bisi bele bath

bisi bele bath recipe with step by step photos – bisibelebath is a delicious complete and healthy meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. it is one of the most popular traditional dish from the karnataka cuisine.

bisi bele bath is so popular that you get it so easily in the south indian restaurants in bangalore. whilst living in bangalore, whenever we would visit MTR chain of restaurants, without fail, we would always order bisi bele bath. we had to, as even though i had an idea on how this dish is prepared, i actually never got to making it.

making bisi bele bath is a long process. you have to cook the rice, the lentil and the vegetables separately and then mix everything. well its just not mixing everything and there you go. no… there is more. the flavors and the taste makes all the difference. the flavors come from the bisi bele bath powder and the tempering added towards the end. the bisi bele bath masala is a special spice blend which gives a lot of depth and flavor to this dish.

you can use ready bisi bele bath masala or make the spice blend at home. few more popular recipes from karnataka cuisine are:

  1. vangi bath
  2. neer dosa
  3. mysore bonda
  4. mysore pak

you can also cook the dal first and then add the rice and veggies in it and cook them together in the pressure cooker. sometimes i do it this way too to cut down on the time and steps. in this post, i have shown the traditional way of cooking everything separately.

the vegetables that are added to bisi bele bhath are carrots, turnips, green peas, french beans, knol kohl, capsicum (green bell pepper), chayote squash (chow chow). you can also add your own choice of vegetables. loosely adapted from pratibha’s blog.

bisi bele bath recipe below:

bisi bele bath recipe
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bisi bele bath recipe | bisibelebath recipe

bisibelebath recipe - a delicious and healthy complete meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. bisi bele bath is one of the popular recipe from the karnataka cuisine.

course main course
cuisine karnataka
prep time 1 hour
cook time 20 minutes
total time 1 hour 20 minutes
servings 6 to 7
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for the rice:

  • 1 cup regular rice (i used sona masuri rice)
  • ¼ cup raw peanuts (moongphali)
  • ¼ teaspoon rock salt (sendha namak)
  • 2.5 cups water for cooking the rice.

for the dal:

  • ¾ cup arhar dal (tuvar dal or pigeon pea lentils)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 2 cups water

cooking veggies for bisi bele bath:

  • 1 medium carrot OR 100 to 120 grams carrot
  • 18 to 20 french beans OR 80 to 100 grams french beans
  • ½ cup peas (matar) OR 60 to 70 grams peas
  • 3 to 4 small brinjals (baingan or aubergine) OR 80 to 100 grams baingan
  • 1 medium onion OR 3 to 4 shallots OR 80 to 100 grams onions or shallots
  • 1 medium tomato OR 80 to 100 grams tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tightly packed seedless tamarind soaked in ½ or ⅔ cup water
  • 2 to 2.5 cups water for cooking the vegetables
  • 1 cup water added later
  • 3 tablespoon bisi bele bath masala dissolved in 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon rock salt for cooking the vegetables
  • 1 teaspoon rock salt added later or add as required
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened desiccated coconut

for tempering bisi bele bath:

  • 3 to 4 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 1 or 2 marathi moggu (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (rai or sarson)
  • 2 to 3 dry byadagi/bedgi chilies OR dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch)
  • 12 to 15 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 18 to 20 cashews (kaju)

how to make recipe?

cooking the rice:

  1. rinse the rice and peanuts first. add 2.5 cups water.
  2. soak both rice and peanuts for 20 to 25 mins. add salt.
  3. keep on the stove top and cook the rice.
  4. if required, then you can add some more water while cooking the rice.
  5. bring to a boil and then lower the flame. simmer till the rice grains are cooked well. the peanuts would also cook well. cover and keep aside.

cooking lentils and veggies for bisi bele bath:

