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Bisi Bele Bath

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Bisi Bele Bath is a popular South Indian Dish, which translates to "Hot Lentil Rice." It is a spicy, flavourful and a healthy wholesome meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Bisi Bele Bath is one of the traditional Karnataka recipes that is prepared in every household in South India. The spicy flavour comes from the special Bisi Bele Bath powder which is prepared with special spices at home and the tempering which is added towards the end. It is served with Boondi, papad and raita.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4


  • Bisi Bele Bath Powder: Coriander seeds 3 teaspoon
  • Chana Daal 2 teaspoon
  • Chana Daal 2 teaspoon
  • Urad Daal 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds ½ teaspoon
  • Methi seeds ¼ teaspoon
  • Black pepper 8 to 10
  • Cardamom 3
  • Cinnamon stick 1 inch
  • cloves 4 to 5
  • Poppy seeds or khuskhus 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves 5 to 6
  • Dry chilli 4 to 5
  • Dry coconut 2 tablespoon
  • For Bisi Bele Bath: Rice ¾ cup
  • Toor Dal ½ cup
  • Water 6 cups
  • Onions chopped ½ cup
  • cloves 2 to 3
  • Cinnamon 1 inch
  • Peas 1/3 cup
  • Beans chopped 1/3 cup
  • Capsicum chopped ¼ cup
  • Potatoes cubed 1/3 cup
  • Tomatoes chopped 1/3 cup
  • Carrots chopped ½ cup
  • Turmeric ½ teaspoon
  • Tamarind extract 3/4 cup
  • Jaggery 2 teaspoon
  • Shredded Coconut 1 tablespoon
  • Ghee 1 tablespoon
  • Salt
  • For Tempering: Ghee 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard seeds ½ teaspoon
  • Hing ¼ teaspoon
  • Cashews chopped 6 to 7
  • Red Chilies 2 to 3 optional
  • Few curry leaves


  • Bisi Bele Bath Powder: In a pan, dry roast all the ingredients mentioned for Bisi Bele Bath powder, cool them and make a fine powder in a mixer grinder.
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  • Wash the daal and rice then soak them in water for about 20 minutes, and pressure-cook them till done.
  • Meanwhile, make the tamarind extract by soaking it to 3/4 cup warm water for 20 minutes. Mash it using your fingers, then strain and keep it aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon ghee, add cinnamon stick and cloves now add all the vegetables and saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Pour 1 cup of water and turmeric then cook the vegetables till they are half cooked.
  • Now, in the Bisi Bela Bath powder add tamarind extract, jaggery and salt. Add this spice powder mixture to the vegetables and mix well.
  • Add the cooked rice and daal, mix well. Now add some water, shredded coconut and salt. Cover the pan and cook on the low flame for few minutes.
  • For tempering, heat ghee then add mustard seeds, when the mustard seeds start crackling add hing, curry leaves, cashews and red chillies(optional) saute for a while then pour the tempering into the Bisi Bele Bath mixture, stir well and serve hot.

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Mehek Desai
Mehek Desai

I'm a Freelance Writer, a Fashion Stylist and a Home Chef. I love cooking and try to make healthy food innovatively, as much as I can

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