Bisi Bele Bath
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4-5
  • 1 cup=200 grams long grain Basmati Rice. Soak rice in water for an hour. Instead of Basmati Rice, you can even use short grain rice.
  • ½ cup=100 grams Tur Dal (pigeon peas). Soak Tur Dal in water for an hour.
  • ¼th cup Shallots (also known as Sambhar Onions) cut into slices
  • ¼th cup frozen green peas
  • ¼th cup French beans
  • ½ cup potatoes cut into bigger cubes
  • ½ cup carrots cut into bigger cubes
  • 1 drum stick (cut into pieces)
  • 3 tbsp. Bisi Bele Bath Masala Powder
  • ¼th tsp asafoetida powder
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼th cup cashew nuts
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. tamarind pulp
  • 1 tbsp. jaggery (gud)
  • 2 tbsp. clarified butter (ghee)
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut Oil (Cooking Oil)
  1. We are not going to use pressure cooker for the recipe. In a large pan, boil 1.5 liter of water. Add 1 tsp Salt and 1 tsp Oil and turmeric powder. Mix well.
  2. Add soaked Dal. Cook until Dal is 75% done.
  3. As Dal gets 75% cooked, add soaked Rice and mix well. Lower the heat and cook covered for 2 mins.
  4. Uncover the pan and now add all the veggies to the pan (Potato, Carrots, Drum Sticks, French Beans and Green Peas). Add salt to taste and mix well. Allow the mixture to boil.
  5. As the mixture boils, cover the pan. Cook covered until the dish is completely done. Keep 2-3 cups of hot water in reserve (for later use).
  6. Meanwhile, let's fry cashew nuts and shallots. Add 1 tbsp. clarified butter and 1 tsp coconut oil. Add Cashew Nuts and fry until it turns brown in color.
  7. Add 1-2 tsp oil. Now add Shallots and fry until it attains light brown color.
  8. After 10-12 mins, uncover the pan and add fried shallots. Add 2 cups of hot water and allow it to boil.
  9. add 3 tbsp. Bisi Bele Bhat Masala Powder, add jaggery and tamarind pulp and mix. Bisi Bele Bath must be of thin consistency. Add 1 cup of hot water. Cook covered for 3-4 mins on low heat.
  10. Bisi Bele Bhat is ready in 4 mins. Turn off the heat and prepare for tempering.
  11. Heat 1 tbsp. clarified butter in a pan. Add mustard seeds, asafoetida powder and curry leaves. Pour this tadka on the dish and keep covered until serving
  12. Garnish with Coriander Leaves and fried Cashew Nuts. Bisi Bele Bath can be served in breakfast, brunch or lunch.
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