Masale bhath or bhat is a very popular Maharashtrian rice dish prepared from rice, vegetables, red chilli powder and goda masala and garnished with coriander leaves, coconut and cashewnuts. Goda masala is a special Maharastrian spice mixture which is used for making masale bhath, varan bhath or usal.This masala has a unique flavour and gives a nice aroma and taste when added to any dish. Masale bhath is a spiced one-pot meal and best accompanied with raita, chips, papad or plain curd and is generally served during Maharashtrian weddings. A very delicious and must try recipeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
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Regular or Basmati rice - 2 cups
Cooking oil - 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Bay leaves - 2 Cloves - 2
Onion - 1 (chopped medium) Ginger-garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Cauliflower florets - 1 cup Brinjal - 1 (medium chopped)
Capsicum - 1 (medium chopped) Potato - 1 (medium chopped)
Tomato - 1 (medium chopped) Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Goda masala - 2 to 3 teaspoons
Ghee - 1 tablespoon Cashewnuts - 10
Grated coconut - 2 tablespoons Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Wash and soak rice for half an hour with enough water._x000D_ Heat oil in a small pressure pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Once it stops spluttering, add bay leaf and cloves and stir for half a minute.
Add chopped onion and ginger-garlic paste and saute till onions become translucent. _x000D_ Add all the chopped vegetables - cauliflower florets, potato, tomato, capsicum and brinjal and mix well.
Add salt, red chilli powder and goda masala and combine together with the vegetables. Saute for a minute. _x000D_ Add the rice and mix well. Add 41/2 - 5 cups of water or sufficient water till the rice mixture is submerged with water. Now check for salt and add if required.
Cover the pressure pan with a lid and cook upto 3 whistles. Let it cool down._x000D_ Meanwhile heat ghee in a tadka pan. Roast cashew nuts till golden brown and add to the masale bhath and mix well._x000D_ Add chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut and combine together.
Masala bhath is now ready to be served. _x000D_ Serve masale bhath hot with raita or curd or potato chips.
NOTES : If you do not have goda masala ready, you can add garam masala and prepare in the same manner. You can also prepare masale bhath in a normal pan or vessel. Here you have to cover the pan with a lid and check once or twice if the rice is cooked well. Cook the rice on a low to medium flame. You can also add green peas or carrot to make it more healthier and nutritious.
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