Dec 11, 2012

Masala Bhaat / Masale Bhat - Maharashtrian Rice Recipe

One fine day, I was left to do lunch for a couple of people. One is ofcourse myself and another one special person is my sister. I should talk few words about my sister at this point. She is a picky eater, specially when she comes to my house. If she sees some boring lunch menu, she starts whining at me..She always want something special from me. This is the stuff which i made when she gave a unexpected visit to my house..For my bad luck that day i made curd rice alone, so i made this for the both of us to enjoy a lovely afternoon..Lets not forget the desert..I made a special muffin for her, which will be soon posted here..

This is such a simple rice dish, which doesn't need much work. But the taste is so mouthwateringly good. The flavours and spices which go through this dish is perfect. I served this spicy rice with homemade yogurt, which cooled off the spices in this. Try it for sure, you will love it..

close shot of the rice which is about to get cooked

Preparation Time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 25 to 30 mins
Serves - 2 to 3


Ghee - 2 tblspn

Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Cinnamon Stick / Pattai - 1 small piece
Cardamom / Yelakai - 2 crushed
Cashewnuts - 15 pieces
Ginger - 1 tblspn chopped finely
Garlic - 6 cloves chopped finely
Green Chilli - 2 chopped finely
Curry leaves - 10 chopped finely
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 1 tblspn
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp

Rice - 1 cup ( I used regular rice )

Peas - 1 cup ( I used frozen)
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Water - 2.5 cup (if using basmati rice, use 2 cup of water)
Lemon Juice - 1 tblspn
Coriander leaves / Cilantro for garnishing


Take a sauce pan, add ghee to it and heat it up.

Add in the ingredients given from cumin seeds to curry leaves and let it saute for a min.

Now add in the spice powders and mix well.saute for 30 secs.

Add in rice and toss well with the masala and ghee.

Add in peas, salt, sugar and mix well.

Now pour water and bring the whole thing to a boil.

Once it reaches boil. Cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer the stove. Cook for 15 to 20 mins till all the water is absorbed by the rice and the rice is cooked.

Now squeeze some lemon juice over and sprinkle with cilantro.

Mix well will a fork.

Serve with yogurt.


You will need ghee, rice, cilantro, curry leaves, chillies,
ginger, garlic, lemon, frozen peas, spice powders,
cashews, whole spices , salt & sugar

I have coriander, turmeric and garam masala powder...
I also have cashews, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin...
You will also need some sugar and salt
Heat ghee in a sauce pan
add whole spices along with cashews
add in the chopped stuffs
and saute for a min
add in spice powders
saute them for 30 secs..
now add in the rice
toss well with the masala
add in peas
salt and sugar
mix well
pour water
bring it to a boil
simmer, cover and cook
till rice is cooked
squeeze some lemon juice
and sprinkle some cilantro over
Serve with yogurt


  1. Looks so tempting ...
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)

  2. Perfectly made rice super inviting dear

  3. Aarthi im trying it tonight!!!! Planned sm additional ingredients... So hoping for it to come out well!!!

  4. Super flavourful one pot meal,just love it.

  5. We had it for dinner yesterday. It's such a super simple, quick dish! I served it with a big bowl of vinaigrette lettuce, French style, so there would be more veggies. I was in such a hurry that I threw the powder spices into the pot with the cumin and cardamom - I wonder if this didn't cause them to burn a little. I have to try this properly next time :)

  6. @morriYes you should not add the powdered spices along with the whole spices, they will burn them.

    Add the whole spices and saute them for a min. Then add the powdered spices and let them bloom for less than 30 sec.

  7. I don't know what i would do without you. I was a struggling cook but now i nail every dish from your blog

  8. Can we use ginger garlic paste instead using garlic and ginger separately. .


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