When I used to live in Bangalore, I had a lot of Kannadiga friends. They used to get this lovely dish Vaangi bath (Eggplant rice). Its tastes so awesome, that I used to swap my lunch with theirs 😀 . One of my friend’s wife was also a working women and travelling from home to office is extremely hectic in Bangalore traffic. These friends used to travel for 2 hrs in the morning to office. Thank god I stayed little closer to office and could save some time for me. Back again to vaangi bath , this has a special spice powder which is mixed with eggplant and then the cooked eggplant with this powder been added to the cooked rice. My friends told me that you can use this mix in any kind of rice and it would taste good. My friend’s wife, if she doesn’t have enough time to cook in the morning , she would just cook rice and mix this spice powder, salt and pack it for lunch. Wow how awesome it used to taste, I just love it 🙂 I call it as masala rice 🙂
I prepared my version of this spice mix, this has little variation from the Vaangi bath masala powder. I recently prepared this and got thumbs up from my hubby 🙂 You can store it in refrigerator in an air tight box for over a months time with this mix.
Cumin seeds : 2 teaspoon
Fennel Seeds : 2 teaspoon
Coriander seeds : 2 teaspoon
Urad dal : 1 1/2 teaspoon
Channa dal : 1 1/2 teaspoon
Red Chili / Red Pepper :5 to 6
Fenugreek seeds : 1/2 teaspoon
Dry Grated Coconut : 2 teaspoon
Dry roast all these in a pan except coconut. Roast them until nice aroma comes. Color of urad dal and channa dal would start changing, then stop and added dry grated coconut. Coconut would also mix with these spices in the heat of the pan.
In a blender or food processor, grind this to a smooth powder. You can store this in an air tight container and use it. It can be coarse as well.
To mix in rice. Add butter or oil in pan. when it is hot, add this powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and saute for 2 mins. Then add the cooked rice and mix well. Masala rice is ready 🙂 If you feel its a little dry, you can add more oil to it and mix well.
If you want to add some vegetable, in a pan add butter or oil, when it is hot add the vegetable saute until half done. Add this powder and salt. Saute until well cooked. Now add the rice to it and mix well. Veggie masala rice is ready 🙂
I use it to prepare some vegetables also, recently I had prepared Capsicum with this. Just cut capsicum to pieces, In a pan heat oil, saute the capsicum, add salt and this powder. Vegetable is ready within 10 mins.
I haven’t used oil while roasting the spices, as we will definitely add oil at later stage and the oil consumption reduces. You can add mustard seeds or sesame seeds as well for preparing.