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Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Bisi Bele Huli Anna | Karnataka Special Lunch

Bisi Bele Bath Recipe
Bisi Bele Bath is a popular Karnataka recipe which is similar to Sambar sadam from Tamil Nadu. The term 'bisi means hot', 'bele means lentil' and 'bath is rice based dish'. As the name suggest, it is loaded with rice, lentils and mixed vegetables. It varies from sambar sadam in few things. In sambar sadam, we never add any spices like cinnamon, cloves whereas in bisi bele bath we will add some of these spices. There are many methods to this recipe. I prepare it this way by pressure cooking rice and dal because it only requires less time.

Karnataka Special Bisi Bele Bath

Bisibele bath Recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Karnataka | Recipe Type: Main course / Lunch
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cooking Time: 45 mins | Serves: 3


Rice - 3/4 cup
Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Mixed vegetables - 1 carrot, 5 beans, 1 potato, 1/4 cup peas
Green chilli - 2
Small onions - 10
Tomato - 1
Tamarind - small lemon sized
Jaggery / Vellam - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - to garnish

For bisi bele bath powder:

Toor dal - 1 tsp
Channa dal / Kadala Paruppu - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds / dhaniya - 3 tsp
Peppercorns / Milagu - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds / Jeeragam - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds / Vendhayam - 1/4 tsp
Byadagi Red Chillies - 6
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 stick
Cloves - 3
Poppy seeds / Kasa Kasa - 1/2 tsp
Coconut - 2 tblspn

To temper:

Ghee / Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Red chilli - 2
Curry leaves - a sprig


In a pan, dry roast ingredients listed for bisi bele bath. Cool them and blend them in to a coarse powder.

In a blender, add bisi bele bath powder, tamarind, turmeric and grind them into a smooth paste.

In a pressure cooker, take rice and dal. Add enough water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Meanwhile, in another vessel cook the vegetables. When the vegetables are 80% cooked, add the onions, ground paste, jaggery, salt and little water. Bring it to boil.

Now, add the cooked dhal and rice to it and cook until desired consistency is reached.

Heat ghee in a tadka pan, do the tempering and pour over the cooked rice.

Serve with onion raita and papad.

  • It should be little watery not mushy so add more water.
Ingredients for bisi bele bath
Keep all your ingredients ready
dry roast for powder
Dry roast all the ingredients except coconut listed under "bisi bele bath powder".
coconut added
Once coriander and other dhal starts to change its color, add in coconut
moisture gone
Roast till all the moisture from the coconut is gone
cool and grind
Cool it and grind them into a coarse powder
blend tamarind
To this, add the soaked tamarind and blend well into a smooth paste adding little water
paste ready
Smooth paste is ready. Keep it aside till ready to use
cooked vegetables
Cook all the vegetable until 80% done
add ground masala
When it is 80% done, add the ground masala
onion added
Add small onions
salt, turmeric. jaggery
Add turmeric, salt and jaggery
boil it
Bring it to boil
Bring it to boil
cook rice
Soak dhal and rice for 20 mins and pressure cook for 3 whistles
rice added
When the small onion is half done, add the cooked rice
desired consistency reached
Cook till desired consistency is reached
Garnish with coriander leaves
do seasoning
Heat ghee in a tadka pan, do the tempering with mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, asafoetida and red chilli
pour and mix
Pour this over the rice and mix it
Bisi Bele Huli Anna

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