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bisi bele bath masala powder is a homemade spice blend to make bisi bele bath.

4.8 from 10 votes
total time:
30minutes

bisi bele bath powder recipe with step by step photos – a spice blend that is added to a very popular dish in karnataka – bisi bele bath, which is a spicy one pot rice, lentil and vegetable dish.

i remember having bisi bele bath for the first time in bangalore in one of the mtr restaurants on the recommendation of hubby. its one of his favorite rice-lentil dish which he would often have during his engineering stint in bangalore.

the recipe of bisi bele bath was requested by one of my readers. i could have easily purchased a ready made bisi bele bath masala packet and made the bisi bele bath. 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 punjabi garam masala powder. these are much better than the store bought ones. although it takes effort to make authentic masala powders at home but its worth taking this time and effort.

to make this bisi bele bath 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 the bisi bele bath powder 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 bisibelebath powder. poppy seeds is 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 bisi bele bath 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 bisibelebath powder 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 nice bisi bele bath.

this recipe yields about 150 gms of the bisibelebath powder and stays good for a month in the refrigerator.

bisi bele bath powder recipe below:

bisi bele bath powder recipe, bisibelebath powder recipe
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bisi bele bath powder recipe

bisi bele bath masala powder is a homemade spice blend to make bisi bele bath.
course condiment
cuisine karnataka, south indian
prep time 30 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 1 medium bottle
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • ½ cup coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
  • 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 (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon whole black pepper (sabut kalimirch)
  • 3 green cardamom (choti elaichi)
  • 1.5 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 3 to 4 cloves (lavang)
  • 4 marathi moggu (kapok buds)
  • 4 tablespoon unsweetened desiccated coconut (sukha nariyal ka boora)
  • 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 (kadi patta)
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida (hing) - optional

how to make bisi bele bath powder recipe

  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.
  2. 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.
  3. now add chana dal and urad dal. these take a longer to roast than the spices.
  4. roast them till you get a nice lentil aroma and the lentils have become browned. keep aside.
  5. now dry roast the dry red chilies till they become crisp.
  6. dry roast the curry leaves till they crisp.
  7. now roast the poppy seeds till they become light golden.
  8. dry roast the asafoetida if you plan to add it in the masala powder.
  9. lastly roast the dessicated coconut till the flakes become golden.
  10. now let the roasted spices cool. mix all the spices very well. break the red chilies in small pieces. deseed them if you prefer. 

  11. add the ingredients in batches in a dry grinder or coffee grinder.

  12. grind to a fine powder. remove from the jar and store the bisi bele bath powder in an air-tight jar or container. keep the bisi bele bath powder jar in the refrigerator.
  13. use the bisi bele bath masala powder as required.

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how to make bisi bele bath powder recipe:

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 a 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 bisibelebath powder in an air-tight jar or container.

bisi bele bath masala powder recipe

11. use the bisi bele bath masala powder as required. keep the bisi bele bath powder jar in the refrigerator.

bisi bele bath masala powder recipe, bisi bele bath masala recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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30 comments/reviews

  1. Thank u … it was really delicious …whole family love it …

    • Welcome Diviraj. Nice to know this.

  2. Thanks a lot.. Really it worked.. Though I’ve not added Marathi moggu..it came out very well 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Welcome Abi. Glad to know this.

  3. Can you give us the scaled down version for say one time use ?
    The same amount used in the bisi bele baath recipe.
    Thanks!

    • its difficult archana as i need to try and test the scaled down version. i always make a small jar of bisi bele bath masala and keep in the fridge. with spices, less or more can have not so good effects on the final dish. i know this from experience.

  4. Tried this yesterday and it was a big hit.. Thanks a lot. Tried few recipies from your blog always a hit for me. Especially the step by step photo makes lot more easier….

    • welcome radhika and thank you for your positive feedback 🙂

  5. You are awesome and your way of cooking impresses everyone. You are a real pleasure to be known.

    • thankyou amudha for your honest and positive words it made our day 🙂

  6. Thank you for sharing this recipe with everyone. I was impressed by the authenticity of your knowledge of ingredients and the care that you have taken to make this easy and attractive. The photography is also very good. Attention to detail is excellent.
    Thanks again!
    Shankar.

    • thank a lot shankar.

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