Bisibelebath Recipe | How to make Bisibelebath

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India is not only rich in cultures and traditions but also in cuisines! Visiting various corners of India can help you explore the variety in taste. Well, talking about Bisi Bele Bath, let us tell you that this delicious dish comes from the Karnataka state of India. Bisi Bele Bath can be described as a wonderful blend of rice, lentils and vegetables. However, I strongly suggest that you should not take this dish as a mere combination of vegetables, rice and lentils because it is something much more than that! Full of special spices and a wonderful aroma, the dish gives you a great taste that lasts for long.

The traditional way to cook Bisi Bele Bath involves cooking the rice, vegetables and lentils separately. However, if you are short on time, you can save some by first cooking the rice separately and then cooking the lentils and vegetables together. You can also go for the special Bisi Bele Bath masala available readily in the market or you can prepare your own at home.

Whenever I cook Bisi Bele Bath for my kids, I prepare special masala (blend of various spices) keeping the fact in mind that kids do not like it to be too spicy. As far as the nutritional value of this dish is concerned, it is really great. The rich amounts of protein (from lentils), carbohydrates (from rice) and various vitamins and minerals (from vegetables) make it a wholesome item for kids as well as for adults!

Bise Bele Bhath Recipe
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Bise Bele Bhath

Bise bele bhath from Karnataka is a complete meal in itself. With both rice and dal, along with a bunch of assorted vegetables, it is super healthy and satiates hunger for a long time. What is unique about this recipe is the special masala powder that is made exclusively for it. The masala powder makes it very delicious, though very spicy and hot too.

Course Lunch
Cuisine Karnataka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 492 kcal
Author Anju Bhagnari


  • 1 cup Rice
  • 2 to 2 ½ cups Water (for rice)
  • 1/2 cup Tur Dal
  • 2 cups Water (for dal)
  • 1 small Carrot (cut into roundels)
  • 1 small Capsicum (cubed)
  • 1 Onion (roughly chopped)
  • 6 Shallots
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas
  • 1/2 cup French Beans (chopped into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 Brinjal (cubed)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons Bise Bele Baath Masala Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Tamarind Paste
  • 2 teaspoons Jaggery (grated)
  • 1 pinch Hing
  • Water as needed

For the Tempering

  • 2 Whole Red Chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 10 Cashew Nuts
  • 10 Curry Leaves
  • 1 pinch Hing
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee


  1. Wash and soak the rice for 1 hour.
  2. Similarly, wash and soak the dal for 1 hour.

  3. Heat 2 ½ cups water in a pressure cooker.

  4. Add the washed and drained rice along with 1 teaspoon oil and salt to taste.

  5. Cook on full flame for 3 whistles.

  6. Shut off the flame when done and let the pressure release on its own.

  7. Fluff up the rice with a fork.

  8. Similarly, cook the dal in 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles.

  9. Add salt to taste and the turmeric powder to the dal while boiling.

  10. Open the lid when the pressure releases and mash the dal to mushy.

  11. To prepare the vegetables, heat 1 tablespoon oil in any thick bottom pan or a nonstick pan.

  12. Keep the flame low.

  13. Add the shallots or the cubed onions.

  14. Also add all the vegetables; peas, carrots, capsicum, brinjal and the french beans.

  15. Saute for a minute.

    Bise Bele Bhath step by step process
  16. Add about ½ to ¾ cup of water and salt to taste.

  17. Cover with a lid and let simmer till the water is used up and the vegetables are cooked halfway.

  18. Do not cook the vegetables fully as they will again be cooked along with the rice and dal.

  19. Also, the vegetables taste best with a little crunchy bite.

  20. Now, in a bowl take the tamarind paste.

  21. Add 1 cup of water.

  22. Add the grated jaggery and a pinch of hing.

  23. Now, add the bise bele bhath masala powder.

  24. Mix it well.

  25. Add this mixture to the pan with the vegetables.

  26. Add the cooked rice and dal too.

  27. At this point, add water as per the consistency preferred.

    How to make Bise Bele Bhath
  28. If one wants rice grains mushy too, add more water.

  29. If rice grains should remain separate and whole, add less water.

  30. After adding the water, let it simmer for around 15 to 20 minutes.

  31. If need be, add more water in between.

  32. For the tempering, heat the ghee in a thick bottom pan.

  33. Add the cashew nuts and let them start changing color.

  34. Quickly add the whole red chillies, mustard seeds, curry leaves and a pinch of hing.

  35. When the red chillies change color, the mustard seeds crackle and the cashew nuts look fried shut off the flame and pour this over the ready rice mixture.

  36. Serve the bise bele bhath piping hot for best taste.

    Bise Bele Bhath Recipe
  37. It hardly needs any accompaniment, so can be served with fried papad, curd raita, and some salad.

Nutrition Facts
Bise Bele Bhath
Amount Per Serving
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 33mg1%
Potassium 970mg28%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 3235IU65%
Vitamin C 124.2mg151%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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