Nagpuri Vada Bhat (Traditional Vada rice of Nagpur)

Sneha Marathe
Sneha Marathe|
Last updated on Jan 10th
Nagpuri vada bhat is a traditional rice dish of Nagpur. It has 3 components, Vada made from different sprouts and dals, Rice and spicy vagar on the top. (Phodni in Marathi). It tastes amazing and my grandma who stays in Nagpur used to make it for me in every summer vacation. I have very fond memories related to this dish.
  • Prep Time60Minutes
  • Cooking Time60Minutes
  • Serves8people

Recipe Ingredients

  • For Vada -
  • Split gram dal - 100g
  • Bengal gram dal - 60g
  • Red gram dal - 40g
  • Lentils - 40g
  • Black gram dal - 40g
  • Rice - 40g
  • Cumin seed powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander seed power - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Hing - 1tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 tbsp
  • Oil for shortening - 50 ml
  • Salt for taste
  • Oil for frying
  • For Rice -
  • Basmati rice - 3 cups
  • Water for cooking - 6 cups
  • For Vagar -
  • Oil (use the remaining oil after frying vadas for vagar. Here oil is saved and the vagar gets flavor of vadas)
  • Mustard seeds - 1tsp
  • Hing - 1tsp
  • Turmeric - 1tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 2tsp

Recipe Preparation

  1. For vada -
  2. Soak the rice and all the pulses separately overnight.
  3. Next day, drain the pulses and grind coarsely. Do not make paste. Texture should be coarse.
  4. Add all the spices and curry leaves to the mixture.
  5. Heat the oil (for shortening) and add hot oil to the mixture.
  6. Mix well and form small vadas (balls).
  7. Fry in the oil till crispy and golden from outside.
  8. For Rice -
  9. Cook the rice in the water in rice cooker or open cooking. Make sure the rice grains remain separate after cooking. Rice shouldn't be sticky and pasty.
  10. Vagar -
  11. Heat the oil.
  12. Add mustard seeds and other spices in it. Fry for 2 mins till the spices release aroma.
  13. How to eat -
  14. Put rice on the plate. Crush some vadas in the rice and mix it. Add hot vagar from the top and mix again. Enjoy the delicious vada bhat.
My Tip: The rice should not be sticky and pasty. The mixture for vadas should be coarse. Do not over grind. Use the oil remaining from frying the vadas for making vagar. It adds flavour to the rice as well as prevents food wastage.

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