Feb 13 2008

Aalbad – One pot meal

Aalbad -  (aal) as in aaloo ; bad as in alaha’bad’ - Preparation with rice and veggies in onion-chilli paste.

I had never heard about “Aalbad” until my friend -NaN introduced it to me.  Apparently it is a very famous Telangana/Hyderabad preparation. Still beats me how I hadn’t heard about it ever.  I got so obsessed with the dish that I started making it 3 times a week. Yes, I overdo things.  Right now it gotten to a point where the mention of “aalbad” gives me nausea. 3 months of ghee-laden dish can do that to you :D :D

It is a great dish and I think everyone must try it at least once for its simplicity and superb flavor. So here goes my first dish after a several-month hiatus.  Also the blog turned 2 earlier this month. Happy Birthday bloggie! Yes. Very low-key.


  • 3 cups long-grained white rice
  • Potato, cubed to 1.5 inch size – 1 cup [or cubed paneer - 1/2 cup + cubed potatoes - 1/2 cup]
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup roughly chopped onion
  • 5 green chillies (adjust according to you palate)
  • Bay leaves – 1
  • Mint – 1 cup [the more the merrier..but if you have at least 1 tbsp that should do it]
  • Cilantro/coriander – 2 tablespoons
  • Curry leaves – 5
  • Star anise – 1 [or fennel seeds - 1 tbsp]
  • Cloves – 3
  • Ghee/Clarified Butter – 2 tbsp (??!!???!!)
  • Carrot, cubed – 1/2 cup [optional]
  • Peas – 1/4 cup




  1. Grind green chillies and onions. Keep aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 2 tbsp ghee in a thick bottomed vessel.
  3. Add bay leaf, cloves, star anise and curry leaves.
  4. To this add the onion-green chillie paste and fry for about 4-5 mins.
  5. Add all the vegetables, mint and coriander leaves.
  6. After 10 mins add coconut milk and water (rice:water :: 1:1.5). Mix salt in (about 1 tbsp in this case)
  7. Cook in an electric rice cooker until done.

Serve hot with raita.



Yes, it is that simple. The fried onion-green c paste is the killer in this dish.  Absolutely amazing. During the holidays I made “Aalbad” for every other party we hosted and got rave reviews.  Thanks NaN for the recipe! Ooh, that is a cool nickname I gave you.


 Plus this is my entry to  MMM – One dish dinners.  Meeta, tossing my “aalbad” your way :) :)  

Updated on 2/14/08 

Hark! Hark! I am going to send this entry (it has star anise) to Sunita for Think Spice – Think Star Anise.  Yes, Sig has that kind of influence on me.


11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Aalbad – One pot meal”

  1. Sigon 13 Feb 2008 at 7:42 pm

    WHAT??? is that a recipe I see? Am I dreaming??? :D
    Love that first picture…

  2. Mythilion 13 Feb 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Do you want me to come over and pinch you?? I could do that :D :D

    Yes it feels good to be back. And it would be nice if I can sustain 3 recipes a week regime. Let’s see.

  3. Ashwinion 13 Feb 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Mythili dear.. I am glad you realized you have a blog after all :-)
    Too many Dan Browns?

  4. siaon 14 Feb 2008 at 2:14 am

    wow, the pictures just pops out! beautiful…
    happy 2nd blog anniversary mythili :)

  5. Ashaon 14 Feb 2008 at 6:31 am

    Aal bad!! Don’t think so!! ;D

    Great unique recipe, never heard of this before!:))

    Happy 2 nd, enjoy the V day too.

  6. swaroopaon 14 Feb 2008 at 8:41 am

    looks gr8! thanx 4 sharing…

  7. shilpaon 14 Feb 2008 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations for blogging anniversary Mythili.
    Aalbad…never heard of it before. It looks great. I will give it a try soon…..

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