Growing up in Hyderabad I have always loved rice. I love all kinds of dishes from biryani to tamarind rice and so on. The opportunities it gives for cooks to experiment are endless. It forms excellent rapport with vegetables,grains,meat,spices and dairy.
I never knew what is Masale bhath until I visited Sangli, (a place in Maharashtra) and enjoyed it at my in-laws place. I loved the flavor of all fresh grounded spices coming together in the aromatic masale Bhaat. It is spicy and flavorful and if you can't take spice,this one is not for you. Here is the recipe.
- Basmati Rice--2 cups
- Potato-2 medium sized
- Peas--Half cup
- Tindora--1 cup
- Cinnamon/Dalchini--1 stick
- Peppercorns--Half teaspoon
- Dhania --jeera 1 teaspoon
- Red dried chillies 4-5
- Dried coconut powder--1 Tablespoon
- Bay leaves-2
Spice powder-Take very little oil in a pan and heat it on a low flame. Add the spice one after other except bay leaf and dried chillies since they get burnt faster. Roast the spices till the fragrance fills your senses. Now add chilles and bay leaf and roast for a brief time. Take out the spices and let them cool before putting them in a grinder.
Take oil in a pan and heat in on medium flame. Add turmeric powder and hing to it. Add the chopped fresh vegetables and sauté them for some time. Now add the rice along with our spice powder. Stir the mixture for some time and then add the water and season with salt .When the rice is partially boiled add the goda masala and cover it till rice is fully cooked. Goda masala is integral ingredient of this recipe.
Garnish the Masale Bhath with fresh coriander leaves and coconut.Add a dash of lime juice ,ghee and serve hot!
Note:You can add vegetables of your choice and in this recipe you can skip tindora if it is not preferred.