How to Cook Panta Bhat (Smoked Rice Water)? | Masterchef’s Grand Finale Recipe

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“Panta Bhat” or “Smoked Rice Water” will be a favorite dish for everyone. Congratulation to Kishwar Chowdhury for being the second runner-up in Masterchef Australia 2021 and representing Bangladeshi cuisine. She presents all of the Bangladeshi normal food in the competition. It was a really great risk to present “panta bhat” in the grand finale. Nobody will take the risk. But she did it. Now “Bangladeshi Cuisine” will take the place with other cuisines in the world.

Why Kishwar called panta bhat is Smoked Rice Water?

Panta bhat with dry chili

“Panta bhat-bharta-elish” is a special dish at the Bengali New Year party. The process of rice is very simple. Add water to Cooked rice and keep it overnight. This process creates a smell like smoke and it is very good. The water of rice is also very delicious. Aloo bharta, Hilsa fry, beef bhuna (curry), and dried red chili fry are very suitable for the panta. Every Bengali people enjoy this recipe in Pohela Boishak. This smoked rice water is perfect for 14th April (pohela boishak) because of the hot weather.

Smoked Rice Water (Panta Bhat) with aloo bharta

Panta Bhat recipe
Panta Bhat with Aloo bhorta, other bhorta, & hilsha fry

Rice is the main food in Bangladesh. Panta bhat is known as a poor’s food locally. Usually, it is made of leftover rice. People eat three times rice a day. People who do not have a refrigerator cook rice one time a day. After dinner adds water to leftover rice at night and keep it for the next morning. They take rice with green chili, or onion, or fried red chili, or aloo bharta(mashed potato), or even salt.

Ingredients for panta bhat

How to prepare

Add water to cooked rice. Cover the rice and keep it for 6-8 hours.

Smoked rice water

Ingredients for Aloo Bharta

  • 250gm boiled potato
  • 2 tablespoon sliced onion
  • 5/6 dried red chili fry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon mustard oil

How to prepare

Rice with water

Mashed the boiled potato. Add sliced onion, fried chili, salt, and oil to the mashed potato. Make a ball and serve with panta bhat or cooked rice.

panta bhat

How to Cook Panta Bhat (Smoked Rice Water)? | Masterchef's Grand Finale Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 25 minutes

Add water to cooked rice. Cover the rice and keep it for 6-8 hours.


  • 500gm cooked rice
  • 1 litre water


  1. Add water to cooked rice.
  2. Cover the rice and keep it for 6-8 hours.


 Do not add water to hot rice. Keep it cool then add water.

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Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 456

How to Serve

Panta bhat with aloo bharta

Take rice from water on a plate. Serve with aloo bharta, fried dry red chili, onion, hilsha fry, or beef bhuna curry. Hope you will enjoy the easy recipe.

Note: Fry dry red chili without oil.

Do not add water to hot rice. Keep it cool then add water.

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