BisiBele bhath | How to make BisiBele bhath

By Swapna Sunil  |  9th May 2016  |  
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About BisiBele bhath Recipe

Bisibele bhath a rice based dish of Karnataka state in India. Bisi means hot , Bele means lentil and bhath meaning rice...    My co.sister belongs to Karnataka and she was the one who introduced me to this wonderful spicy lentil rice...since the first time i tasted it, I have become a huge fan of it...all we need is just some curd n papad to go along with it... So soft n comforting food !!!

BisiBele bhath

Ingredients to make BisiBele bhath

  • 1 cup sona masoori rice
  • 1/3 cup red lentil / masoor dal ( you can use toor dal as well...we prefer masoor dal as its kind of light on tummy )
  • 2 tbsp oil 
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 cup chopped veggies ( carrots, beans, potato etc )
  • 1/4 cup green peas ( fresh / frozen )
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 2 dry red chillies broken into pieces
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • A golf ball sized tamarind ( soak n extract juice )
  • red chilli powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp dhania / coriander powder
  • 1tbsp MTR sambhar masala ( this works fine for me ...never bothered to make separate masala )
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2tsp cumin seeds
  • few curry leaves
  • A pinch hing / asoefetida
  • 4 cups water
  • Few sprigs cilantro / coriander chopped
  • Few roasted cashew for garnish ( optional )

How to make BisiBele bhath

  1. Wash and soak dal and rice..for 15 mins.
  2. In a pressure pan / cooker add the oil, once hot add the mustard, cumin seeds and allow them to pop.
  3. Next add in the hing, curry leaves ( i did not add )green chillies and red chillies, fry for a min. Then add the sliced onion, fry until translucent.
  4. Now add the turmeric and chopped veggies along with peas and tomato. Fry n cook for a minute or two.Now add the soaked rice n dal, stir well.
  5. Add in the water n pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles. Once the pressure is released, open the cooker / pan now add in the tamarind extract along with dry spices i.e..salt , red chilli powder , dhania powder , sambhar masala  and stir until well mixed...
  6. Add little water if its thick, mix well n heat for a while. Now add the ghee n chopped coriander leaves. Stir...Garnish...drizzle with a tsp of ghee and serve hot.

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Anushree Ghosh2 years ago

Such a delicacy, thanks for sharing :)

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