Monday, October 19, 2015

Meetha Bhaat from Uttarkhand

BM # 57
Week :3 , Day: 3
Theme: Indian Sweets
Uttarkhand Cuisine

While cooking the Thali from Uttarkhand I wanted to make a traditional sweet for the Thali. Since the inspiration to the thali was Chef Virender, I took his suggestion which was Meetha Bhaat. Meetha Bhaat is very traditional and is always a part of Uttarkhand spread.

The rice used for the Meetha Bhaat is the local rice available in the hills. These look like brown rice and have a dusky complexion. The grains are broken but the Meetha Bhaat tasted amazing. I used mollasses to sweeten the rice.

Meetha Bhaat
Recipe Source: Chef Virender

3/4 cup rice
60 gms or to taste jaggery
1  tbsp ghee / oil
2 cardamoms, crushed
Pistachio for garnish

Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes.
Drain the water after 15 minutes.
Heat ghee in a pan.
Add the rice and saute for 3-4 minutes.
Add cardamom and double the water of rice.
Cook on full flame till 90 percent of the water is absorbed.
Add grated jaggery , mix gently and simmer the gas.
Let cook on slow fire till the rice is done.
This should take another 5-7 minutes.

Always grate the jaggery or used powdered jaggery for even cooking.

If the rice is not done after all the moisture from jaggery has dried up, you could add some water .

While the rice is being simmered, cover the pan and put something heavy on the lid, this will help the rice to cook on dum.

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  1. This recipe is so similar to sweet pongal from Tamil Nadu.....they look perfect.

  2. I can finish this bowl rite now.So tempting.

  3. Feel like finishing that irresistible meetha bhaat..delicious.

  4. That is such an awesome traditional dessert. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I make another version of this and love the jaggery in there.

  6. We make a version of a sweet rice with jaggery too. It is delicious.

  7. Seems like we have so many similar dishes with little variation across the country...this meetthi baat looks beautiful

  8. We make a mushy version of this and I bet this meetha bhaat was yummy.

  9. Thats a nice dessert. A little like our sarkara pongal.

  10. I think we too make a version of sweet rice with jaggery. That is a good choice for a thali.

  11. what a delicious looking treats - how interesting all the local rice varieties you guys have