If you want to instantly feel like you are at a wedding in Maharashtra or an auspicious day – a day of religious significance or celebration, then this dish – Masale Bhaat is your go-to. The fragrant spices with the well seasoned vegetables against the fluffy long Basmati rice is just a perfect combination and it does give you a feeling like a lot has gone into making it. However, it is one of those easy dishes with a major impact.
I think I first tasted this dish at a very close friend’s wedding, it was a Maharashtrian type of wedding, with the various courses of rice. One of them being Masale Bhaat. If this dish can get served at weddings, then you can very easily serve this at a dinner party. But just be prepared for all the words of appreciation from your guests and then blush like the proud host.
You don’t need too much for this dish, but the one ingredient you do want is good quality rice. I always use Basmati rice. But you could very easily use Long grained rice or other varieties. In India, there are so many amazing varieties of rice, but you could perhaps use Sona Masoori or Ambemohar rice. Ambemohar is a type of rice that apparently has such a sweet aroma that it almost smells like mango blossoms! How amazing is that. I have not used this rice before, but it’s on my list of things to try out in my next India trip.
In terms of the veggies, Masale Bhaat typically uses aubergines/brinjals, peppers/capsicum(but mostly green peppers), carrots, potatoes and ivy gourds. But you could also do with cauliflower florets, green peas and potatoes if you don’t have veggies on you.
The other important ingredient is of course the spice powder called Goda Masala. If you like this recipe, I’d suggest making some of this Masala and storing in an air-tight container. It’s perfect to add to rice and make a quick Pulao of it, with or without vegetables. The recipe for the Goda Masala is in the notes below.
Serve this delicious wedding special rice on a weekday dinner and make your evening extra special for no particular reason. Make sure to add the ‘optional’ cashew nuts roasted in some ghee or butter, they really up the taste so much more. Masale Bhaat goes really well with a Raita – whipped yogurt with some rock salt and sugar garnished with coriander leaves. Enjoy the dish and as always let me know if you try it out yourself.