Saturday, 12 November 2016


Bisi bele bhat is a traditional and popular dish in Karnataka. Bisi bele bhat means hot lentil rice in Kannada. This dish is made with pigeon pea (toor dal) rice and lots of veggies and spices. One of my page follower requested this recipe. I never made bisi bele bhat recipe before, but tasted once in our neighbors house it was so yummy and tasty. I asked her recipe and it was super hit. It tasted so yum!!!!!

          You can add any veggies as per your wish.I have cooked veggies along with rice and dal. I like soft veggies in my bisi bele bhat. if you want you can boil veggies separately and add to cooked rice and dal.

I hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turned out for you.

 Ingredients :

Rice : 2 cups
Toor dal/pigeon pea/kandi pappu : 1 cup
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tea spoon
tamarind : Medium lemon size
Ghee : 2 table spoons
curry leaves : 2 to 3 strings
Cashew nuts : 15 to 20
Hing/inguva : 1/4 tea spoon
vegetables : 350 grams ( I used carrot,radish,potato,French beans and brinjal)
diced large onion : 1
Coriander leaves : 1/4 cup

For bisi bele bhat spice powder :

Coriander seeds : 2 table spoons
cumin seeds : 1 tea spoon
Fenugreek seeds/mentulu : 1/2 tea spoon
Dried red chillies : 5 to 6
coconut : 2 table spoons
cloves : 2
Cinnamon sticks : 2 (1 inch)
Bengal gram/chana dal : 2 tea spoons
urad dal/minapappu : 2 tea spoons
Mustard seeds/aavaalu : 1 tea spoon

My 1 cup measures 200 ml

Method :

First wash and soak rice and dal for 1 hour. 

Cut your veggies.

 Soak and take out the juice and keep it a side.

Take a vessel add dal,rice,veggies,salt and turmeric powder. Pour water and cook until dal and rice cooked well.

Mean while to make spice  powder take a pan add chana dal and urad dal dry roast for few seconds then add remaining ingredients and roast them well and remove from fire and let it cool completely. Blend these roasted ingredients into fine powder. 

Now take a vessel add ghee heat it, add cashew nuts saute for few seconds and add curry leaves and Hing stir it.

Now add tamarind juice saute for few seconds then add 2 to 3 cups of water and let it boil. Now add cooked rice and mix it well. (if your rice is dry Add some more water)

Now add blended spice powder and mix it well. Simmer the flame add coriander leaves cook for few minutes and remove from fire and serve with potato chips or Papad.

Take your veggies

Wash and soak dal and rice

Take rice and dal in a vessel

Add veggies ( you can cook veggies separately If you want)

Add turmeric powder and salt

Pour water and cook it well

Soak tamarind

Take all spices to make bisi bele bhat masala

Roast chana dal and urad dal For few seconds

Add remaining ingredients

Roast them well

Let it cool completely

Blend it into fine powder

Rice and dal is cooked well

Heat ghee add cashew nuts and fry them

Add curry leaves and hing

Add tamarind juice and water let it boil for few seconds

Add cooked rice and mix it well

Add blended spice powder

Mix it well

Simmer the flame add coriander leaves cook for couple of minutes and remove from fire

Serve hot

Tasty bisi bele bhat is ready!!!!!