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May 25, 2015

Bisi Bele Bath Recipe-Karnataka Special Bisibelebath - Sunday Lunch Recipes Series-17

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Bisi bele bath recipe
This week’s Sunday lunch recipes is not a biryani post as u all expected.Instead I made Bisi bele bath as per a reader’s request.I posted Homemade bisi bele bath powder few months back and completely forgot about it.But one of my readers reminded me and asked to share bisi bele bath recipe using that powder.Though I have been making it very often,I have not shared this easy recipe here.So I made bisi bele bath and curd rice for our Sunday lunch yesterday just to make this post.It came out really well and tasted similar to the ones made using MTR bisibelebath powder.I referred this You tube video for the recipe,made some changes to make the cooking method even more easy.I have not tasted the authentic bisi bele bath recipe in MTR restaurant but I am a big fan of my (school moms) friend Megha’s bisibelebath.She uses store bought bisi bele bath powder mostly.I am glad this recipe turned out very similar to hers and most importantly I was able to bring the watery consistency.Generally bisi bele bath is served with kara boondi on top.It is one of the best side dish for bisi bele bath. But in my family, both Sendhil & Raksha loves to have it with ghee & raw onion topping. Do try this easy recipe and make this for your lunch box. Don’t forget to reheat it before you eat because bisi bele bath has to be eaten hot as its name suggests(bisi-hot,Bele-dal,Bath-Rice recipe)
Bisi bele bath recipe

Bisi bele bath recipe

Bisi bele bath Recipe - Karnataka Style

Bisi bele bath recipe using Homemade bisi bele bath powder Karnataka style Bisi bele bath recipe using Homemade bisi bele bath powder
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Rice recipes
Serves: Serves 3-4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml

  • Raw Rice or steamed rice - 3/4 cup
  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Water- 6 cups for rice+dal ( Totally I used around 9 cups)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cooking oil – 2 drops
  • Knol Khol/Kholrabi- 1/2 no
  • Brinjal - 1/2 no (long variety)
  • Beans - 5 nos.
  • Carrot - 1 no (optional)
To grind
  • Bisi bele bath powder - 4 tbsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Jaggery - 1 tsp
  • Water - to grind
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Roasted peanuts - 2 tbsp
Ghee – 1-2 tbsp

  • Take rice,dal,chopped vegetables,salt,turmeric powder,2 drops of oil and 6 cups of water. Cook it for one whistle in very low flame.Remove the lid and mash the rice,dal mixture very well.Add 1 cup of water to it and set aside.
Bisi bele bath recipe
  • Now take the bisi bele bath powder,grated coconut and soaked tamarind along with little water in a mixie jar. Grind it to a smooth paste.
Bisi bele bath recipe
  • Take the ground paste,add 2 cups of water and some salt to it. Mix well and boil the mixture in a kadai.Add some jaggery.Let the mixture roll boil for 5 minutes.You will get a nice smell.
Bisi bele bath recipe
  • Now add the masala to the rice+dal mixture. Mix well and add 1 more cup of water.Check for taste and add more salt & bisi bele bath powder if needed.
  • Let it boil nicely for 2-3 minutes. Lastly add 1 tbsp of ghee.Mix well.Adjust the consistency of rice by adding more water.It should be pourable.So add more water based on that and check for salt.Temper mustard,curry leaves, roasted peanuts and hing in a kadai and add to the rice.Mix well and serve hot !!
Bisi bele bath recipe
Yummy,hot bisi bele bath is ready.Serve with kara boondi or raw onions as I did !

  • Add more bisi bele bath powder based on the spice level.
  • You can add more jaggery if you like sweet taste.
  • No need to use carrot or raddish .But you can use peas,chow chow/chayote if u wish.Skip Kholrabi if u don’t like it.
  • Taste the bisi bele bath and adjust the salt whenever needed
  • Addition of ghee at the end gives a great taste.So don’t skip it.
Bisi bele bath recipe

Enjoy eating hot,hot bisi bele bath with kara boondi or Raw onions.Tastes great !!
Bisi bele bath recipe

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19 comments : said...

Bisi bele bath is one of my fav..looks very inviting

Unknown said...

that is so flavorful and aromatic!!!

Chitra said...

Thanks Leena,Sowmya :)

Amarendra said...

Its one of my favorites.. Very tempting.

Sona said...

Bisi bele bath looks so delicious and tempting.. Nice pics too..

Hema Krishnamohan said...

Nice post using less quantity and variety of vegetables. Wondering how you got the grainy (rava) consistency when I see the Bath so evenly mashed.Tempted to make and taste this version without onion and tomato. Thanks for sharing and taking us to MTR restaurant through your pictures.

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for your sweet words :) Its the quantity of water that matters here.Please try this recipe and leave your feedback here.I will be more happy.

Padma said...

Am going to do make this recipe today.

Chitra said...

You can get byadge chillies in all big departmental stores.Ask for Karnataka chillies.Please check this link.I have shared an image for this chilli.

Koyelia, Marketing Director at said...

Hi Chitra, Loved your blog! We have put a backlink to this recipe from one of our blog posts, you can check it out here :
Keep up the good work! :)

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for the link :) Happy to know !

s sandhiya said...

very very sweet and lovable receipes. thanks a lot

Chitra said...

Thank u so much 😀

Dhaaru said...

I really miss the Blore bisibelebath. Thanks for sharing the authentic recipe. :)

Chitra said...

Do try this recipe and enjoy :) Thank you!

Unknown said...

Do we need to soak the toor dal before pressure cooking?

Chitra said...

As We are adding more water to cook, you don't have to soak the dal.Please use drinking water to cook and not the hard water.

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot for the awesome recipe...
It is exactly like karnataka bisibelabath...i tried for more than 5 times...everytime it is a big hit...
Thank you...

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for this positive feedback :) I am very happy to know it !