Kharabath (spicy cream of wheat pudding)

If only I could call it with the name I am so familiar with, I wouldnt have this story to tell about the famous khara bath- rava upma (cream of wheat pudding)

When we were newly married, we used to live in the East Coast. I was searching for jobs/schools so I was at home most of the time. One fine evening, as hubby was driving back to home, on a rainy day(well it almost always rains/snows in the east coast once winter approaches), he called me and said he wanted to have hot kharabath for dinner..SLV style.

The points to remember are that hubby speaks kannada like anything and I speak tamil like anything..and I didnt know what kharabath was as I had never set my foot in Karnataka. I thought it was some rice variety as all rice dishes end with a bath..vangi bath, bise bela bath, bagala bath etc., And the first bench student that I was, I would have told him the only SLV I knew was Solid-Liquid-Vapor Equilibrium :)

I waited for him to come home to ask him what it was..You see, hubby will eat a dish somewhere and to recreate it at home without eating or tasting it is quite a task…After a few explanations though, I was laughing as it nothing but the simple vegetable rava upma we make at home. I also learnt about the famous SLV restaurants in bangalore that day.

I think of this incident every time I make upma. The kharbath is slightly different from upma as we dont include red chili powder in upma, but thats what gives the karam(spice) to the bath..hence the name kharabath! I usually make my upmas in a bronze vessel called Uruli. Uruli gives a very unique taste to arisi upmas and so I carried this one all the way from home to US.

Ingredients (Serves-2)

Rava- 2 cups

Finely chopped onion-1/4 cup

Finely chopped tomato-one(small tomato)

Mixed veggies- 1 cup (beans, carrots, peas, potato,cauliflower, depending on what you have in hand)

Oil- 2 tsp

Salt- 1 tsp

Mustard seeds-1 tsp

Chana dal- 1 tsp

Turmeric powder- 3/4 tsp

Red chili powder- 1/2 tsp

Chopped ginger- 1 tbsp

Slit green chilies- 3 numbers

Curry leaves- 4

Cilantro to garnish

Lemon juice(optional)

Water- 4 cups


Add a tsp of oil in a pan and fry the rava till it turns golden color and smells like its well done. Remove from fire.

In another pan(uruli), heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add chana dal, curry leaves, chopped ginger and slit green chilies. Stir for a minute.

Add the chopped onions and fry well till it turns transparent. Add all other veggies, tomato,salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add 4 cups of water and cover.

When the water is boiling and the veggies have turned tender, reduce the heat to a low or switch off for a minute(This is important else rava will splatter all over the place).

Now slowly add the fried rava and keep stirring so that no lumps are formed. Increase the flame to high for a minute, stir well and switch off. Do not keep cooking after adding the rava. Garnish with cilantro leaves and lemon juice.

Partially cover the pan after switching off. Fully covered pan will result in mushy kharabath as the steam will condense and fall on top of the kharabath.

Serve hot with chutneys or mango pickles.

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3 Comments to “Kharabath (spicy cream of wheat pudding)”

  1. Ellen Hatch says:

    I had a mango/cream of wheat sort of pudding at a veg-fest, a Hari Kryshna food. OMG! So good! I want so much to find it again. Please,please tell me about it. I’ve looked everywhere. Thank you so much

    Peace, Ellen Hatch

  2. Di says:

    I am fairly new to Indian cooking, what are chana dal & rava? Thanks in advance.

  3. ruchikacook says:

    Rava is cream of wheat or sooji, and chana dal is split chick peas

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