Bisi bele bath (version 2)

Written by: 7aumsuvai

Bisi bele bath is a popular rice dish in Karnataka that goes well with raita and papad. I have already posted bisi bele bath recipe with homemade powder, but this recipe is prepared with store bought bisi bele bath powder. It was slightly gooey and just melted in the mouth. Good one to try and let me know if you liked it.

bisi bele bath


Serves 5 to 6

      • 1 cup – Raw rice
      • 1/2 cup – Thuvaram paruppu / toor dal / red gram
      • 8 to 10 no’s – Small onion / shallot / chinna vengayam
      • 1 no – Tomato (chopped)
      • 1 1/2 cup – Mixed vegetables (carrot, beans, potato)
      • 1/2 tsp – Turmeric powder
      • 1 to 2 tsp – Red chilli powder (or add as needed)
      • 1 1/2 tbsp – MTR bisi bele bath powder
      • 1 tsp – Arachuvitta sambar powder (optional)
      • 1 no – Tamarind (gooseberry size)
      • 2 tbsp – Coriander leaves chopped
      • Salt to taste

Seasonings 1:

      • 8 to 10 no’s – Cashew nuts
      • 3 tbsp – Ghee

Seasonings 2:

      • 1 tbsp – Oil
      • 1/2 tsp – Mustard seeds
      • 1/2 tsp – Cumin seeds
      • 5 to 6 no’s – Fresh curry leaves
      • 2 pinches – Asafoetida

bisi bele bath

Preparation method:

  1. Soak tamarind in 1 cup of warm water and squeeze out the pulp.Keep it aside.
  2. Pressure cook Red gram (Thuvaram paruppu), garlic, pinch turmeric, water and a tsp of ghee for up to 5 or 6 whistles(depends upon the paruppu/dal), keep it aside.
  3. Wash and pressure cook raw rice (1:2 water ratio) for 3 to 4 whistles or until well cooked. Keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add small onion and tomato, saute for 2 minutes. Add mixed vegetables along with little salt, saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Now add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, arachuvitta sambar powder and MTR bisi bele bath powder, saute until raw smell goes. Add tamarind water along with 3 to 4 cups of plain water, bring it to boil and cook until raw smell of tamarind goes.
  6. Followed by cooked toor dal and continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Add cooked rice and required salt, mix well thoroughly without any lumps. Continue cooking until everything blends well together.
  7. Heat oil in a small pan, seasoning it with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and pour this seasoning to the cooking bisi bele bath. Switch off the stove.
  8. In the same pan, add ghee and cashew nuts, roast until they are slightly golden brown in color. Add cashew nuts along with ghee to the bisi bele bath. Finally garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with raita and papad.

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  • You may increase or decrease the quantity of red chilli powder as per your spice level.
  • I have used arachuvitta sambar powder along with MTR bisi bele bath powder. You may also prepare without arachuvitta sambar powder. It does not affect the taste.
  • You can add any vegetables of your choice.
  • Consistency should be little watery.

bisi bele bath

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