  1. soak 1 tbsp tightly packed tamarind in 1/2 or 2/3 cup warm water for 25 to 30 mins.
  2. later squeeze and extract the tamarind pulp.
  3. in a pressure cooker, add rinsed tuvar dal/pigeon pea lentils, turmeric powder and 2 to 2.5 cups water.
  4. pressure cook for 8 to 9 whistles or till the dal is cooked soft.
  5. once the pressure settles down on its own, mash the dal and keep aside.
  6. in another pan, take the chopped veggies and 1/4 tsp salt. pour 2 cups water and stir.
  7. cover and allow the veggies to cook till they are cooked and still retain their shape.

making bisi bele bath:

  1. now in the cooker with the mashed dal, add the cooked rice and peanuts.
  2. then add the cooked vegetables along with its stock. stir lightly.
  3. add 1 cup water. add tamarind pulp. mix everthing well taking care the rice grains do not break.
  4. now in another pan or bowl, take the 3 tbsp bisi bele bath masala and 1 cup water.
  5. stir very well. the masala tend to stick to the back of the spoon while stirring, so scrape it off and add to the mixture.
  6. now add this bisi bele bath + water mixture in the cooker.
  7. add desiccated coconut. add 1 tsp salt or as required. stir well.
  8. keep the cooker without the lid on the stove top and simmer on a low flame for about 20 to 25 mins. add more water if required. keep on stirring often. the raw aroma of the tamarind has to go away and all the flavors should be blended well. cover and keep aside once done.

tempering bisi bele bath:

  1. in a another pan or the tadka (tempering) pan, heat ghee or oil first. crackle the mustard seeds and then temper the curry leaves, marathi moggu, dry red chilies, cashews and asafoetida till the dry red chilies change color and the cashews turn a light golden. don't burn the spices.

  2. pour this tempering in the prepared bisi bele bath. stir and cover the cooker with its lid for about 5 mins, so that the tempering flavors infuse in the bisi bele bath.
  3. later serve the bisi bele bath with potato or banana chips/wafers or fried papads. while serving bisi bele bath you can top with some ghee if you prefer.


how to make bisibelebath or bisi bele bath recipe:

1. rinse the rice and peanuts first. another option is too skip the peanuts at this step and fry them in the tempering/tadka and then add.

rice and peanuts to make bisi bele bath recipe

2. add 2.5 cups water.

water to make bisi bele bath recipe

3. soak both rice and peanuts for 20 to 25 mins in the water.

rice for making bisi bele bath recipe

4. add salt and keep on the stove top and cook the rice. no need to cover the pan with the lid.

cook the rice - bisi bele bath recipe

5. simmer till the rice grains are cooked well. the peanuts would also cook well. cover and keep aside.

cook rice - bisi bele bath recipe

6. soak 1 tbsp tightly packed tamarind in 1/2 or 2/3 cup warm water for 25 to 30 mins.

soak tamarind - bisi bele bath recipe

7. later squeeze and extract the tamarind pulp. strain and keep aside.

extract the tamarind pulp - bisi bele bath recipe

8. in a pressure cooker, add rinsed tuvar dal/pigeon pea lentils, turmeric powder and 2 cups water.

cooking dal for bisi bele bath recipe

9. pressure cook the dal for on a high flame for 8 to 9 whistles.

cooking dal for bisi bele bath recipe

10. once the pressure settles down on its own, mash the dal and keep aside.

mash the dal - bisi bele bath recipe

11. in another pan, take the chopped veggies and sprinkle 1/4 tsp rock salt.

chopped veggies for bisi bele bath recipe

12. pour 2 cups water and stir.

add water to veggies - bisi bele bath recipe

13. cover and allow the veggies to cook till they are tender and cooked well, yet still retain their shape.

cooking veggies for making bisi bele bath recipe

making bisi bele bath:

14. now in the cooker with the mashed dal, add the cooked rice and peanuts.

preparing bisi bele bath recipe

15. then add the cooked vegetables along with its stock.

making bisi bele bath recipe

16. stir lightly.

preparing bisi bele bath recipe

17. add 1 cup water.

making karnataka bisi bele bath recipe

18. add tamarind pulp.

add tamarind pulp - bisi bele bath recipe

19. mix every thing well gently, taking care the rice grains do not break.

preparing bisi bele bath recipe

20. now in another pan or bowl, take 3 tbsp bisi bele bath masala and 1 cup water.

