bisi bele bath powder

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Bisi bele bath powder is a spice blend that is added to a very popular dish in Karnataka known as Bisi bele bath, which is a spicy one pot rice, lentil and vegetable dish.

bisi bele bath powder

I remember having this famous dish for the first time in Bangalore in one of the MTR restaurants on the recommendation of hubby. It is one of his favorite rice-lentil dish which he would often have during his engineering stint in Bangalore.

The recipe was requested by one of my readers. I could have easily purchased a ready made masala packet and made the dish. But I thought why not give a homemade and authentic touch by making the spice blend at home.

bise bele bath masala spices

Normally, I make all spice blends at home like cumin powder, Goda masalaCoriander powder, Sambar powder, Rasam powder and Garam masala powder. these are much better than the store bought ones. Although it takes effort to make authentic masala powders at home but it is worth taking this time and effort.

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To make this masala powder authentic, a particular spice called as ‘Marathi moggu‘ is added (the spice in center in the below pic). They are larger than cloves. They are buds of the kapok tree and hence also called as kapok buds in english. They have a musky aroma.

This one special spice gives this spice mix its important flavor. I would easily get marathi moggu in Bangalore but not here. So I ordered them online. If you live outside India, you can order from amazon.

Below an illustrative pic of the spices used for this masala powder. Poppy seeds are missing from the pic. The amount of spices shown in this picture is illustrative and not the actual measures.

bise bele bath spices

Two kinds of dry red chilies are used. The byadagi variety of chilies give a deep red color and is less hot. The other type is guntur chilies which is a hot variety.

This masala powder is slightly spicy and hot. Reduce the guntur red chilies in the recipe if you cannot tolerate spicy food.

This recipe does not use asafoetida powder/hing. I usually add asafoetida to the main dish. But you can add asafoetida while making the masala powder.

This recipe has been adapted from Pratibha’s Blog (her blog has some authentic recipes from the Karnataka cuisine) and a cook book. I reduced the proportions and did make a few changes though. The recipe is good and gives you a really tasty bisi bele bath.

This recipe yields about 150 gms of the masala powder and stays good for a couple of months in the refrigerator.

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Bisi Bele Bath Powder

4.83 from 17 votes
Bisi bele bath masala powder is a homemade spice blend to make bisi bele bath.
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine Karnataka, South Indian
Course: Condiment

Servings 1 medium bottle
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup coriander seeds
  • ¼ cup chana dal (husked and split bengal gram)
  • 1 tablespoon urad dal (husked and split black gram)
  • 10 to 12 byadagi or bedgi red chilies - less hot dry red chilies
  • 5 to 7 guntur red chilies - hot dry red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon whole black pepper
  • 3 green cardamom
  • 1.5 inch cinnamon
  • 3 to 4 cloves
  • 4 marathi moggu (kapok buds)
  • 4 tablespoon unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 2 teaspoon poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • ½ of a whole mace or 1 small mace (javitri)
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • 12 to 14 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida (hing) - optional

Instructions

  • Heat a frying pan or a small kadai and first dry roast the coriander, cumin and fenugreek until they are crisp and fragrant. Roast on a slow flame and make sure you don't burn the spices. Remove and keep aside in a plate or tray.
  • In the same pan, now dry roast the cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, mace and marathi moggu till become aromatic. Remove and keep aside in the same plate and tray.
  • Now add chana dal and urad dal. These take a longer to roast than the spices.
  • Roast them till you get a nice lentil aroma and the lentils have become browned. Keep aside.
  • Now dry roast the dry red chilies till they become crisp.
  • Dry roast the curry leaves till they crisp.
  • Now roast the poppy seeds till they become light golden.
  • Dry roast the asafoetida if you plan to add it in the masala powder.
  • Lastly roast the dessicated coconut till the flakes become golden.
  • Now let the roasted spices cool. Mix all the spices very well. Break the red chilies in small pieces. Deseed them if you prefer. 
  • Add the ingredients in batches in a dry grinder or coffee grinder.
  • Grind to a fine powder. Remove from the jar and store the masala powder in an air-tight jar or container. Keep the jar in the refrigerator.
  • Use the masala powder as required.

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How to make bisi bele bath powder

1. Heat a frying pan or a small kadai and first dry roast the coriander, cumin and fenugreek until they are crisp and fragrant. Roast on a slow flame and make sure you don’t burn the spices. Remove and keep aside in a plate or tray.

roast spices for bisi bele bath masala recipe

2. In the same pan, now dry roast the cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, mace and marathi moggu till these spices become aromatic. Remove and keep aside in the same plate and tray.

roasting spices for making bisi bele bath masala recipe

3. Now add chana dal and urad dal. These take longer to roast than the spices. You can also roast the urad dal and chana dal separately.

roast lentils for making bisi bele bath masala recipe

4. Roast them till you get a nice aroma and the lentils have become browned. Keep aside.

roasting lentils for preparing bisi bele bath masala recipe

5. Now dry roast the dry red chilies till they become crisp.

dry roast red chillies for preparing bisi bele bath masala recipe

6. Dry roast the curry leaves till they crisp.

roasting red curries for bisi bele bath masala powder recipe

7. Now roast the poppy seeds till they become light golden.

roast poppy seeds for making bisi bele bath masala powder recipe

8. Lastly roast the desiccated coconut till the flakes become golden.

roast dessicated coconut for bisi bele bath masala recipe

9. Now let the roasted spices cool. Mix all the spices very well. Break the red chilies in small pieces. Deseed them if you prefer. Add the ingredients in batches in a dry grinder or coffee grinder.

bisi bele bath masala powder in grinder

10. Grind to a fine powder. Remove from the jar and Store the masala powder in an air-tight jar or container.

bisi bele bath masala powder recipe

11. Use the masala powder as required. Keep the jar in the refrigerator.

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44 Comments

  1. Hello, have been following all your recipes and have loved them. Need to try this out. Was wondering do you grind the masala with fresh coconut while making the BBB? My MIL does so while making hers.
    Please let me know.
    Thanks!

    1. thank you. while making bisi bele bath, i do not grind coconut. i just use the masala directly dissolved in water so that lumps are not formed when cooking. but you can make a fresh coconut paste with the masala and add to the rice+lentils mixture. hope this helps.

  2. Hi! First things first.. I’ve been following your website for years and it’s my to go for authentic dishes from all states which I crave since I’ve moved to FL. You have been a big help and blessing.

    I am planning to make BBB for a large group and triple/quadruple your BBB recipe. I’m trying to estimate if one batch of this BBB powder will be enough. Will it possible for you to share the yield volume in cups or spoons measure?
    Thanks again!

    NB

    1. thank you noopur. in the recipe card, just increase the servings and you will see the ingredients increasing which you can refer to and make the bisi bele bath powder. hope this helps.

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