Bisi bele bhat | How to make Bisi bele bhat

By Madhuli Ajay  |  21st May 2016  |  
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About Bisi bele bhat Recipe

Bisi Bele Bhat is a quintessential rice based dish from Karnataka. This popular Kannadiga preparation is a spicy medley of vegetables, rice and dal. The recipe looks long winded and the process might seem a bit laborious, but this scrumptious one-pot meal is well worth the effort. You can cut down on the time with some advance preparations like chopping the vegetables and making the coconut paste in advance.

Bisi bele bhat, a deliciously finger licking recipe to treat your family and friends. This recipe of Bisi bele bhat by Madhuli Ajay will definitely help you in its preparation. The Bisi bele bhat can be prepared within 30 minutes. The time taken for cooking Bisi bele bhat is 45 minutes. With such flavoursome ingredients, the dish tastes superb! This recipe is appropriate to serve 4 people. The recipe details out how to make Bisi bele bhat step by step. The detailed explanation makes Bisi bele bhat so simple and easy that even beginners can try it out. The recipe for Bisi bele bhat can be tweaked in a lot of ways to make it more interesting. So, the next time you have a party at home do not forget to check out the recipe of Bisi bele bhat from BetterButter.

Bisi bele bhat

Ingredients to make Bisi bele bhat

  • 2 cups rice, washed and drained
  • 1 Teaspoon oil
  • 1 cup Toovar dal, washed
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 large onion sliced (or use 7-8 small Madras onions) (optional)
  • 2 cups vegetables of choice, chopped (beans, carrots, green peas, tomatoes, white gourd, cucumber, drumstick etc..)
  • 2- 3 teaspoon tamarind pulp (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon grated jaggery
  • salt to taste
  • For the fresh masala paste
  • 1/2 cup fresh Grated coconut
  • 7-8 peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seed powder (Dhaniya powder)
  • 4-5 dried red chillies
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon hing (asafoetida)
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 3 teaspoons oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons Malaka Pudi (Rasam powder)

How to make Bisi bele bhat

  1. Pressure cook the dal with 2-2 1/2 cups water, turmeric and few drops of oil, till the dal is just cooked.
  2. Add a teaspoon of oil to the washed rice and mix well.
  3. While the dal is cooking,heat 3 teaspoons of oil in a small pan.
  4. Add the cumin seeds,cinnamon,hing, peppercorns,red chillies,curry leaves and saute for a few seconds.
  5. Add the coconut and saute for another minute or till the coconut just starts browning.
  6. Add the coriander powder and rasam powder. Mix well
  7. Cool a bit and grind to a fine paste in a blender. Use little water if required.
  8. Add this paste to the cooked dal, along with the vegetables and rice.
  9. Add salt,tamarind extract, jaggery and mix well.
  10. Add 4-5 cups of water (or more if required), stir and pressure cook till the rice is cooked well. (cook for 1 whistle and 10-15 minutes on low heat)
  11. Check the consistency (porridge like) and adjust the water if required.
  12. Serve hot with Mor Molaga (sun dried chillies) and Vadams
  13. Bisi Bele Bhat tastes better the next day after the flavours have mingled well

Reviews for Bisi bele bhat (1)

Reema Thukral4 years ago

Amazing recipe, perfect for so many purposes :)