Khara Bhath – MTR style flavourful and spicy rava upma
Khara Bhath is a specialty from Karnataka. It is a very popular tiffin/ breakfast item in most restaurants in Bangalore and Mysore. It is made with sooji (semolina) and vegetables and is a very filling and healthy tiffin option. The famous MTR restaurant from Bangalore sets the gold standard for Khara Bhath.
Khara Bhath goes by many different names such as – masala bhath, rava bhath, sooji bhath, masala vegetable upma. This Khara Bhath is a flavourful and spicier version of regular upma with lots of vegetables added. For making this khara bhath try to use thicker variety of rava or bansi rava as it gives a nice texture to the khara bhath.
I used to make the regular upma for breakast until I found this recipe. But now it is a regular breakfast item at my place, every body just loves it. Khara bhath is usually served with thin coconut chutney and a cup of hot filter coffee. In southern Indian restaurants they serve chow chow bhath which is a combo platter of khara bhath and kesari bhath .
What is the secret spice in the recipe for making great Khara Bhath?
Though the process of making masala bhath is quite similar to the regular rave upma – but the addition of vegetables and few extra tsps of ghee and spices makes it different from regular upma. But the main ingredient which makes it very flavorful and gives a nice taste is the aromatic VANGI BHATH masala. You can make your own vangi bhath masala or use a good brand of readymade masala. I prefer using MTR brand vangi bahath masala powder, as I feel it replicates their restaurant taste very well – but you can go ahead and experiment with other brands to decide what works best for you. x