Maharashtrian Masale Bhat or Masala Bhat is a one pot recipe made using long grain rice (Basmati), fresh veggies and Indian spices. It is a must make for Maharashtrian weddings and festivals. Here is how to make it at home.
There are some traditional recipes that are so flavourful, that we instantly develop a liking towards it.
I have tried many Pulao and Tehri recipes, but this one particular Maharashtrian dish made me say “WOW” as soon as I took a bite.
It was Maharashtrian Masale Bhat.
Also, it instantly took me back to my childhood memories, when one of my friends from school who was a Marathi used to bring this rice dish packed in her Lunch Box, and we all friends loved it so much that every now and then we used to tell her to bring it again so that we can eat more.
Well, after so many years, when I ate it again at a friends place again, I knew I had to go home and try my hands on this recipe.
And since then, I often make this one-pot meal at home for my weekday meals.
This Masala Bhat is also a must recipe during weddings, special occasions or even festivals in Maharashtra.
So, let’s get started, and make this simple and quick Masala Bhat recipe, that will surely make you crave for more.
About the recipe
It is a one-pot recipe made using short-grain Indrayani rice, fresh veggies like carrots, peas, ivy gourd, eggplant, potato and cauliflower and dried Indian spices.
Onion, ginger and garlic are also added to Masale Bhat to give it a strong flavour.
Goda Masala gives it a nice authentic and fiery taste.
You can source goda masala from any online store like amazon.com.
This delicacy is so yummy that you will like to savour it again and again, like me!
As the recipe for making this dish is simple, it saves you a lot of time.
To make Maharashtrian Style Masala Bhaat, you will need short-grain Indrayani rice.
If this is not available, you can use any short grain rice to make this recipe.
Then it is loaded with vegetables.
Here, I have used carrots, green peas, eggplant, ivy gourd, potato and cauliflower, but you can add vegetables of your choice too.
Along with the rice and veggies, other ingredients that are required to make this Masale Bhaat are oil, cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste, green chillies, turmeric powder, salt, red chilli powder, goda masala powder and garam masala powder.
You can either make Goda Masala Powder at home or can even use the store bought ones.
How to make Goda Masala Powder?
To make Goda Masala Powder, you will need coriander seeds, cumin seeds, whole black peppercorns, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, dagad phool, nagkesar, carom seeds, asafoetida, dried turmeric, methi leaves, sesame seeds, desiccated coconut, poppy seeds, red chilli powder, salt and oil.
Firstly dry roast sesame seeds, desiccated coconut and poppy seeds separately until fragrant or changes its colour and remove in a plate.
Now heat a little oil and roast the other ingredients separately one by one except red chilli powder and salt.
Remove on a plate.
Once everything cools down add the roasted ingredients along with red chilli powder and salt in a mixer grinder to make a powder.
Your Goda Masala is ready to use.
You could serve it with Kadhi, Katachi Amti or any of your favourite Raita.
It is also served with a garnishing of freshly grated coconut.
How to make it without Onion Garlic?
For the weddings, this Bhat is made without using onion and garlic and ivy Gourd or tendli is definitely added to it along with a mix of other vegetables.
To make Maharashtrian Wedding Delight, Masale Bhat without onion and garlic, keep the below-mentioned process same but just skip adding these two ingredients.
How to make it in Pressure Cooker
You can make this rice in a pressure cooker as well. Follow the same recipe in a pressure cooker.
Close the lid and pressure cook for 2 whistles on high heat.
Switch off the heat and let the pressure release on its own.
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Step by Step Recipe
Wash the rice and soak in enough water for 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and heeng and let them crackle for a few seconds.
Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, ginger paste, garlic paste and green chilli paste and fry for a minute.
Add goda masala and garam masala and fry for another minute.
Now add onion and fry for 3-4 minutes.
Add mix vegetables and fry on high heat for 2-3 minutes.
Drain the water from the rice and add rice in the pan.
Add 2 cups of water and cover the pan. Cook the rice on low heat until all the water is absorbed and rice is done.
Maharashtrian Masale Bhat Recipe
- 1 cup Rice
- 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- ¼ tsp Hing
- ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- 1 tsp Green Chilli Paste
- 1 cup Onion (Chopped)
- 2 cups Mix Vegetables (I used a mix of carrots, peas, eggplant, ivy gourd, potato and cauliflower)
- 1 tbsp Goda Masala
- ½ tsp Garam Masala
- 2 cups Water
- Salt to taste
- Wash the rice and soak in enough water for 30 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and hing and let them crackle for a few seconds.
- Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste and green chilli paste and fry for a minute.
- Now add onion and fry for 3-4 minutes.
- Add mix vegetables and fry on high heat for 2-3 minutes.
- Add goda masala and garam masala and fry for another 2 minutes.
- Drain the water from the rice and add rice in the pan.
- Add 2 cups of water and salt to taste and cover the pan.
- Cook the rice on low heat until all the water is absorbed and rice is cooked.
- Garnish with fresh grated coconut and serve hot.