Bisi bele bhath or Bisi bele huliyanna recipeTweet
Bisi bele bhath is a kannada phrase which means hot lentil rice. This is a very traditional and popular rice dish and it has its origin in Karnataka. Bisi bele bhath is prepared with a combination of lentils, vegetables, spices and tamarind.
- Raw rice - 3/4 cup
- Tur dal - 1/2 cup
- Water - 6 cups
- Small onions - 1/2 cup
- Tamarind water - 1/2 cup
- FOR BISI BELE BATH MASALA
- Coriander seeds - 4 tablespoons
- Split bengal gram dal/chana dal - 1 1/2 tablespoons
- Fenugreek/Methi seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
- Whole red chillies - 5
- Byadgi chillies - 4
- Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
- FOR SEASONING
- Gingelly oil - 2 tablespoons
- A pinch of asafoetida
- Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
- 1 string of curry leaves
- Groundnuts - 2 tablespoons
- Salt to taste
HOW TO MAKE BISI BELE BHATH - KARNATAKA STYLE Wash and soak raw rice and tur dal together for 40 to 45 minutes. Add 6 to 7 cups of water and pressure cook upto 5 whistles or till they become soft and mushy.
Heat 1 teaspoon of oil. Add coriander seeds, chana dal, methi seeds and red chillies and stir fry till the aroma exudes. Add grated coconut and fry for half a minute. Remove from heat. Grind the mixture with little water to make a smooth paste.
In the same pan, add 2 teaspoons of oil. Add the peeled small onions and stir fry till the onions become light brown.
Take a heavy bottomed vessel. Add tamarind water, salt, small onions and boil till the raw smell goes away.
Add the ground masala mixture and cook for 2 minutes on a low flame.
Add the cooked rice and dal mixture and mix well. Add salt if required. Cook for 2 minutes and remove from the heat
Heat 2 tablespoons of gingelly oil in a tadka pan. Add mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and groundnuts and stir fry till the groundnuts turn golden. Add this seasoning to the mixture and mix well.
Serve bisi bele bhath hot with papads or raita.
Note : You can also use ghee instead of gingelly oil for the seasoning. Vegetables like potatoes, carrots, peas, beans etc can be added to make it more nutritious.