Masale Bhaat and in common language you may say, it is steamed rice with a great aroma and combination of our Indian spices. Doesn’t it sound yummy? Yes, it fully satisfies its name. Masale Bhaat is a Maharashtrian’s wedding delight. We have systematic way of having food especially when it comes to our wedding, where everyone sits in a row and food is served. We have a specific way to decorate our platter. First of all the chutney, raita, salad is served one after the other so that it does not mix with other items. Then comes Aamti, Kadhi, and varan(Daal) which is served in small bowls. Then rice is served we always have a choice Masale Bhaat or a Plain rice topped with Daal and ghee.
I personally believe Maharashtrian prefer varieties, when it comes to any get together or weddings. They will always look for variety of chutney, salad, rice, chappatis etc. When I say Masale Bhaat it’s not only this recipe is cooked at home, we prefer to prepare it’s masala as well. I will tell you How to make Garam masala at home. Marathi’s are very finicky about taste I must say their taste bud is very strong; they will catch what ingredients are used. You will find them using Coconut and peanuts in almost every recipe. I will also use coconut in Masale Bhaat, to add more flavour or to have crunchy feeling in every bite you may add peanut as well but not much.
Let’s see how to prepare Masale Bhaat, its preparation time is near about 20-30 min approx. and cooking time is approximately 25-35 min. I will first of all tell you how to prepare Masale Bhaat Masala.
Garam or Goda (Sweet) masala (For a Masale Bhaat)at home:
- 1.5 tbsp Grated dry Coconut
- 2-3 red dry chilies
- 1 dagad phool or stone flower
- 1 tsp cumin (Jeera) seeds
- 2 tsp coriander (Dhaniya) seeds
- 1 inch cinnamon (Dal chinni)
- 2-3 tej patta
- 4-5 black peppercorns
- 3-4 Cloves
How to Make Garam or Goda Masala:
- Roast all the spices in a pan till their colour becomes little blackish brown. You will be able to sense from its aroma. Once done keep it aside to cool down.
- Then fry grated coconut in a pan till its colour turn brown.
- Let this mixture cool completely. And then grind it in mixture grinder to make a powder out of it.
- Masala is ready you may store for a long period of time and use it in variety of dishes.
Now let’s see How to prepare Masale Bhaat.Ingredients:
- Two cup old Rice (Preferably Basamati Tukda)
- 500 gm flower (Cabbage)
- One cup Peas
- Two small Brinjal
- One small bowl grated dry coconut
- Chopped Coriander
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp Garam or Goda Masala (As prepared above)
- Pinch of Sugar
- Half inch Ginger
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds
- 2 leafs of Tej Patta or You can substitute it curry leaves
- 5-6 Garlic paste
- 15-20 Cashews
How to prepare Recipe:
Wash rice properly make sure we don’t have waste in it. Then soak in a water (Double of rice quantity) for at least 30 minutes.
Wash flower, peas and Brinjal properly and then chop flower and cut brinjal into medium size.
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and tej patta or curry leaves. Fry it well.
Add flower, peas and brinjal, stir it often till It is cooked properly.
Add Garam or Goda Masala to above vegetables along with pinch of red chili powder. Stir and saute for 2 min.
Remove water from a soaked rice and put that rice in vegetable mixture. Mix all ingredients well in pan.
Add water to a mixture so as to cook rice. Also add salt as required.
Cover the pan and let rice cook for some time. Cook it on low flame so that it won’t stick at the bottom.
Till the time rice is cooking, roast cashews in the pan till it turn golden brown. And keep aside.
Stir the rice slowly so that it is separated and allow remaining vapor to be moved out.
Garnish Masale Bhaat with roasted cashews, grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves.
Serve yummy, delicious and tempting Masale Bhaat with ghee on the top, it will add taste to your recipe. You may compliment it with curd or raita.