How to make Bisi Bele Bath?

bisi bele bath

How to make bisi bele bath is a question that is often asked by those who have tasted this fine cuisine, but do not know how to make it. A key item that makes this rice dish super-delicious is the bisi bele bath powder. The better its quality, the tastier will be this food. With the bisi bele bath recipe that follows, which details how to make bisi bele bath, make this food on some Sundays and occasions like birthday parties and when you want to break the monotony of regular dishes.

Carrot, green capsicum, onion, knol khol (also known as kohlrabi or German turnip), peas and beans are among the vegetables that also make bisi bele bhath nutritious and delicious.

Fresh kara boondi and potato chips are the two excellent side dishes for bisi bele bhath.

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1. Rice 1 cup
2. Toor dal 1 cup
3. Groundnut 1 tablespoon
4. Tomato 1

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5. Carrots 2
6. Knol khol 1 big
7. Green beans 15-20
8. Ghee 2-3 teaspoons
9. Tamarind paste / tamarind juice to taste
10. Jaggery to taste
11. Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

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12. Bisi bele bhath powder 2 tablespoons
13. Salt to taste
14. Garnishing: coriander leaves


1. Oil 2 tablespoons
2. Mustard 1/2 teaspoon
3. Curry leaves 2 sprigs
4. Onion 2
5. Capsicum 1
6. Hing / asafoetida 2 pinches

How to make Bisi Bele Bath?

1. Chop carrots, knol kol and green beans into one-inch long pieces.

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Wash groundnuts. Soak them in water.

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2. Wash rice and toor dal.

Add carrot, knol kol, green beans and peas.

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Add about 4 to 4-and-1/2 cups of water and cook in the pressure cooker. Cooked dal should be soft.

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Cook the rice, dal and vegetables separately, if you cannot estimate the water required to cook everything together.
3. Heat about 6 cups of water in a large utensil.

Add bisi bele bath powder, tamarind paste, turmeric, jaggery and salt. Mix.

Boil for 1 minute.

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4. Add the cooked rice-dal-vegetable mixture. Mix.
5. Bring to boil.

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Cook till the vegetables absorb the salt and the mixture becomes moderately thick.

Make sure the mixture has some liquid in it.

If you find the mixture to be too thick add about 1/2 a cup of water or add the same according to your preference.
6. Add chopped tomato and groundnuts. Mix.
7. Prepare the seasoning:

Chop capsicum and onions.

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Heat oil in a utensil.

Add mustard seeds. When these began to splutter, add curry leaves.

Add hing, onions and capsicum. Fry till these become tender.

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8. Add the prepared seasoning to the cooking mixture (Step 5).


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9. Add ghee. Mix.

Switch off the stove.
10. Set aside the mixture for 10-15 minutes.

The mixture becomes thicker, as the rice absorbs the liquid.

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Bisi bele bath is ready. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve with khara boondi and or potato chips.

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TIPS How to make Bisi Bele Bath
1. If you prefer the bath to be less spicy, decrease the quantity of the bisi bele bath powder.
2. If bisi bele bath is watery, grind 1-2 tablespoon of fresh coconut gratings to a paste and add it to bisi bele bath. Bring to boil.
3. Use beetroot in addition to, or as a substitute for, knol khol for a more nutritious bisi bele bhath.