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Masale bhaat recipe | tindora rice | no onion no garlic recipes

Masale bhaath is a maharastrian dish, introduced to me by my very good friend. It is a variety of rice made with tindora | kovakkai and it is a no onion no garlic recipe too. One day she passed on this rice to me and it tasted so well and noted down the recipe from her. This recipe was published in supplement of Kungumam Thozi which featured 30 recipes of mine . Sharing today the recipe of Tindora rice | maharastrian masale bhaat. A simple one pot meal and a perfect lunch box recipe too.


Masalae bhat

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 Mins |   Serves : 2

     Tindora | kovakkai   10
     Potato   1 (optional)
     Basmati rice   1/2 cup
     Dry coconut(koparai)  3 tblsp
     Red chili  1
     Dhaniya |coriander seeds    2 tsp
    Cumin seeds |jeeragam     1 tsp
    Bay leaf     1
    Cloves |krambu    2
    Turmeric powder    1/4 tsp
    Garam masala  | Goda masala       a pinch 
    Cashew nuts      4-5
    Coriander leaves    for garnish
    Salt     to taste
    Oil     1 tblsp
    Ghee    1 tsp
    Fresh coconut  1 tsp


  • Wash the rice and soak this in 1 and 1/4 cup of water.
  • Cut the kovakkai|tindora lengthwise. If using potatoes peel the skin and cut them too in the same size.
  • Dry roast the coriander seeds, dry coconut, red chilli till golden brown. Add the cumin seeds and switch off the flame. Grind this into a smooth paste by adding little water.
roast grind
  • In a pressure cooker add oil and add the bay leaf and cloves. Add in the ground paste and saute in a low flame for few minutes.
  • Add the cut tindora and potato(if using) and mix evenly.
add-ground masala saute-kovakkai
  • Add in the rice and water to this and add salt. Add the goda masala. (if adding)
  • Cover the pressure cooker and let it be in medium low flame. After 1 whistle put it in a very low flame for 10 minutes and switch off the flame.
kovakai - rice masala-bath
  • roast the cashew nuts in ghee and add it to the rice. Garnish with coriander leaves and freshly grated coconut.


  1. Fresh coconut can be added instead of dry coconut . Dry roast it nicely before adding. But dry coconut (koparai) gives a exotic flavour to the rice.
  2. Tindora can be replaced with mixed vegetables too.
  3. Goda masala enhances the flavor of the rice so if you can get this at your place try the masalae bath with goda masala.

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  2. Hi Jey,
    I came to know thru rakskitchen.I want to congratulate on compiling this month thozi.
    Tried this recipe….came out delicious also I tried the jackfruit paysam…delicious!!!
    Keep up the good work.


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