Saturday, September 22, 2007

Chow Chow Bhath

This is one of my entries for the RCI Karnataka hosted by dear Asha. Chow Chow Bhath being my favorite breakfast at Kamat, Bangalore, I couldn't stop myself from posting it. I used to enjoy it with a cup of hot filter coffee.

Chow chow bhath is basically a combination of breakfast which has sweet and savory on the same plate. One is upma or uppittu and the other is halwa or kesari. Both are made of Semolina/sooji.



2 cups semolina/sooji/rava
4 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup chopped onions
1tbsp chopped ginger
1-2 green chillies
1 cup vegetables (peas, beans, carrots, corn)
1tbsp peanuts/groundnuts
5-8 cashew nuts
1/2 tsp split urad dal
1/3 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp chana dal
curry leaves
3-4 tbsp oil


In a deep bottomed pan, roast the semolina on medium low flame for 5 minutes.
In another pan add oil. Once it gets heated up splutter it with mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, peanuts,curry leaves and cashew nuts. Once they get fried well, add ginger, chillies and onions and fry well. To this add vegetables and fry for another 5 minutes. Add warm water and salt. Bring the water to boil. Slowly add the semolina and simultaneously keep stirring it. Lower the heat to medium low and stir well so that no lumps are formed. Lower the gas stove and cover it with lid and leave for 5 minutes. Delicious Upma/Uppittu is ready. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Kesari / Halwa


1 cup semolina/sooji/rava
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
a dash of orange food color(optional)
4-5 tbsp Ghee/clarified butter
5-8 cashew nuts
2 tbsp raisins
1/3 cup pineapple chunks (optional)


In a deep bottomed pan roast the semolina for 5 minutes on medium low heat. In another pan add 1tbsp ghee/clarified butter. Fry the cashew nuts and raisins till golden brown. Remove it from the pan and keep aside. Add the remaining ghee to the pan. To this fold in the semolina. In a cup of warm water dissolve the food color.
Add the water to the semolina. Also pour the remaining 1/2 cup water and stir well on medium low heat. Also add Sugar. Once the water is absorbed fold in pineapple chunks, cashew nuts and raisins. Leave it on low heat of few minutes. Serve hot.

Asha, coming up is my Karnataka feast!


Siri said...

Dear Sharmi,
The constrasting color of white and orange looks so good and Chow Chow Bath is my favorite too,, thanks for sharing and nice entry ...:D

Jyothi said...

Hi Sharmi! beautiful pics of chow chow bhath. I heard about this recipe but don't know clearly. Here I got it. Great entries dear. Thanks for sharing.

Raaga said...

Can I come over now?

musical said...

Lovely! and my favorite too! and i am writing an ode to Kara baath too too :-D. Yummy!

SMN said...

Hi Sharmi,

Chow Chow luks very yummy.. can i hv something..

Viji said...

Sharmi, i did not know that it is called chow chow bath. Lovely plate. Feel like eating. Viji

sra said...

Nice pix, Sharmi.

Unknown said...

Looks colorful with white uppittu and orange kesari... Delicious!!!

lakshmi said...

your food always looks so appetizing - look at that kesari - who can resist something that looks so gorgeous

Apple said...

I thought chow chow bath is some chinese dish..:o...looks so colorful....waiting for your karnataka feast :D

FH said...

Excellent entry Sharmi!! Chow Chow Bhath is a classic, you made it!!:))
Thank you so much,looks mouthwatering.

TBC said...

Ooh, I like the look of your kesari:-)I too made something similar a few weeks back.
Sharmi,I made your banana- walnut bread. It came out really well. Take a look at it on my blog:-)

Seena said...

Sooo tempting dish..Love Upma..

Sharmi said...

Sure Raaga, any time!!

Shivapriya said...

Nice entry Sharmi. Looks delicious.

Sig said...

Wow, Sharmi this used to be my favorite breakfast during my two years in Bangalore... I used to have it at least three times a week at that time.... with the ghee and all.. well, I had good metabolism at that time I guess... Thank You for the recipe, I must try it at home one day.... I lovve the combination of the spice and sweet....

Namratha said...

Sharmi, chow chow bath...Karnatka spot on no doubt!:) My favourite dishes..great entry!

Padma said...

That a very handsome bath!

Mandira said...

sharmi, this is a great combination. I was also going to make this for RCI :)

Finla said...

Nice looking picture.
Love the kesari. And the c olour that is just fabulous :-))

Swaruchy said...

Sharmi....looks heavenly dear......nice color contrast....:-)

Chef Jeena said...

Sharmi your pictures look wonderful! Great recipes I bet they tasted fantastic. :)

Rajesh &Shankari said...

I just finished my lunch and guess what, my mouth is watering again:)

Creativecook said...


I have been looking for a good recipe for kesari rawa for a while. Must try this. I wonder if a few strands of saffron would work. Might provide a more subtle orange color though.

Thanks for posting, I also learnt what Chow Chow Bhat means.


Cynthia said...

I now understand what chow chow bath means! The best of both worlds on a breafast plate. Lovely.

Laavanya said...

Sharmi.. that looks so cute. I've never had this combination before.. will try it sometime. Can't wait to see what you've cooked up for the Karnataka feast!

Anu said...

Hey Sharmi...What lovely pics..Can almost smell the aroma :)

Rina said...

Wow, Sharmi that a good complete breakfast plate.

Bong Mom said...

Looks wonderful, but where is your K'taka Thali girl ?

Kumudha said...

The picture of chow chow bhath is beautiful.
Wonderful food pictures and music!

Nanditha Prabhu said...

wow! that was nice and colorful!mouth watering!

SeeC said...

Nice info about chow chow bhath. I never knew this :)

Looks very attractive.

rat_race said...

hello.. where does the word "chow chow " come from in the name of the dish. it is not appearing in the list of ingredients. i would be grateful if you could tell me ..thanks