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One-Pot Masala Bhat | Maharashtrian Masale Bhaat
This masala bhat or masale bhaat is a one-pot rice recipe. So this is a quick and delicious rice recipe.
Authentically masale bhat belongs to Maharashtrian cuisine. As the name says masala means spices, bhat is rice. So basically this is a divinely spiced rice recipe. This is a specialty of Maharashtra cuisine. You will find this masale bhat in any marriage parties as well.
Traditionally they add tindora (ivy gourd) and eggplants to this recipe. But you can add other vegetables or skip any vegetables. Here I have added potatoes and green peas.
The magical ingredient is the blend of spices used to make this rice flavorful. This spice is known as Goda Masala.
What is Goda Masala?
Goda masala is a mixture of few flavorful spices. It has a variety of whole spices roasted and ground to powder. This is an essential spice in many of Maharashtrian cuisine.
To make goda masala for masale bhat take following spices and dry roast for 2 minutes or till fragrant. Then cool it to room temperature. Now blend this to a fine powder.
2 tbsp coriander seeds + 1 tsp cumin seeds + 1 tbsp poppy seeds + 1 tbsp sesame seeds + 8-10 black peppers + 6 cloves + 3 green cardamom, 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
How to make one-pot masale bhat?
This can be made either in a pressure cooker or rice cooker or in an instant pot. The process and steps will be the same.
Heat oil and add cumin seeds to crackle. Then add sliced onions, ginger garlic paste and saute till translucent. Then add curry leaves and vegetables. Saute for 2 minutes on medium to high flame. Now add goda masala and red chilli powder. If you like spicy, add green chilli to the rice.
Now mix well. Add soaked rice. Add water, coriander leaves, mint leaves, salt to taste. Now pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Normally I keep the proportion of rice to water in 1 : 2 ratio. For 1 part rice, I add 2 parts of water. Then on high flame for 2 – 3 whistles. The rice should not be as dry in Biryani rice recipe. It will not be mushy but still little softer in texture. If you want dry n separate rice, then add 1/2 cup less water.
In the end, after pressure released, add a dash of lemon juice and sprinkle some more finely chopped coriander leaves. You can also garnish with freshly grated coconut.
If you are looking for more rice, pulao or biryani recipes, read here my collection of 20 Best Rice Recipes.
Recipe Card For Masala Bhat or Masale Bhat
One – pot Masale Bhat/ Masala Bhat
- 1 cup rice
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 curry leaves
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 onion chopped into thin slices
- 1 tomato diced/ finely chopped
- 2 potatoes cubed/ diced
- 1/4 cup green peas
- 6 – 8 mint leaves
- 2 tsp goda masala
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- salt to taste
- 2 tbsp grated coconuts
- 2 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped
- 2 cup water
- Rinse and wash rice thoroughly and soak for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Heat oil in a cooker and add cumin seeds to crackle.
- Then add bay leaf, sliced onions, ginger-garlic paste and sauté till translucent.
- Then add curry leaves and chopped tomatoes.
- Saute for a minute. Till tomatoes are a little softer.
- Now add all vegetables and mix well.
- Sauté for 2 minutes on medium to high flame.
- Now add goda masala, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
- Saute for a minute.
- Then add soaked rice.
- Add 2 cups of water, salt to taste.
- Now pressure cook for 3 whistles.
- When pressure released open the lid of cooker.
- Add finely chopped coriander leaves and freshly grated coconut into it.
- For rich flavour add 1 tsp desi ghee (clarified butter) to hot rice.
- Keep the proportion of rice to water in 1 : 2 ratio. For 1 part rice, add 2 parts of water. Then on high flame for 2 – 3 whistles. The rice should not be as dry in Biryani rice recipe. It will not be mushy but still little softer in texture. If you want dry n separate rice, then add 1/2 cup less water.
- If you don’t have goda masala or any ingredient to make goda masala, then replace it with garam masala and add whole spices to oil before adding onions into it. (e.g. 1 bay leaf + 1 inch cinnamon, 4 green cardamom, 6 cloves, 8 black peppers)
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