50th Post and a double baath


I am still not back into cooking full time after the flu and this is also from my drafts. I wanted to post something sweet, a dessert to celebrate my 50th post but I couldn’t wait and so the writing is on..

I shared what I received this holiday season with my loved ones and now when I am getting better, N’s got the cold :). N cooked rice and dal for me yesterday and today we just decided to have something from a Indian restaurant near by and finished off the meal with a huge pot of masala chai.

My mom had given me some panam-kalkandu (palm sugar crystals) and that is very effective in controlling the throat infections and cough and providing a good night’s sleep. I just put one of those uneven,brown color crystals in a cup of milk, boil it, filter it and been taking it before I go to bed. It is also very effective in controlling cough and soothing the throat. This milk can also be taken with a pinch of pepper or turmeric powder for a home remedy for sore throat.

So talking about today’s double baath. As you know, I make some rice dishes for the weekend and this one is a vaangi baath (eggplant rice) and bagala bath(yogurt rice).

When we got married, I was cooking a lot of new recipes and showing off(well I was newly married and was walking on clouds, OK). And I expected a compliment from N, as I had specially made those for him. But all he’d say was, “Mmm”..And that’s it. But when we were invited to a friend’s place to eat, N would compliment the host/hostess, as that is a really good gesture. I complained about this to him and said I never receive any from him!

So, one day we were invited to one of N’s friend’s house for lunch and the hostess was from Karnataka and she had made vangi baath. Now, in the middle of eating, N started complementing the food. Imagine this situation and you’ll know why I remember this when I make vangi baath.

N- eating vangi baath :
“Wow, this is really nice” (another spoon of the baath), “very tasty” (one more spoonful)..and then remembering what I said , ” You know S cooks too (another spoonful)” completely missing my glares and continues, “this is good” (another mouthful) ” I mean, S can cook you know”…

We still laugh about it now, but the good part is, after this incident whenever our friend stopped by our house for the next few weeks, she’d drop off some special Karnataka dishes for N :


Baath 1: Vangi baath (serves 2)
Ingredients for Eggplant rice:

Long purple eggplant – 2 (or small purple egg plant-6)
Chopped Red Onion- 1/4 cup
Vangi Baath Powder- 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
Red chilies- 2
Curry leaves- few
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Oil- 1 tsp
Chana Dal- 1 tsp
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Tamarind paste- 1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Cooked rice- 1 cup


Slice the eggplants into cubes (1″ size). Soak the eggplants in a cup of water with a pinch of salt (to remove the bitterness and the tough seeds).

Soak tamarind paste/ tamarind in 1 cup of water.

Heat oil in a pan and add asafoetida and mustard seeds. When the seeds splutter, add curry leaves, chana dal and red chilies. Add the chopped onions, salt, turmeric powder and stir fry till onion turns transparent. Drain the water from the chopped eggplant and add them to the pan. Stir fry for a minute, add the vangi baath powder.

Add the tamarind water to this pan and cover and let the eggplants cook till they are cooked through(and slightly mushy). Add the cooked rice to the pan and mix the rice slowly with the eggplant gravy. Check if salt is enough.
Serve the rice with raitha, appalams or chips.

Baath 2: Bagala Baath

Ingredients for yogurt rice: (serves two)
Cooked rice- 3/4 cup
Fresh yogurt- 1 cup
Warm Milk- 1/2 cup
Cilantro leaves- few
Green grapes- 1 small bunch (about 16 grapes)
Green chili-1
Salt- to taste
Grated ginger- 1/2 tsp


Mash the rice slightly(with a ladle) and add salt, yogurt and milk to it. Mix them well, it is OK if the rice is a bit runny. Finely chop the green grapes, cilantro and green chili. Add the grated ginger, green grapes, cilantro, green chilies to the rice and mix well. The warm milk will keep the yogurt from becoming sour.


Serve the yogurt rice as it is or chilled. Serve with mango pickles or lime pickle.

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9 Comments to “50th Post and a double baath”

  1. hi ruchika,Hope ur feeling much better now….and congraz on your 50th post,hope to c more yummy recipes here…..

  2. Things we do to get attention/ compliments from our spouses. I sympathize with you 100 %.
    I am always looking for good eggplant recipes since my spouse loves them and I never like to eat them. This is next on my list.
    Wish you a very happy new year Ruchicka and congratulations on your 50th post.

  3. indosungod says:

    Half Century! Congrats.

    Vaangi baath has been a favorite from the time I was introduced to it. Looking good.

  4. Sra says:

    Oh, when I saw ‘double baath’, I thought it was a two-in-one affair! 😀

  5. Cham says:

    I never heard any complim but if one day the salt is little higher or less, all the complaints keep pouring.
    Hope u re settled down with ur cough- have some sukku kappi with the pannam vellam.
    Hmm-vang bath my fav!
    Congrats on ur 50 post! U ve achieved in very short period!

  6. aquadaze says:

    Congrats on your 50th post! Adding grapes in baath is a new one to me – wow, that sounds nice.
    Your story about your hubby praising food reminds me of my uncle – he was at dinner at our place and started praising my mom for the delicious kofta curry – only to be told that his wife (my mami) had actually made it!!

  7. Linda says:

    Love the double baaths, and congrats on your 50th! Vangi baath is one of the first Indian recipes I tried — now I can try your version :) Here’s wishing you both a speedy recovery!

  8. ruchikacook says:

    Thanks Sushma, ISG and cham.

    Sorry Sra, but thats a good idea, why not a two in on baath?

    Soccer mom, thanks for understanding :) I thought I was the one sulking about it..I’ll post more eggplant recipes..

    Thanks for sharing kofta story aqua, your recap on 2009 is really nice.

    I am fine Linda (and N is still coughing), thank you for your wishes.

  9. Pari says:

    Hi, first time here. Glad to wish you on ur 50th post. I love both the bhaaths.

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