Sunday, 12 July 2015

Menthiya Soppina Bhath/Methi Bhath With Mixed Beans And Soya Chunks

Mentiya soppina bhath/Methi bhath is a slight variation from vegetable bath.Methi greens go well with any preparation and combination of veggies.The taste of methi when cooked gives nice aromatic flavour with slight bitterness gives a unique taste which goes well with most veggies.If you are methi fan like me its a must try :-)

Rice-2 cups(preferably sona masoori rice)
Onion-1 medium
Green chillies-2
Curry leaves-2 sprigs
Ginger garlic paste-2tsp
Vaal beans/Avarekalu-1 1/2cup
Cowpeas/Black eye beans/Alasande kalu-1/2cup
Soya chunks-11/2cups
Methi leaves/Mentiya soppu-1Bunch
Grated fresh coconut-1/2cup
Sambhar Powder/Sarina pudi-11/2tsp
Black pepper powder-1/2tsp
Roasted Jeera powder-1/2tsp
Garam masala-1/2tsp
Grated fresh coconut-1/2cup
Lemon juice-1Tbsp
Coriander for garnish
Salt to taste

1.Pick the fine leaves of methi from the stem and discard the stale,discoloured leaves and stem and wash the picked leaves and wash them thoroughly and chop them roughly.
2.Finely slice the onions,chop the tomatoes,slit the green chillies and keep it aside.
3.Pressure cook the beans(alasande kalu) and Vaal beans and keep it aside.
4.Wash and soak the soya chunks in hot water for 10-15 minutes and squeeze out the water and keep it aside.
5.Wash and soak the rice for 10-15 minutes.
6.Heat a oil in a pressure cooker add mustard and allow them to splutter then add onions,slitted green chillies and curry leaves fry until onions becomes translucent then add chopped tomatoes and ginger garlic paste fry until tomatoes becomes soft and mushy.
7.Now add methi leaves and fry for minute then add cooked beans and soya chunks and saute them for a second.
8.Add all the masala powders, salt and grated coconut fry for minute and add 3 3/4 cup of water and bring it to boil.
9.Drain the water from the soaked rice and add it to the boiling mixture and stir gently and close the cooker lid  and pressure cook for one whistle.Leave it to cool.
10.After the pressure of the cooker is released, remove the lid drizzle and sprinkle lemon juice ,ghee and  chopped coriander leaves,gently mix well.Now bhath  is ready to serve.
11.Serve hot with Mosaru bajji or plain yoghurt.

1.You can prepare this rice dish in electric cooker also,after all tempering, seasoning,adding water and rice transfer everything into electric cooker pot and cook.
2.You can also cook on stove top in a pot  by cooking the rice and vegetables until all the water evaporated.
3.You can use any vegetables and beans like vaal beans(avarekalu),green peas,tuvar(togarikalu) etc.

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