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Monday, 4 July 2022

Tondali Masale Bhat


Tondali Masale Bhat is a flavorful and aromatic spiced Ivy gourd rice dish from the Maharashtrian Cuisine. Typically served during wedding meals, in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions of Maharashtra, Tondali Bhat is spicy rice preparation. Here i have shared an easy to follow , quick one-pot version which uses homemade Masala (spice blend) . Tondali Masale Bhat is Onion-garlic free, vegan and gluten-free. 


What is Masale Bhat ?

Masale Bhat is a spicy aromatic traditional Maharashtrian rice preparation . It is a one-pot meal with a perfect blend of rice and vegetables with spices. Masale bhat is on the Maharashtrian wedding menu for sure. In today's  version we are using tonadli (Ivy Gourd) as a star ingredient, hence the name of the dish. Whole spices are dry roasted and ground to make the masala (spice blend) for the masale bhat which makes the dish aromatic and flavorful. Tondali Masale Bhat is onion-garlic free which makes it an ideal offering to the deity (Naivedhyam) during festivals and special occasions.

Dietary Notes: Tondali Masale Bhat is

  • Spicy rice dish from Maharashtrian Cuisine
  • Vegetarian one-pot meal
  • Vegan and Gluten-free
  • Onion-garlic free

A little about Maharashtrian Cuisine:

Maharashtrian cuisine is the cuisine of the Marathi people from the Indian state of Maharashtra. We Maharashtrians are big time foodies and take pride in our cultural diversity. Maharashtra can never disappoint you, when it comes to food. From Lip smacking snacks like Vada-Paav, MissalPaav-BhajiKande Pohe, to delectable sweets like Ukadiche ModakPuran-PoliBasundiShrikhand, Maharashtra has a lot to offer to food lovers.

Maharashtrian cuisine comprises of a variety of mild to very spicy tongue tickling dishes. The food is tempting and delicious and makes use of aromatic and flavorful ingredients. Peanuts and sesame seeds are widely used in curries and chutneys.  Garlic and chilies are liberally used in many of the dishes which give a characteristic zesty and spicy taste to the food. Maharashtrian snacks and street food is very popular across India.

Short Video of Tondali Bhat 


Related Event : Maharashtrian Cuisine @ Shhhhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge

This Tondali Masale Bhat is featured in our gourmet Facebook group, Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge , where in a group of talented food bloggers share their culinary skills every month depending upon a pre-determined theme. Participating members are divided into pairs and exchange set of secret ingredients among themselves and prepare a dish related to the theme of that particular month using the set of ingredients provided by their partners as key ingredients. The dish is prepared and only the pic of the dish is circulated in the group and other members of the group who are not aware of the secret ingredients have to guess those ingredients, just by looking at the pic of that dish. The correct indredients and the dish is revealed at the end of the month. The theme for June 2022 was proposed by yours truly as Maharashtrian Cuisine . My partner for the theme was Radha Rajgopalan who gave me Black cardamom and Caraway seeds as my secret ingredients and i prepared this flavorful Tondali Bhat using the set of ingredients. In return , I gave her Garbanzo flour and asafoetida and she made a flavorful Garbanzo flour Pithala using that set of ingredients. Do check out her space for many delicious recipes.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients for Masala (spice blend) of Masale Bhat:
  • 2 tablespoon Coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4-5 black pepper corn
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut / dry grated coconut
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Ingredients for Tondali Masale Bhat:
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 100 grams Ivy Gourd (Tondali)
  • 2-3 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon green chili ginger paste
  • 2 tablespoon of masale bhat masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds (Shah Jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind jaggery chutney
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander leaves
  • Fresh scrapped coconut for garnishing
  • Salt to taste
  1. Dry roast the spices listed under Masala for masale bhat one by one on low to medium flame for 2-3 minutes. Allow it to cool down completely and then make a coarse powder using grinder jar. Our aromatic and flavorful  spice blend for Masale Bhat is ready. It can be stored for about a month on refrigeration in an air-tight container.
  2. Rinse 1 cup Basmati rice and soak in enough drinking water for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Wash, pat dry and chop the top and bottom part of the ivy gourd and then slice it longitudinally.
  4. Heat oil in a pressure cooker on low to medium flame. Add bay leaf followed by caraway seeds. Once the spices sizzle, tip in the green chili ginger paste and fry for about 30 seconds.
  5. Next, add the sliced ivy gourd and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Now add our rinsed, soaked and drained rice and give a good stir.
  7. Add 2 tablespoon of ready spice blend (masala for masale bhat), turmeric powder and salt to taste. 
  8. Stir fry the rice with spice blend for a minute or so before adding water.
  9. Add 2.5 cups of boiling water and stir it well.
  10. Next, add tamarind and jaggery chutney and finely chopped fresh coriander. 
  11. Stir well and close the lid of the pressure cooker and pressure cook the rice for 2 whistles on medium flame.
  12. Open the lid of the cooker once the pressure has released. Fluff the rice gently with fork.
  13. Garnish with freshly scrapped coconut and coriander leaves. 
  14. Our flavorful and aromatic Tondali Masale Bhat is ready to serve !
  15. Serve it hot with Sol Kadhi or Mattha.


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  1. I have a special soft corner for Tondali Masale Bhat. I learnt how to make it from my grandmother, who used to make it so very beautifully.

    You have made it so perfectly - it looks so fluffy and delicious! 🙂

  2. I love tondli bhaat, such a healthy way to add some veggies to your food. This is a comfort food and I liked all your detail explanation.

  3. The spice mix sounds heavenly and this is a comforting meal for sure.