Cook's Hideout: Maharashtrian Masala Bhath

June 17, 2013

Maharashtrian Masala Bhath

Blogging Marathon# 29: Week 3/ Day 1
Theme: Course Wise Meal from any State - Maharashtra/ Lunch Dishes
Dish: Masala Bath
Today we start 3rd week of Blogging Marathon (BM# 29) and my theme for this week is 'Course Wise Meal from any State'. I wanted to try dishes from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or Uttar Pradesh. Luckily I found a newspaper cutout with Maharashtrian recipes that my MIL got for me 3 years ago.
Maharashtrian Masala Bhath
For the first day I made Masala bath from the paper. It is a one-pot dish, that is spicy, filling and packed with vegetables. I love these kind of dishes where you put all the ingredients in one pot and don't have to worry about side dishes, convenient for weeknight meals.
Rice - 1cup
Eggplant - 2 small, chopped
Tindora (dondakaya) - 6-8 medium, chopped
Carrot - 1 small, peeled and chopped into 1" pieces
Green Peas - ¼cup
Cashews - 2tbsp
Turmeric - ¼tsp
Curry leaves - 10-12
Cinnamon stick - 1" piece
Cardamom pods - 3
Cloves - 3
Asafoetida/ Hing - ¼tsp
Cilantro - 2tbsp, finely chopped for ganish
Sugar - 1tsp
Salt - to taste

For Masala:
Grated Coconut - ½cup
Dry Red Chilies - 2-3
Coriander seeds - 2tsp
Cumin seeds - 2tsp


  • Make Masala: Dry roast all the masala ingredients separately until fragrant. Then grind into a powder and set aside.
  • To make Masala Bath: Soak rice for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat 2tbsp ghee/ oil in a pressure cooker, add cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom pods. Fry till fragrant. Next add the ground masala, turmeric, hing, cashews, curry leaves and the vegetables. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Next add rice, 2 cups of water, salt and sugar. Cook for 2-3 whistles. Serve garnished with chopped cilantro.
Maharashtrian Masala Bhath
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 29.


  1. Woww.. Lovely and colorful rice.. looks absolutely inviting.. love it :)

  2. Even I love such one pot meals and no need to worry about the side dish. That is one colorful inviting pot of masala bhath.

  3. Me too love one pot meals! !! Masala bhath looks very inviting and as usual awesome clicks! !!

  4. One of the traditional Maharashtrian dish,love it very much.

  5. Ah, that picture looks very inviting Pavani and I have prepared something very similar to this..:)

  6. Healthy and filling one pot rice ..

  7. Love this simple and flavored rice, thinking about tomorrows lunch box will try this.

  8. One pot meals are the best..and this one looks so colorful. Lovely.

  9. Looks delicious! I love one pot meals. Perfect for the weeknights!

  10. Had this once at my friends place. Tastes delicious

  11. Yea , one pot meals are truly a blessing in disguise. Love the rice with all those veggies...

  12. Looks so colorful and I always like one pot meals...

  13. Such one pot meals save the day!


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