Bisi Bele Bath is famous rice based dish from South Karnataka. While you can get off-the-shelf Bisi Bele Bath powders in grocery stores, the recipe that I am presenting here involves starting from scratch. If you are in a hurry, you can skip Step two below, leave out frying ingredients and use commonly available Bisi Bele Bath powders including the popular MTR one available in stores or follow my Bisi Bele Bath Powder Recipe. This rice dish can be had for breakfast or for lunch. It is best served with spicy Potato Chips.
- Rice – 2 cups
- Split Pigeon Pea or Toor Dal – 1 cup
- Beans – 15 pieces
- Carrot – 2 pieces
- Potato – 2 medium sized
- Peas – 1/2 cup
- Onion – 1 (optional)
- Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup
- Tamarind Paste – 1 Tbsp or 3 tsp
- Jaggery – 1/2 tsp
- Ghee / Clarified Butter – 1 tsp
Time to Prepare: 30 min
How to Make Bisi Bele Bath :
Step One – Pressure cook Rice, Dal and Vegetables:
1) Cut all vegetables except onions. If you purchase dry peas, keep them soaked for at least 12 hours before use.
Cook Rice, Toor Dal and Vegetables (including peas, except Onions) in 3 separate vessels in a pressure cooker. Add Jaggery and a little Salt to the vessel containing vegetables before cooking. This enables the cut vegetables to absorb a little of the sweet and salt taste while being cooked in the pressure cooker.
2) Optional - Cut onions length wise (like you would for say onion pokada). Take 1 tsp Ghee with cut onions in a frying pan and fry onions until they turn golden brown. Keep this aside.
Step Two – Fry Spices (optional):
- Oil – 2 tsp
- Red Chillies – 4-5
- Bengal Gram or Chana Dal or Kadale Bele – 3 tsp
- Urad Dal / White Lenthils – 1 tsp
- Dhaniya or Coriander Seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Cumin Seeds / Jeera- 1/2 tsp
- Cloves or Lavanga – 2
- Cardamom – 1
- Dalchini or Cinnamon – 1 small piece
This step can be skipped and you may use Bisi Bele Bath powder available in the store instead of these fried ingredients to prepare the smooth coconut based paste in the next step but you may not get the same original taste with the ready-made powder mix available in the stores. Again, you may follow my recipe for Bisi Bele Bath Powder for better results.
Heat oil in a frying pan. Add Bengal Gram, Urad Dal, Dhaniya, Jeera, Cloves, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Red Chillies and fry until these fried ingredients change color.
Step Three – Prepare Coconut based Masala Paste:
Take grated Coconut in a mixer jar. Pour above fried ingredients or the Bisi Bele Bath Powder into the jar. Add a little water and grind well in the mixer grinder until you obtain a smooth coconut based paste.
Step Four – Bisi Bele Bath preparation:
1) Take Tamarind paste in a kadai. Boil it for a minute. Then add the smooth coconut based masala paste from step 3 above. Add a little water and allow the contents to boil for about 3 min.
2) Add cooked vegetables, Dal and Rice. Add Salt as per taste with a little Jaggery and boil the mixture for 5 minutes while you keep stirring continuously with a ladle to avoid the bottom contents from getting burnt. You may add additional water if you feel the contents are a bit thick.
Add fried onions from step 1 above to the Bisi Bele bath mixture above and stir well to help the onions to mix well.
Remove from flame.
Step five – Post Preparation – Tempering/Oggarane:
- Ghee / Clarified Butter – 2 tsp
- Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Urad Dal / White Lenthils – 1/2 tsp
- Bengal Gram or Chana Dal – 1/2 tsp
- Cut Red Chillies – 1
Take 1 tsp Ghee in tempering or Oggarane pan. Add Mustard seeds. Once the seeds splutter, add Urad Dal, Bengal Gram and cut Red Chillies and fry until the Dal turns golden brown. Add this tempered mix to the Bisi Bele bath preparation from step 7 above and mix it all well with ladle.
Now Bisi Bele bath is ready to serve. The Bisi Bele bath tastes best with fresh Potato Chips or with Khara Boondi.