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Oats Bisi Bele Bath

 - Submitted by Dahlia On 8th May 2014.

(Bisi Bele Oats, Oats Kitchadi, Oats with lentils, Oats kadamba Sadam)

Everywhere I go these days, I see people trying to reduce weight. Our life style has changed so much that people get diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity at very young ages. So everyone is looking for healthy food or healthy alternatives to regular food.
Well, if you are like me and enjoy spicy food then today’s recipe is for you. Yes it’s a healthy alternative to Bisi Bele Bath. The rice is substituted with Oats and so I call the dish Bisi Bele Oats. You could also make Bisi Bele Quinoa following the same recipe. It’s a simple one pot meal that is just perfect for busy weekdays. So let’s get started....


  • Oats - 1 cup
  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Vegetables - 1 cup ( Use assorted chopped vegetables like french beans, tomato, carrot, pumpkin, brinjal etc)
  • Small onions - 3-4
  • Tamarind - a small berry size soaked in water or 1.5 tsp of pulp mixed with water
  • Bisi bele bath masala - 2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste

For seasoning

Oats Bisi Bele Bath


  1. Wash and soak the toor dal for about half an hour. Soaking speeds up the cooking process.
  2. Cook the dal with the onions, vegetables and enough water till it becomes soft. To speed up, pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles. The dal should be tender and almost mashed up.
  3. Mean while, dry roast the oats on low flame. You could add the oats without roasting too. However, roasting helps the oast to hold its texture and not get very slimy.
  4. Heat the ghee in a kadai and pop the mustard seeds. Fry the cashews, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  5. Add some water and boil it. To the boiling water, add the oats and salt. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  6. Now add the cooked dal with vegetables, bisi bele bath powder and tamarind water.
  7. Cook on medium flame for few minutes till everything is well blended.
  8. The consistency should be like a thick porridge. Add more water if needed.
  9. Once you attain the consistency, switch off and serve piping hot.

Serving Suggestion

Enjoy the healthy Oats Bisi Bele Bath !............... Sorry.... Bisi Bele Oats :-)

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Oats Idli/ Dosa Granola
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Comments (4)

Person tina   (July 10, 2014)
nice one
i usually make this substituting rice with dalia
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 11, 2014)
Oh good variation..... Will try that too.
Person raji   (May 20, 2014)

link the bisibele bhath masala if you have or is ti the store bought one
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 25, 2014)
Hi Raji, The recipe for Bisi Bele Bath Masala that I use is given in the link

I also always have store bought masala on hand to make it on busy days. We love bisi bele bath and make it quite often.

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