Masala bhath (Maharashtrian delight)

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Number of servings: 4-5

How long it takes: 60 minutes

This is a Maharashtrian delicacy which I had at my sister’s place a couple of times. It is ideal when you don’t feel like preparing 3 different items – rice, dal and curry. It can be a healthy one pot meal if you adjust the proportion to make it more vegetables/dal and less rice. Have it plain or with tomato/onion salad.

What you need to have:

1. Basumati rice – 1 cup

2. French beans – 1 cup

3. Cauli flower – 1 cup

4. Carrots chopped – 1/2 cup

5. Potato chopped – 1/2 cup

6. Green peas – 1 cup


Fresh chopped vegetables

Basumati rice

Ingredients of seasoning:

1. Chopped onions – 1 cup

2. Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

3. Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon (home made)

4. Goda masala powder – 2 Teaspoons

5. Curry leaves – 2-3 sprigs

6. Slit green chili – 4-5

7. Cashews – A handful

8. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

9. Salt – as needed

10. Cooking oil or ghee – 1 tablespoon


Ingredients of seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and drain water from basumati rice and keep it aside on a plate so that it is dry and fine as shown in image-2.

2. Place a cooker with 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  On heating add cumin seeds to it.  Once it splutters add slit green chili, curry leaves and cashews to it and fry till done.


Seasoning in progress

3. When done, add chopped onion and required quantity of salt to it and fry till transparent.


Chopped onions being fried 

4. When done, add turmeric powder, goda masala powder, garam masala powder and give a stir.  Finally add all chopped veggies and give a stir for about a minute simmering the flame.(depending upon your burner


                                               Chopped veggies being added

5. Finally add washed and drained basumati rice from step-1 to it and give a strong stir


Basumati rice being added

6. Add required quantity of water and cook on simmering the flame for about 30 minutes.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMasala bhath ready to be cooked

Ingredients of garnishing:

1. Fresh grated coconut – a handful

2.Chopped cilantro – a handful

Ready to serve Masala bhath is as shown in the image below. Garnish it with chopped cilantro!!!


Ready to serve Masala bhath

Good to remember:

1. Basumati rice is best suited for this dish.

2. The dish can be cooked on high flame and then placed on a tawa for about 20 minutes for the dish to cook further. Of if you are used to cooking such items in the cooker itself on low flame then you can do that as well.

2 thoughts on “Masala bhath (Maharashtrian delight)

    Jasper Wallace said:
    August 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I saw the first photo of all the veggies and thought that was the finished dish – I wondered why it looked a bit plain and not very Indian! Then scrolled down to see the ready-to-serve version.
    The Indian food goodies I like best are possibly the numerous breads. I made one myself yesterday, described in the recipe I followed as a Western-style Indian bread. Turned out well – it reminded me of a scone, because of the amount of butter used in the mix.

    sushma mallya said:
    August 19, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    A complete meal by itself…looks so delicious…must try this one

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