Saturday, December 17, 2011


It is authentic and flavourful rice, famous in Karnataka region. Even though we prepare sambar rice it tastes different. Some of us may use the readymade bisi bela bath powder to prepare, but it can’t be beat the freshly ground powder which we prepared at home. Their Delicious taste is from various veggies, rice & dhal. Highly protein rich dish which suits for lunch box.


Rice – 1cup
Toor dhal – 1/2cup
Vegetables (I used drumstick -1, Carrot -1, Beans - 4, fresh green peas ¼cup, Brinjal- 2no, potato -1)
Small Onions – 12 to 15 nos
Tamarind – small lemon size ball (extract paste)
Turmeric powder – 1/2tsp
Jaggery – 1/4tsp
Cashew nuts few
Coriander leaves few
Curry leaves – 1spring
Asafoetida - 1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Oil – 2tbsp

Roast and Grind:

Coriander seeds – 2tsp
Channa dhal – 1tsp
Urad dhal – 1/2tsp
Red chillies – 3-4no
Fenugreek seed – 1/4tsp
Pepper corns few
Cumin seeds – 1/4tsp
Cloves – 2 no
Cinnamon – 1’’piece
Coconut – 2tbsp
Garlic – 2pods
Ginger – 1”piece


  • Fry all the masala ingredients in to golden brown and make coarse powder.
  • Wash and soak the rice and dhal together with 6 cups of water for 30 minutes.
  • Clean, peel and chop the vegetables into desired shapes.
  • In a pressure cooker heat a tbsp of ghee and sauté the vegetables for few seconds and add soaked rice and toor dhal along with water and turmeric powder, salt for taste and leave for four whistles.
  • In a pan heat a tbsp of oil and fry the peeled small onions fry till it turns transparent.
  • Now add a tamarind paste, asafoetida, jaggery and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Once it starts boiling add the grinded masala powder to it and leave to boil for another couple of minutes, now it starts thicken. Switch off the flame.
  • Now open the pressure cooker and add this masala mixture to the cooked rice mixture and mix well to blend well.
  • Finally in a ghee tempering the mustard seeds when they start popping add curry leaves, asafoetida and cashew nuts and mix it to the bisi bele bath.

Hot and delicious Bisibelbath is ready to serve with chips or vadam.

  • Adding masala and chopped onions towards the last, the flavour last long.
  • For better taste the consistency of Bisibelabath shouls be little wattery.


  1. One of my favorite rice dish, looks so tempting.

  2. i love this..I thought of making this tomorrow..You posted it

  3. wow...lovely preparation..bisibelabath n potato chips are my fav combo...looks more tempting :)

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  4. flavourful and delicious bisibelebath..

  5. Love this flavorful and aromatic rice...perfect with that bowl of potato wafers

  6. I too make similar to this but dont add cinnamon & cloves.but adding this gives a hotel taste :)

  7. Delicious bisibelebath n nice presentation.

  8. Nice combination,its tempting to try this dish........

  9. This is a favourite. A total meal.

  10. Bisi bele bhaat is perfect recipe for winter

  11. Bisibelabath luks so delicious,gayathri

  12. Have had this many times at Bangalore. Would love to try it once. Delicious!
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  13. flavourful recipe... looks delicious..

  14. Bisibelabath recipe is very new to me. Sounds very interesting. Definitely I will try this. Thanks for sharing dear.

  15. love bisibelebath and all those spices in it. Thank you for dropping by my blog!