Maharashtrian Style Vangi Bhath

maharashtrian style vangi bhath recipe with step by step pics. a tasty and popular maharashtrian one-pot meal dish of spiced brinjal rice made with freshly ground spices.

Maharashtrian Style Vangi Bhath

it is prepared in the same way as a masale bhaat or tondli bhaat (ivy gourd rice). goda masala is added in these rice recipes and this spice blend gives the maharashtrian vangi bhath its unique flavor, taste and aroma.

in this recipe, i have roasted and ground the spices to prepare the goda masala, so there is no need of having a ready goda masala. if you do have goda masala powder, then skip grounding the spices.

it is a relatively easy recipe to prepare. one-pot meal which is healthy as well does not take much time if you have ready goda masala. i have cooked the rice in a kadai, but you can also cook in pressure cooker.

this maharashtrian style vangi bhath is different from the karnataka version. the karnataka version of vangi bath has vangi bath masala which is a different spice blend than the goda masala. i have added onions in this recipe. you can easily skip them if you don’t have onions and add a pinch of asafoetida (hing) in the tempering instead.

serve this maharashtrian vangi bhat plain or with a side bowl of yogurt or raita.

how to make maharashtrian style vangi bhat

1. on a low flame in a small frying pan, dry roast the whole spices till they are aromatic.

roasting spices in a pan

2. bring the roasted spices to the side of the pan and add the desiccated coconut and sesame seeds.

roasting desiccated coconut in a pan

3. stir & continue to dry roast till the coconut becomes golden. keep stirring regularly so that the coconut does not get burnt. let this spice and coconut mixture cool.

roasting desiccated coconut in a pan

3. soak the rice in water for 30 minutes and then drain them. keep aside. you can add basmati rice or ambe mohur rice (mango blossom rice) and even sona masuri.

soaked rice

4. quarter or chop the brinjals (vangi or aubergines or baingan). keep the chopped brinjals in a bowl of salted water for 15 minutes. this does not discolor them and gets rid of the bitterness if any.

vangi, baingan, brinjal

5. once the roasted spices + coconut mixture gets cooled, grind them fine in a dry grinder or coffee grinder. only 2 to 3 tsp of the goda masala (as per your taste) needs to be added to the rice. the remaining goda masala can be refrigerated and added to vegetable dishes or lentils.

ground goda masala for vangi bhaat

6. heat oil in a large thick bottomed pan. first, splutter the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.

heat oil and adding mustard seeds

7. then add onions and saute till the onions turn translucent.

sauteing onions

8. add curry leaves and green chilies. stir.

add curry leaves to make vangi bhaat

9. then add the drained brinjals (vangi) along with turmeric powder. stir and saute for 3 to 4 minutes.

add vangi or baingan

10. stir and then add the soaked rice,  2 to 3 tsp of the freshly ground goda masala and yogurt.

add rice to make vangi bhaat

11. stir and pour water. season with salt.

add water to make vangi bhaat

12. stir very well.

stir well

13. cover with a lid and cook the rice on a low flame till the grains are tender and cooked.

cooking vangi bhat

14. meanwhile, roast cashews in a pan till they get some brown spots on them. you can also add peanuts instead of cashews. just roast them in the same way.

roasting cashews

15. once the rice is cooked, fluff gently.

making maharashtrian vangi bhat

16. add grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves and the roasted cashews. mix gently.

garnishing with coriander leaves and coconut

17. serve this maharashtrian style vangi bhat plain or with curd or with raita hot or warm. you can also top with a bit of ghee while serving.

Maharashtrian Style Vangi Bhath
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Maharashtrian Style Vangi Bhath

4.5 from 4 votes
maharashtrian vangi bhat is a one-pot meal dish of spiced brinjal rice made with freshly ground spices.
maharashtrian vangi bhaat recipe, vangi bhath recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:1 hr 10 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:maharashtrian
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

for the goda masala

  • 1 small tejpatta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 small piece of dagad phool (stone flower or patthar phool)
  • 2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 dry red chili, kashmiri or byadagi or bedgi chili
  • 1.5 tablespoon unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1.5 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

remaining ingredients

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice or ambe mohur rice
  • 4 to 5 medium brinjals (vangi or baingan or eggplant) OR 8 to 10 small brinjals OR about 200 grams
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon curd (yogurt) OR 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves OR 1 tejpatta (indian bay leaf)
  • 15 to 18 cashews OR peanuts
  • ¾ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon grated coconut
  • 3 cups water for cooking the rice, add more if required
  • 2 tablespoon peanut oil or any vegetable oil
  • salt as required

