Bisi Bele Bath Recipe

bisi bele bath recipe


for the rice:

For the dal:

For the vegetables:

For tempering:


Cooking the rice:

  1. Clean the rice and peanuts first.
  2. Now add 2.5 cups water.
  3. Mix both rice and peanuts for 20 to 25 minutes and add salt.
  4. Keep on the stove top and cook the rice.
  5. Take it to a boil and then lower the flame. cook till the rice grains are cooked well. The peanuts would also cook well.
  6. Cover and keep to one side.

Preparing the lentils and veggies:

  1. Soak 1 tbsp tightly packed tamarind in ½ or ⅔ cup warm water for 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. Later condense and extract the tamarind pulp.
  3. In a pressure cooker, add rinsed tuvar dal/pigeon pea lentils, turmeric powder and 2 to 2.5 cups water.
  4. Cook for 8 to 9 whistles or till the dal is cooked soft.
  5. Once the pressure settles down on its own, mash the dal and keeps to the side.
  6. In another pan, take the chopped veggies and ¼ tsp salt. pour 2 cups water and stir.
  7. Cover and allow the veggies to cook till they are cooked and still retain their shape.


  1. Now in the cooker with the mashed dal, add the cooked rice and peanuts.
  2. Then add the cooked vegetables along with its stock. mix lightly.
  3. Add 1 cup water. add tamarind pulp. Mix everything well taking care the rice grains do not break.
  4. Now in another pan or bowl,
  5. Take the 3 tbsp bisi bele bath masala and 1 cup water.
  6. Stir it well. The masala tend to stick to the back of the spoon while stirring, so scrape it off and add to the mixture.
  7. Now add this bisi bele bath + water mixture in the cooker.
  8. Add desiccated coconut and 1 tsp salt or as required and stir it well.
  9. Keep the cooker without the lid on the stove top and simmer on a low flame for about 20 to 25 mins.
  10. Add more water if required. Keep stirring often.
  11. The raw aroma of the tamarind has to go away and all the flavors should be blended well. Cover and keep aside once done.


  1. In a pan or the tadka/tempering pan, heat ghee or oil first.
  2. Crackle the mustard seeds and then temper the curry leaves, marathi moggu, dry red chilies, cashews and asafoetida till the dry red chilies change color and the cashews turn a light golden.
  3. Don’t flame the spices.
  4. Pour this tempering in the prepared bisi bele bath. Mix and cover the cooker with its lid for about 5 mins, so that the tempering flavors infuse in the bisi bele bath.
  5. Then serve the bisi belle bath with potato or banana chips/wafers or fried papads. While serving bisi bele bath you can top with some ghee if you prefer.

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