bisi bele bath masala and 1 cup water

21. stir very well. the masala tend to stick to the back of the spoon while stirring, so scrape it off and add to the mixture.

bisi bele bath masala mixed in water

22. now add this bisi bele bath + water mixture in the cooker.

bisi bele math + water solution

23. add desiccated coconut.

making bisi bele bath recipe

24.  stir well. also add salt as required keeping in mind that we have added salt to the vegetables and rice.

making bisi bele bath recipe

25. keep the cooker without the lid on the stove top and simmer on a low flame for about 20 to 25 mins. add more water if required. keep on stirring often so that the bisi bele bath does not burn at the base. the raw aroma of the tamarind has to go away and the flavors should be blended well. cover and keep aside once done.

making bisi bele bath recipe

26. in a another pan or the tadka/tempering pan, heat ghee or oil first. crackle the mustard seeds and then temper the curry leaves, marathi moggu, dry red chilies, cashews and asafoetida (hing).

tempering for bisi bele bath recipe

27. pour this tempering in the prepared bisibelebath. stir and cover the cooker with its lid for about 5 mins, so that the tempering flavors infuse in the bisibelebath.

tempering to make bisi bele bath recipe

28. later serve the bisi bele bath with potato chips or banana chips/wafers or fried papads or raita or yogurt. if you prefer, top with a bit of ghee while serving bisi bele bath.

bisi bele bath recipe




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  2. Wow that’s a great one, thank you so much for sharing,my husband loves it.i made the powder from your post, that is wonderful.keep up the good work.

  3. Wow wonderful recipe with superb clear demo, thank you so much for sharing this recipe,my husband loves it and keep asking for more .

  4. Today evening I made this recipe…My husband and whole family is really happy to eat this..Everyone is praising and at same moment I am writing this.everyone is saying thanks to you..

    1. thats so nice to know renuka. thanks for sharing such a lovely comment. i should say thanks to you as you have also made an effort in making the recipe. making bisi bele bath in the traditional way does take time. please also convey my regards to your family.

  5. Bang on!! We regularly prepare this by following your recipe and it turns out yummy and perfect!! Thanks for sharing

  6. Im regular eater of Bisibele bath .Thanks for sharing recipes of bisibelebath ..it has come out really yummy.The procedure mentioned for preparation is helpfull for bachelors .

  7. Thanks alot for the receipe… Turned out very yummy… Your receipes are very helpful for a beginner like me.. thanks alot…

  8. Oh my God!!! Your recipes are amazing!!! This one turned out to be absolutely perfect!!!!! Such a hearty wholesome meal!!! The only different thing I did was that I used store bought bisi bele bhath masala (MTR)…

  9. I tried this recipe today and it turned out very tasty. Every1 in my family liked it. Thanks so much for this detailed information. I would suggest all other people to pls try this recipe Bcoz it’s very yum!

  10. Hi,
    Thank you so much for the recipe.I tried this yesterday and it came out very well:) ur site is encouraging many ppl like me to cook.Pls continue the good job!.(i tried ur kutti vangaya kura recipe also..i posted a doubt but it did not come in the site)

  11. Hi can I cook veg n dal toghther and rice separate , since in my family they like to it like that , can u tell me how plz

    1. if you cook veg and dal together, then the veggies will get overdone by the time the dal is cooked. you can cook the dal first. then add the veggies to the cooked dal. cook till the veggies are done.

  12. Hi thanks for your yummy recipe…kindly share how to prepare bisi Bella bath powder…

  13. Thanks a million for this authentic recipe, although i am from Karntaka but from northern part, where cooking is much different than south of Karnataka. I always wanted to make the bb bath the way i had tasted it in a bangaloreons house. In US lot of people do it in a short cut way which doesnt taste as original. I prepared with your instructions step by step and it came out so well, my hubby said it reminded him of kadambam restaurant, all thanks to your effort is posting the detailed instructions and measurements.