INSTRUCTIONS

making goda masala

  • on a low flame in a small frying pan, dry roast the whole spices mentioned under the list "for the goda masala", except sesame seeds and desiccate coconut. roast the spices till they become aromatic.
  • then add the desiccated coconut and sesame seeds and continue to dry roast till the coconut becomes golden. keep stirring regularly so that the coconut does not get burnt. let this spices cool.
  • once the roasted spices + coconut mixture gets cooled, grind them fine in a dry grinder or coffee grinder.
  • keep this small batch of goda masala aside and just add about 2 to 3 tsp of it in this recipe. the remaining goda masala can be kept in the fridge in a small bowl or box and added to veggie dishes or dal.

soaking rice and brinjals

  • rinse the rice for a few times in water. then soak the rice in water for 30 minutes and then drain them. keep the soaked rice aside.
  • quarter or chop the brinjals (vangi)
  • keep the chopped brinjals in a bowl of salted water for 15 minutes. this soaking does not discolor them and gets rid of the bitterness if any.

making maharashtrian style vangi bhaat

  • heat oil in a large thick bottomed pan and splutter the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • then add onions and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • add curry leaves and green chilies. stir.
  • then add the drained brinjals (vangi) along with turmeric powder.
  • stir and saute 3 to 4 minutes.
  • then add the soaked rice, 2 to 3 tsp of the freshly ground goda masala and yogurt.
  • stir and pour water. season with salt. again stir very well.
  • cover with a lid and cook the rice on a low flame till the grains are tender and cooked.
  • in case the rice has not cooked and the water has dried, add some water and stir gently and continue to cook the rice.
  • meanwhile, roast cashews in a pan till they get some brown spots on them. instead of cashews, you can also add peanuts and roast them in the same way.
  • once the rice is cooked, fluff gently.
  • add grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves and the roasted cashews. mix gently.
  • serve plain or with raita hot or warm. 
  • you can also garnish it with coriander leaves and grated coconut while serving.

NOTES

  • for cooking in a pressure cooker - add about 2.5 to 2.75 cups water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.
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32 comments/reviews

  1. I love you dassana!!
    You are my hero!!
    I have got so much praise from my family because of your recipes!
    Thank you so much!!

  2. how long is cooking vangi bhaat in a pressure cooker if you do not have a whistling pressure cooker please?

  3. Vangibath is a traditional Karnataka dish. Authentic version does not have tej patta, onion as mentioned in your recipe

    • this recipe is not the karnataka version. this is the maharashtrian version of vangi bath. vangi bath is also a popular dish from the maharashtrian cuisine.

    • This is authentic maharashtrian stuff and favorite of north karnataka people. Vangi means brinjal in marathi. Kannada has no such word. Yes, in south karnataka, they prepare vangi bhaat. I was surprised initially when I saw. The taste is not authentic. The great difference is kind of vangi used.

  4. I thought of making a different kind of vangi bhath last night (usually I make Karnataka style) and this turned out so good, I’m glad I have more masala rice options now.

    Instead of usual raita, I made cucumber pachadi (Andhra style).
    I must say, the addition of fresh coconut to cucumber, goes really well with spices in this dish. I suggest you give it a try!5 stars

    • BTW, I realised now that is was Kerala style pachadi (made during Onam apparently), the Andhra style pachadi uses onions and I was in no mood to cut more onions 😛

    • thanks shri. i know about the addition of fresh coconut to cucumber taste very good. in maharashtra there is a recipe which is more like a salad, where cucumber is tempered and then fresh coconut is added. its called as khamang kakdi. you can try this one too. i will try the cucumber pachadi with this rice recipe. thanks.

    • for that you will have to cook the brinjals in the gravy first. and then at last add cooked rice and mix well. just add 1 cup of water while cooking the brinjals. add everything except yogurt. instead of yogurt, add 1 tomato.

  5. I tried the vangi bhat recipe today it was delicious. My family loved it!. I didn’t have dagad phool, caraway seeds & since i didn’t have white sesame seeds i used black sesame seeds instead. Also i used roasted almonds for garnishing. Still it tasted awesome

    • Thanks pavi. Black sesame seeds also work well. Stone flower is added and it gives a musky aroma. But without it also vangi bath can be made. Roasted almonds is a nice addition.

  6. Hello! These recipes look wonderful! I love Indian food and am trying to figure out ingredients to buy at the grocery store to make these recipes. It’s tough not knowing what each item is. I will have to do my research. Thanks for the recipes!

  7. though a male, i like cooking and trying out new receipes, especially Indian. I like Maha food. I hv to try the vangi bath.

  8. Hi Dassana,
    Tried your recipe yesterday. Turned out very good.
    Your step by step photos are great. Really appreciate your work.4 stars