Comfort food is anything that you can whip up anytime for a satiating experience, 'Masala Bhaat' is what spells comfort for millions of Maharashtrians.
Indian food is renowned globally for its rich curries, extravagant rice dishes, sinful sweetmeats and more. But is that what we are eating every day? Certainly not. Our Kosha Mangshos, Biryanis, Paneer Kormas, Rogan Joshs are reserved only for special occasions, and we are okay with that as on most days, we stick to our comfort foods, which are spectacular in every which way as well. Take khichdi, for instance, and it is the perfect amalgamation of rice, lentils and spices. The wholesome one-pot meal has been our saviour in times when we were sick and times when we just craved a simple, homemade meal that would be light on the tummy.
Maharashtra’s Masala Bhaat belongs to the same legion of comfort foods. Comfort food is anything that you can whip up anytime for a satiating experience. It may or may not have a deep sentimental value attached, but what is certain is that you are always ready to devour your favourite comfort food, regardless of time.
Masala Bhaat put is rice cooked tossed in ‘masalas’. The loose translation of ‘masala’ would be spices, ground or whole. But in India, Masala also refers to a whole unit of herbs and veggies that lends a unique flavour to the dish.
Masala Bhaat is one of the easiest Maharashtrian recipes we know of. And it is such a joy ride of flavours, from spicy, tangy to chilly, you experience everything in this one-pot meal.
In this recipe, boiled rice is cooked vigorously with tomato puree, onion, ginger, garlic, and many spices like coriander, cumin seeds, garam masala, red chilli powder, and more. Adding more richness to the dish is ghee, which makes it so creamy and indulgent at the same time. The hint of green chillies is just the apt amount of hotness you need in the dish.
Follow this recipe and make authentic Maharashtrian-style Masala Bhaat at home.