Bisi Bele Bath

For Day 2 Week 2 of BM #49, here is a classic weekend brunch at my parent's place. I have enjoyed many weekends in my childhood slurping on Besi Bele Bath (BBB) with freshly made ghee and a variety of papads/Vadiyams.

I very rarely make this at home as it is not as popular with my kids and husband. But I made this when we invited our friends over on a weekend. Apparently BBB happens to be one of their favorite South Indian food. I had forgotten to set aside a small portion for the pictures which resulted in very little leftover for the pictures. :) I had made seasoned curd rice (Daddhojanam) as well. 

Ingredients - 

Rice 1 1/2 cups
Toor Dal 3/4 cup
Assorted Vegetables cubed 3 cups
[Carrot, Potatoes, Bell Pepper, Drumstick, Tomatoes, Green Beans are the popular choices]
Salt as needed
Tamarind Extract as needed
Green Chilies as needed
Ghee for Seasoning and garnish as needed
Coriander leaves, finely chopped 
Seasoning (Ghee, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Asafoetida couple pinches, Curry leaves few, Red Chillies 2)
For the Masala -
Dhaniya/Coriander Seeds 2 tsp
Menthi / Fenugreek Seeds 3/4 tsp
Coconut Powder 2 tsp or more
Dried Red Chilies 4-5 (or as needed)
Urad Dal 2 tsp
Chana Dal 2 tsp
Cloves 3-4 
Jeera/Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Cinnamon about 1 inch piece
Dagad Phool / Rathi Puvvu about a generous pinch

Method Of Preparation -

Wash the rice, toor dal and vegetables. In a pressure cooker add enough water (typically for the quantity mentioned I would add 5-6 cups water) and cook for 15-20 minutes or 2 hisses.

Meanwhile roast all the ingredients listed under 'For the Masala' and grind into a fine powder.

In a separate wok/kadai, heat ghee and the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds pop and the dals are golden brown, saute the green chilies. Add the cooked dal-rice mixture and mix well.

Sprinkle salt, the masala powder made in step 2 (add 2 tsp of the powder and more if needed), tamarind extract. Add sufficient water to make the mixture a little runny. Taste and adjust the flavors.

Serve hot with some ghee and papads. [We always felt that BBB had a unique taste after it cools down :)]

Preparation Time 45 min
Serves 4


  1. We all love bisi bela bath in our house and it is a very often made brunch in our house. Looks delicious.

  2. looks so good

  3. Suma Gandlur Says:
  4. Absolutely love this. My most favorite dish in this world. :)

  5. Srivalli Says:
  6. I can have BBB anytime..very nicely presented even though you had very less quantity for the camera..:)

  7. Unknown Says:
  8. love Bisi Bela Bath any time... such a perfect and delicious one pot meal..

  9. Padmajha Says:
  10. Ultimate comfort food!!Looks so appetizing Harini!

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. Perfect for any meal delicious combination curd rice and bisibelebath.

  13. Pavani Says:
  14. One of my favorite dish. So flavorful and delicious.

  15. Sarita Says:
  16. I love to eat bisbelebath any time.looks yumm.

  17. Priya Suresh Says:
  18. Wat a comforting meal..I can survive for many days with this BBB..

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