Phodnicha Bhaat (Seasoned Rice In Maharashtrian Style)

Tempered or Seasoned Rice from the Maharashtrian Cuisine called Phodnicha Bhaat is a popular version of fried rice that is mostly made with leftover rice.

Phodnicha Bhaat (Seasoned Rice In Maharashtrian Style)

Phodnicha Bhaat (Seasoned Rice In Maharashtrian Style)

I sometimes wonder, if such dishes weren’t invented / experimented, what would we be doing with our leftovers? I mean seriously, our ancestors taught us an important lesson – Don’t waste food. When we go out shopping in malls and see kids of this generation wasting so much food with only couple of bites, I really cringe with pain. I am a person who very strongly believes that food which is a source of energy to our body should only belong in our system, powering our systems and giving us the benefits that it is capable of. Instead, so much food is wasted and sadly, most of it are just two bites. Firstly, when you go to dine in a group, always order less food and in that way you could control the amount of food wasted to a large extent. The common mistake that most people do is end up ordering more than what we can consume. Me and Narayan consciously make an effort to eat only what is required and if there are things that we don’t manage to eat / finish at the end of the meal, always pack and take home or give it to a needy person on the way home.

When we have a function or pooja at our residence, the balance food is never wasted, it is usually distributed to the needy. Not only is it a great feeling that someone will sleep with a full stomach and remember you in their blessings and prayers, it’s a simple thought – Why not share when you have something excess? Leftovers at home are usually just a cup full, not more than that and usually rice is one of the most common leftovers in our fridge. Since we are South Indians, we consume rice atleast 4 times in a week. I have been losing weight with this technique since a year now, by consuming rice I mean and I am more than happy with the results, so am continuing with the same.

So, when the other day, I had more than a bowl of leftover rice, I knew I had to make this absolute favorite Phodnicha Bhaat at home for lunch. We paired this with a potato and mint raita and gobbled up every bit of it with sheer delight.

Phodni means tempering and Bhaat means Rice in Marathi. So, tempered / seasoned rice is basically a quickly whipped up meal when you are in a rush to go to work or simply not in a mood to cook and  have leftover rice which you are not willing to consume just like that or with dal, a lipsmacking phodni just does the job right! Very simple and quick to make if you have leftover rice at home and the best part is you don’t need fancy accompaniments with it. A roasted papad, dahi, achar (pickle) and a bowl of this rice is just enough or you could make a quick raita and serve this piping hot during summers.

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This is my go to meal during summers when I seriously don’t wish to enter the kitchen and cook in the heat.

What is your excuse to make this? Whatever be the excuse – I am sure you would love this!

Phodnicha Bhaat (Tempered Rice In Maharashtrian Style)

Prep Time – 10 mins

Cook Time – 10 mins (in case you are using cooked rice)

Serves 2 to 3 nos.


  1. Leftover Cooked Rice – 2 cups
  2. 1 Onion – Medium sized finely chopped
  3. Garlic – 1 pod crushed slightly
  4. Green chillies – few finely chopped
  5. Coriander leaves finely chopped
  6. Roasted Ground nuts – 1 tblsp
  7. Oil – 1 tblsp
  8. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  9. Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
  10. Whole red chillies – few broken
  11. Hing – a pinch
  12. Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  13. Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
  14. Salt as per taste

Method –

  1. Heat a thick bottom kadhai or a non-stick pan, add oil and once it heats, add the mustard seeds.
  2. Once the mustard crackles, add cumin seeds, whole red chillies and roasted groundnuts.
  3. Add the garlic and onions and sweat them until they are slightly brown.
  4. Add hing, turmeric powder, chilli powder, chopped chillies and mix everything well.
  5. Now add the leftover rice, salt and chopped coriander leaves.
  6. Mix everything well, cover and let it cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with your choice of raita / dal or chutney.

Recipe Notes –

    • You can make this with fresh steamed rice too. However, the leftover rice is the best combination.
    • If you feel the rice has turned slightly hard being in the refrigerator, Microwave the rice for 1 minute and then add it to the onion-garlic-spice mixture.
    • I have used Hand Pounded Organic Sona Masuri Rice for making this dish, which is a short grain variety. You can use Basmati Rice or Kolam Rice too.
  • You can add a variety of spices like goda masala (a masala variety from Maharashtra) too along with the turmeric powder and chilli powder.

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Vidya Narayan

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. good one for those quick dinners or lunch boxes!

    1. You bet they are! Or sometimes when we are plainly lazy.. haha.. Thank you so much.

      1. yes indeed 🙂 you are welcome!

  2. Looks delicious ! Wonderful idea to make use of left-over rice !!

    1. Absolutely I agree, I hate wastage of food and when it can turn out so yum, why not! Thanks dear.

  3. My grandmother, who passed away recently, often talked about Phodniche Bhaat. She had fond memories of the dish. She spent a large part of her life in a Maharashtrian colony, and her cooking had a definite Maharashtrian influence to it. I think I should try out this dish soon. She’d be happy to see that…

    1. May her Soul rest in peace! Grandmothers are such a positive influence in our lives and we remember them fondly through all the experiences that they have shared with us. Glad this post reminded you of her. Do try, she would be definitely happy, especially you cooked it in her fond memory. Cheers and hugs!

  4. I totally agree with you Vidya on this food wasting issue, I have seen in cinema halls people leaving their half eaten popcorns on the floor, and tell you here popcorns in cinema no cheap, a packet of small popcorn costs us £7-8 now convert that into rupees. Coming to your rice recipe, I love masala bhaat and yours sounds so tasty.Like the addition of peanuts here. Same rules apply in my house too, jo bach hai use dobara use karo aur kha jao 🙂 BTW Happy Women’s Day to you!

    1. Happy Womans Day! A Lovely response to my humble dish from a very down to earth person such as yourself means a lot. Thank you so much dear. Glad we share the same feelings about the food wastage issue. Hopefully people realise and do something about it soon. Cheers!

    1. Thank you so much Eliza. Apologies for the delay in responding.

  5. Yummy Bhaat!Reminds me of my school days when a good friend of mine bought this for lunch!

  6. This bhaat sounds irresistible and what a nice way to transform leftover rice…the potato and mint raita sounds delicious too Vidya

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