Bagara Khana also known Bagara Rice or Bagarannam is a popular dish in Hyderabad. It is similar to a vegetable biryani but void of vegetables. It is also a bit plain on spices compared to usual Biryani. This is intentional as it is eaten with a spicy dish, usually Bagara Baingan, Mirchi Ka Salan, Kaddu Ka Dalcha etc.
Basmati Rice – ½ Kg
Peas – ½ cup
Mint Leaves – 2 bunches
Green Chilies – 5 numbers
Onion – 1 number
Ginger/Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
Caraway Seeds – 1 tsp
Bay Leaves – 6 numbers
Bay Flower – 1 tsp
Cloves – 6
Cardamom – 4
Cinnamon Sticks – 6 inch
Cashew Nuts – 20
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Oil – 3 tbsp
Salt – 1 ½ tsp (to taste)
Soak rice, slit chilies, cashews, finely chop onions, grind spices.
Heat Ghee in a large bowl and fry the cashews till golden brown. Take them out.
In the remaining ghee, add oil & let it heat.
Now add each of these ingredients one after the other and sauté them for a minute. Chilies, mint leaves, peas, onions, spices, ginger/garlic paste, Bay leaves & flowers.
Drain water from rice into another bowl & add rice to the tadka to fry it for a minute.
Pour two parts of water for each part of rice taken. You can use the drained water from the above step.
Add salt, stir it & close the lid. Cook the rice as you normally do & when it is almost done add cashew & mix it for one last time.
Relish it hot with a spicy Mixed Vegetable Masala or Kaddu Ka Dalcha!!
Dosapalukulu / Chittimillu / Jilakara – 3 Cups
Potato – 1
Tomato – 2
Onion – 1
Green Chilies – 8
Oil – 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – ¼ tsp
Curry Leaves – 4 sprigs
Water – 3 cups
Heat a tbsp of oil & pan fry dosapalukulu. Take it aside.
Finely chop onion, potato, tomatoes & green chilies.
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds & finely chopped veggies.
Saute it for a minute and pour water & add salt to taste.
Let it boil. Once done, add the fried dosapalukulu & cook it.
When the water is gone, turn the heat off & server hot.
Dosapalukulu / Chittimillu / Jilakara – 2 Cups
Sugar – 1 ¼ cup
Milk – ½ ltr
Cardamom – 2
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Heat ghee in a pan & fry the nuts. Take the nuts of it.
Now add dosapalukulu and fry it. Take them aside.
Add milk & a cup of water and let it boil.
Add the fried dosapalukulu and let it cook for 5 minutes.
Stir it intermittently. Turn the heat off.
After some 5 minutes, add sugar, cardamom powder & fried nuts. Mix it well.
It will be ready to eaten after 10 minutes.
Dosapalukulu also called Chittimillu or Jilakara is a type of Vermicelli made at home. It is made during summer in large quantities and can be used throughout the year to make a snack (Dosapalukula Upma / Pulao) or a sweet (Dosapalukula Kheer / Payasam).
All purpose flour – 1 cup
Wheat flour – 1 cup
Sooji Rava – 1 cup
Salt – ½ tsp
Mix all the ingredients together.
Whenever you are ready to make it…
Take a small quantity of your choice & add enough water to make it harder dough than the one for making Chapatis. It is usually harder dough like the one made for Puris.
Keep it aside in a closed container for an hour.
Knead it again once & start making Dosapalukulu as shown in pictures and video below.
Once done, let it dry under the Sun for a day or two.
Stock it in containers and use it whenever you need it.
Note: In some parts, it is made using only the All purpose flour or Wheat flour.