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bisi bele bath recipe

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

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total time:
80minutes

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

bisi bele bath, bisibelebath

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.

how to make bisi bele bath

  1. making bisi bele bath recipe is a long process. you have to cook the rice, the lentil and the vegetables separately and then mix everything.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. the vegetables that are added to bisi bele bhath recipe 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.

i have loosely adapted this bisibelebath recipe from pratibha’s blog.

few more popular recipes from karnataka cuisine are:

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

bisibelebath recipe is 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 bisi bele bath 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.

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how to make bisi bele bath or bisibelebath recipe

i have divided the entire step by step bisibelebath recipe into 4 steps for ease of understand and making it.

  • step 1 – cooking the rice
  • step 2 – cooking lentils and veggies
  • step 4 – making bisi bele bath
  • step 4 – tempering bisi bele bath

lets start with step 1 of bisibelebath recipe – cooking the rice

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

step 2 – cooking lentils and veggies

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

step 3 – 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

step 4 – tempering bisi bele bath

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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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 surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. what is marathi moggu?

    • marathi mogu is a spice and are known as kapok buds in english.

  2. Hi Guys,

    I was using your android app previously, i was wonderful. But recent past i dont find it plystore, would greate if you share us the link.

    • Thanks Sunil. We have deleted the app as we could not manage it well. You have to rely on this website for recipes.

  3. 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.

    • thanks again gokilavani. nice to know that the bisi bele bath powder recipe was good.

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

    • thanks a lot gokilavani. nice to know. happy cooking.

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