Bisi bele bhat ( or actually bisi bele huli anna in kannada literally means hot lentil tamarind rice ) is a very popular delicacy among South Indian cuisine, it involves vegetables, rice, dal and spices. Enjoy this yummy, healthy, one pot meal either for lunch or dinner.
1/2 Cup of Toor Dal
1/2 Cup of Rice
2 Medium Size Carrots
1 Red Potato
1/4 Cup of Peas
2 Medium Size Brinjal
2 Mango Pieces
Lemon Size Tamarind (adjust as per taste)
2 Tbsp of Grated Coconut
1/4 Tsp of Jaggery
Few cilantro leaves to garnish
Salt to taste
2 Parts of Red Chillies
1 Part of Dhania/ Whole Coriander Seeds
1/2 Part of Channa Dal
1/4 Part of Urad dal and Moong Dal
1 Stick Cinnamon
Pinch of Asafoetida
1 Tsp of Oil
2 Tsp of Ghee
1 Tsp of Oil
1 Tsp of Mustard
2 Tsp of Channa Dal
1 – 2 Red Chillies
1 Tbsp of Peanuts
Few Curry Leaves
|OIL ROAST THE SPICES|
- In a pan, add oil and dry roast the ” To Grind” ingredients until it turns aromatic and golden brown color.
- Grind these into a powder and store it in a bottle.
- Wash and soak the dal and rice together for 1/2 hr.
- Wash and soak the tamarind in warm water for 15 mins.
|TAMARIND JUICE AND SPICE POWDER|
- In a bowl, take extracted tamarind juice and 3 tsp of Ground spice powder. Mix well. Keep it aside. Store the remaining spice powder in a airtight container.
- Meanwhile cut all the vegetables and keep it aside.
- Cook the dal, rice, vegetables, 1 tsp of oil, asafoetida, salt, turmeric with 2 Cups of water in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles. Turn off the stove.
- In a heavy bottom pan, add ghee and oil, red chillies and channa dal and fry till dark brown color.
- Add mustard, let it crackle. Then add peanuts and curry leaves.Fry for a min.
- Add tamarind juice – spice powder mix, bring it to boil. When raw smell of tamarind vanishes, add cooker items (vegetables-lentils-rice) Mix thoroughly. Add 2 tbsp of grated coconut and jaggery. Check the salt. Mix well again. Turn off the stove.
- Garnish it with cilantro or coriander leaves.
- Hot Bisibelabath is ready to serve.
- Serve BBB with ghee and vathal( rice crackers) or buttermilk chilly and onion raita on side.
- You can use remaining spice powder for vangibhath recipe.
- Bisibelabath should be in semi-solid in consistency.
- If you want, you can also add onion and tomato to this recipe.
Health Benefits of Bisibelabath
- Toor Dal also called as lentils or split pigeon peas.
- Toor dal also rich in folic acid, carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
- The nutrients in vegetables are vital for health and maintenance of your body.