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Bisi Bele Bath | One Pot Meal

Bisi Bele BathBisi bele bath is a Kannada word which means Hot Lentil Rice. This tasty yummy recipe is origin of Karnataka State.  This recipe is usually served hot along with coconut chutney, appalam, chips or onion raita. I usually prepare this recipe on Friday or Saturday, when I have to finish my remaining vegetables in Fridge before Grocery shopping. It is an easy one pot meal recipe. I used pressure cooker.Please check below for step wise instructions and pictures for tasty Bisi bela bath | Hot Lentils rice recipe.

Bisi Bele Bath Recipe

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Yields : 4
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian | Author:

Bisi Bele Bath | Hot Lentil Rice

Table 1:
Rice: 1 Cup
Red Gram | Toor dal : 3/4 Cup
Oil / Ghee : 1 tbsp
Mustard : 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves : 4 to 6
Shallots : 1/4 Cup
Tamarind : Gooseberry size
Tomatoes chopped : 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
Veggies of your choice : 1.5 cup
Salt : As needed

Bisi bele bath powder
Table 2: To Dry roast and Grind
Red Chillies : 5
Shredded coconut : 1.5 tbsp
Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
Sombu | Fennel seeds : 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds : 2 tsp
Channa dal : 2 tsp
Urad dal : 2 tsp
Cloves : 2
Cinnamon stick : 1 inch
Fenugreek seeds : 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida powder : pinch

Table 3: For Garnishing
Oil / Ghee : 2 tsp
Mustard : 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves : 4 to 6
Red Chillies : 2
Cashews : 10
Coriander Leaves finely chopped : 2 stalks
Bisi Bele Bath 1

1. Bisi bele bath powder: Dry roast and grind all the ingredients mentioned in table 2. Soak tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes. Squeeze the seeds and fibers to get tamarind juice. Filter the juice and discard seeds and fibres. Wash and soak toor dal and rice for 30 mins.
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2. Heat oil in the pan and add mustard. When they splutter add chopped shallots and curry leaves. Fry till shallots turn golden brown colour.
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3. Now add chopped tomato, salt, turmeric powder and fry till the tomatoes become tender and juicy. Add chopped veggies of your choice and fry for 2 mins. I added carrots, beans, potato, lady's finger and shallots.
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4. Add ground powder got from ingredients in table 2. Now add Rice, Dal , tamarind juice with this and garnish with coriander leaves. Add 4.5 cups of water and allow 4 whistles.Add 1 tsp of Ghee before serving.
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For Garnishing:
5. Heat Oil in a pan. Fry cashews till golden brown. Remove cashews and add red chillies and curry leaves. Fry for 30 sec and garnish on top of cooked bisi bela bath Serve it with appalam and coconut chutney. Some people prefer onion raita.
Bisi Bele Bath | Hot Lentil Rice
Bisi Bele Bath | Hot Lentil Rice

Adding coconut is optional.
To get rich flavour, add roasted cashews.
Adjust red chillies to your taste.
Bachelors can use store bought bisibelabath powder or sambar powder( Taste will be bit different) and skip grinding it.
The preferred choice of vegetable are shallots, carrots, beans, green peas, lady's finger, broad beans, drumstick, potatoes.


  1. quick , healthy and delicious one pot meal. great one, Nithya.

  2. Love this dish :) Very yummy & healthy..

  3. How many teaspoons of store bought bisi bele baath powder?

    1. It depends on the brand of the powder.. Check the label cover of the powder..

  4. hey tried dis today, came out awesome thankyou so much for the recipe :)

  5. Have tried this recipe few times before...today it came exactly the way I wanted...!!


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