Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bisibelle Bhaath

Bisibelle Bhaath is a delicious Karnataka dish. The full name is Bisi (hot) belle (lentils) Huli (tamarind) anna(rice) or bhaath(rice) is my favorite! It tastes good when hot, as the name indicates and is very filling & nutrious too, thanks to all the veggies we add in it preparation :)

Bisibelle Bhaath

1. Rice - 1 cup
2. Toor dal - 1 cup
3. Onions - 1 ( chopped roughly)
4. Beans - 1/2 cup (chopped big)
5. Carrot - 1/2 cup ( chopped long)
6. Capsicum - 1/2 (cubed)
7. Tomato - 1 (chopped finely)
8. Tamarind - 2 tsp/ small lemon size
9. Curry leaves - 1 sprig
10. Mustard seeds - 1-2 tsp
11. Bisibelle bhaath powder - 5-6 tsp
12. Water - 4 - 1/2 cup/ 2 glasses
13. Salt - to taste
14. Oil - 1-2 tsp
15. Coconut - 3-4 tbsp (optional)
16. Ghee - 1-2 tsp (optional)

Preparation Time!!
1. Take rice and toor dal and add 4 cups water and pressure cook for 3 whistles (The proportion count is, for each cup of dal or rice, add two cups of water 1 rice : 2 cups water and 1 cup dal : 2 cups water)

1a. In a pan, add oil and once warm, add mustard seeds
2. Once it splutters, add onion and sauté till light brown. Add curry leaves
3. Then, add carrot, beans and sauté for 1-2 minutes
4. Add capsicum, mix well and sauté for another minute
5. Add tomatoes and the add bisibelle bhaath powder, till it coats all veggies properly
6. Add salt.Mix 
7. Now, add tamarind paste and add 2 to 2.5 glasses water and let this boil, till the smell of tamarind and powder smell goes
8. Once done, keep aside

1. Once the rice and dal mixture is done, use a ladle and lightly mash the rice-dal mixture
2. Then, add the tamarind-vegetable mixture to the rice and mix well. Ensure there are no lumps of rice
3. Add coconut and mix well(Yup! shredded raw coconut, not need to sauté and desiccate). Adjust salt accordingly

Serve hot & add ghee while serving! You could add boondi too and have a along with raitha..

1. Add a little hot water,and ensure that rice mixture is a little loose (as in semi-solid form) . It has a tendency to become hard, so a little water helps, if you are packing for lunch..
2. If you are really weight conscious, i am sure you would skip ghee. I would say add at least 1 spoon,it really enhances the flavor :)

Serving - 2-3 people
Duration - 40 minutes 

Sending this to Radhika's 'Lets cook Rice'


  1. A whole some one pot nutritious meal. Thanks for linking it to the event.

  2. very nice recipe...rice looks so perfectly cooked and inviting...will soon try your bisibela bhath powder and let u know...

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  3. what a coincidence... i just got back from ur blog seeing you perfectly shaped cutlets and see ur comment :) thanks so much..look forward to hear all about the bhaath :)

  4. Looks so tempting, love the recipe, have to go through your BBB powder post...

  5. A delicious one pot meal....First time here...Lovely space...


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