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Masale Bhath

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8
Author: Vaishali ยท Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes


  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp canola oil or other vegetable oil
  • 3 medium potatoes (I used red), cut in a small dice
  • 2 medium carrots , cut in a small dice
  • 3 small eggplants (use half of a big one, if that's all you can find), also cut in a small dice
  • 1/2 cup raw peanuts
  • 1/4 cup cashewnuts , chopped into pieces
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 1/2- inch piece of cinnamon
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves


  • Dry-roast the peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander seeds, sesame and half the cumin seeds. After these are fragrant and the coriander and cumin are lightly browned, remove to a spice grinder.
  • In the same skillet, roast the coconut, watching it like a hawk because coconut burns very easily. Once it's lightly golden-brown, add it to the rest of the spices in the spice grinder.
  • Powder the mixture and set aside.
  • In a fairly large saucepan, heat the oil.
  • Add the asafetida, mustard and remaining cumin seeds.
  • When they sputter, add the curry leaves, chillies, and the chopped vegetables. Stir-fry for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the rice, salt and turmeric. Mix together, and then add the peanuts, cashewnut pieces, the powdered spices. Mix again.
  • Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat to medium-low, cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, and leave it alone to cook for 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the rice to stand, without removing the lid, another 10 minutes at least.
  • Remove the lid, garnish with coriander leaves, and fluff the rice gently with a fork. Serve hot, with a fresh vegetable salad or a raita made with soy yogurt.
  • Yum.