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Bisi Bele Bath

Padma Rekha
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Prep Time
35 minutes
Cook Time
3 People
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Kannada cuisine is one of the oldest surviving cuisine with lots of different flavors and a wide variety of vegetarian recipes. I adopted some flavors from this wonderful cuisine into my daily cooking. Some recipes have become favorites at home, like soppina saru, ragi mudde saru, sabsige soppina rotti, akkirotti and many more. Especially bisi bele bath, chitranna and vangi bath are always present in my weekly menu.

Recipe Tags

  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Karnataka
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 3

  1. Rice- 1 cup
  2. Tour dal- 1 cup
  3. Tomato- 1 finely chopped
  4. Mixed vegetables- 1 cup of carrot, beans, green peas, potatoes, eggplant and pumpkin
  5. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  6. Jaggery- 1 tbsp, grated
  7. Bisi bele bath powder- 1/4 cup
  8. Ghee- 1 tbsp
  9. Ground nuts- 1 tbsp
  10. Cashew nuts- 6
  11. Asafoetida- a pinch
  12. Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  13. Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp finely chopped
  14. Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  15. Gheep- 2 tbsp
  16. Tamarind- golf ball size
  17. Salt to taste


  1. Wash the dal well then pressure cook it with 2 cups of water till 4 whistles blow. Then turn off the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Cut all the vegetables well, the carrots in round shapes and the other vegetables in 1" inch pieces. Now add these chopped vegetables and peas, a pinch of turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp salt along with 1 cup of water. Let it boil and cook till the vegetables are tender.
  3. Wash the rice and pour in 2 and 1/2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, let it cook till three whistles blow. Then turn off the heat and set aside. Also soak the tamarind in enough warm water and squeeze the tamarind juice with 1 cup of water.
  4. Take a pan, add the chopped tomatoes with tamarind water, then add 1/4 tsp salt and cook till the tomatoes are soft. Then add the grated jaggery and bring to a boil. Now add the bisi bele bath powder, boiled vegetables and cooked dal, keep the flame low and cook it for 5 to 7 minutes till the flavors blend well together.
  5. Add the cooked rice to this vegetable mixture, mix well and cook in a low heat, mix in between to ensure that there are no lumps. Pour in enough water to make it solid, keep the flame very low and cook it for 15 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, heat ghee in a pan, add mustard seeds and let then crackle then add asafoetida, groundnuts, cashewnuts and fry till they turn golden, then add the curry leaves and add this tempering to the bisi bele bath.
  7. Mix well and serve hot with pappad, chips or any thing that you like.

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Sirisha Naidu
Sirisha Naidu   Oct-09-2017

Wat r the ingredients used in bissi billi bhaat? Any idea because usually this is not available every where.

Mubeena Sn
Mubeena Sn   Mar-03-2016

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