Bisi bele bath recipe a popular one pot meal in karnataka.The name bisi bele bath is a Kannada phrase, which means “hot lentil rice”. In Kannada, bisi means hot, bele means lentil, and bath means a dish made of rice.If you have the spice mix ready then making bisi bele bath is so easy.
I haven’t tasted bisi bele bath much in hotels but have heard so much about the taste of it in MTR that I very badly want to taste it there.Bisi bele bath is usually served with potato chips and onion raita.
I can claim this as an authentic karnataka style bisi bele bath recipe as I did a research for the origin of bisi bele bath and how it differs from sambar rice.Though the main difference being the special spice mix we add for bisi bele bath, another one is for bisi bele bath we do not add vegetables.Yes you heard it right,actually when they started making a dish called bisi bele bath earlier it was made this way without vegetables not even onions but later hotels started using vegetables and now everywhere it is the same.Trust me, even without vegetables with just rice,dal,spice mix and a generous dose of ghee this dish tastes out of the world.
There is a reason behind this much research and effort put in for this bisi bele bath recipe.My sil had asked to post this bisi bele bath recipe 2 yrs bk…she even got me a book which had the recipe but still the lazy me kept postponing it.She said she had tried it from several sources but was not satisfied so wanted me to post Finally after 2 yrs dusted the book she gave and after a week analysis of the orginal source of bisi bele bath, referring cookbooks, asking few for the recipe and checking MTR ingredient list 😉 finally its all worth the effort.
Bisi bele bath recipe delicious one pot meal very popular in karnataka.
- 1 cup raw rice
- 1/2 + 1/8 cup toor dal
- 5 cups water
- 3 tbsp ghee
- 1/4 cup tamarind water
- 1 tbsp jaggery powder
- 4 tbsp bisi bele powder
- 2 tbsp grated coconut
- 15 nos cashews
- salt to taste
- 2 nos byadgi red chillies
- a small sprig of curry leaves
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp urad dal
- 1 no clove
- 1/4 inch cinnamon
Measure and get ready with the ingredients.Rinse rice and dal first.
Pressure cook with 5 cups of water for 5 whistles in low medium flame.Allow the pressure to release by itself.Mash rice,dal well and set aside.
Heat 1 tsp ghee, add tamarind water and jaggery powder.
Let it boil until raw smell leaves.Add bisi bele bath powder.Add 1 cup water.
Let it boil for a good 7-10mins then add mashed rice and dal.Mix well.
Roast coconut until reddish brown.Add it.Heat a tbsp of ghee and fry cashews until golden.
Add a tbsp ghee, temper the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.Add remaining ghee, tempered items along with cashews.Mix well and switch off.
- If you prefer adding vegetables, cook and add it along with cooked rice dal mixture.
- My spice mix doesnt have kopra so I added roasted coconut here to get theta flavour.But if you are using storebought mix then skip coconut here.
- How much ever ghee you add it absorbs so reserve ghee for serving.Add just half of ghee when its getting cooked just for flavour.
- Add enough water for the rice and dal to cook.It should be goey and not too dry.
- I used homemade spice mix, if you are using storebought then add 3.5 tbsp.
- You can also add peanuts for garnishing, and skip cashews.
How to make bisi bele bath recipe:
- Measure and get ready with the ingredients.Rinse rice and dal first.
- Pressure cook with 5 cups of water for 5 whistles.Allow the pressure to release by itself.Mash it well and set aside.
- Heat 1 tsp ghee, add tamarind water and jaggery powder.
- Let it boil for 5mins in low flame until raw smell leaves.Add bisi bele bath powder and required salt.Add 1 cup water.
- Let it boil for a good 7 to 10 mins then add mashed rice and dal.Mix well.
- Dry roast coconut until reddish brown.Add it.Heat a tbsp of ghee and fry cashews until golden.
- Add a tbsp ghee, temper the items listed under ‘to temper’ let it splutter.Add remaining ghee, tempered items along with cashews.Mix well and switch off.
Serve hot with a drizzle of ghee, onion raita and chips!
Hot hot bisi bele bath with chips and onion raita ready to serve!