Bisi (means hot) Bele (means lentils)
(means sauce mixed with rice) is a Karnataka special rice dish. It is sunday special dish also. My mothers preperation is different, and i follow her recipe to prepare this dish.Bisi Bele Bath ,a traditional dish of the Karnataka people in india, requires slow cooking of yellow lentils, raw rice and vegetables with aromatic spices.This rice dish is full of carbohydrates,proteins,antioxidants and vital nutrients (vegetables like onions,peas,beans,carrots,potatoes) and tamarind gives u proper digestion. i Just want to share with u my style of preparing this dish. try it out.enjoy. Bath
1½ cup Long grained rice (basmathi rice or raw rice)
½ cup Toor dhal (yellow masoor dhal can be used)
2 nos Onion medium ( chopped finely)
2 cup Tamarind juice (soak lemon size tamarind in 1 cup of water and extract juice)
2 no Green chilli (slit open)
1½ T Oil
1 T Ghee
5 nos Curry leaves
2 cup Mixed vegetables (potatoes,carrots,beans,peas)
Bisibele Bath Powder
1 T Ghee
1½ T Corriander seeds / malli
5 nos Red chilli
½ tsp Urad dhal
½ tsp Channa dhal
4 nos Cloves
1 inch Cinnamon stick (small)
2 nos Cardomen (green)
1 no Bay leaf (small)
10 nos Curry leaves
1½ T Coconut (grated)
4 nos Marathi moggu
½ tsp Fennel seeds / perum serakam
½ tsp Jeera seeds
2 tsp Asafoedita
1 tsp Mustard and cumin seeds
10 nos Cashewnuts
4 nos Green chillies (slit open)
Corriander leaves for garnishing
Salt to taste
2 tsp Raw rice (pachai arisi)
Pressure cook rice and toor dhal to gether with 7 cups of water.
Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a vessel and add all the above spices (in ing 3)and 2tsp raw rice except asafoetida and fry them on low flame for 2 min .Add asafoetida just before you remove the spices off the flame and cool it .Grind the bisibelebath powder and keep it aside.
Cut all the vegetables and extract the tamarind juice . Keep everything ready.
Heat oil and ghee in pan, splutter mustard seed and jeera, Add onion,green chilli, curry leaves and saute well till golden brown. Then add cut vegetables.
Add the 1tbsp Bisibelebath powder, turmeric powder and add tamarind extract. Boil well till the vegetables are 3/4 cooked.add the salt.
Add the tamarind extract to the boiled rice, add 1/2 cup of water and Mix well.(Generally the consistency of the rice is like a thick dosa batter.If u want it little watery then add little more water than required. if want to have thick then reduce the water quantity to 2 cups.).Cook in sim for 5 min.
Toast the cashew and green chillies in ghee and add it to the rice.
Garnish with corriander leaves. Serve hot with appalam and chips or potato fry.