  14. Thank you for your reply.Tried it yesterday and came out well and tasted really good. Only problem was not much gravy and was very thick.
    In step 25 I think I went wrong and didnt add enough water,but will take care of it in the next preparation.Still children liked it and vanished from plate in no time,
    Another superb item added to my recipe list.
    thanks a lot again.

  15. I am a novice to cooking,started to cook a year back after loosing my dear wife.
    After seeing this pics and reading your detailed note of the recipe I am 100% confident now to try this item.
    If they ask to rate it on a scale of 5, will give 10 stars for this recipe.
    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww,what a way to give a recipe.
    Wish everyone gives like this.
    Will cook today and give the feed back.
    Thanks,Thanks,Thanks,Thanks,Thanks for sharing.

  16. Hello Amit,
    Please add me in your email subscription list. Would love to read all your recipes as soon as you publish them. Many thanks. N u are doing a gr8 job. Love all your recipes.

  17. Hello.. Im a big fan of all your recipes… I have recently finished my graduation and I have a great passion for cooking.. The way you explain makes me understand and prepare them in a much easier way.. I tried this Bisi Bele Bath at home and it is undoubtedly the best. I just love the way you explain everything. Only issue was the rice became much softer when I mixed with the Dal, although the grains were separate when the rice was cooked..
    Not sure where I went wrong.. Please correct me..

    Thanks,
    Sravani

  18. I am very great fan of u amit i regularly follow u r dishes.recently i tried bise bele bath it realy camed out very very tasty thanku amit

  19. Hi dassana, My husband was insisting me to prepare this recipe recipe. Though I didn’t taste this dish till today I tried ur recipe recipe. It turned out very good. My husband appreciate me. Thank you so much much.

  20. Being a Marathi girl, I was not aware of this dish initially. Once I had it in my office. After that went crazy, I loved it so much that finally I decided to learn and enjoy.
    Thanks to your blog, I prepared it perfectly. . So perfectly that surprisingly my husband asked me to again make all the efforts and make it again for dinner.
    Thank you so much.

  21. It is very simple and very well trusted and easy to make receipes. i have tried and it comes really well.

  22. Hi dassana, I love your blog. When it comes to Indian food, your blog is the one I trust. I just gave one doubt – why can’t we pressure cook the rice and peanuts? Is boiling rice necessary to achieve certain consistency?

  23. Hi , is there any way to subscribe this site . You have made south indian food easy to make . And will all the pics , I am so confident in first go . Mind blowing all the best .

  24. Hi dassana
    I m regular reader of ur blog n it helo me in a way that I can’t tell u in words.
    I hv tried so many recipes of yours n it comes out so yummy n outstanding.
    Thank u soooo much for sharing recipes n ur precious time.

  25. Very cute explanation and i love bisi bele bath. I dnt no how to make but I tried it from ur website it’s really yummy…… good work keep going……..

  26. Other simple way, without using too many utensils is,
    Pressure cook toor dal 3/4 way, and add washed rice and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
    Next add veggies and tamarind water, bisi bele bhath powder, jaggery and continue for further 2 whistles. Finally temper it.
    In MTR veggies used are French beans, carrot, green peas, tomatoes, Gobi florets. Finally while tampering they add capsicum to retain its crispness

    1. thanks madhusudhan for the suggestions. i will try this way too. and also thanks for sharing the MTR recipe. we were fond of their bisi bele bath and masala dosa.

  27. We were searching the internet for this recipe, came across so many complicated ones. But your’s was truly the most simple and tastiest recipe. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of the world. I have bookmarked this page for all my future kitchen experiments.

  28. Really awesome way to gv a recipe. Real effort. Thanks as I wanted to myself acknowledge this way of cooking but been misled in other sites but really you are so authentic in ur expression. Will follow you for more. May I know abt you. I am Shobha,living in bangalore, a homemaker n a nutritionist.

  29. Hello Dasana,

    You are doing a great job for bachelors like me. On seeing your website I stated to cook and yes its turning out well. Really wanted to say thanks.

    And what do you mean by marati moggu?

