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January 9, 2009


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We do this rice dish in the weekend.U all know this is Karnataka's special dish.We make sambar and rice separately & mix them..Here is the recipe,
Check out my latest Karnataka style Bisi bele bath recipe


Vegetables – ALL or ANY(Carrot,beans,potato,peas,raddish,brinjal,chow-chow,raw banana,drumstick,broad beans etc)        2 cups
Rice      1/2 cup
Water       4 cups
Toor dal      1/3 cup
Tamarind A big gooseberry size
Oil   1 tbsp + 2 tsp (to roast)
Sambar powder    1/2 tsp
Jaggery    A Small piece

To Roast & Grind

Dhania/Dry Coriander seeds 2 tsp
Fenugreek 1/2 tsp
Chana dal 1 tbsp
Red chilly 6 – 8 nos (adjust)
Asafetida/Hing a pinch
Cinnamon 1 small stick 
Cloves 2 nos 
Grated Coconut 2 tbsp

To temper
Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds 1/4 tsp
Sambar onions/Pearl onions 1/4 cup
Green chilly 1 no
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Oil 1 tsp
Coriander leaves to garnish
Cashew nuts a few


  1. Wash and Pressure cook rice with required water.Keep it for 2 –3 whistles and till it is overcooked & mushy.Set aside.Cut all the vegetables for 1 inch size.
  2. Then pressure cook toor dhal with a drop of oil and a pinch of turmeric powder.Keep it for 2 whistles. Hand blend it. Mix well to become mushy.Soak tamarind in water and extract pulp from it.
  3. Heat a kadai with 1 tsp of oil and roast all the items given under “To roast & grind” table and lastly add the grated coconut , roast it well and grind in a powdered form.Keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan,add the tempering items,sambar onions and green chilly.Saute till they are transparent.Add the tamarind extract, all the raw vegetables and a pinch of asafetida.Close the pan with a lid .It should boil till the vegetables get cooked.
  5. Now add the cooked toor dal and sprinkle the ground powder. Mix well to avoid lumps.
  6. Let it come to a boil. Finally,add the curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  7. Delicious SAMBAR IS READY !!!
  8. Now take the rice in a big vessel and add the required amount of sambar to it with ghee.Mix it well.
  9. Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve hot with Papad or Vadaam!!!

  1. As we prepare the sambar separately,u can use the same for dinner too!!.It tastes excellent with idly,Pongal & dosa!!So no need to prepare any side dish for dinner.U can take rest and enjoy the weekend!! 
  2. I’ve mentioned 2 cups of vegetables for just 1/2 cup of rice because this is the easiest way to make the children to eat vegetables :).Please reduce the amount of vegetables based on ur wish..
  3. In karnataka, they add cloves and cinnamon while grinding the spices but i don’t add. I make it in our style Smile.So if u need the authentic bisibelebath , roast the cinnamon and cloves along with spices , Powder them and add..
  4. Add more sambar while u mix with rice because the rice absorbs all the sambar by the time u eat. Keep some sambar in reserve.I always mix the rice & sambar just before eating and serve hot..
  5. At last, add little ghee to enhance the taste and flavour.

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Srikitchen said...

wow! delightful!

Nithya Praveen said...

My fav one...In bangalore there is the famoue MTR(restaurant),they make the best Bisibelabhath.Yours reminded me of that...yummy~

Chitra said...

Thank u so much srilekha.
Thanks nithya.I havent been to MTR.Will try to taste this dish there.Thanks again.

Dibs said...

Thanks for visiting! Think its the first time I am here. I love bisibelebath, with fried rice crispies, and salad!

Chitra said...

Thanks dibs:)

Ann said...

Wow looks so yummmmmmmmy!

Mina Joshi said...

I have your picture being used by another blogger:

Chitra said...

Thanks for informing me.I have mailed him..Lets see..