Bisi Bēle Bhāt is a popular staple in Karnataka. In Kannada, the vernacular of the land of its origin, ‘Bisi’ refers to ‘heat’ (temperature & not the spice level), ‘Bēle’ is lentil and ‘Bhāt’ is rice. Besides Karnataka, this comfort dish is quite popular in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh as well. It is just that a lot outside the Kannada speaking regions get the pronunciation wrong, including one of us. Every household in South India has their own take on this dish. So, there is no standard template for a perfect bisi bele bath recipe. Understand the flavour elements and make it the way that is most convenient for you.
Our bisi bele bath recipe will yield 2 servings, with 585 kilocalories in each. To follow our bisi bele bath recipe, you will need the ingredients listed below,
Ingredients, Measurements & Nutritional Values
|Spice Powder for Bisi Bele Bath|
|Coriander seeds||20 grams|
|Split chickpea (Chana dal)||20 grams|
|Black peppercorn||5 grams|
|Fenugreek seeds||2 grams|
|Dried red chillies||5|
|To Pressure Cook|
|Brown rice||100 grams|
|Pigeon Pea (Toor dal)||100 grams|
|To Make Bisi Bele Bath|
|Curry leaves||A sprig|
|Urad dal||2 teaspoon|
|Mustard seeds||1 teaspoon|
|Tamarind extract||1 cup|
|Turmeric powder||1/2 teaspoon|
|Spice powder||2 tablespoon|
|Palm jaggery||30 grams|
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- Pigeon peas are an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein. The latter is an important energy source for the body and is essential for cellular growth.
- Brown rice contains a phytonutrient called lignans. Lignans protect against heart disease.
Video Walk Through – Bisi Bele Bath Recipe
Instructions – Bisi Bele Bath Recipe
Make Spice Powder
- Dry roast coriander seeds, black peppercorns, dried red chillies, split chickpeas and fenugreek seeds for a minute or two on medium-low heat. Set aside to cool down. Dry roasting releases the oils contained within and brings the best quality out of each ingredient.
- Transfer the dry roasted stuff to a grinder and grind into a fine powder.
- Store the powder in an air tight container.
You would need about a tablespoon or two of this spice powder to make our bisi bele bath recipe. Use it according to your spice tolerance and comfort.
Prep Ginger-Garlic Paste
- Add about 30 grams of garlic and 20 grams of ginger to a blender. You can also use equal quantities of both.
- Add a splash of water and blitz into a smooth paste.
- Set aside.
You will be using a tablespoon or two of ginger garlic paste in this bisi bele bath recipe. If you are not a big fan of ginger and garlic, you may choose to use less.
Prep Tamarind Extract
- Soak a small ball of tamarind in one cup of hot water for 30 minutes. Press the pulp with a spoon and allow the juices to flavour the water.
- 30 minutes later, drain the liquid and discard the pulp.
- The liquid is tamarind extract.
Prep Rice & Lentil
- Add brown rice & pigeon peas to a mixing bowl. Add water and soak for 30 minutes.
- 30 minutes later, discard water. Thoroughly wash & sort lentils and brown rice in running water.
- Transfer rice and lentil to a pressure cooker.
- Add water. The amount of water should be 3 times the quantity of solid. That is, if you were to use 1 cup of solids, add 3 cups of water or 200 grams of solids would need 600 grams of water.
- Pressure cook for 4 whistles and allow the pressure to release naturally.
- Set aside.
Make Bisi Bele Bath
- Set up a pot or sauce pan on medium heat .
- Add butter.
- As the butter starts to melt, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, black gram (urad dal or mungo bean), curry leaves and asafoetida. Allow them to splutter for a minute.
- Add ginger garlic paste and shallots. Saute briskly and brown them for 3 minutes.
- Add cauliflower, cowpea, carrot and tomatoes. Fry them for 2 minutes.
- Add turmeric powder and salt to your taste. Mix them well.
- Cover the vegetables with water and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with a lid and cook until the vegetables are tender. It should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
- 15 minutes later, add palm jaggery and mix it in. If you do not like palm jaggery, feel free to substitute with cane jaggery or brown sugar. We eat a lot of palm jaggery as it is the healthier option.
- Add tamarind extract, followed by pressure cooked brown rice and pigeon peas.
- Add our freshly ground spice powder and mix everything well.
- Reduce on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
- 15 minutes later, remove from heat and serve bisi bele bath over a handful of fresh coriander leaves.
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