Easy Masala Bhat

BM #63 Day 5 -

For the letter E, I confess I searched high and low but couldn't find an authentic recipe. So I had to take the 'Easy' way out. 

I was very skeptical about the usage of cabbage in this recipe. But the cabbage was hardly noticeable and the flavor was very subtle. It made for a very filling lunch.

Recipe Source Shalaka 
Ingredients - 

Basmati Rice 2 cups
Cabbage chopped 1 1/2 cups
Yogurt 2 Tbsp
Cashews, roasted 2 Tbsp
Salt, Turmeric, Green Chili, Red Chili Powder as needed
Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafotida 2 pinches)
To Powder - 
Coriander Seeds 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Shajira 1/2 tsp
Cloves 3-4
Cinnamon 1 inch

Note -  Cabbage can be replaced with Potatoes or mixed vegetables.

Easy Masala Bhat

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and soak Basmati rice in 3 cups of water.

Powder the ingredients listed under 'to grind' and set aside.

In a pan, heat oil and add the seasoning ingredients.

After the mustard seeds pop, add the cabbage and green chili. 

Drain the Basmati rice and set aside.

Saute for a couple minutes. Sprinkle turmeric, salt, red chili powder and the freshly ground Spice powder and yogurt.

Add the washed and drained Basmati rice. Mix in the cashews and add adequate water, cover and cook until the rice is cooked. 
[I transferred the contents to an electric rice cooker].

Serve with raita or plain yogurt.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 63

Preparation Time 40 min
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Wednesday, April 6, 2016


  1. Srividhya Says:
  2. This is one interesting variety rice. Love the masala.. cabbage and peanuts in rice sounds interesting.

  3. Suma Gandlur Says:
  4. Dishes like these make a great lunch box option. I guess finding recipes for all alphabets in any Indian regional cuisine is impossible.

  5. Pavani Says:
  6. What a yummy looking rice dish. The spice powder must have added so much flavor. Looks great.

  7. Kalyani Says:
  8. We make two diff rice dishes similarly with cabbage and peas .. One with vangibhath powder and another with nalagri podi.. This version is also v tasty :))

  9. Love this masala bhat , the cabbage must have given it a wonderful crunch . Perfect meal .

  10. Rice looks yummy.

  11. Masal bhat really looks masaledar and delicious.Nice recipe from the state.

  12. That is a simple masala bhaat and perfect for lunch boxes.

  13. Srivalli Says:
  14. I so agree with you on the alphabet difficulty!..this one surely sounds like a breeze to make..

  15. That is a nice one pot meal...

  16. Nisha Says:
  17. Such a flavorful rice Harini and it looks so elegant...

  18. Such a simple yet flavorful and delicious rice Harini. :)

  19. Unknown Says:
  20. That's a flavor full rice love the addition of cabbage and peanuts..

  21. Priya Suresh Says:
  22. Excellent masala bhaat, love this kind of simple yet a delicious dish.

  23. Smruti Ashar Says:
  24. Such a yummy looking rice dish. Love the way the masala enhances the flavor.

  25. Simple yet comforting one pot meal, addition of the spice powder gives a nice aroma to the rice..

  26. rajani Says:
  27. Some alphabets are very difficult and so you have to be innovative. 'easy', '-xtra' and 'homemade' are all going to appear :D.

  28. Padmajha Says:
  29. Masala bhat looks very delicious.Love that it has cabbage!!

  30. nice flavorful rice

  31. Quick & easy!!!

  32. I love cabbage and am sure it was a delicious rice

  33. Unknown Says:
  34. wow a very easy masala rice. Must be a good choice for lunch boxes

  35. veena Says:
  36. This masala bhaat seems to be a great idea for one pot meal

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