Chow chow Eldorado

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Welcome to the Siamese twins in the mouth watering breakfast recipes; Xanadu of spice and sweet in equal measure called as Chow Chow Bath, no it is not a bathed dog breed from the land of the dragons, but from namma Karnataka. This exotic cuisine consists of two dishes made from Semolina – the sweet part is called “kesari bath” and its spicy counterpart is “khara bath” or “uppittu”. I also assume that “bath” has something to do with cooking two items together such as rice and dal, a pair off!!!

Let us start with the nectarous toothsome kesari, a dish that makes all of us drool for more.

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Ingredients required:

Semolina – 1 cup

Water – 3 cups

Milk – ½ cup

Sugar – 1 cup

Saffron – a small pinch

Colour – orange, a small pinch

Ghee – ½ cup

Cashew nuts – 5 nos

Raisins – 5 nos

Cardamom – 1 tsp powdered

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In a non stick kadai or fry pan fry the cashews and raisins in a small quantity of ghee to a golden brown colour and keep it aside

Next fry the semolina on low flame till you get an aromatic flavour, this should take only couple of minutes and set aside.

Boil the water and milk together, add the sugar and ensure that it dissolves completely.

Add the semolina slowly by continuously stirring so as to avoid lumps

Keep stirring till the mixture thickens, add the melted ghee and stir till it starts leaving the sides of the pan.

Turn off the gas, add the fried cashews and raisins and powdered cardamom.

The Eldorado of sweets is ready to be relished and savoured!

Now for the savoury spicy twin khara bath

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Ingredients required:

Semolina – 1 cup

Tomato – 1 number finely chopped

Onion – 1 number finely chopped

Green chillies – 2 to 3 finely chopped

Ginger – small piece cut finely

Curry leaves

Mustard seeds – for seasoning – 1 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Bengal gram – 1 tsp

Cashew nuts – few numbers

Water – 3 ½ cups

Salt to taste

Oil for seasoning

Ghee – 2 tbsps



Add oil to a pan or kadai and fry the semolina to a light brown colour. Remove from fire

Allow the mustard seeds to splutter along with urad dal, Bengal gram, ginger, chillies and curry leaves.

Add the chopped onion and sauté in the oil, then add the tomato.

Ensure that the raw smell goes and the ingredients become soft

Now add the water and then the salt.

Bring it to boil, slowly add the semolina and keep stirring so that no lumps are formed.

Add the ghee and stir till it becomes thick.

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Have coconut chutney to go with the khara bath

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Revel in the aromatic uppittu and luxuriate in the deadly combination of spice and sweet to your heart’s content.

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This platter will tantalize your taste buds and make the mouths of your envious neighbours to water!

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52 thoughts on “Chow chow Eldorado

  1. Hello ma’am, 🙂
    Wow Delicious post, tht kesari bath looks yummy..I would definitely wanna have one.. u have detailed the recipe in a very simple manner easy to thanks maam for sharing 🙂
    Wishing you a fantastic day ahead

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  2. Superb ! I miss Namma Bengaluru so much, Bissibelle Bath, Vangi Bath, Kesari Bath *drool*
    The photos you’ve posted are mouth watering, will surely try these recipes 🙂 Thanks for sharing !

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    • Bengaluru’s Darshini and sagar idlies and dosas with lip smacking chutney and sambar is unmatched I think.
      Glad that the pics drive you to try..Please send some when you make them:)


  3. Yummy combo Sunitha, well here is some history about the word ‘bhath’ it is basically a Marathi word which means ‘cooked rice’ or ‘boiling rice’, even the recipe vangibath is very popular in Karnataka, Vangi is brinjal in Marathi, during Shivaji’s rule and quest with the Mughals and British, there was a dire shortage of warring clan, so even the Bramins offered to fight and extend their support to Shivaji at one point of time, this was the time when the word ‘de shastr’ was coined, ‘de shastr’ means ‘give me the weapon’, today this word is corrupted as deshasta today, there is a cult of bramins called deshasta bramins even today, they are the bramins who lifted the arms to fight for their freedom. After Shivaji and the collapse of the Peshwa rule, many of them settled down south of deccan which is today’s Karnataka. Hence you will find many Marathi words in their Kannada vocabulary even today, like vaini which means ‘bhabhi’ in Marathi. Later this word Bhath was used for any dish that involved mixing and boiling a combination of rice and veggies or even sweet dishes.

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    • Thanks so much Mayura for enlightening all of us on the rich heritage of the word bhath..that is some remarkable history on the Peshwas and I can proudly use the word as suffix to all the grand dishes here in Karnataka.

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  4. This looks so so good!
    I badly want to give this is a shot and prepare for Michelle to have a taste.
    I am fond of cooking..
    Kept the name of this meal in mind and precisely where to get the recipe from your digital diary 😄 Def a go will keep you on the lookout when i per take this. – Cezane

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