Sunday, 31 July 2011


Bisibelebath is a delicious one-pot meal which has a flavour that is unique to the state of Karnataka in India. Bisi-bele-bath means hot-lentil-rice.This is an ideal Sunday afternoon meal which I love to cook very often. I prepare this dish with regular white rice for my family and a twist with brown rice for myself.

Ingredients - Serves 4
  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Toor dhal - 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind extract - 1/2 cup
  • Chana dhal - 2 tbsp
  • Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Dry chilli - 5 to 6
  • Coconut grated - 2 tbsp (you can also use dry coconut to enhance the flavour of the dish)
  • Vegetables - 2 cups (Small onions, carrot, beans, peas, potato, tomato and drumsticks)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Few curry leaves
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
  • Oil - 2tbs
  • Ghee - 1tbs
  • Cashewnuts - few for garnishing
  • Salt to taste


  • Add turmeric powder to rice and dhal along with 4 cups of water and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles
  • Heat 1 tbsp of  oil in a pan and fry chana dhal, coriander seeds, coconut and red chilli until it turns golden brown
  • Cool and grind into a smooth paste by adding water
  • Heat the pan with oil and add mustard, curry leaves, cinnamon, all vegetables and fry for few minutes
  • Add tamarind extract and required salt for vegetables
  • Cover with lid and allow it to boil until the vegetables get cooked 
  • Now add the grounded paste and bring to boil to get a nice bisibelebath paste
  • Mash the cooked rice and dhal with laddle or potato masher and add required salt
  • Mix the mashed rice to the boiling bisibelebath paste
  • Heat 1 tbsp of ghee fry cashew nuts and pour it over the hot bisibelebath
  • Serve hot with raita or chips

Brown rice recipe - Pressure cook 1 cup of brown rice with 1/2 cup of dhal. Mash well and add required salt, mix it with the bisibelebath paste. Garnish with cashewnuts.

Nutritional Information
  • Toor dhal is rich in fibre and protein
  • Vegetables (carrot, beans, onion, tomatoes, drumstick and peas) lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease and some types of cancers
  • Serves 4 = approximately 1000 calories

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