Bisi Bele Bath

I made this recipe 3 weeks back when I invited few friends for dinner, but somehow missed to publish. Finally today I am writing about this recipe. This recipe basically from Karnataka.
First time I tasted this item in Bangalore Kamat cafe.
Here is the simple way of making Bisi Bele Bath in just 30 mts.

Ingredients :
2 carrots cut into cubes
1 potato cut into cubes
5-6 beans cut into small pieces
1/4 cup of peas (frozen or soaked or fresh peas can be used). I used to frozen ones.
1cup of rice
11/2 cup of tur dal
1 cup of tamarind Juice. (medium lemon sized tamarind soak in cup of water and squeeze juice out of it.)
Salt to taste
2 tbsp of oil

Masala :
1tbsp chana dal
1tbsp urad dal
3tbsp of dhaniya/coriander seeds
1/4tsp cumin seeds
1/8 tsp poppyseeds
1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/8 tsp mustard seeds
5-6 Red chillies
3 Cinnamon stick
4 cloves
1/4 cup of grated coconut

1tbsp of Cashews
2-3 red chilies
curry leaves
2-3 tbsp Ghee


1. Cook dal and rice combined in a cooker for 3 whistles. ( You can always cook rice and dal separately. I cook combined to save time)
2. In a separate pan roast all the masala till it turns golden color. In mixer make a fine paste of masala keep it aside.

3. Fry the cashews ,red chilly, curry leaves in ghee and keep it aside.
4. In a heavy bottomed vessel boil the vegetables. Once the vegetables are boiled add cooked rice, dal mixture.
5. Add 1 cup of water, tamarind pulp,salt,1tbsp of ghee and the masala paste. Let it cook till all the vegetables and rice is cooked with masala. (This usually takes 10 mts).
6. Turn off the heat and garnish with roasted cashews,red chilly.

Delicious Bisi Bela Bath is ready to be served with raita and chips.

(Note: Fresh masala paste can be subsituted with 3tbsp sambar powder mixed with 1tbsp cinamon powder)


  1. Hi Sailaja...Bisibelebath looks yummy...nice presentation...keep the gud work going!

  2. Hi! thanks 4 making d dish easy to learn n enjoy ..............