Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Metkut :Maharashtrian spiced powder

I am here again with yet another recipe belonging to Maharashtrian cuisine. If you have read few of my earlier posts, you would know that Maharashtrian cuisine is very close to my heart. The flavors, the fond memories associated with the dishes..they all make it so special. As a child , I was very fond of my Maharashtrian neighbour. She would make me so many yummy dishes..One dish I clearly remember was a delicious spiced powder. My aunt used to serve it with soft cooked rice . She would liberally drizzle ghee/clarified butter on top and season it with salt. I still remember the taste..YUMMM!! This spiced yellow powder was METKUT.

Metkut is an authentic Maharastrian recipe. It is a Maharashtrian spiced powder made from dry roasted rice, wheat and lentils along with spices . It is very easy to digest and can be consumed daily. It is eaten with hot cooked rice along with ghee / clarified butter. This powder is also served with soft over cooked rice to little kids. It is especially more beneficial when you are sick or have an upset stomach.

Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
  • Slit Bengal Gram / Chana Dal : 1 cups
  • Slit Black gram / Urad Dal : 1/2 cup
  • Rice : 1/2 cup
  • Wheat : 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds / Rai : 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera : 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds : 2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds / methi seeds : 1/2 tsp
  • Dry red chilli : 3
  • Dried turmeric root : 1
  • Dry ginger powder : 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing : 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Cardamom / Elaichi : 1/4 tsp
  • Keep all the ingredients ready.

  • Dry roast Chana dal, Urad dal, rice, wheat. cumin seeds, coriander seeds, dry red chillies and fenugreek seeds separately on low heat .

  • Grind all the above ingredients along with dry turmeric root, dry ginger powder, cardamom, nutmeg powder and asafoetida into a fine powder. Run through the sieve to get rid of any coarse bits.
  • Store it in an air tight container.

Serving suggestions:
Serve this powder with some hot rice along with ghee/ clarified butter  and salt. You can even consume Metkut Bhaat when you are sick or have an upset stomach.

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  1. Metkut powder looks so delicious subha.Full of protein and flavorful powder

  2. Again hearing a spl type of maharashtrian powder for rice..thanks for sharing

  3. Excellent shrare dear. We use a similar powder called menthyada httu which is my absolute favorite and go to . This Metkut reminds me so much of the same. So handy when in need for another course with rice and soo flavorsome with ghee. too good and healthy.

    1. yes, It does sound very similar to Menthyada hittu..That is the beauty of Indian cuisine:)

  4. This spice powder is new to me...definitely got to try it...spice powder which has rice and wheat is something new...Thanks for sharing dear :)

  5. Wow, this is really new to me, I love spice mixes from around the world! So you have it on rice, is it used as a marinade or anything like that?

    1. No dear, It is not used as a marinade. This powder is served with soft cooked rice with liberal amount of ghee (clarified butter) and seasoned with salt. This is especially helpful at times when you are sick. Since this spice mix has grains as well as lentils and is flavorful,when you eat during sickness, it gives nutrients as well as is good for the tummy:)

    2. can you please tell me the METKUT word in English

  6. Oh dear I Can almost get a whiff of this fragrant powder with a generous drizzle of ghee on piping hot rice, simply yummmmmy Shubha. The picture with ghee being drizzled from top has me drooling. Love these spoonfuls of punch and taste. How beautifully they seem to uplift even the most humble meals. Was not familiar with spiced powders during my growing up years , until I came to Bangalore for my engineering. From then on I have been hooked to podis. This one as Padma mentioned uniquely combines both rice and flour. Looks totally delightful dear.

  7. This spice powder with rice and ghee sounds heavenly. I would love to try.

  8. This is slightly different from our version. These are really useful esp for dinner.

  9. your recipe is very much similar to the recipe called gun powder.
    People from South India makes gun powder as a side dish for Idli and dosa.

  10. Wow, this is really new to me, such a flavorful powder and homemade spices have different aroma, I feel it aha..love to try

  11. Love the recipe Shubha, this is very similar to the paruppu podi what my amma makes back home . I do want to try this powder looks so delicious

  12. This is full of taste. It is aromatic. It makes the curry delicious. I love it. Thanks for this sharing. gew├╝rze der welt

  13. Like the way the ingredients are arranged for photos. Goes to show your involvement & care that you take to present well. Amazing Shubha.

  14. What is the shelf life of metkut?

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