Thursday, May 7, 2020

Maharashtrian Masale Bhat (मसाले भात) in an Instant Pot/ Maharashtrian Masala Rice/लग्नाच्या पंगतीतला मसाले भात

How to make Maharashtrian Masale Bhat in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Very easy and quick recipe.

Here is the YouTube link for making Masale Bhat So here is another recipe of Maharashtra, India made using a modern gadget called Instant pot. In the video you can see that I used 5 cups of rice as we had a puja at home and we were expecting a lot of guests. But the ingredients here are for a family of 4. Ingredients:
1) Basmati Rice: 2 Cups 2) Hot Water: 4 cups 3) Cloves: 10 4) Tej patta: 1 big 5) Peppercorns: 10-12 6) Cinnamon stick: 1inch 7) Star Anise: 1 8) Coriander seeds: 10-12 9) Cumin seeds: 2 Tsp 10) Mustard seeds: 2 Tsp 11) Cilantro: Chopped handful 12) Turmeric: 1 Tspn 13) Maharashtrian goda masala/ Garam masala: hipped 3-4 tspn 14) Red Chili powder: 1 Tspn 14) Coriander- cumin powder: 1 tsp 15) Hing (asafoetida): 1 tsp 16) Grated coconut: 1/2 Cup 17) Green peas: 1/2 Cup 18) Tindora: 1/2 Cup (optional) 19) Kadhipatta: 10-12 leaves 20) Cashew nuts: 10-15 (optional) 21) Oil: 3-4 Tbsp 22) Salt: To taste 23) Jaggery: Small ball (optional) 24) Ghee (optional) Method:
1) Put instant pot on saute mode (high), wait till you see the sign says 'Hot' 2) Add mustard seeds and wait for it to splutter. Add kadhipatta and roast it. Add little cut coriander to the tempering. Add all the whole garam masala and roast nicely till it's aroma is filled in the kitchen. Add cashews and roast. Add veggies and saute them nicely. Add goda masala, dhana- jeera powder, turmeric powder, hing, red chili powder, saute. Now add soaked rice and salt to taste. Stir everything nicely without water. Now add hot water to the rice mixture. Taste the water, it should be a little salty to taste so then it is perfect when the rice is cooked. There is no way you can add the salt later if it's less. Add a small ball of jaggery (optional step but definitely enhances the taste of the rice). 3) Turn off the saute mode. Put the lid on instant pot. Put it in sealing position. 4) Put instant pot of manual mode now. Put it for 7 min. 5) Once the time is up let it sit like that for about 5 minutes and after 5 minutes, carefully do a quick release. 6) Open the instant pot carefully. From behind of your spatula just fluff the rice. 7) Put some cilantro and coconut in a bowl and add rice in it. Put it upside down in a serving plate. 8) Put ghee on top and enjoy piping hot Masale bhat.

If making it in a pressure cooker:

If you don't have an Instant Pot then you can make it in a pressure cooker or pressure pan. All the steps are same. Just hear one whistle in medium to high flame. Turn off the flame and once it's cooled down. Open the lid carefully and fluff the rice from behind of your spatula.

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