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Khara Bath Recipe

By Swasthi on August 20, 2023, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Khara Bath also known as Rava Bath is a breakfast from Karnataka. It is made with semolina, mix veggies, curry leaves and spices. Khara bath is a variation of the most popular Rava Upma. It is commonly seen on the menus of Karnataka Tiffin Centers & Restaurants. Most people love this for the subtle flavor that comes from the spice powder used.

khara bath

Khara bath tastes good on its own. But it is usually served with coriander Coconut chutney.

The key to making a good khara bath lies in the spice powder used. Rava bath served in each tiffin center has a distinct flavor & taste as each one uses their own unique masala powder.

To make khara bath I have used homemade vangi bath powder that I shared on my Vangi bath post. However you can use any other spice powder like bisi bele bath powder or sambar powder.

I make this sometimes for dinner as it doesn’t take much time to prepare. It is filling as a good amount of veggies are used.

More karnataka recipes

Rava idli
Akki roti
Ragi roti
Rava kesari
Goli baje

How to Make Khara Bath (Stepwise photos)


1. Skip this step if you are using double roasted semolina. Add ¾ rava to a pan and dry roast it on a low to medium flame. Keep stirring to roast evenly. Do not brown the rava as it changes the flavor of khara bath. Keep this aside to cool.

roasting semolina to make khara bath

2. Chop finely onions, tomatoes, chilies, beans, carrot and capsicum. Mince or grate the ginger. Rinse peas and curry leaves as well. You will need the following quantities:

  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (3 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp capsicum finely chopped
  • ½ small carrot finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp green peas frozen (about an handful)
  • 1 small tomato deseeded and fine chopped
chopping veggies & ginger to make khara bath

Make Khara Bath

3. Heat 1½ tbsp ghee.

heating ghee for khara bhath

4. Add ¼ tsp mustard seeds to the hot ghee. When they begin to pop, add ¾ tsp urad dal and 10 to 12 whole cashews split. I have also used ¾ tsp chana dal.

frying cashews urad dal to make khara bhath

5. Stir and fry all of them until the dal turns golden. Then add in 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 sprig curry leaves. Fry them for a minute, until aromatic.

frying ginger curry leaves to make khara bath

6. Add onions and chilies. Fry until transparent.

adding onions chilies to make khara bath

7. Add in all the veggies and fry for 2 mins. Cover and cook on a low heat until they turn tender. Tomatoes should break down after this step.

adding all veggies to pan for khara bath recipe

8. Add ½ tsp salt, 1/8 teaspoon turmeric and ¾ to 1 teaspoon vangi bath powder. If you do not have it you can just use any other spice powder like sambar powder or pav bhaji masala.

adding spice powder salt to make khara bath

9. Pour 2¼ cups water and mix. Taste teat and adjust salt and spice.

bringing water to a boil to make khara bath

10. When the water comes to a rapid boil, reduce the flame to medium or low. Pour the rava to the water in a slow stream with your left hand. Keep stirring the water with your other hand. Quickly check if there are any lumps & break.

pouring rava in a stream to make khara bath

11. Lower the flame completely and cover the pot.

cooking covered

12. Turn off the stove when the water is absorbed. Keep the khara bath covered for another 5 mins.

cooked khara bath

13. Add chopped coriander leaves and half tbsp ghee. Mix well.

adding ghee and coriander

14. Squeeze in some lemon juice.

squeezing lemon juice to khara bath

Serve khara bath with coconut chutney.

khara bath recipe

Pro Tips

  • Roast the rava well on a low to medium flame until it turns crunchy and light.
  • The unique aroma of the khara bath comes from the spice powder so use a good flavorful one.
  • Do not reduce the quantity of ghee than mentioned in the recipe as it helps to get a non sticky rava bath with a soft melt-in-the-mouth texture.
Khara bath recipe

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khara bath

Khara Bath Recipe (Masala Rava Bath)

Khara bath is a breakfast dish from Karnataka & is mostly served in Tiffin centers and restaurants. It is made with semolina, spices and veggies.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings2 people

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • ¾ cup rava or semolina or bombay rava
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • ¼ tsp mustard
  • ¾ tsp urad dal
  • 10 to 12 cashews
  • 1 green chilli deseeded & chopped
  • 1 small onion fine chopped (3 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp capsicum fine chopped
  • ½ small carrot fine chopped
  • 3 tbsp green peas frozen (about an handful)
  • 1 small tomato fine chopped
  • cups water
  • ¾ to 1 tsp MTR vangi bath powder or rasam powder or sambar powder
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp salt or as needed
  • 1 tsp ginger chopped finely or grated
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or as needed



  • Dry roast rava on a low to medium flame stirring often until crunchy and light.
  • Do not brown the rava as it changes the flavor of the khara bath. Keep this aside.
  • Wash and chop all the veggies and set side.

How to Make Khara Bath

  • Heat 1½ tbsp ghee in a pan.
  • When the ghee turns hot, pop the mustard seeds first and then add the dal and cashews.
  • Fry until the dal turns golden. Then add the curry leaves, ginger & hing. 
  • Add onions and fry until transparent.
  • Next add in all the veggies and stir fry for 2 mins. Cover and cook until slightly tender.
  • Add in the vangi bath powder, turmeric and salt. Pour water and mix.
  • Check salt and add more if needed. 
  • When the water begins to boil, Set the flame to medium or low.
  • Pour the rava in a stream with your left hand and keep stirring it in the water with your other hand.
  • Quickly stir and break if any lumps. Cover and simmer until the water is absorbed completely.
  • Turn off and allow to rest for 5 mins. Add in coriander leaves & half tbsp ghee to the hot khara bath.
  • If desired you can sprinkle 2 tbsps grated coconut and lemon juice.
  • Serve khara bath hot with coconut chutney.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Khara Bath Recipe (Masala Rava Bath)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 331mg9%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 760IU15%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Khara Bath first published in February 2019. Updated and republished in July 2022.

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5 stars
Really happy to follow your recipe. Food tasrrs so good. Great help for working women in Nuclear families

5 stars
Tried this today and it was absolutely delicious. Makes for a healthy and wholesome breakfast. Added to my regular menu.

Hi Swasthi.. From the start of lockdown I started cooking and I found your recipes… And from then on I have always followed your recipes… Best part about your recipe is you give step by step process with pictures which is very helpful… Right from preparations for the dish to how to make it… And i blindly follow it and it turns out good everytime… Thank you for such precise recipes for starters like us to follow on…

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I second that as a man. I learnt basic cooking from my mom many years back. Now your blog has been very helpful

I tried this recipe over the weekend. The dish came out perfect. The measurements were correct and the explanation was simple.

5 stars
Very good work. Love this blog and the recipes. I don’t cook often but Will surely be trying a few.

Udupi sambar too

Dear swasti
Thanks for the khara Bhath. Came out awesome. Can you show more snacks healthy pls?