Sunday, September 28, 2008



Tur dal - 1/2cup
Rice - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Tamarind - size of a lime
Red chillies - 6nos
Green chillies - 4nos
Mustard - 2tsp
Curry leaves - few
Cashewnut -10
Ghee for frying
Mixed vegetables of ur choice(optional)
Small onions - 10 to 12
Salt to taste


Red chillies - 6nos
Fenugreek seeds - 1tsp
Coriander seeds - 1tsp
Grated dry coconut (copparai)
Cloves - 4
Channa dal - 1 tsp


Wash rice and dal thoroughly. cook it in a container with 21/2 cups of water, a pinch of turmeric powder and chopped vegetables and green chillies.

Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the ingredients for powdering until fenugreek turns golden brown in colour. Powder and keep aside.

Soak tamarind in a little water and extract juice. Add the powder to the tamarind extract and boil it with the required salt.

once this boils pour this mixture to the rice and mix it well over the stove for some time.

Heat oil, add red chillies, mustard and curry leaves. When mustard crackles, add to rice and mix well.

Heat a little ghee and fry Cashewnuts until golden brown in colour. Add to rice Mix well.

Remove from fire. Serve with papad, raita or potato chips .

This is Karnataka spl item. I first tasted this one when i was 10 yrs. My mom's kanadika friend (i could'nt remember her name but her daughter Anjana was my sister's class mate so we call her as Anjana's mom) prepared and gave us in such a big bowl spreaded with ghee. wow it was so yummy to had that hot and with onion raitha. When ever that aunty prepare Bisi bela she used to share us too. Thanks to Anjana's mother. My mother learnt this from her and now me from my mom. Here u go .......... one of my favourite dish....

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DEESHA said...

i love bisi bele bath too .. your version is quite different .. i would like to mention one thng that the authentic karnataka style bisibele bath does not call for adding onions ... it gives it a sambar like taste altogether ..
you can mail me @ if you want more info on authentic karnataka style bisibele bath

Thanks & Regards

Adlak's tiny world said...

sure deesha. Thanks for yr sugessions and visiting my blog.

Srivalli said...

Thanks for the lovely entries hema..