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May 16, 2011

Bisi Bele Bath Recipe / Authentic BisiBela Bath Recipe

    Bisi Bela Bhath is an authentic South Indian recipe, similar to Sambar Sadham except the Bisi Bela Bhat masala powder is more fragrance and rich than the Sambar Sadham. BBB has many variations in cooking but I prefer to cook dal and rice together with mixed vegetables and freshly prepared spices. I used 1 cup of mixed veg(carrot, beans n peas), 1/2 chayote and 2 medium Drumsticks, 2 brinjal. The Bisi Bela Bhath Recipe as follows..

  1. Rice   1 and 1/2 cup
  2. Tuvar dal   1/2 cup
  3. Mixed veg   1 cup(carrot beans n peas)
  4. Chayote   1/2 (cut in to bite size pieces)
  5. Drumstick  2 no.s(cut in to 3" pieces)
  6. Brinjal   2-3 no.s
  7. Sambar onions/Pearl onions   8- 10 no.s
  8. Tomato  1 no.
  9. Taramind paste   1/2 tsp dissolved in 1/2 cup water
  10. Jaggery   1/2 tsp or more
  11. Chilli powder   1 tsp
  12. Coriander powder   1 tsp
  13. Sambar powder  1 tsp
  14. Turmeric powder    1/4 tsp
  15. Salt    to taste
To temper 
  1. Ghee  2 tbsp
  2. Oil   2 tbsp
  3. Mustard seeds   1/2 tsp
  4. dry red chilli  1 no.broken in to pieces
  5. Cumin seeds   1/2 tsp
  6. Curry leaves   2 sprigs
  7. Asafoetida   1/4 tsp
To roast and Grind it to powder
  1. Oil   1 tsp
  2. Methi seeds   1 tsp
  3. Coriander seeds  2 Tbsp
  4. Red chillies   5 no.s
  5. Cumin seeds   1 tsp
  6. Pepper corns  1 tsp
  7. Cinnamon   1" stick
  8. Curry leaves    few
  9. Grated coconut   2 tbsp(fresh or dried)
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the ingredients  under "to roast n powder" one by one and fry them lightly and allow to cool and grind it to a fine powder and keep aside.
  • Soak dal and rice separately for 20-30 minutes.
  • Cook dal with a pinch of turmeric powder, separately until half done and keep aside.
  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker, add the tempering ingredients and fry till it splutter and add onions and saute lightly.
  • Then add tomatoes and fry for a minute and add the vegetables stir well, now add the chilli, coriander and sambar powder, mix well and fry the vegetables with the masala for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add 8-10 cups of water and half cooked dal stir well and allow to boil,.
  • When it starts boiling add the tamarind juice ,mix well and allow to boil again.
  • Then add jaggery and mix well and allow the water to boil again when it starts boiling add the grounded masala powder mix well and add the rice, enough salt and mix everything well and close the cooker and allow for 2 whistles. 
  • After wait till pressure downs and open the cooker n stir well.
  • In this stage if you want you add some ghee roasted cashew nuts and curry leaves and serve hot along with Potato fry or  pickle or any other side dish of your choice.

Note:Please add water according to your rice n dal quantity n sometimes rice quality will also depends..some requires more water n some need less water u plz adjust accordingly but make sure to add enough water to get the mushy n liquidy consistency...a perfect bisibela bath .You can add any number of vegs of your choice.adding more vegetables gives more taste n flavor to the dish.


  1. This is my H's favourite..he always claims that his mom makes best bisibela
    Your recipe sounds good Sangeetha..let me try this.

  2. யாருக்குதான் இந்த ரெசிபியை பிடிக்காது???ம்ம் நல்லா ஒரு பிடி பிடிப்பேன்,அப்படியே அந்த தட்டோட எடுத்துக்கறேன்பா..

  3. that is one delicious bowl of bisi bela- Super yummy and tempting!!

  4. Excellent Dish..with aloo fry will taste superb.. :) All time fav dish for all 3.. thanks for sharing :)

  5. My favorite one pot meal... Looks so tempting...

  6. Thank you gals for your lovely thoughts...its so encouraging :)

  7. This is a favorite.. Perfect one pot meal.. looks too good..

  8. Tried this BBB yesterday.. Came out delicious.. Thanks for the recipe..

  9. Mam...!! Bisibella bath was really awsome dis was my first dish which i cooked by myself...turned out too delicious lov u a lottt mam..!!!expecting many delicious recipies frm u...

    1. Thank You so much Aarthi for sharing your feedback. I am so happy that it turned out perfectly to you. Thanks for your love and sure will try my best :) Happy Cooking :)


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