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
           3 Drumsticks
           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

   To Grind

           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

  To Temper

          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


  • 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.
  • 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.


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