Masala Bhaat

• MAsala Bhaat •
(Serves 4)
Ingredients:

1½ cup Basmati rice, soaked
4 small brinjals, cut into 4 lengthwise
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
½ cup dry coconut, grated
4 red chillies
2 teaspoons oil
2 bay leaves
7 cloves
5 green cardamoms
15 tendli, cut lengthwise
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
3 cups water
1 teaspoon goda masala
Salt to taste
12 cashew nuts, fried
2 tablespoons fresh coconut, grated
2 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped

Preparation:

Soak bringals in salt water. Heat pan and roast separately coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and dried coconut. Add red chillies and a little water and grind in mixer to make masala
Heat oil, add bay leaves, cloves and green cardamoms. Add brinjals, tendli, turmeric powder and masala. Sauté well.
Add rice and mix lightly. Add 3 cups hot water and salt.
Mix in goda masala. Add half the cashew nuts.
Cover and cook till the rice is done.
Garnish with fresh coconut, coriander leaves and cashew nuts.