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July 3, 2015

Khara Bath Recipe-South Indian Breakfast Recipes

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Khara bath recipe
Khara bath is the most popular Breakfast recipe in Karnataka. Kharabath is nothing but Semolina/Sooji/Upma Rava cooked in lots of ghee and oil with vegetables and spices. In Bangalore, there is no breakfast menu without khara bath in hotels. It is also served as “Chow Chow bath” along with a scoop of Kesari bath. I have also shared Chow Chow Bath recipe here.

Among all the hotels that serve khara bath, Brahmin’s coffee bar kharabath is the most popular one. Any body who visit Bangalore for the first time would wish to try Idli, khara bath, coconut chutney and filter coffee in brahmin’s coffee bar. I am happy that I have tasted it twice with my School moms friends in Gandhi Bazaar.

After tasting there, I have tried several times to recreate the same at home by referring so many recipes and youtube videos. But nothing came up to the mark. Recently I came across Shanthi mam’s recipe using bath powder which was very different from other recipes I had tried. So I bookmarked and tried it today for our breakfast. It came out really well and I was completely happy with the result. I won’t say it tasted 100% like Brahmin’s coffee bar ones. But it was close it. Sendhil liked it a lot and he was full of praises. What else I need to post this recipe.

To get the actual taste of karabath, you must add more ghee, oil. So please don’t hesitate to use it. After all we are going to make it once in a while. Don’t worry about the Calories and just enjoy this Karnataka delicacy at home.

Lets see how to make Karnataka most popular Kharabath recipe with stepwise pictures !
Check out my other Yummy Karnataka Recipes HERE

Khara bath recipe

Khara bath recipe Khara bath recipe - Karnataka's most popular breakfast recipe
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Upma Rava/Sooji/Semolina - 1 cup
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
To saute
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp  ( Skip oil and use 4 tbsp ghee alone for rich taste)
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - few
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Green chilli -  2 nos (finely chopped)
  • Grated ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato - 1 no( finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Lemon juice - few drops ( optional)
For Bath powder ( to dry roast) or use readymade 1 tbsp vangi bath powder
  • Dhania/coriander seeds - 1.5 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Red chillies - 4nos
  • Cinnamon - 2 inch stick
  • Cloves - 3 nos
  • Black stone flower - 1 no ( optional)
  • Hing/Asafetida - a pinch
  • Grated coconut - 1 tsp
Vangi bath powder - 1 to 2 tbsp (adjust) 
  • Dry roast the rava in a kadai till rava becomes non sticky.Do in medium flame. Remove the roasted rava in a plate. Dry roast all the ingredients given under”To bath powder” and powder them nicely.Store this powder in a box and use it whenever needed. Instead of this powder, you can use Vangi bath powder too. Finely chop the tomato and chillies. You can also use 1 finely chopped Bangalore brinjal.

  • Heat oil + ghee ( or ghee alone) in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds.Add urad dal, chana dal, cashews, curry leaves, finely chopped green chillies, ginger and tomato.Saute well till tomato turns mushy.

  • Add water,turmeric powder and salt.When the water comes to a boil,simmer the flame and add roasted rava in one hand.Mix it using the other hand.
  • When the rava starts to thicken by absorbing all the water,add 1 tbsp of bhath powder.Mix well and cover the kadai with a lid.Simmer the flame.After the rava is cooked well,add 1 tbsp of ghee,2 tsp of grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves.Mix well and serve hot with coconut chutney ! Enjoy !

    NB: Add more ghee and oil if you want exact hotel style upma.Add more water to get even more soft upma.
  • If you don't want to make bath powder replace it with 1 tbsp of vangi bath powder or 1 tsp of Garam masala powder.  
Enjoy your breakfast with khara bath,coconut chutney and filter coffee.This is how it is served in Brahmin’s coffee bar, Bangalore :) .

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AparnaRajeshkumar said...

Super chitra I completely loved the photos

Unknown said...

Wow, i have had this at the Brahmin coffee bar!!! Seriously yumm!! Lovely presentation!will definitely try this out!!

Chitra said...

Thank you.Do try it n share your feedback here :)

Chitra said...

Thanks dear.😀

Sindhujabalaji said...

super tempting karabath,never tired in hotels,and not heard abt kara powder....Taaadaa, idea for weekend breakfast...thnx for sharing

Chitra said...

Thank u sis :)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious combination of flavours looks fabulous

HAPPIE said...

I never tried but the way of your presentation make us to try. Very nice breakfast

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Thanks for linking me and glad you liked it.

Unknown said...

Tempting n mouth watering.

Ravi 拉维 said...

Just awesome taste. We did it exactly as you mentioned. I searched in Tarla Dalal and I didn't found this Kara bath. And finally ended up to your blog. We enjoyed doing it together and eating together..

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for the feedback :) Glad u liked it !

Uma Venkat said...

Tried kharabath today as I was missing my bangalore very badly. was yum...reminded me of veena stores in malleshwaram..thank you very much..

Chitra said...

Thanks for trying :)

Just another blogger .... said...

Thanks for posting. Can't wait to try this out. Any ideas on the chutney ?

For me ,the chutney is the deal maker. I stopped going to a hotel which served my favorite uppitu/khara bhath, because they switched the chutney flavor :) Without, the khara bhath just wasn't the same.

Chitra said...

Hi,I am working on the chutney recipe to get the same taste.Hope i will come up with it soon :)

AAM said...


Chitra said...

I have updated it.Thanks

AAM said...

I eat food according to the LCHF style. I changed your recipe and replaced sooji semolina with mash potato n coconut powder and added yoghurt as one other ingredient. OMG I have been making it daily for 3 days in a row. Thanks. I got the pathar ka phool to add to my recipe soon. Thanks for a simple easy recipe.

Chitra said...

Thank you !

Padma said...

Hi chitra..

Tried yesterday with same measurements...It was perfect . Tasted yum!!!!!!.. Exactly the above measurement serves 3...2 adult and my 3 year kid..👍👍👍

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for the feedback :) I am very happy to know it.