat). Add them to a food processor. Dry roast some coconut and add it to the food processor. Add some water and grind to a smooth paste.
Masala Bhaat Recipe | Masale Bhaat or bhat recipe | Maharashtrian masala rice recipe withs tep by step pictures | Foodomania

Meanwhile, heat some oil in a pan with high sides. Add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, bay leaf and chilli and fry for a minute. Add the veggies and fry for 3-4 minutes or until they’ve turned translucent.
Masala Bhaat Recipe | Masale Bhaat or bhat recipe | Maharashtrian masala rice recipe withs tep by step pictures | Foodomania

Add the coconut paste, goda masala and turmeric powder to the veggies and mix well. Fry on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until the coconut paste has cooked and dried up a little. You’re looking for the raw smell to go away.
Masala Bhaat Recipe | Masale Bhaat or bhat recipe | Maharashtrian masala rice recipe withs tep by step pictures | Foodomania

Drain out all the water from the Basmati rice and add it to the pan. Mix well and fry for a couple of minutes. Add salt and mix well.
Masala Bhaat Recipe | Masale Bhaat or bhat recipe | Maharashtrian masala rice recipe withs tep by step pictures | Foodomania

Add water and mix well. Taste the water and adjust for salt, if required. Put the flame on low heat, close the pan with a lid and cook for 12-15 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.
Masala Bhaat Recipe | Masale Bhaat or bhat recipe | Maharashtrian masala rice recipe withs tep by step pictures | Foodomania

Open the lid and add some chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
Masala Bhaat Recipe | Masale Bhaat or bhat recipe | Maharashtrian masala rice recipe withs tep by step pictures | Foodomania

Serve with a bowl of cool plain yogurt for a complete meal.
Masala Bhaat Recipe | Masale Bhaat or bhat recipe | Maharashtrian masala rice recipe withs tep by step pictures | Foodomania

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