Ugadi special

With Ugadi round the corner, it is again time for new beginnings. It is auspicious time to start new ventures. New year brings in festivity as we celebrate with puja and sweets. On this ocassion, here is a bonus of Ugadi Special, collection of recipes for the season. (more…)

Masala Bhath

Rice dishes form one of the major attractions in South Indian festivals. Masala Bhath is one such kind which is tasty and can be made with the available ingredients.

Preparations for Ugadi are on in most of the houses. It is an important festival for the people of South India. It is also celebrated by Sindhis, Marwaris and Manipuris. It falls on  the first day known as Padya in the month of Chaitra of the Hindu calendar. This is considered as the beginning of new year.

People rise early in the morning, have an oil bath, decorate the house  with mango leaves and pooja is performed. The new panchanga is worshipped and it is customary to make an offering of neem and jaggery mixed with raw mango pieces. It is called as Bevu Bella. It signifies that we should accept both joy and sorrow gleefully.

Among the sweets, kheer and holige are usually prepared. Today, I am presenting a tasty Masala Bhath to you all. Do read further.

masala bhath  Masala Bhath masala bhath 1024x593

masala bhath

Here I am using capsicum, potatoes and peas. The potatoes and peas are parboiled. Fresh spice powder adds a good taste, though one can make it ahead and store. I prefer using the freshly made one.

Masala Bhath
Recipe Type: Main course
Cuisine: South Indian
Author: Jayashree
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
A one pot meal which can be prepared during festivities
  • Rice 1cup 250 grams
  • potatoes 3
  • peas 1 cup
  • capsicum 2 large
  • spice mix
  • chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • For seasoning :
  • oil 3tbsp
  • bengal gram 2 tsp
  • urad dal 2 tsp
  • asafoetida 1/4 tsp
  • turmeric powder a pinch
  • For the spice powder:
  • coriander seeds 3tbsp
  • bengal gram 1tbsp
  • urad dal 1tbsp
  • dry red chillies 6
  • curry leaves a few
  • cloves 2
  • peppercorns 15
  • cinnamon 1inch stick
  • oil little for roasting
  1. Cook the rice seperately and keep it. Add less quantity of water while cooking. The grains should be seperate.
  2. Cut the veggies and keep them seperately.
  3. Boil the potatoes seperately, when they are half cooked you add peas to it. If you are using frozen peas, avoid doing this.
  4. Roast the ingredients seperately with a little oil given under the section :for the spice powder “
  5. When cool, grind them to a powder.
  6. Take a kadai and make the seasoning.
  7. Add mustard seeds, and as it crackles put the bengal gram and urad dal. Allow them to turn a little golden in colour. Add turmeric powder and asafoetida to it.
  8. Put the curry leaves and add the capsicum. Allow to cook for sometime.
  9. Then add the boiled veggies.
  10. Add salt and three tea spoons of ground spice mix.
  11. Add a little chilli powder and mix well.
  12. Now, add rice and mix gently.
  13. Masala bhath is ready to serve.
Store the excess powder in an air tight bottle.


cut capsicum  Masala Bhath MB1 1024x577

cut capsicum

Capsicum is cut into pieces.

potatoes cut and put in water  Masala Bhath MB2 1024x683

potatoes cut and put in water

Potatoes are cut and put in water. Wash it thoroughly.

green peas  Masala Bhath MB3 1024x663

green peas

I store peas in deep freezer, hence I put them in water.

rice cooked  Masala Bhath MB4 1024x626

rice cooked

Rice is cooked and once the pressure is released I have put it in a wide plate to cool.

boiled veggies  Masala Bhath MB5 1024x586

boiled veggies

Potatoes are put to boil first, later I added peas to it.

seasoning  Masala Bhath MB6 1024x683


Take oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds, as it crackles, then add bengal gram and urad dal. Add in good quantity, they taste great while eating. Then add curry leaves, asafoetida and turmeric powder.

added capsicum  Masala Bhath MB8 1024x547

added capsicum

Wash the capsicum pieces and put them into it.

boiled veggies are put  Masala Bhath MB9 1024x534

boiled veggies are put

Once they are cooked, add the boiled veggies.

spice mix is put  Masala Bhath MB10 1024x470

spice mix is put

Now add the spice mix. Ingredients for spice mix are given above. Add three teaspoon of the masala powder and a little chilly powder. Put salt also.

masala bhath ready  Masala Bhath MB11 1024x683

masala bhath ready

Add the cooked rice and mix well. You can garnish with coriander leaves.

masala bhath  Masala Bhath masala bhath 1024x593

masala bhath

Masala Bhath is ready to serve.

Do check out my other dish also.

Soon coming on the blog Ugadi Special !

Ugadi platter

Ugadi is an important festival of India, though predominantely celebrated in the Southern region. It marks the beginning of a new era, simply put , Ugadi is a sanskrit word comprising of yug and adi where “yug” means “era ” and ‘adi” means “beginning “. Thus, this marks the new year for us. According to the Hindu Calendar,it falls on the first day of the month of Chaitra. This year, it falls on March 21. As this is according to the lunar calendar, the date varies each year. Today, with the festival approaching I have an Ugadi platter for you all. It is part of our blog hop of the theme “Ugadi Special”.