Bisi Bele Bath

By DK on Nov 25, 2008
Bisi Bele Bath/Bisi Bele Huliyanna means Hot Lentil Rice in Kannada (Karnataka Cuisine) and it has been adopted by almost all the South Indian States. I also know of many North Indian friends who request me for this dish along with Idli's and dosas's. It has a warm appeal among so many people and no wonder its being made with umptieth versions. I follow my mom's version and it is as simple as it can get.
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 30 min
Serves: 2 people
  • For Bisi Bela Huliyanna Powder
  • 1 tbsp Toor Dal (pigeon peas)
  • 1 tbsp channa dal (Bengal Gram dal)
  • 1/4 tbsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbsp Daniya (Coriander Seeds)
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 5-6 dried red chillies ( or as per taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh grated coconut (you can also use dried)
  • Other Ingredients
  • Approx 2 cups of mixed boiled vegetables (peas,carrots,potatoes,beans,cauliflower)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup cooked Pigeon peas(toor dal)
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • salt to taste and few sprigs of cilantro and curry leaves to garnish
Dry roast the ingredients (except the coconut) for the powder until aromatic and golden reddish yellow.
Grind these into a powder along with coconut and set aside.
In a pan, in a tsp of oil, add the mustard seeds and when they start popping, add the onions till soft.
Mix the tamarind paste in 2 cups of water and then add this to the onions. Cook until the raw smell of tamarind leaves. Then add the boiled vegetables, turmeric, salt along with the cooked pigeon peas and mix well. Once they start boiling, sprinkle the prepared powder and mix lightly.
Now add the rice, garnish with the herbs and serve with few tsp of ghee on top. Make sure to serve warm, since the dish tends to thicken up fast. In case that happens, add a little warm water to loosen it up. Goes well with Papads, chips etc.
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14 Responses to “Bisi Bele Bath”
  1. Christy

    You are the bestestest along with a lot other superlatives that can go with a person who is a gifted cook, a lover of great food and good living!! I would have never had the courage to work up to cooking great meals that include the likes of Bisi bela bath, without these simple recipes from you!! You made a difference in the way I looked at cooking and serving!! You are a star indeed!

  2. Vidhya

    Love this! i use 2 tomatoes and add very little tamarind. I also prefer making the powder when am cooking.

  3. Sandhya

    Sometimes if I am in a hurry and don’t have time to make the spice powder, I use normal sambar powder but add just a pinch of (store bought) cinnamon powder to get the traditional flavor.

  4. Gayatri

    Hi..was looking for such a simpler version of this recipe from so long..Thanks for posting.. It’s my hubby’s one of fav rice dishes.. just wanted to know whether I can use ‘Sambhar Masala’ insted of grinding the masala you’ve mentioned above !!


    Oh you sure can – but then technically adding the sambar powder will make what we call as Kadambam rice ( Its this powder which gives that Bisi bela touch – hence for getting the Bisibela bath flavor try this spice powder:)

  5. veggie belly

    youve posted a series of my favorite rice dishes! thankyou! thankyou! thankyou!

  6. Medhaa

    this is like comfort food for me, looks delicious

  7. Srivalli

    Perfect Dhivi..and I am very happy!..thank you dear!

  8. Ramya Vijaykumar

    Infact your description and your bath both have made me warm and cozy… Lovely dish…

  9. Priya

    BBB looks delicious, with lovely colour…

  10. Gita's Kitchen

    They look so colorful and yummy :)

  11. Gita's Kitchen

    They look so colorful and yummy :)

  12. srikars kitchen

    looks perfect & delicious… Nice entry DK..

  13. Curry Leaf

    Lovely though I am not that big fan of this.never tried it a home as I did not like some restaurant versions.I prefer only Bangalore MTR bisibelebath.This looks as good and would love to try this.

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