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Yo! How y’all doin? yea i kno i been pretty busy (actually busy in the real sense of it.. u kno with work n all!), but i really miss this blog more than even my personal blog…so i decided to stay up here tonite and post my aunt’s Mumbai Masala Bath, done the last time i went to Bangalore…although she is basically from Mumbai. It is almost like a regular pulao but only to look at! The method differs and so does the taste… this picture has not come out so well.. forgive my so-called 5-mp cam fone…so try the recipe out urself to get to know the real “picture”.. so here we go… a spicy come back after a long break… Masala Bath from my aunt’s kitchen…

Masala Bath Recipe

Basmati Rice – 2 cups
Onion – 1 big sized or 2 medium sized – finely chopped
Vegetables – carrots, potato, peas and beans – finely chopped
Green Chillies – 2 – slit in the middle
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds (Jeera) – 1/2 tsp
Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1 tsp (freshly ground)
Cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves – 2 each
Curd – 1/2 cup
Corianger leaves and fried cashews – for garnishing
Salt to taste
Oil/Ghee to saute

Soak the basmati rice in warm water for around 20 minutes.
Take a little oil and ghee in a kadai, saute the cinnamon, cloves and bayleaf.
Saute the onions in this and keep aside.
In some oil, add gingergarlic paste, cumin seeds, green chillies, turmeric powder, pepper powder and garam masala.
Drain the rice and add it to the kadai, fry for few minutes till all the masala mixes.
Add half the sauteed onions, water and salt, cook the rice.
Once the rice is cooked, add curd. mix well.
Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves, the remaining onions and fried cashews.

I think the fresh pepper and curd combo makes all the difference in this Mumbai/Maharashtrian special masala bath!

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