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Bisi bele bhat

Madhuli Ajay
30 minutes
Prep Time
45 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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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.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Others
  • Karnataka
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 2 cups rice, washed and drained
  2. 1 Teaspoon oil
  3. 1 cup Toovar dal, washed
  4. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  5. 1 large onion sliced (or use 7-8 small Madras onions) (optional)
  6. 2 cups vegetables of choice, chopped (beans, carrots, green peas, tomatoes, white gourd, cucumber, drumstick etc..)
  7. 2- 3 teaspoon tamarind pulp (or to taste)
  8. 1 teaspoon grated jaggery
  9. salt to taste
  10. For the fresh masala paste
  11. 1/2 cup fresh Grated coconut
  12. 7-8 peppercorns
  13. 2 teaspoons coriander seed powder (Dhaniya powder)
  14. 4-5 dried red chillies
  15. 1 inch cinnamon stick
  16. 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  17. 1 teaspoon hing (asafoetida)
  18. 7-8 Curry leaves
  19. 3 teaspoons oil
  20. 2-3 teaspoons Malaka Pudi (Rasam powder)


  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

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Reema Thukral
Reema Thukral   May-23-2016

Amazing recipe, perfect for so many purposes :)

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