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Bisi Bele Bath

 Published 2011-Nov-07   Updated 2017-Jul-03

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Huli Anna, Sambhar Sadam)

Bisi Bele Bath literally means hot lentil rice. Rice, lentils and vegetables cooked and flavored with a spicy bisi bele bath paste makes this udipi dish a complete and satisfying meal.

Recipe For Bisi Bele Bath


  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Toor Dal (Red Lentils) - 3/4 cup
  • Water - 5 cups
  • Onion - 1/2 (chopped)
  • Tomato - 2 (chopped)
  • Mixed Vegetables - 2 cups (You can use whatever you have on hand like brinjal, ash gourd, capsicum, carrot, potatoes, Green Peas, Drumstick, Yam, Beans, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash etc)
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tamarind Juice - 1/4 cup (or as needed)
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Sesame Oil - 1 tbsp

Spice Mix

  • Channa dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tbsp
  • Dry Red Chillies - 5
  • Black Peppercorns - 4
  • Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Dry Coconut Powder/ Fresh Grated Coconut - 3-4 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring
  • Poppy Seeds - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Whole Garam Masala - 1" piece cinnamon, 2 cloves, 1 cardamom

For Seasoning

  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cashews - 10
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Dry Red Chillies - 2


  1. Wash the rice and toor dal. If you have time, soak it for 10 minutes. Wash and chop the vegetables in big chunks so that it doesn't get completely mashed up.

    Bisi Bele Bath Preperation Step

  2. Take a pressure cooker or a heavy bottomed pan and add the rice, lentils (toor dal), 1 tbsp sesame oil, onion, tomatoes and all the other vegetables.

    Bisi Bele Bath Preperation Step

  3. Add 5 cups of water, required salt and turmeric powder. Close the cooker and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
  4. Alternatively if you are using a heavy bottomed pan, cook for about 45 minutes till the rice, dal and vegetables are soft.
  5. In the meantime, dry roast all the ingredients under 'Spice Mix' on low heat till everything turns light brown. Cool it and make a coarse powder. You can also add some water and make a paste.

    Bisi Bele Bath Preperation Step Bisi Bele Bath Preperation Step

  6. After the pressure has gone down from the cooker, open the lid and turn on the heat again.

    Bisi Bele Bath Preperation Step

  7. Mix the coarsely ground spice and the tamarind juice with the rice. (Tip :- If you want the rice less spicy, reduce the amount of spice powder according to your taste. Also adjust the amount of tamarind juice depending on the sourness you need. The tomatoes already adds little sourness to the dish.)

    Bisi Bele Bath Preperation Step Bisi Bele Bath Preperation Step

  8. Heat ghee in a separate small pan and splutter the mustard seeds. Fry the fenugreek seeds, cashews on a low heat for 30 seconds. Add the curry leaves, dry red chillies and asafoetida to this.

    Bisi Bele Bath Preperation Step

  9. Add this hot tempering to the bisi bele bath. Mix everything together and let it cook on low heat for about 10 minutes till all the flavors blend up.

    Bisi Bele Bath Preperation Step

  10. Finally add 2 tbsp of fresh ghee and switch off. Serve it piping hot with some potato chips, papad, salad or some fry. 

Quick Tip

  • You can make a big batch of the spice powder (Bisi bele bath powder) and store it. This way you can make bisi bele bath very quickly whenever you crave for it. Of course, you could also use store bought bisi bele bath powder.

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Comments (2)

Person   ()
i tried bisibela bath vry nice its lyk hotel itself same taste thanx 4 ur gud recipes i ill try next paneer..
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Awesome!! Do try out the other dishes and give ur comments...

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