Bisi Bela Bath is a popular dish in the Karnataka region of India. It is one of the most important dish in the wedding menu. If Rice and Lentil are cooked and kept ready, Bisi Bela Bath is a very easy to prepare recipe. It resembles Sambar Rice, but tastes different. Tempering with Ghee, Cashews and Asafoetida adds additional flavor to this preparation.
To Roast and Grind
Coriander seeds (Dhania) – 2 tsp
Bengal Gram (Chana Dal) – 1 tsp
Skinned Black Gram (Urad Dal) – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds (Jeera) Seed – ½ tsp
Mustard seeds (Rai) – 1/8 tsp
Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini/Pattai) – 2 pieces
Cloves (Lavang) – 3
Fenugreek (Methi/Vendayam) – 1 pinch
Red Chilli – 6 to 8
Rice – 1 cup
Tur Dal (Pigeon Pea) – 1/2 cup
Eggplant (Brinjal) -1
Fresh Green Peas (Vatana) – 3 tbsp
Carrot – 1
Beans – 12
Tomato – 1 finely chopped
Onion – 1 chopped
Peanuts (ground nut) – 2 tbsp.
Jaggery (Gur / Vellam) – 1 tsp
Tamarind Water (Imli Water) – 4 tbsp (from ½ lemon sized Tamarind)
Cilantro- 2 tbsp.
Oil – 1 tsp + ½ tsp
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Mustards seeds (Rai) – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds (Jeera) – 1 tsp
Red Chilli – 1 broken
Curry Leaves – 1 spring
Cashews – 15
Asafoetida (Hing) – ½ tsp
Heat ½ tsp oil. Roast Red Chilli till crisp and transfer.
Roast all other ingredients together in the roast and grind column in medium flame. Do not allow to burn. When the ingredients become cool, grind to a fine powder along with the roasted Red Chilli.
Clean and cut all the vegetables into medium sized cubes.
Heat 1 tsp of oil. Add Onion and sauté for a couple of minutes.
Cook for a couple of minutes. Add all the vegetables and the peanut. Sauté for 4 to 5 minutes.
Add 2 cups of water, salt, turmeric powder. Mix well. Cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or till the vegetables are done.
Add cooked Rice, cooked Dal, Gur (Jaggery), ground Masala powder, Tamarind water. Mix well. Add water to make it into a semi liquid consistency. Cover and cook for 5 minutes in medium flame.
Add Cilantro and mix.
Heat Ghee in a pan. Add all the ingredients under “for tempering” except Hing. Stir fry for a few seconds. Switch off the flame and add the Hing immediately and stir.
Add this tempering to the rice and mix.