Bisi Bele Bhath

Bisi bele bhath 

Bisi Bele Bath is a wholesome traditional meal of  Karnataka(S.Indian)  made out of rice, lentil (toor dal), tamarind, chilli powder, ground spices, coconut and other vegetables served with ghee on top. It is very similar to ‘Sambar sadam’ of Tamil Nadu except that it has his own distinct flavour.


  1. Rice – 1cup

  2. Toor dal – 1/4 cup

  3. Mixed vegetables like carrot,beans,potato,peas,beetroot ,Tomato,green chillies

  4. onions – 1 cup

  5. Tamarind – 1 (small marble size)

  6. Turmeric powder – 1 pinch

  7. Sambar powder – 1/4 tsp

  8. Chopped coriander leaves – 3tsp

  9. Butter or ghee – 3tsp

  10. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

  11. Curry leaves – 8 count

  12. Oil – 4tsp

To Grind for Masala

  1. Coriander seeds – 2tsp

  2. Dry red chillies – 5

  3. Jeera/cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

  4. Whole pepper – 1/4 tsp

  5. Chana/Bengal gram dal – 1tsp

  6. Urad dal -1tsp

  7. Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp

  8. Cloves – 3 small

  9. Cinnamon stick – 1 small piece

  10. Cardamon – 1 count

  11. Asafoetida – 1 pinch

  12. Shredded coconut – 2tsp


  • First boil rice with two cups of water and all the vegetables(without water) separately.

  • Cook Toor dal with water,pinch of turmeric and little oil in a pressure cooker.

  • Take 1/2cup of juice from tamarind piece by soaking in warm water.

  • In a pan take half tsp of oil and fry coriander seeds ,dry red chillies,jeera,pepper,chana dal,urad dal,methi seeds,cinnamon,cloves ,asfoetida and the shredded cocount .

  • Cool it and grind it like a paste adding little water.

  • Now to the cooked dal add tamarind juice,salt,the ground mix,sambar powder and all the cooked vegetables and boil for 2 mins. To this add cooked rice and season with jeera,mustard and curry leaves at the end.

  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

  • This tasty bisi bele bhath as the name means Bisi(hot) in kannada  has to be eaten hot  with chips.

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