Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi Bele Bath, this is one of the popular dish in Kannada Cuisine. There are various methods in preparing this rice recipe but the ingredients used will be almost same. I learnt this recipe from one of my friends. My Mom used to do this dish in little different way. She used to cook rice and dal together but here we are going to cook dal and vegetables together. Similarly, the spice powder which she makes will be little different. Anyways, I will post her version of bisi bele bath too in my coming posts.

Bisi Bele Bath

Preparation Time : 20 Minutes | Cooking Time : 40 Minutes | Serves : 5

Rice - 1.5 Cup
Toor Dal - 1.5 Cup
Carrot - 2 No.
Beans - 10 No.
Onion - 1 No.
Potato - 1 No.
Green Peas - 1/4 Cup
Garlic - 5 Cloves
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp.
Asafoetida - a pinch
Tomato - 2 No.
Tamarind - 1 Gooseberry Size
Jaggery - 1 tsp.
Bisi Bele Bath Masala Powder - 3 tbsp.
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Ground Nuts - 1 tbsp.
Cashew Nuts - 5 to 6 No.
Dry Red Chili - 2 No.
Curry Leaves - 2 sprigs
Oil - 1 tbsp.
Ghee - 2 tbsp.
Salt to taste

1. Keep all the ingredients ready for making bisi bele bath.
a. Cook the rice separately. 
b. Chop all the vegetables into medium sized pieces.
c. Soak tamarind in warm water for about 15 minutes and extract the pulp and discard the fiber.
d. Pressure cook all the vegetables and dal by adding little turmeric powder, asafoetida and garlic cloves for 4 to 5 whistles.
2. Add chopped tomatoes and salt in a pan and add water to cook the tomatoes. Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the tamarind extract and bring to boil. When the raw smell of tamarind vanish, add the jaggery powder and mix well.
3. Now, add the Bisi Bele Bath Masala Powder and mix well. Let it boil till the raw smell of masala goes off. Add the cooked dal and vegetable and mix it well.
4. Let the dal and vegetable mix boil for 5 minutes. Now add the cooked rice little by little and mix it well. Keep stirring while adding rice to avoid lumps. Allow it to cook on low flame for 10 minutes. If the rice becomes very thick, add required amount of hot water to make it in semi solid consistency. Switch off the flame after 10 minutes. Temper it with oil, ghee, mustard seeds, cashew nuts, ground nuts, curry leaves and dry red chili.

Yummy Bisi Bele Bath is ready to serve. Serve it hot with applam or any fries.

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