BISI BELE BATH : (Red gram & rice boiled and mixed with whole spices)
Serves: 3; Total Time: 30 min
A traditional dish with many assorted veggies and clarified butter added on the top makes it an authentic “BISI BELE BATH”. It is a famous food of karnataka state, India. Large number of ingredients works on the taste of this amazing rice dish. Bisi bele bath is healthy as it has a large quantity of red gram ( great source of protein mainly for vegetarians). It serves a great feast as it has approx. 199 calories for 1 bowl of bisi bele bath.
The exact karnataka style of preparing Bisi bele bath has no veggies. It is made with spices, red gram and rice. But to make it more tasteful, try adding vegetables such as potato, carrot, beans, etc.
- Red gram (Tuvar dal) – 1 ½ cup
- Rice – 1 cup
- Assorted sliced vegetables: (beans, potato, carrot, green peas) – 1 ½ cup
- Tamarind paste – small lemon sized ( soak in hot water until the juice is released for about 5 min)
- Groundnut – 20 to 30 or ½ cup
- Asafoetida – A pinch
- Curry leaves – 15 to 20
- Coriander leaves chopped – 1 cup
- Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
- Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
- Grated fresh coconut – 1 cup
- Bisi bele bath powder – 3 tablespoon
- Salt – As required
- Clarified butter (ghee) – 2-3 teaspoon
Ingredients for bisi bele bath powder :
- Cinnamon whole stick – 1 No
- Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
- Poppy seeds – 1 ½ teaspoon
- Cloves – 5-6 No.s
- Cumin seeds – 2 teaspoon
- Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- Bengal gram (Chana dal) – ½ cup
- Black gram sabut (urad dal) – ½ cup
- Coriander seeds – 1 cup
- Dry red chillies – 15-20 No.s ( As this is a karnataka special dish, I like to use the “byadgi” variety of red chili – 20-25 No.s )
- Oil – 2 teaspoon
– Heat oil in a pan, roast all the ingredients mentioned, until light brown and grind them into a fine powder in a blender.
– Store this powder in a container and use as and when required.
- Cook rice and red gram (tuvar dal) together, along with 4-5 cups of water in a pressure cooker. It might take 6-8mins. Remember, the consistency must be soft & mashy type (well cooked). Boil the veggies separately. Once done, keep it aside.
- Blend the grated fresh coconut, soaked tamarind along with its juice to a nice and soft paste.
- In a pot, mix the cooked (mashed) rice & red gram with boiled veggies. Add the coconut and tamarind paste, a cup of water, turmeric powder. Mix them well until combined. Turn the stove on and cook until the smell of raw tamarind goes off.
- Add 2-3 table spoons of Bisi bele bath powder depending on how spicy you want it to be. If your Bisi bele bath seems to dry out and start sticking to the pot, then you can surely add some water. Keeping the flame low, allow it to cook for 4-5 min until a desired consistency is seen. Add salt and mix well.
- For tempering, heat clarified butter in a pan on a medium flame. Add mustard seeds, groundnuts, asafoetida, curry leaves. Once they splutter add it to the prepared bisi bele bath. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot along with Raitha (flavored yoghurt) and some papads.
I served Bisi Bele Bath with my favorite “Khara Boondi Raitha”