Monday, March 28, 2011

Bisi Bele Bhath

Bisi Bele Bath is a one-pot south Indian delicacy. It is nothing but rice and lentils together. To be brutally honest, it is not the most photogenic dish. It's the most delicious dish!

For me, the Bisi Bele Bath at the restaurant tastes better. There is nothing wrong with this recipe though. I might be biased about my cooking?

1. 1 mace
2. 4-6 cloves
3. 1 tbsp chana dal
4. 1 tbsp urad dal
5. 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
6. 3 tbsp poppy seeds
7. 1 inch cinamon
8. 10-12 dried red chili
9. 2 tsp coriander powder
10. 3 sprigs of curry leaves
11. 2 small tomatoes.
12. 2 large onions, chopped
13. oil
14. 3 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
15. 1/2 red green pepper, chopped
16. green beans, 1 cup, frozen
17. turmeric powder
18. toovar dal, 2 cups
19. 2 cups white rice, steamed
20. salt to taste
21. tamarind pulp
22. mustard seeds
23. peanuts (optional)
24. heeng
25. Jaggery, 1 tsp

1. Dry roast ingredients 1-8.
2. Grind the dry roasted ingredients with coriander powder. This will give you the spice mix. You can also add dried coconut, shredded.
3. Boil dal with turmeric powder and salt in a pressure cooker.
4. When the cooker opens, add tamarind pulp and jaggery. You can also add red chili powder depending on how hot you like it.
5. Heat oil in a wok and fry onions.
6. Add red bell pepper, tomatoes, and curry leaves to this. Cook till al dente.
7. Mix this and green beans to the dal and boil the dal.
8. To the dal, add 6 tsp of the spice mix and rice.
9. Heat ghee in a wok and add mustard seeds and let it crackle.
10. Add heeng to the ghee and then add peanuts and temper it in the dal

Serve hot with some salad.

This recipe was adapted from here.
Tried and Tested.


chef and her kitchen said...

I think ur bisi bele bath was bit dry, u need to add more water and cook over simmer for still some time to get the beautiful color and even the flavors blend in very well..
yes might b another attempt u might bcome pro in that..:)
and regarding yellow peas, you get another variety of yellow peas(little whitish) which tastes best for ragada(it is not same as chana dal), if you do not have you can easily go for dry green peas..only thing is dried green peas tastes best than the fresh use dried ones..try wid yellow peas sometime..that would give a special taste to ragda..happy making dear

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

this is looking delicious...nice try dear..
Tasty Appetite

Priya Suresh said...

BBB are always my fav...just love it with some chips,can have it everyday without any hesitation..

Chaitanya said...

very yummy ....delicious .. happy to follow you

Prathima Rao said...

This is my all time fav...Love it with french fries & raita!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Priyanka@The Healthy Diary said...

This recipe gives me motivation to try making my own rather then the pre-made kind you get at the grocery stores. Great recipe.

Priyanka Agrawal said...

@prathu: i will keep tht in mind for next time and thanks dear for the tip on the peas. i will try it soon. u r really nice dear.

@jay: thanks jay for the encouragement, u guys keep me going!

@priya: u said it. nthing matches this dish. i hv always liked south indian dishes but am slowly falling for it even more.

@ssc: thanks for dropping by and hope to see u again. would love to revisit ur blog as well

@prats: i too luv french fries but cant manage the carb intake :(

@priyanka: thanks yar. u r so encouraging and positive. love this abt u!

Swanavalli Suresh said...

first time at your space... you have a wonderful collection of recipes... Glad to follow you...

Reshmi said...

Hi Priyanka,

First time here and I love ur collection of recipes.. following u!!

Sneha Benny said...

First time here . Wonderful try !!! I loved your collection of recipes !! I am happy to follow you !!!


chef and her kitchen said...

priyanka...regarding the nuts for pesto,use almonds ...that is a better option instead of cashewnuts if pine nuts r walnuts r not available..some ppl use peanuts,but I do not prefer it for pasta..

Nandinis food said...

Delicious rice. My fav!

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot for your lovely entry. Bisi bele bhath is my favorite too. I prefer the ones cooked at home.
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