Bisi Bele Bath

June 21, 2017 Rice Varieties  2 comments

Bisi Bele Bath is a speciality of Karnataka. It is quite similar to our Sambar Sadham except for some changes in the masala! I so so love both the versions! Its such a breeze to make. U can have it with a simple papad as it is loaded with veggies and does not need any side dish as such. I prefer to make this on a weekend as we love to have it hot! And also the consistency is best when served hot & fresh.

Here is the video..



Now to the recipe..


Bisi Bele Bath My Magic Pan


[Preparation Time-20 mins : Cooking Time- 30 mins]

Bisi Bele Bath Ingredients:

  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Toor Dal – 1/2 cup
  • Vegetables – 1 cup (I used carrot, potato, & beans)
  • Shallots – 7 to 10
  • Oil – 1.5 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Tamarind paste – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Ghee – 2 to 3 tbsp

To roast & grind:

  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Dry Chillies – 4 nos
  • Coriander seeds – 3 tbsp
  • Chana Dal – 1 tbsp
  • Urad Dal – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek – 1/2 tsp
  • Khus Khus/Poppy seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon stick – a small piece
  • Star anise – 1
  • Cloves – 3
  • Coconut – 1 tbsp (grated or dry)


Bisi Bele Bath My Magic Pan



  • Wash & pressure cook rice & toor dal together with 4 & 1/2 cups of water. Once cooked mash it well. Meanwhile heat a pan and roast the ingredients mentioned under “to roast & grind” until golden brown.


  • Finally add coconut and roast it too. Cool it down and grind it into a smooth paste along with little water. Heat a pan with oil and add shallots. Saute until translucent.


  • Add the chopped vegetables, tamarind paste, salt, turmeric powder & water. Let the veggies cook for 5 mins or until soft. Add the masala paste & boil for a further 5 mins so that the raw smell goes off.


  • Add this to the cooked & rice mixture. Mix well & add required salt and ghee. Mix well and finally temper with mustard, curry leaves, hing & cashewnuts. Mix well & serve hot!



Thats it!! Bisi Bele Bath is ready!

Serve hot with papad or chips.


Bisi Bele Bath My Magic Pan



  1. Adjust spice levels according to your taste buds. It tends to be little spicier because of the garam masala spices as well.
  2. Make sure u add enough water while cooking rice & dal. The consistency of Bisi Bele Bath should be slightly runny. It will get thicker once it cools down.
  3. U can add peanuts along with cashewnuts too.
  4. U can add other veggies such as peas, capsicum..
  5. I know khus khus/poppy seeds is banned in some places. U can skip it if not available.


Bisi Bele Bath My Magic Pan


– By Sundari Nathan

2 comments to Bisi Bele Bath

  • Amrita  says:

    simple comfort food…

  • Swathi  says:

    Bisi bele bath looks delicious, which is ultimate comfort food.

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