Masala Bhath – Spiced Rice With Gherkins Is A Tasty Dish You

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Masala Bhath – Spiced Rice with Gherkins is a tasty dish you would like to try at home.

Serves : 8; Time : 25 minutes in a 5 Litre Hawkins Contura Black Pressure Cooker.


½ cup copra (grated)
9 cloves
3 sticks (2 ½ cm each) cinnamon
1 tbsp sesame seeds
5 tbsp coriander seeds
4 tsp cumin seeds
½ cup vegetable oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
¼ tsp asafoetida
5 green chillies (slit)
200 g gherkins (cut into quarters)
3 cups Basmati rice (washed and left to drain for ½ hour)
5 tsp salt
¼ cup cashew nuts (broken into pieces)
3 ½ cups water
½ cup coconut (grated)
2 tbsp coriander leaves (chopped)


1. In a pan, roast together copra, cloves, cinnamon, sesame, coriander and cumin seeds till copra is golden brown. Grind roasted ingredients into a powder.
2. Heat oil in the cooker for about 3 minutes. Add mustard seeds. When crackling, add curry leaves, asafoetida and chillies. Stir for a few seconds. Add gherkins. Stir fry for about 3 minutes. Add rice. Stir fry for about 3 minutes. Add powdered spices, salt, cashew nuts and water. Stir.
3. Close cooker. Bring to full pressure on high heat. Reduce heat and cook for 3 minutes.
4. Remove the cooker from heat. Allow to cool naturally for 5 minutes. Lift vent weight slightly to release pressure.
5. Open cooker. Serve hot, garnished with coconut and coriander leaves.


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