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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bisibele bhath

Bisi Bele Bhath is the signature dish of many regions in Karnataka. It is a wholesome meal-in-one and has rice, dal and vegetables all in a runny khichdi-like consistency. It is very easy to make also .its a kind of comfort food for me ,when not in a mood to prepare the whole meal ,this is the one and the wholesome meal option

1 cup Rice

3/4 cup Toor Dal

2 cups Mixed Vegetables (onions, tomato, green peas, beans,cauliflower and corn)

salt to taste

6 cups Water


1/2 cup  Coconut powder

2 tsp Sambar Powder

2 Tbsp Coriander Seeds

1" Cinnamon

3-4 Cloves

2-3 Cardamom

1 tsp Khus Khus

1/4 tsp Asafoetida

few Curry leaves


4-5 Tbsp Oil

3-4 Red Chillies

2 tsp Mustard Seeds

3-4 Curry Leaves

1/4 tsp Asafoetida

Method for masala--

1-In a little bit of heated oil, fry the masala ingredients, except for the coconut powder and the sambar powder. Grind all of the masala ingredients to a paste with a little water. Keep aside

Method for bisibele bhath--

1-Add rice,dal and mixed veggies in a pressure cooker with salt and water.

2- pressure cook for about 10-12 minutes.

3- Let the steam go off from the cooker ,open it and add bisibele bhath masala to it.


1- for tadka heat oil in a pan add asafoetida,mustard seed and red chilly ,let it splutter.
2 -Then add curry leaves to the tadka.
3- Add this tadka into the rice and serve it hot with any raita,chutney or papad.
4-you can also garnish it with a splash of butter on top.

Note--1-- Bisibele bhath Masala is easily available in the indian grocery stores and they are equally good .
          2-- You can use slow cooker also in place of pressure cooker ,but cook it for longer time of course.

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