Maharashtrian Masala Baath is such an amazing comfort food option and tastes awesome when paired up with tomato saar!
Some weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend on whatsapp and she told me how her comfort food is Masala Baath with Tomato Saar and how she misses it so much. The way she described had me really drooling over and I knew I had to make it soon.
I put it in my next week’s menu (have you checked my post on Weekly menu planning? Also follow me on instagram for following all the weekly menu updates) and started the search for a recipe online, a few books and a couple of websites later. I jotted the recipe down on a paper to experiment and I am happy to say that I was impressed with the results.
I showed the picture to my friend and she told me it looks good, apart from the fact that the rice is too dana dana for the masala baath. So I will increase the quantity of water next time I make it or may be the rice looks a bit dana dana because I cooked it in the rice cooker. I feel the rice is always get cooked with more separate grains when I cook it in the rice cooker and add correct amount of water when compared to the stove top cooker. So Masala Baath is a rice preparation from Maharashtra which gets it unique taste from the addition of Goda masala and is best enjoyed with Tomato Saar, a tomato rasam like gravy. Its the conventional Goda masala provides the spicy and tangy flavour to this rice preparation and the unique taste. Tomato saar, I found, is so similar to the south Indian tomato rasam, minus the rasam spice powder and it.