A very Happy New Year to everyone!
I am sure you all had a great new year's celebrations just like I had.
I always love the first post of the new year. It's such a fresh and encouraging feeling to get started with the new recipe.
'Masalebhat' is a traditional maharashtrian recipe, a very popular menu item for almost all the maharashtrian weddings. It is essentially rice, which is nicely blended with different kind of spices and your choice of vegetables.
Basamati rice- I used extra long grain 1 cup
Tomato- diced 1 small
Onion- sliced 1 small
Green Peas - thawed about half a cup
Cauliflower- cut into florets
Mustard Seeds- 1 tsp
Peanuts- a handful/ as many as you like
Curry Leaves - 5-6
2 tsp Goda masala ( you can get in some of the Indian grocery stores, however I always have hard time finding it, so if you want to try and make your own, here is the recipe from another blog- http://bhaatukli.blogspot.com/2007/04/maharashtrian-kaala-masala.html )
1 green chilli
1 bay leaf
1 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Pinch of Hing / asafoetida
Oil - 3 tsp
2 tsp ginger paste
Dry roast the following ingredients together , let them cool and then grind. The consistency should be coarse.
Coriander Seeds- 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds- 2 tsp
1 inch cinnamon stick
- Wash and soak the rice for about 30 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaf, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves and sliced onion. Saute till the onions get nice golden color.
- Add turmeric powder, ginger paste and cook for about a minute.
- Now is the time to add the dry roast powder that is kept aside. Also add goda masala and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
- Now add cauliflower, salt , add some water and cover for about 5 minutes. Add any other vegetables of your choice at this stage along with the cauliflower. You can add potatoes, carrots, green beans etc. Don't add the peas just as yet.
- Add the soaked rice, and then add peanuts, water, tomatoes, and salt to taste. Cover the pan and cook on high for 5 minutes. Add twice the water of the rice, 2 cups in this case.
- Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 15 minutes.
- After turning the stove off, let it rest for a minute or two.
- Add the peas on top of the rice and give it a good mix.
- Garnish with shredded coconut and cilantro.
There it is...an authentic masalebhat is ready.