Bisi Bele Bath is a healthy, nutritious, spicy and flavorful one pot meal prepared using rice, lentil, aromatic spices and vegetables of your choice. The recipe is vegan, gluten free, no onion no garlic.
In kannada, Bisi means hot, Bele means lentil and Bath means a rice dish. You can prepare the bisi bele bath powder at home, and its available even in stores. I have given a little twist to this recipe by using MTR sambar powder along with the other spices. You can use any vegetables of your choice. This can be served alone, or with boondi and raita for lunch or dinner. This dish tastes the best when served hot.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves : 4
Ingredients for Bisi Bele Bath
Toor dal / Lentil - ½ cup
Rice - ½ cup
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Asafoetida / Hing - ¼ tsp
Bay leaf - 2
Cardamom seeds - 3
Cloves - 2
Star anise - 1
Marati moggu – 1 (optional)
Mace – 1 (optional)
Broccoli - 10 florets
Frozen green peas - ½ cup
Carrot chopped - 1
Green beans chopped - 10
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Sambar powder - 1 ½ tablespoon or 5 tsp
Coconut oil - 2 tsp
Cashews broken - 1 ½ to 2 tbsp
Dried red chile - 1
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 8 to 10
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves / Cilantro - 5 strands (optional)
Steps to prepare Bisi Bele Bath
- In a pressure cooker, add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, bay leaf, cloves, cardamom, star anise, marati moggu, mace and saute for few seconds.
- Now add the washed rice and toor dal and saute it for 2 minutes. Sauteing is optional but doing so will enhance the taste.
- Add turmeric powder, asafoetida, approx 4 cups of water, salt and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
- Once the pressure cooker cools down, remove the weight. Just whisk the rice and lentil.
- Add all the vegetables of your choice, salt to taste, water if required for desired consistency, sambar powder, coriander powder and mix well. Bring this to nice boil.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon of oil in pan. Add cumin seeds and cashews and saute till cashews become golden in color.
- Add curry leaves, red chilli, saute and switch off the flame.
- Add this tempering once the dish comes to a boil, and mix well.
- Bisi Bele Bath is now ready. Serve hot and enjoy.
- Vary the spices as per you taste.
- If you like it spicy, add the red chilli powder or pepper powder as per your taste.
- You can substitute coconut oil with butter or vegetable oil.
- If you do not have a pressure cooker, you can prepare this dish in a pan. But its time consuming.
- Use any vegetables of your choice.
- Few vegetables that enhances its taste are eggplant, potato, capsicum, cauliflower.
- This dish thickens as it cools down, add little water and warm up the dish before you serve.
- If you find all the whole garam masalas, do add them in recipe as it will enhance the taste.