Sunday, 24 November 2013

Bisi bele bhath|authentic bisibelebhat karnataka style in pressure cooker

Bisi bele bhath (Kannada: ಬಿಸಿ ಬೇಳೆ ಭಾತ್ bisi bēle bhāt) is a rice-based dish with its origins in the state of Karnataka, India. 

Bisi-bele-bhaath translates to hot lentil rice in the Kannada language. It is also known as Bisi bele huliyanna (Kannada: ಬಿಸಿ ಬೇಳೆ ಹುಳಿ ಅನ್ನ), which means "hot lentil sour rice". 

The traditional preparation of this dish is quite elaborate and involves the use of spicy masala, toor dal (a type of lentil) and vegetables. Spices like nutmeg and asafoetida, curry leaves and tamarind pulp used in its preparation contribute to the unique flavour and taste of this dish. It is served hot and sometimes eaten along with salad, papad or potato chips. 

This dish is commonly found in restaurants that serve the Udupi cuisine. The masala used for the dish is available off the shelf.
This medley of rice and lentils is considered to be one of the most nourishing one pot meals in India.

My verdict after tasting it was nutritious and buzzing with flavours


1 cup White rice
1 cup Toor dal(pigeon peas)
1 cup grated coconut
1 tsp Oil

1 Onion medium sized
1 cup Peas and carrots, chopped
1 green capsicum, diced
1/2 cup Beans, chopped
1 Potato, medium sized
2 small tomato chopped
1 tbsp Tamarind paste


1-2 red chilli broken
1 tsp Mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
2 tsp Cashews
2 tbsp Ghee
A pinch of hing
Salt as per taste

For the Masala:
4-5 Dry red chillies, low to medium spiced
3 tsp Coriander seeds
4-5 Cloves
4"-5" Cinnamon/Chakke/Dalchini
1 tablespoon channa dal
1 tablespoon urad dal
1/4 cup of freshly grated coconut
1.5 tsp poppy seeds
Cumin seeds- 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds- ¼tsp


A small bunch coriander leaves
fried boondi 


1.Pressure cook rice, dal ,Veggies with lots turmeric of water ( 6 cups of water ) Make sure that the dal and rice is well cooked.Traditionally, rice, lentils and vegetables are cooked separately and then mixed together

2.Meanwhile, dry roast red chillies, cinnamon, coriander seeds and cloves until you smell the fresh aroma of masalas.grind the masala in a blender without adding any water.

3.add  the grind masala with the cooked rice-dal-veggie mixture.add little water to  the mixture on medium flame and bring to boil. Stir regularly.Add tamarind paste,jaggery and salt; Mix well and bring to boil again.

4.Heat a small pan on medium heat. Add in a tablespoon of ghee and allow it to melt. Add in the mustard seeds, the cumin seeds. Allow it to crackle. Then add in the red chilli, curry leaves,cashews and roast them until the red chillies are browned lightly. Stir to roast the ingredients well.

5.Mix tadka well with Bisi Bele Bhaat and serve hot garnished with fried boondi with raita/potato chips/mixture!

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