Goli Bhaat | Maharashtrian Varhadi Pulav

Goli Bhaat

Goli Bhaat is the Maharashtrian Vegetarian dish adapted from the popular meat biryani. This is also called as the varhadi Pulav popularly served during weddings.

The meat version of this biryani is served during weddings and the name indicates that it’s for the Varhad, meaning the wedding guests. The biryani is quite elaborate with various stages of cooking the meat, grinding the masala, and finally assembling the biryani. I adapted mine from Pradnya, who had made a vegetarian version, just for the likes of us, who would enjoy it immensely!

I was over the moon, enjoying this dish and loved cooking it. I made it for our Sunday lunch, along with making a chicken Biryani for the kids. So, in the end, everybody enjoyed their meal. Since Hubby dear said I need to complete even the clicking on time, I made sure the biryani was done ahead and I had ample time to click.

Most times I hardly get time to set up the pictures. It’s always 2 minutes job and even worse for this series, I almost ended up using the same bowl, same spoon and just a handful of napkins!

In this vegetarian version, the golas are made with besan spiced with the ground masala. Konda loved the fried golas and wanted it to be sent for college!

The whole rice turned out so good that I was almost sad it got over. This was no doubt, one of the best biryanis I have made.

Goli Bhaat is my choice G in the AtoZ Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi Festival that’s happening for the April Mega Marathon, where I have opted to make 26 Rice dishes. If you are interested to know what I am doing for G in C4AS, go ahead check it out!Goli Bhaat

A to Z Biryani/Pulao/Khichadi Festival!

A for Amritsari Wadi ki Biryani
B for Badshahi Pulao
C for Chak Angouba
D for Doddapatre Soppina Chitranna
E for Eerulli Chitranna
F for Fada ni khichdi

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Making Gola

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Varhadi Pulav

Vegetarian Goli Bhaat

Maharashtrian Vegetarian Goli Bhaat

Goli Bhaat | Maharashtrian Varhadi Pulav

Ingredients Needed:

2 cups Basmati Rice
2 tbsp Ghee
1 cup Onion
Salt to taste
1 Black Cardamom
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp Saffron
2 tbsp Milk

For Masala

1 tbsp Copra Dry Coconut, grated
1/2 Onion finely chopped
1 tsp Sesame Seeds
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
1 inch Ginger
3 to 4 Dry Red Chillies
3 to 4 Garlic
2 to 3 Cloves
1 tsp black pepper
2 Bay Leaves
1 inch Cinnamon
2 to 3 Cardamom
1 Star Anise
2 tsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp Caraway Seeds
Handful Coriander Leaves
2 nos Green Chillies

For the Goles

1.5 cup Besan / Chickpea Flour
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 tsp Garam Masala
Salt to Taste
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Cooking Oil
Cooking Oil for deep fry

For Garnishing
Coconut grated
Coriander Leaves
Cashew Nuts

Method

For the ground Masala paste

Dry roast the masala ingredients individually.
Add 1 tsp oil and roast the Onions and coconut. Allow to cool down.
Add Green Chillies, Coriander leaves to the mixer along with roasted ingredients and grind to a smooth paste with water.

For the Golas

In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients for gole, 1 tbsp of the ground masala.
Mix well and then slowly add water to a thick consistency.
Grease your palm and make golas or balls.
Steam in a pan for 15 mins. Allow to cool down.
Then deep fry the balls. Keep it aside.

For Making the Rice

Wash the rice and soak for 20 mins.
Soak the saffron in warm milk and keep it aside.
In a big nonstick pan enough to cook the rice, heat the ghee and saute the whole spices.
Next, add the chopped onions and saute well.
Add the ground masala and saute until it is dry.
Next, add the drained rice. Saute well and add 4 cups of water.
Bring to a boil and when the rice gets cooked to almost done, reduce the heat and add crushed golas.
Add 2 tsp ghee and sprinkle the saffron over the rice.
Keep it covered tight over a tawa for it to get cooked well.
Add fried cashews, golas and grated coconut on top and serve with raitha.

Varhadi Pulao

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Goli Bhaat | Maharashtrian Varhadi Pulav
Goli Bhaat is the Maharashtrian Vegetarian dish adapted from the popular meat biryani. This is also called as the varhadi Pulav popularly served during weddings.
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Cuisine Maharashtra
By Cook Method Deep Fried, Stovetop
Occasion Party
By Diet Protein Rich
Keyword Gole Baat
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Ingredients
For the Rice
For Masala
For the Goles
Cuisine Maharashtra
By Cook Method Deep Fried, Stovetop
Occasion Party
By Diet Protein Rich
Keyword Gole Baat
Servings
Ingredients
For the Rice
For Masala
For the Goles
Goli Bhaat
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Rate this recipe!
Instructions
For the ground Masala paste
  1. Dry roast the masala ingredients individually.
  2. Add 1 tsp oil and roast the Onions and coconut. Allow to cool down.
  3. Add Green Chillies, Coriander leaves to the mixer along with roasted ingredients and grind to a smooth paste with water.
For the Golas
  1. In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients for gole, 1 tbsp of the ground masala.
  2. Mix well and then slowly add water to a thick consistency.
  3. Grease your palm and make golas or balls.
  4. Steam in a pan for 15 mins. Allow to cool down.
  5. Then deep fry the balls. Keep it aside.
For Making the Rice
  1. Wash the rice and soak for 20 mins.
  2. Soak the saffron in warm milk and keep it aside.
  3. In a big nonstick pan enough to cook the rice, heat the ghee and saute the whole spices.
  4. Next, add the chopped onions and saute well.
  5. Add the ground masala and saute until it is dry.
  6. Next, add the drained rice. Saute well and add 4 cups of water.
  7. Bring to a boil and when the rice gets cooked to almost done, reduce the heat and add crushed golas.
  8. Add 2 tsp ghee and sprinkle the saffron over the rice.
  9. Keep it covered tight over a tawa for it to get cooked well.
  10. Add fried cashews, golas and grated coconut on top and serve with raitha.
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12 comments

  1. That is one elaborate post Valli . The Goli Bhat sounds super delicious and I am literally drooling over the recipe . Needless to say I will be trying it soon . The veg goli with besan should be a treat , no wonder you felt sad when it finished . Can’t wait to try it . Fantastic !

  2. I also end up not having enough time to click the pics properly because everyone is hungry and just want to pounce on the food. Hope to plan better next time
    That is such an elaborate dish Valli and looks like totally worth it. Love this veg adaptation of a traditional meat dish. Have to make it asap!!

  3. That is a great elaborate recipe Vallk. The fresh spice paste sounds so flavourful. The besan goles looks so much like the meat ones. That is such a wonderful biryani to enjoy on a weekend.

  4. After all that drool-worthy explanation, how can I not bookmark? The besan golas are looking so inviting. Definitely going to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  5. had heard of VArhadi pulao but never tasted it.. Goli Bhaat is a new name to me, surely despite living here for almost 2 decades now.. I will make this and let u know soon, valli…

  6. Very interesting and delicious rice recipe.. I loved these steamed golas, aren’t these so much similar to the gatte that we make?? The masala for the pulav sounds so tempting.. what a superb spicy treat!!

  7. The process looks elaborate but worth the effort. Will the golas work if we only steam it or may be just shallow fry them. I too take my pics in a hurry, soon I realized after clicking the pics that I was using the same bowls for Khichdi ????????

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