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Masale bath/Masala Bath

By Harini

Masale bath/Masala bathToday I have yet another favorite recipe from Maharashtra.Next to Tamil cuisine,Maharastrian cuisine has become my favorite,I really enjoy the flavorful spicy dishes of this cuisine and never miss a chance to cook those dishes.Yesterday I saw this recipe for masala bath in Sanjeev kaoor's site and I really liked it.I made it right way for our dinner.I did not have the vegetables mentioned in the recipe still I made it with whatever I had,and we enjoyed it to bits.The freshly ground masala gives a distinct and vibrant flavor to the rice along with the aroma of basmati rice.I was amused by the taste for such a simple recipe with no store bought masala,this is surely a winner.I urge you all to try this at least once and I am sure you will like it.
Masala bath recipe
Star ingredients:Veggies and basmati rice
Time:30 minutes
Masale bath/Masala bath Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup basmati rice
1 onion sliced
2 potatoes cubed
1 carrot cubed
1/4 cup green peas
1/4 bell pepper chopped fine
2-3 cloves
2 cardamoms
To fry and grind:
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
3-4 dried red chillies
6-7 whole almonds(I used in place of dried coconut)
1.Soak basmati rice in water for 30 minutes.Drain and wash once.Drain again and spread on a plate.
2.In a small kadai heat one teaspoon oil and fry cumin,coriander seeds and green chillies.Grind coarsely along with whole almonds.
Masale bath/Masala bath3.Heat a thick pressure pan or cooker or kadai and add 3 teaspoons oil.Once hot add cloves,cardamom and saute for 1 minute.Add the ground paste and saute well for 3-4 minutes.
4.Add sliced onions and saute till translucent,add the cut vegetables and saute for 5 minutes.
5.Add the rice and mix well.Saute for 3 minutes and add 3 cups water.Add salt and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
Masale bath/Masala bath6.Open after the pressure is released,mix gently.
Masale bath/Masala bath7.Serve hot with papad/vadam and raita.
Masale bath/Masala bathNotes:
1.You can add vegetables like brinjal,ivy guard in this reipe
2.I used almonds in place of coconut as I did not have coconut.Almonds give the same texture and taste.
3.The water level should be just above the rice.
Masale bath/Masala bath4.Once pressure is released open the pan after 10 minutes and mix very gently first.Allow to rest for 5 more minutes before serving

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