Bisi bele bath recipe | How to make bisi bele bath | Karnataka style bisibele bhath

By Latha on october 25th, 2015

bisi bele bath recipe

Bisi bele bath recipe explained with step by step pictures. Bisi bele bath is most popular recipe from Karnataka. Bisi bele bath or bhath is a rice-lentil-vegetables based dish, which translates to "hot lentil rice" in Kannada language. It is also known as Bisi bele huliyanna, which means "hot lentil sour rice". The traditional preparation of this dish is quite elaborate and involves the use of spicy masala, toor dal and vegetables. Various spices used in its preparation contribute to the unique flavour and taste of this dish. It is served hot and sometimes eaten along with salad or kara boondi. You can find one more avalakki bisi bele bath or poha bisibele bath on this website.

Even though the original process is lenghty, here is the simple version of the same without compromising the taste. I have also included the recipe of bisi bele bath masala powder here. You can even use ready made bisi bele bath masala powder availabe in the shops but fresh home made masala tastes much better. Or if you wish to prepare bisi bele bath powder in large quantity and store it, then check my bisi bele bath powder recipe post.

If you are looking for more popular breakfast recipes from Karnataka, then do check my masala dosa, neer dosa, rave uppittu, vegetable palav, tomato bath, chithranna, akki rotti, puliyogare and pongal recipes. We have posted many more tasty recipes in our breakfast recipes section. I have also made a quick video of this bisi bele bath recipe, which is given below. Have a quick look.

Bisi bele bath recipe

Preparation time: 30 min
Cooking time: 1 hr
Serves: 4

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 120ml)

  1. 3/4 cup toor dal
  2. 1 cup rice (preferably sona masoori)
  3. 10 nos of beans
  4. 1 carrot
  5. 1 Kohlrabi/Knolkol/Navilkosu or little cabbage/cauliflower
  6. 1 small brinjal (optional)
  7. 1/2 capsicum (optional)
  8. 1 potato
  9. 2 tbsp soaked ground nuts
  10. 2 tbsp soaked green peas
  11. 2 medium sized tomato chopped
  12. 1 small gooseberry sized tamarind
  13. 1 small lemon sized jaggery
  14. Salt as per your taste

Ingredients required for masala powder:

  1. 2-4 red chilly
  2. 1 tsp channa dal
  3. 2 tsp Urad dal
  4. 1/4 tsp meethi/fenugreek seeds
  5. 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  6. 1/2 tsp jeera/ cumin seeds
  7. 2 tsp coriander seeds
  8. A big pinch of asafoetida
  9. 1/2 finger length cinnamon
  10. 10 cloves/lavang
  11. 1 cardamom
  12. 1 tsp poppy seeds/ khus khus
  13. 2 tbsp dessicated coconut/grated coconut
  14. 1/2 tsp cooking oil

Ingredients required for tempering:

  1. 1/2 tsp mustard
  2. 1 tsp chana dal or gram dal
  3. 1 tsp urad dal
  4. 8-10 cashews
  5. 7 - 8 curry leaves
  6. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  7. 6 tsp ghee or cooking oil

Instructions for making bisi bele bath:

  1. To begin with to prepare bisi bele bath, take a pressure cooker having minimum 5 litre capacity. Take toor dal in the pressure cooker and rinse well.rinse toor dal for bisi bele bath
  2. After rinsing, add in 2 cups of water, a pinch of turmeric powder and few drops of oil and make 2 whistles. After this stage the dal will be half dal for bisi bele bath
  3. Chop all the vegetables and keep it ready.cutting vegetables for bisi bele bath
  4. Take rice, ground nut and green peas in a container, rinse well and keep it aside.rinse the rice for bisibele bath
  5. Now add in chopped vegetables, rinsed rice, green peas and ground nuts to the same cooker, which has half cooked dal. Add in 4 cups of water. A tsp of salt and cook them by making 2 more vegetable and rice for bisi bele bath
  6. Now parallely to make bisibele bath masala powder, take 1/2 tsp of oil in a frying pan. Keep the stove on medium flame. To begin with add red chilis and fry. When chilies are roasted, add in channa dal (gram dal) and urad dal. Fry until dals are slightly roasted.frying chili and dals for bisi bele bath
  7. Add in mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and coriander seeds. Fry for few seconds.frying spices for bisi bele bath
  8. Add in cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Fry for few seconds.frying spices for bisi bele bath
  9. Add in asafoetida and poppy seeds. Fry for few more seconds. Make sure you don't burn any of them. If you feel so reduce the flame further.frying spices for bisi bele bath
  10. Now switch off the stove, wait until the ingredients are cool.frying spices for bisi bele bath powder
  11. Transfer the roasted spices into a mixie jar and make a fine powder.grinding masala powder for bisi bele bath
  12. Add grated coconut or copra and dry grind it again.grinding coconut for bisi bele bath
  13. So bisibele bath masala powder is ready. Keep it aside.masala powder for bisi bele bath
  14. After this take a frying pan or wok and prepare tempering using oil, mustard seeds, channa dal, urad dal and cashews. Once urad dal turns brown,add turmeric powder, curry leaves and switch off the stove.tempering for bisi bele bath
  15. Now immediately add ground bisibele bath masala powder and mix. masala powder for bisi bele bath
  16. Add in salt, jaggery, tamarind extract and mix.jaggery and tamarind for bisibele bath
  17. Once the pressure subsidies, open the lid. You can see rice and dal are well cooked.jaggery and tamarind for bisi bele bath
  18. Now either you can add the tempered masala to the cooker, which has cooked rice, dal and vegetables. Or otherwise add in cooked dal, vegetables and rice to the frying pan, which has tempered masala.mixing bisi bele bath
  19. Add in enough water (approximately 4 cups) to get the right consistency. Bisi bele bath should have thin consistency.enough water for bisi bele bath
  20. Switch on the stove and bring it to boil by stirring continuously. Add in a tsp of ghee at the end and serve. Tasty bisi bele bath ready to eat.boiling bisi bele bath

Bisi bele bath should be served hot, so is the name "hot-lentil-rice". Serve it with raitha or papad or chips or kara boondi or mixture, which ever you prefer.

Dear reader, We have a Kannada version of this recipe. Click here to read this recipe in Kannada.

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