Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi Bele Bath is a rice-based dish with its origins in the state of Karnataka, India. Bisi Bele Bath means hot lentil rice in the Kannada language. It is also known as Bisi Bele Huliyanna.

It is an authentic food of South India, Karnataka. It is very tasty and sour based. Anybody, once taste Bisi Bele Bath will never forget to say “Yummy” and becomes their favourite dish.

Bisi Bele Bath is prepared on festivals, get togethers, functions. It is served pipe hot with ghee topped on it.


Ingredients :

Rice                                                                             2 ½ cups

Toor dhal                                                                   2 cups

Turmeric                                                                   ¼ tsp

Tamarind Pulp                                                        1 cup

Jaggery                                                                       1 big lemon size

Bisi Bele Bath Powder                                            ½ cup

Grated coconut or dry coconut kopra           4 tsp

Ghee                                                                             3-4 tsp

Mustard                                                                     ½ tsp

Oil                                                                                4-5 tsp

Red chillies                                                               3-4

Salt to taste

Vegetables – diced carrot, beans, peas, potato, capsicum

or any vegetables as per your choice


Method :

Cook toor dhal, turmeric and cut vegetables separately in a pressure cooker.

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When it is cool. Put all cooked items in a thick bottomed vessel.

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Keep on high flame to cook.

Add tamarind pulp, salt to it.

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In a mixie, put coconut and Bisi Bele Bath powder and run for 30 seconds and add to the whole mixture.

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Mix all the ingredients well, add 5 cups of water and cook for about 10-15 mins.

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Often keep stirring.

In a pan take oil/ghee and temper with mustard seeds and red chillies.

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Now wash rice thoroughly and mix it to the dal mixture and cook in medium flame.

Gently mix on and often to avoid burning at the bottom.

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When Bisi Bele Bath is ¾ cooked turn the flame to low and cook. Close the lid.

After 5 mins gently mix bisi bele bath until your spatula reaches bottom.  Cook until rice in bisi bele bath is done.

Now switch off the flame and close the lid. Let it rest for another 10-15 mins.

You can also pressure cook Bisi Bele Bath after you reach the stage of mixing rice. But I do not prefer pressure cooker to cook as I see lot of difference in taste between two methods. You can try both methods and select the one of your choice.

Bisi Bele Bath is ready to serve.

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Serve piping hot Bisi Bele Bath with ghee on it and tomato & onion raita or boodi or potato chips.

Tips :

You can add onion to Bisi Bele Bath, its optional.

Shyla Nagesh

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