Prakash K., Krishnagiri

The traditional varieties of Bagala Bath are long gone out of the Menu in many Homes and Restaurants. These South-Indian delicacies are a perfect diet to beat the Heat. Here is the recipe of few of these Varieties, the way it was prepared few decades ago.


Ingredients (For 4 People) Rice - 2 Cups Water - 10 Cups Salt - As per taste Curd - 4 Cups Ghee - 3 Tsp Mustard Seeds - 1 Tsp Urad Dal - 1 Tsp Asafoetida - A Small Pinch (Optional) Chopped Ginger- 1 Tsp Curry leaves - 20-25 Red Chilly - 6 Coriander Leaves- As required Raisins - 2 Tsp Cashew Nuts - 20-25 Pcs Pomegranate Seeds- 4 Tsp Carrot - ¼ Cup (Grated) Cucumber - ½ (Grated) Mango - ¼ (Cut or Grated) Green Grapes - 15 Pcs Red Grapes - 15 Pcs



  • ·        Wash the rice and soak for ½ hour.  Pressure Cook the Rice with 8 Cups of Water.  More water is required while cooking the rice as we require a creamy texture.  Allow it to cool.
  • ·        Mix 4 Cups of Curd and 2 Cups of Water in a bowl and keep it aside.
  • ·        Heat the small Pan and add Ghee to it.  When it is hot, fry the Raisins and Cashew Nuts and take out these two and keep it aside.
  • ·        In the same Hot Ghee, add mustard seeds, Urad Dal, Red chillies and Curry leaves and let is splutter for few seconds.  Add Chopped Ginger and Asafoetida in the end and turn it off.
  • ·        Take a bowl and move the cooked rice and add the Mix of Curd, Water and Milk to it and mix well.  Add sufficient Curd to make the mixture very soft and creamy.
  • ·        Add the Fried Raisins, Cashews, Grated Carrot, Cucumber and Mango in this and mix well. 
  • ·        Add the Seasoning Mixture, Coriander leaves and Mix well and keep it in a refrigerator.
  • ·        Just before you serve the food add the Pomegranate Seeds, Green Grapes and Red Grapes and mix them.  If you mix them early, the colour of the Bagala Bath will change.  If the Bagala Bath becomes dry while serving, you may add some water and/or Curd to make the texture softer.


If you are going to serve it chill by keeping it in a refrigerator, then there is no need to add any Milk. Milk is required only if you are going to prepare the Curd Rice and keep it outside for a while before serving it.  In that case, you need to add 2 Cups of Milk. 

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