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November 24, 2008

Bisi Bele Bath

Sagari's Bisi bele bath pictures were so tempting that I made this dish today. I quickly glanced at the ingredients she had used and prepared it in a different way.

1. To pressure cook:
Rice-1/2 cup
Thur dhal-1/4 cup
Water-2.5 cups(or adjust according to how mushy you want the rice to get)

2. To roast in a drop of oil and grind(roast everything except coconut till golden brown and finally add coconut and fry for another minute):
Coriander seeds-1 tbsp
Channa dal-1 tbsp
Red chillis-4
Cinnamon-1 inch stick
Coconut grated-2 tbsp

3. Seasonings:
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Jeera-1 tsp
Hing-a pinch
Curry leaves-a few
Raisins-1 tsp(optional)

4. Other ingredients:
2 cups of Veggies(like onions, potatoes, carrots, peas, corn)
Garlic finely chopped-2 pods
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Oil-1 tbsp
Ghee-2 tbsp
Tamarind-small lime size
Coriander leaves- to garnish

Pressure cook rice and dhal together with water till they turn soft and mushy.
Roast the ingredients listed in 2 and grind it to a fine powder.
Soak tamarind in warm water and extract 2 cups of tamarind water and set aside. Heat oil in a pan, fry chopped veggies and garlic for 5 minutes. Add salt, turmeric powder and tamarind extract. Let the mixture boil for 10 minutes till the veggies are cooked and raw smell of tamarind goes off. Add the ground masala powder, cooked rice and dhal, salt if necessary. Mix well and turn off the heat. Do the seasoning with ghee and pour on top of the mixture. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Some of you know that I won the diet food event hosted by Divya. I thank her for sending me a sweet gift card! It was so nice to receive it!! My special thanks to all those who voted for me :)

I managed to prepare Bisi bele bath without a drop of ghee :-) I used only oil in this recipe. Of course, it will taste best with ghee.


  1. Wow Bisi bele bath is looking yummy and lip smacking... So tempting, Tempering makes every dish smell and taste better and they are things that am missing now...

  2. Very tempting BBB, that is confort food

  3. This is my MIL's fav, thanks for sharing now I will try this
    It looks really tempting

  4. wow.. tempting.. looks yummy... kalakku...

  5. This is my favorite one pot meal... so satisfying & nutritious.

  6. Congrats on winning the diet food event...the bisi bele bath looks perfect...

  7. vow!!!mahimaa it is sooooooooooo tempting ....the cashews on the top,the masala,dal hmm everything together..i could imagine he well it tasted.....

  8. Yummo Mahimaa. Very tempting..can i come over? :)

  9. Wowwwww your bisibelabath loooooks soooo the garnishing too....I just made it 2 days back & saved the pic...will post my recipe soon.....

  10. once upon a time I was a great fan of bisi bele bath. again iam tempting, when i see ur post.

  11. who can resist such a delicious bisi bele bath! Lovely presentation! Congrats on all the awards and the gift card!

  12. Kanna,
    Bisi Bela Bath looks mouth watering,lip smacking.Presentation is beautiful.It should taste yummy.I have it whenever i go to Udupi hotel.

  13. wow u won the diet foods event?I wasnt aware.......hearty congratulations.Classic Karnataka Dish.

  14. my favorite rice dish.. looks great with those nuts garnishing..:) Congrats for winning the diet event! Hoping to see a sweet recipe soon to celebrate your win :)

  15. tempting picture..with all those delicious..

  16. Congratulations on winning the event. BBB is my favorite to have with chips and yogurt. I am lazy and use the MTR powder.

  17. Wow Mahima, Looks great. My little one was standing near by and screaming amma cashew, cashew. Nee enakku pannitharaya nnu hew was asking. (Will u make it for me). Nice garnishing and beautiful click.

  18. Looks very inviting and fabulous...

  19. Wow looks mouth watering. Nice presentation.

  20. BBB looks delicioussssssss..ippadi ellam samacha naan unga veetuku vanthuduven Mahima...lunch finish panniyum pasikuthey..ithu nallave illa..aama solliten:(..

  21. Hey looks amazing. This happens to be a fav of my hubby. I have always used ready MTR powders from market to make it for him. Yours looks delicious

  22. Can you parsel me that please.
    Looks so inviting

  23. hey soopera iruku bisibele bath.tht ghee will definitely make a big difference in the taste.congrats on ur winning the contest Mahi.U truly deserve it.

  24. Truly gorgeous, Mahimaa. Bisi bele bhaat is a favorite, but I've never seen it look as good as yours does.

  25. just superb... my all time favourite

  26. Wow! good Bisi bele bath! Also check my blog and gv ur comments and suggestions.

  27. Hi Mahima...Tried BBB today based on your recipe....Turned out very well...Very tasty...THNX A TON....U made my day....

  28. Like the Indian bisibelebath recipe that has been one of the most searched because of its taste and its healthy benefits .


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