Bisi bele bath is an authentic Karnataka dish. It’s delicious, super-awesome all-in-one meal. As per Wikipedia, the name Bisi bele bath is Kannada phrase meaning hot lentil rice.
How to Make Bisi Bele Bath:
If you have all the ingredients handy, then you can easily break the monotony of regular dishes. Bisi bele bath is quite addictive with masala/roasted papads.
Though some claim it as spicy mixed vegetable sambar rice, but it’s not! The authentic taste of bisi bele bhath stays with you even after you’re done with your meal. Don’t forget to serve this wholesome bisi bele bath with some roasted papad and boondi to savour the taste to the fullest.
Come on, let’s learn how to make bisi bele bath.
step by step bisi bele bath recipe below:
- Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
- Cumin – 1 tsp
- Red chillies - 3-4
- Asafoetida – pinch
- Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
- Fenugreek seeds - very few
- Ghee – 1 tsp
- Cashews -10
- Chopped coriander – ¼ cup
- Soak the yellow lentils for half an hour. Wash thoroughly. Pressure cook with enough water till soft.
- Soak rice for an hour. Drain the water and keep aside.
- Take a thick bottomed pan. Roast all the ingredients for sambar masala and let them cool.
- Heat oil/ghee in a deep bottomed pan.
- Add the mustard seeds, cumin, red chillies, asafoetida, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves and sauté for a minute. Do not burn.
- Now add onions and green chillies. Sauté.
- Add all the vegetables one by one and cook on a slow flame while tossing intermittently.
- Add salt, turmeric and cook on a slow flame with the lid closed.
- Cook till the vegetables become soft.
- Mash the dal and add it to the vegetables. Add 2 cups of water and mix well.
- Once this water starts boiling, add the rice. Add some more water to it.
- Cover the lid and cook on a slow flame till the rice is cooked. Check intermittently for the consistency. If needed add some more water.
- While the rice is getting cooked, blend the dry masala ingredients.
- Once the rice is cooked add the tamarind juice.
- Let it boil.
- Add the sabar masala powder and mix well.
- In a pan heat one tsp of ghee and roast some cashews and mustard seeds and add it to the sambar rice.
- Garnish with finely chopped coriander.
** The sambar rice after sometime gets thickened. If you have some sambar ready you can add it and serve or else boil some water and mix it to the rice. The taste might vary a bit, but it is still mouth watering.
*** Make sure you turn off the flame when the consistency of the bisibele bath is thinner but not runny. Maintaining the correct consistency is the crucial step in the making of bisibele bath.
**** If you think making all the sambar masala would be time consuming or not possible, you can use the sambar powder that is available with you. If you are not using the sambar masala mentioned here, then this recipe would need about 2 tbsp of sambar powder, ½ tsp of garam masala, 1 tsp of red chilli powder.