Bisibela bath is a rice-based dish with origins in the state of Karnataka, India. Bisibela bath means 'hot lentil rice' in the Kannada language. This is made of rice,dal,vegetables along with tamarind and spicy masala.
This is my most favorite recipe . I love this as my mom made it usually with koparai thengai. So i also make it with koparai. It can be served with chutney, boondi, raita , papad, or potato chips. Lets learn how to make bisibela bath.
Preparation Time : 20 mints | Cooking Time : 45 mints | Serves : 3
Rice - 1 cup
Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Mixed Vegetables - 1 cup(I used carrot,beans,potato,cauliflower and Drumstick)
Tamarind - 1small lemon size
Mustard seeds - 1 tspn
Curry leaves - few
Red Chili - 1
Shallots - 10 finely chopped
Salt to taste
Hing - 1/4 tspn
Turmeric - 1/2 tspn
Sambar powder - 1 tspn
Oil - 2 tbspn
Ghee - 3 tbspn
Coriander seeds - 1 tbspn
Channa dal - 1.5 tbspn
Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tbspn
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tbspn
Red Chili - 5 small
Cinnamon stick - 1 inch
Cloves - 3
Cardamom - 1
Star Annis - 1
Koparai - 1/4 cup
1. Soak the tamarind in hot water for 15 mints and extract the tamarind juice. Chop the vegetables of your choice in even size.
2. Dry roast the red chili,whole spices,channa dal,coriander seeds,fenugreek seeds,cumin until golden brown. Dry roast the koparai separately slightly.
3. Add all the dry roasted ingredients and grind it coarsely. Chop the shallots and curry leaves finely.
4. Take the rice and dal together and soak for 15 mints. Pressure cook it for 3 whistle.
5. In a pan add the chopped vegetables , salt , hing, turmeric and required water. Mix well and cook till the vegetables are half cooked. Then add the tamarind extract,sambar powder and grinded masala. Cook till the raw smell goes. Mash the rice and dal well.
6. Once the raw smell goes and vegetables are cooked add the mashed rice and dal to it. Mix well and cook in low flame. In another pan add the oil and temper the mustard seeds,curry leaves then add the shallots and cook till it turns pink.
7. Add the tempered things and shallots to the rice and mix well. Cook for 2 mints and add the ghee.Mix well then turn of the stove.
Serve the hot bisibela bath with raita or chips.
My Notes :
1. I love the flavor of kopparai so i added it. If you don't want then dry roast the coconut golden and use it instead of kopparai.
2. Adding shallots give you the better taste to the bisibela bath. Instead you can also add the chopped onions.
3. Increase or decrease the red chili as per your taste.
4.You can also add the fried cashews at last.