    1. thanks ram for sharing this positive feedback. glad to know this. marati moggu is a spice which is used in karnataka cuisine. it resembles cloves in shape but is much larger than clove. has a very different aroma.

  30. Hi dassana,
    I am a regular here and have tried out countless of your recipes. Just came across this recipe from you and felt a need to share our family’s method. I am a native of Bangalore and bisibelebath is our goto easy dish. It hardly takes 15 mins of prep time. We dont necessarily boil rice, dal and veggies separately. Everything can be boiled together in the pressure cooker and later masala, tamarind water, salt and tempering with ghee are added. As belebath is supposed to be lil’ mushy, it tastes authentic.
    You can also try grinding about 1 tbsp of coconut with bisibelebath masala. It will give a different rich taste 🙂

    1. thanks a lot vani for sharing your family’s quick version. i have noted down your method and will surely give a try. bisi bele bath is a favorite at home and i make on occasions. if possible i will post this quick method too.

  31. The recipe was kick Ass!
    Tasted like the hotels one.
    Try this u will be not disappointed.
    Thanks. 🙂

    1. thanks arthi for the positive feedback. heat the oven at the temperature mentioned in the recipe for about 10-15 minutes. the oven should be empty while preheating and oven door should be closed. i hope this clears your doubt preheating the oven for baking.

  32. Hi Dassana,

    I am regular reader of your website. Your recipes are really easy to understand.
    I tried this one yesterday and it went perfectly fine. One small change I did was that – I mixed dal n steamed rice in 3 Tbps of Pure Ghee , followed by rest of the items. It was absolutely tasty. At 11th hour I couldn’t find besi beli bath masala ( :p) , so I adjusted with Rasam powder 🙂 . It worked nd everyone liked it.

    ND ha forgot to mention , in the morning I made tomato omlet with your recipe only. 🙂

    Thanks Dassana,

    – Aaditya

    1. welcome aaditya. what you have done will also work. even you can try sambar powder. it taste good with sambar powder also. thanks for sharing positive feedback on both the recipes.

  33. Hi dassana,
    Recipe looks yummy…am yet to try..can bisi bela bath powder replaced by sambar powder? Will it give proper taste? Thanks in advance 🙂

  34. Its Awesome. All the recipes mentioned in the website are simple and self explaintory. Easy to cook. Thank you

  35. Hi Dasanna
    The recipe came out well.Thank you from all the way in Shanghai, China where we get some of the ingrediants and make do!!
    G

  36. Hi Dassana, Great recipe as usual with amazing pics. Hats off to your patience in photographing this elaborate process ! Just wanted to know when do you add the tomato while making bisi bele bath? Is it added to the dal or to the veggies during boiling ??

      1. Radhika Nagarajan

        Hi Dassana, Thanks a lot. The bisi bele bath was fantastic. Everyone at home simply loved it ! 🙂

  37. Hello Amit,

    Just came back from India and feeling lazy to cook anything, because I got spoiled with all the pampering in India for full two and half months. Lot of help, no cooking. I was in Bombay for some time and wanted to meet you in person. But I was not sure whether you will meet. My daughter was insisting to see you. I thought, let me visit your website and I was sure to find something quick and yet healthy. So I am cooking now…………hope it comes out good.

  38. I came across your blog when I was cooking sarson da saag, since then I have just loved the way you explain recipes. I tried bisibelebath yesterday and came out really good. Other recipes like veg korma, cheese biscuits and many others were successful.

    Thanks a lot and wish you all the success.

  39. The headings of most of your recipes are incorrect. For example, you gave the heading “how to make bisi bele bath recipe at home”. It should be “how to make bisi bele bath at home”. The world ‘recipe’ should not figure in that. Please check all the dishes’ headings and remove “recipe” from them. Otherwise, it is a great guide for novices like me.

    1. sriram, thanks for appreciating the site and your feedback. the recipe word is added for technical reason. otherwise, you would not have found this blog in google search results.

  40. This is entirely different from what i make 😀 , i cook one by one in the same pan like veggies first, then dal then rice and finally the masala’s along with the tempering. I loved this method too .

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