Bisi Bele Bath Recipe

Bisi Bele Bath is a south indian delicacy, originated from Karnataka and popular in the three states of Karnataka, Andhrapradesh and Tamilnadu.

‘Bisi' means ‘hot’, ‘Bele’ means ‘lentil’ or ‘Dal’, and ‘bath’ means a mixture of items.

Bisi Bele Bath is a combination of Rice, Lentils (Toor Dal) and vegetables cooked well and mixed with a masala prepared from a combination of species, which is generally home-made, as it makes the delicacy authentic and rich in taste.

A variety of spices in proper promotions is very critical to the preparation of the Bisi Bele Bath Masala, including, black Pepper, Cummin Seeds (Jeera), channa dal, broken Urad dal, dry Red Chilles known in Karnataka as Byadige, dry Curry leaves, desiccated grated coconut, Cinnamon, Cardamom (elakkka or elakki), fenugreek seeds(Menthya or methi seeds), Cloves (lavanga), Marathi Moggu, Mace(Javithri), asafoetida and poppy seeds (Khus Khus). All these ingredients have to be fried on a dry pan and roasted before grinding in the mixie. Earlier day this mixture of spices was hand pounded with a stone within a stone container, which would retain the essence of all the spices and provide the rich aroma and taste.

Once the Bisi Bele Bath Masala is prepared, keep it in a closed container and then prepare for the cooking process.

It is very important to choose the right variety of rice to cook Bisi Bele Bath, as on cooking the rice, the rice would absorb the Bisi Bele Bath Masala and provide the rich taste. Sri Bhagyalakshmi BTC Gold Raw Rice is most suitable for the preparation of Bisi Bele Bath, one of the most sought after the south indian delicacies by tourists to Karnataka.

Earlier days, Bisi Bele Bath was made only in homes. Due to the popularity, small cafes and restaurants started serving Bisi Bele Bath to the delight of not only tourists, but also office executives, who released the dish during lunch hours.

Today, Bisi Bele Bath is being served in 5 Star hotels and in Fine dining restaurants not only in South India, but pan India.

Since the migration of Indians to many European, American and South-east Asian countries, they took Bisi Bele Bath along chiding most Indian Cafes and restaurants aboard to prepare and serve their favourite delicacy.

So much so, that this delicacy is also a favourite amongst the westerners, as the spicy taste makes them wanting for more.

For over 5 years now, Indian restaurants in China have begun to serve Bisi Bele Bath, which is frequented by NRIs and also the local Chinese who savour the Bisi Bele Bath with equal fervour!

Step 1: Cook Sri Bhagyalakshmi BTC Gold Raw Rice rice in a pressure cooker with 1 cup of Rice and two cups of water.

Step 2 : Cook Toor Dal (Lentil) in a another vessel or if you have the provision, cook the dal along with the rice in the same pressure cooker separated from the rice bowl with a lid. Use 3/4th cup of Toor dal and 1& 1/2 cups of water.

Step 3 : Soak tamarind in hot water.

Step 4: Extract the tamarind residue from the tamarind juice and soak a pice of jaggery and two tea spoons of salt in the tamarind juice.

Step 5: Mix two tea spoons Bisi Bele Bath masala (there are many mixes available in the market)with the tamarind, Jaggery, salt mixture, and stir it well.

Step 6: Once the Toor dal is cooked, mash it well to make it creamy.

Step 7 : Mix the cooked toor dal with the rice and set it aside.

Step 8 : Take chopped vegetables like carrot, beans, onions, tomatoes and green peas, and fry them in a shallow pan with 1 tea spoon of desi ghee.

Step 9 : Add a cup of water to the vegetable bowl and cook it for few minutes. Don’t cook it too much so that they remain crunchy.

Step 10: Add the Masala, tamarind, jaggery and salt mix to the vegetable bowl.

Step 11 : Let is boil for few minutes releasing the aroma of the lentils and the spices.

Step 12 : Pour the Rice and dal into the vegetable bowl and mix well with a bowl of water.

Step 13: Stir well and allow it to cook for few minutes - simmer in a low flame. Check the taste and add salt / Jaggery / Tamarind juice / masala if necessary.

Step 14: Cook till the consistency is semi-solid, a kind of gooey consistency.

Step 15 : Take a seasoning pan, add a tea spoon of desi ghee, mustard, cashew nuts, curry leaves and dry red chilli. Fry for couple of minutes and pour the seasoning onto the Rice dal vegetable mix.

Stir well and serve.

The aroma of Bisi Bele Bath rice would permeate the house and also spread to the neighbours house! So be prepared to serve uninvited guests!!

Happy Cooking!

Notes :

Ideal preparation time is about 10 to 15 minutes.

Ideal cooking time is about 20 to 30 minutes.

Choice of rice is very important to get a consistent semi-solid rice-dal preparation. Sri Bhagyalakshmi Foods Raw Rice Gold Premium is the most sought after rice for preparation of Bisi Bele Bath across the board.

Bisi Bele Bath Masala can also be prepared at home as per the combination of spices mentioned earlier. You can prepare the masala and use it for multiple times, as the preparation is dry and wouldn’t perish easily.

Remember to store the masala in an air tight container and DO NOT drop water or use a wet spoon./p>

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