Khara Bath Recipe | Kara Bath

khara bath recipe

The khara bath recipe means it will need everyday ingredients and has simple steps. Thus you can make this tasty dish in less than 20 minutes. Make kara bath for breakfast, or as a light evening food. Local or medium rava (semolina) is the main ingredient of the khara bath recipe.

A reason you can make kara bath quite fast is that it uses only onions and tomatoes. However, vegetable upma, another avatar of kara bath uses more vegetables.

Dry fry the rava till you get the aroma. Such fried rava is essential to make tasty kara bath. Cook the rava well, so it can be digested easily. This is because, in general, rava is not an easily digestible food.

An ingredient in the khara bath recipe that gives this rava dish a fine aroma and lip-smacking taste is the vangi bhath powder. Although you can skip this powder, do use it to for the said reasons.

Lemon pickle or coconut chutney are two of the side dishes you can use to please your taste buds more. Fresh curd too is a fine match for khara bath.

Relish this rava dish, sprinkling fresh coriander leaves and coconut gratings and adding a few drops of lemon juice.

A cup of fresh filter coffee rounds-off the fine eating experience.

Chow-Chow Bath
Have you tried the khara bath and kesari bath combination? It is called as chow-chow bath.

Many make this khara-sweet duo, when relatives or friends visit their homes. The reason? Fast preparation time and great taste and a way of treating the guests.

At darshinis (small vegetarian restaurants), in Bangalore, too, it is not uncommon to see some people relishing chow-chow bath.

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Servings: 2-3


1. Local rava / medium rava 1/2 cup
2. Oil 1-and-1/2 tablespoon
3. Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
4. Hing / asafoetida few pinches
5. Chana dal 1 teaspoon
6. Urad dal 1/2 teaspoon
7. Jeera / cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon
8. Green chilies 1-2 or to taste
9. Onion 1
10. Curry leaves 1 sprig

11. Vangibath powder 1 teaspoon
12. Turmeric 1/8 teaspoon

13. Tomato 1, chopped

health benefits of tomatoes
Read the blog post, Health Benefits of Tomatoes, to know more about the tomatoes from an health view.
14. Water 1-and-1/2 cup
15. Salt to taste
16. Coconut gratings 1 tablespoon
17. Ghee 1 teaspoon
18. Lemon juice to taste
19. Garnishing: coriander leaves

How to Make Khara Bath?

1. Cut onion into thin, long pieces.

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2. Set the flame to low-medium.

Dry fry the rava till you get the aroma.

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Use thick-bottomed kadai / utensil to fry the rava to prevent the rava getting burnt.

Mix the rava continuosly.
3. Heat oil till it becomes hot.

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4. Add mustard seeds.

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Add chana and urad dal, jeera and hing when the mustard starts to splutter.

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Fry till the dal turns light golden brown.

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5. Add the chopped chilies and curry leaves.

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Add the onion.

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Fry till the onion becomes soft.

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6. Add vangibath powder and turmeric.

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7. Add tomato and little salt.

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Fry till the skin of the tomato wilts.

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8. Add the hot water and salt.

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Add the hot water to reduce the cooking time.

Taste the seasoning-water mixture and adjust the salt.

Keep the flame to high.

Bring the water to roll-boil.

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9. Add the rava slowly, in a circular motion, to the bubbling liquid mixture.

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Why should the liquid be bubbling and why should you add the rava slowly and in a circular motion?

The reason is if liquid is not bubbling or rava is added fast and in a single spot, lumps will form.

Mix thoroughly after you completely pour the rava.

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Turn the flame to low.

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Cover with a lid.

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Cook for 3-4 minutes.
10. Add ghee, coconut gratings, coriander leaves and lemon juice.

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If the rava has absorbed the water completely, switch-off the flame. Otherwise, cook for some more time and check again.

Cover with a lid.

Let it stand for 4-5 minutes.

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11. Khara bath is ready.

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TIPS Khara Bath Recipe
1. If you do not have vangibath powder, use more green chilies.
2. Add 1/4 teaspoon of chopped ginger along with tomato for additional taste and for health benefits.
3. Add more hot water, in Step 8, for softer texture of kara bath.