BISI BELE BATH

Bisi Bele Bath is famous and traditional spicy rice-based cuisine from Karnataka. It is also popular in Hyderabad, Chennai and other parts of south India. Bisi Bele Bath literally means hot lentils cook with rice. This rice dish can be had for breakfast or for lunch. It is best served with spicy Potato Chips or Boondi. In this dish we use lots of seasoning ingredients, spices. At the same time we use several vegetables. This makes dish very nutritious.

Ingredients:

Rice – 2 cups

Toor Dal – 1 cup

Tomato – 2 medium sized

Onion – 1

Potato – 2 medium sized

Beans – 15 to 20 pieces

Carrot – 2

Peas – 1/2 cup (optional)

Tamarind Paste – 1 Tbsp

Jaggery – 1/2 tsp

Oil

Salt to taste

Step 1 –

Wash Rice, Toor Dal and drain it thoroughly. Cook Rice, Toor Dal together in a pressure cooker about 2 whistles. Cook vegetables separately (except Onions) in a pressure cooker with salt.

Or else vegetables can be cooked in a pan, but in this method first we have to put oil in pan. When oil become hot enough then add chopped onion and cook till it turn golden brown. Later we add all other chopped vegetables. Add salt and Jaggery. This enables the chopped vegetables to absorb a little of the sweet and salt taste while being cooked.

Ingredients for Seasoning:

Oil – 2 tsp

Chana Dal or Kadale Bele – 3 tsp

Urad Dal / White Lenthils – 1 tsp

Dhaniya or Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin Seeds / Jeera- 1/2 tsp

Cloves or Lavanga – 3

Cinnamon or Dalchini – 1 small piece

Poppy seeds – ½ tsp

Pepper powder (optional)

Red dry Chillies – 4-5

Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup

Step 2 –

Spices for Seasoning (optional):

Heat about 2 tsp of oil in a pan. Add Bengal Gram, Urad Dal, Dhaniya, Jeera, Cloves, Cinnamon, poppy, pepper powder and fry until these ingredients change color. At last add Red dry chillies and fry it.

Bisi Bele Bath masala powder will available in any Indian grocery store and it can be used instead of making of Masala powder at home.

Step 3 –

Bisi Bele Bath Masala Paste Preparation:

Put grated Coconut in a mixer jar. Pour above fried ingredients. Add a little water and grind well in the mixer until it becomes a smooth coconut paste.

Step 4 –

Preparation of Bisi Bele Bath:

Take cooked vegetables altogether, add masala paste and mix well. Add 1 cup water, then boil it for 5 mins. Add tamarind paste to the mixture.

Now pour this mixture to cooked Dal and Rice. Add little Salt if required. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes and keep stirring continuously to avoid the bottom of pan contents from getting burnt. A little water can be added if consistency of mixture became too dense. (Add fried onions if vegetables were cooked in a pressure cooker)

Remove from flame.

Ingredients for Tempering:

   Ghee – 2 tsp

   Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

   Urad Dal / White Lenthils – 1/2 tsp

   Red Chilly – 1

   Curry leaves

Step 5 –

Tempering/Oggarane:

Heat 2 tsp Ghee in a pan for tempering or Oggarane. Add Mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splutter, add Urad Dal, Red Chillies and curry leaves. Fry until all spices turns into golden brown. Put this tempered mix to the Bisi Bele bath and mix it all well.

Now delicious hot Bisi Bele bath is ready to serve. Sprinkle Potato chips or Boondi on it.

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