Bisi Bele Bath

As everyone knows that Bisi Bele Bath is a Karnataka dish and I first tasted it in Shiva Vishnu temple .From that day it was my favorite dish, but never thought of trying it. After meeting our neighbors and friend Chandra Kala from Karnataka and tasting Bisi Bele Bath from her, I also wanted to try this recipe.Finally with the help of her I tried it and come out very delicious. Here is the recipe…


Bisi Bele bath masala powder:
  • Dhaniya: 1/2 cup
  • Channa dal: 3/4 cup
  • Urad Dal: 3/4 cup
  • Jeera: 3 spoon
  • Curry leaves: A fist full
  • Cinnamon: 5-6 pieces
  • Cloves (lavanga): 4
  • peppercorn: 6
  • Red chillies: 20-25
  • marati moggu: 1
  • Tamarind- small gooseberry size
Dry roast these till you get their respective aroma (do not roast too much). Grind into powder & store.
Its easy if you make this above masala powder in advance & keep it, so that it reduces time to make the dish next time by just following below steps:
Ingredients to make paste:
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut ( or dried copra also works).
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh coriander leaves.
  • 1/2 inch of Ginger.
  • 2 Garlic cloves.
Grind the above ingredients with some water & keep aside.
  • Soak 1 1/4 cup of rice and 1 cup of Toor dal in water for 2-3 hours.
  • Chopped Vegetables: Pearl onions (or ordinary onion-1), Beans, Carrot, Green peas, potato: 1/2 to 1 cup each depending on how much veggies u like. (optional: capsicum, Surthi lilva , kohl rabi ).
  • curry leaves: 5-6 leaves.
  • red whole chillies- 3 count.
  • Hing: a pinch.
  • mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp.
  • Tamarind water: 1/4 cup.
  • Chilli powder: 1/2 to 1 spoon. (optional, depending on your spicy need)
  • oil : 5 spoons.
In a pressure cooker, add some oil, once its heated, add mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves, red whole chilly, onions. Fry till onion is translucent. Now add all chopped veggies and fry for sometime till veggies are almost half cooked. Add soaked Rice & Dal after removing water. Add above grinded coconut paste. Add 3 times the water, here 7 cups of water (as this dish needs to be little in liquid state). Add 3 1/2 spoons of above grinded masala powder. Add tamarind water & salt to taste. If needed add chilli powder. Close the cooker & give 2 whistles .

Bisi Bele bath is ready. Serve hot every time, with plain khara boondi or curds.
If at all water was less when we prepared the dish, or usually the dish absorbs water after sometime, then in that case add little water when you reheating & reuse.

Enjoy this delicious dish….

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One Response to Bisi Bele Bath

  1. chandra says:

    I like, I like:-)

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