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Quick fix recipe: How to make Masala Bhaat

May 23, 2014 11:20 IST

Quick fix recipe: How to make Masaale Bhaat

Divya Nair

If you like your rice spicy, you will love this recipe.

Given the lack of time in the morning, I always end up experimenting with rice and different veggies in the kitchen.

As against rotis and parathas that consume more kitchen time, I prefer trying out variations of assorted rice because then my dabba lunch is ready and packed in less than 30 minutes. 

Remember the last time I had shared the recipe of Beetroot Rice with you? Did you try it?

Well, this week I experimented with potatoes and tuar dal (Arhar Dal) )and the outcome was simply delicious.

I shared it with my neighbour who named it 'Masaale Bhaat'

Presenting the recipe:


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 1 large potato diced
  • 1 tbsp tuar dal
  • 2 green chillis finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger finely chopped
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp oil/ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp coriander finely chopped


  • In a pressure cooker, heat the oil/ghee.
  • Add mustard and cumin seeds.
  • When it begins to pop, add curry leaves, onion and ginger.
  • Add tuar dal, salt and saute.
  • When onions turn golden brown, add tomatoes and stir.
  • Add potatoes, turmeric powder and coriander powder.
  • Lower the flame and add chilli powder and garam masala powder.

Pidi kozhukattai

  • After a minute, add two cups of water and rice.
  • Mix the ingredients well and check for salt.
  • Pressure-cook for five to seven minutes on medium to high flame and switch off the gas.
  • After about 10-15 minutes open the lid. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with papad, curd or pickle.

Cooking Tip: Whenever you steam cook rice or veggies in a pressure cooker or otherwise, never open the lid soon after you switch it off. Fifty per cent of the cooking takes place after you've switched off the flame. The food continues to cook in the steam generated in the vessel. Hence it is important that you open the lid only after 10-15 minutes, preferably after tapping open the steam whistle to relieve any trapped steam.

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Image: Masala Bhaat
Photographs: Divya Nair/