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

4.79 from 14 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

4.79 from 14 votes
Prep Time:30 mins
Total Time:30 mins
bisi bele bath masala powder is a homemade spice blend to make bisi bele bath.
bisi bele bath powder recipe, bisibelebath powder recipe
Course:condiment
Cuisine:karnataka,south indian
Servings:1 medium bottle

INGREDIENTS FOR bisi bele bath powder recipe

(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

  • 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 bisi bele bath powder in an air-tight jar or container. keep the bisi bele bath powder jar in the refrigerator.
  • 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


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36 comments/reviews

  1. I was looking for BBB, since it has been a long time I tasted any good curry using BBB masala. I shall give a try to make my own as I have my own Signature Blends in US. Thank you for sharing yours..

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

  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….

  5. 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.

  6. This is a great website , congratulations ! I have a question. Whenever i add dry coconut (fried) in the powder, i dont get the fine powder like the MTR one. Any idea why ? The more i try to powder, the more hot the masala gets

  7. hey dassana, marathi moggu isn’t available at my place. can i skip this? would there be any difference in taste?

  8. Really very easy and tempting too, I was searching for the recipe from very long time I never knew its so simple, today I am gonna give surprise of all at Home, thank u so much for the lovely recipe

  9. Hi dasanna,
    Whenever I am in quest of trying some thing new or want to clear my doubt regarding the recipes I know, you come to my rescue. Your recipies are very clear,simple and interesting to follow.photos are very clear and tempt me to try the dish at once.thank you.

  10. good evening akka,i m following u from last 1 yr. but this is my 1st msg in ur site.i like ur south indian dishes so much.now my request is plz do post the recipe of MALAVANI MASALA…i am waiting for the recipe n 1 more thing akka i like the things which u write before writing the whole recipe…they r damn intresting…thank you

    • welcome deepak. i have the hand written recipe of malavani masala shared by my mother. but didnt made the masala. i will share it soon. good you shared your feedback finally. its good to know what readers are liking in the blog. keep visiting the blog.

  11. This recipe is the best Karnataka food item.. Though available in shops like MTR nothing like home made. My M.I.L used to fry them all and I would grind it in mixie. Thank you.
    Can you please also give recipe for “VANGI BHATH. another Karnataka tasty food and easy to prepare if you have the Vangl Bhath powder.
    Have a nice time.

  12. Hi dassana
    Is the desiccated coconut also dry roasted or we should add some oil for roasting it?
    Also, can you plz tell me how long will this powder stay good? I’m asking because of the addition of desiccated coconut

    • the desiccated coconut is also dry roasted. if you keep in the refrigerator it should stay good for more than a month. mine is still in the fridge and in good condition. its been more than half a month now.

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