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Varhadi Aloo Bhat | How to make Maharastra Varhadi Aloo Bhat

Varhadi Aloo Bhat is a spicy pulao from Maharastra made with a ground paste and can be simply served with just raitha. This makes an excellent lunch box dish as its easy to make.
Course Lunch Box, Main Dish - Rice
Cuisine Maharashtra
Keyword Easy Kids Lunch Box Recipe
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker
Occasion Kids Lunch Box
By Diet Healthy Recipes, Kid Friendly
Author Srivalli


For the paste

  • 5 nos Green Chillies chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 2 no Cinnamon
  • 3 tsp Coriander Seeds

For the Rice

  • 1. 5 cups Basmati Rice
  • 2 large Potatoes
  • 12 to 15 Cashew Nuts
  • 3/4 cup Curds / Yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup Copra / Dry Coconut, grated
  • 1/2 cup Coriander leaves chopped
  • A Pinch Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • Cooking Oil for deep frying


Prep Work

  • Wash and peel potatoes and cut into cubes.
  • Wash rice and set aside.
  • Fry potatoes and cashew nuts separately. Set aside.

Making the paste

  • In a mixer, take green chilies, ginger, cinnamon, coriander seeds and make them into a paste using water.

Making the Pulao

  • Heat a pressure cooker with 2 tbsp ghee and fry the ground paste.
  • Now add fried potatoes, curds.
  • Add drained rice and combine well.
  • Add 3 cups water, salt and cook the rice.
  • Once the pressure falls down, remove the lid, save some fried cashews for garnish, add the rest and fluff well. Top it with dry grated coconut, coriander leaves, and the remaining cashews.


Since the ground green chili paste wasn't spicy, I add another 3 to 4 as whole to the rice.
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