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Bisi Bele Bath (Karnataka-style Bisi Bele Bath)

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Bisi Bele Bath (Karnataka-style Bisi Bele Bath)

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For pressure cooking dal-rice:
¾ cup Sona masoori rice (or any short grain rice) if not available you can use basmati rice too
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons peanuts
1 ½ cup Water for cooking rice
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons Arhar dal (toor dal or split pigeon peas)
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon Oil
1 cup Water for cooking dal
For Bisi Bele Bath Recipe:
1 tablespoons tamarind
½ cup hot water to dissolve tamarind
1 tablespoon Oil
½ cup red onion chopped (or 4-5 shallots)
½ cup tomato chopped
½ cup carrot chopped
½ cup Green peas
¼ cup potatoes peeled and chopped
¼ cup green beans (French beans) chopped
2 cups vegetables Approx.
Salt to taste
1 cup + 1 cup Water
2 teaspoons jaggery (Gur)
2 ½ tablespoons Bisi bele bath powder
For tempering or tadka:
1 tablespoons ghee (Clarified butter)
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
6-7 Cashew nuts
2 Dried red chilies
10-12 Curry leaves
⅛ teaspoon hing (Asafoetida)
  • Medium


  • For pressure cooking dal-rice:

  • For Bisi Bele Bath Recipe:

  • For tempering or tadka:



Prepping and Cooking Dal-Rice:

  1. Wash or rinse the dal and rice separately. Then soak for 20 minutes. This step is optional.
  2. In the meantime, prep the rest of the ingredients and chop the vegetables.
  3. Soak the tamarind in hot water for 20-30 minutes, then squeeze the tamarind to get the pulp out of it.
  4. Strain the water and keep it ready.
  5. Now drain the dal and rice.
  6. Put the rice, peanuts, and 1 ½ cups of water in a small pot that will fit in the pressure cooker.
  7. Put the dal, turmeric powder, oil, and 1 cup of water in another pot.
  8. Add a glass of water to the pot and place a rack/stand in and put the pot of dal and rice on top.
  9. Cover the rice and then cover the pot with a lid. Put a weight on top and turn the heat to medium.
  10. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles and let the pressure go down by itself.
  11. Remove both pots and whisk the dal till smooth. Mix in the rice and peanuts. Put aside.

How to Make Bisi Bele Bath:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on a medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and cook till they become soft and translucent.
  2. Then add the rest of the veggies and salt. Mix and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Now add water, cover, and cook till veggies are soft and tender.
  4. Mix in the jaggery, bisi bele bath powder, and tamarind water and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Now add the boiled dal and rice and mix. Adjust the consistency by adding water.
  6. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes.

How to Make the Tempering:

  1. Heat the ghee in a small tadka pan on a medium heat. Once hot, add the mustard seeds and let them pop.
  2. Add the cashew nuts and dried red chilies, sauté till the cashews are light brown in color.
  3. Then add curry leaves and hing.
  4. Immediately add this tempering to the dal-rice mixture, stir and serve.

Bisi Bele Bath

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