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Showing posts with label rice recipes. Show all posts

Bisi Bele Bath | Hot Lentil Rice |Authentic Karnataka Cuisine

Bisi Bele Bath, an authentic dish from Karnataka cuisine is delicious rice prepared with dal/lentils and vegetables are nicely cooked with masala powder. The specially prepared Masala powder has many flavorful and rich tastes which make this dish so special. And, in the end adding the tempering makes this dish super special.  In this recipe, I have used the instant/ready bisi bele bath Masala powder.

Bisi Bele Bath recipe

Try this easy method of Bisi Bele Bath recipe and turn dinner into a special occasion with its mouth-watering aroma and richness. Learn how to make Authentic Karnataka style Bisi Bele Bath dish by following the given step by step recipe.

In Kannada language “Bisi” means Hot “Bele” means dal/lentils and “Bath” means rice. i.e Hot Lentil Rice. 

Bisi Bele Bath recipe

Rice – 1 cup
Toor Dal /  Split yellow gram - ½ cup

Onion – ½ cup chopped
Tomato – 1/2 cup chopped
String Beans – ¼ cup chopped
Carrot – ¼ cup chopped
Baby Limo Beans – ¼ cup

Masala Powders:
Bisi Bele Bath Powder – 3 tbsp (Available in Indian Grocery Store)
Red chili Powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
Salt to Taste
Tamarind Juice – 1 tbsp

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Urud Dal /White Lentils – 1 tsp
Whole Red Chili – 2 nos.
Curry leaves – Few
Hing/ Asafoetida – a Pinch
Ground nuts – ¼ cup
Cashews/ Kaju – few (Optional)
Oil/butter for seasoning

Cook the rice nicely. Rice should be mushy for this recipe. Add more water while cooking. In case, if you forgot to add more water not to worry… I found a simple solution - Take a big mixer jar add cooked rice and cup of water and just run it once…  this makes rice mushy and bit watery. (do this process in batch wise)

Cook the dal/lentils in a pressure cooker and allow them to cool and blend it nicely adding ½ cup of water

Cook all vegetables in pressure cooker. Here I am using simple to fry vegetables, so I am directly cooking in a pan.
Easy tip:  In a pressure cooker set the rice , dal and vegetables in a separate utensil and cook. It saves lots of time.


Heat oil in a pan in medium flame, once oil is hot enough add the onion and saute them till it turns to pink color.  Then add the chopped strings beans and carrot saute them for 1 or 2 minutes or till the vegetables slightly cooked

Add the baby lima beans and tomato and cook them for 2 more minutes or till all vegetables are cooked nicely. (Lima beans give extra taste to this dish.)

Add blended dal mixture, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, bisi bele bath powder, tamarind juice and 2 cups of water

Mix it nicely and cook them till all raw masala powder smell disappears

Add the cooked rice in batch wise and mix the rice with gravy. 

Gravy rice should be little bit watery consistent not as dry rice.  Adjust the salt, spicy and tanginess and water in this step.

Heat a butter for seasoning, add the mustard seeds and urad dal/white lentils and allow them to crack, add curry leaves, hing, and red chili and fry for 1 minute and add the roasted ground nuts and mix it nicely with seasoning oil and dunk this tempering on top of gravy rice mixture.

Serving: Serve with onion tomato raita and roasted papad. Enjoy this simple divine dinner.

For this recipe, rice should be nicely cooked in a mushy way. This gives nice smooth and soft texture to bisi bele bath

You can add vegetables other than above are like green peas, capsicum (green), chayote squash (chow chow), cauliflower florets and  turnips.

If you are using raw groundnuts then cook them with rice.

If you are good at pressure cooker handling, you can do all above steps in cooker itself. Just make sure not to burn the rice mixture.

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Coconut Rice


Instead of slogging in the kitchen for long time to prepare a dish, sometime you should know the quickest recipe too so that you can enjoy the time with your family. This recipe works great with left over rice and if grated coconut is in handy this can be prepared in 10 minutes. Coconut aroma and spicy chili seasoning simply make this dish special :) If you are using frozen coconut then keep the coconut at least for 15 minutes from the fridge before using.

  • Cooked Rice - 1 Cup
  • Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Dried marinated chili/ Mor Molaga - 4 to 5nos.
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • Few Cashew Nuts (Optional)
  • Mustard Seeds - 2 tsp
  • Urud Dal / White Lentils- 2 tsp
  • Hing/Asafoetida - a Pinch
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp

Time Required: 10 Minutes ( Excluding the Rice cooking time)


1) Cook the rice in the pressure cooker as the same way you do. Cool it in a plate so that grains can be separated nicely.  It works great with left over rice

2) Put a reasonable size heavy bottom pan on the range and heat oil.

3) Fry the mor molaga/dried chili, once they are done remove it from the oil and keep it aside

4) In the same oil, temper the seeds. Once they start popping add cashew nuts, curry leaves, salt, Hing, coconut grated and stir for 5-10 min or until the coconut gets toasted and turns slightly reddish brown. Switch off the flame.

5) Add the rice and mix well. Crush some mor molaga and mix it nicely. 

6) Serve extra mor molaga for more spicyness

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Restaurant Style Jeera Rice



  • Basmathi Rice -  1 cup
  • Butter/ Oil/ Ghee (Clarified Butter) - 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Coriander leaves / Cilantro  chopped
  • Green chili – Vertically Slit – 2(Optional)
  • Jeera /cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper – 2 to 3 nos.
  • Cloves – 2 
  • Salt to taste
  • Water – 2 cup

Time Required: 15-20 mins


Step 01) Wash rice and let it soak for 5-10 mins.

Step 02) Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan, then add cloves, black pepper, cumin seeds and green chilies

Step 03) Drain the soaked rice and add to the pan. Stir fry for 3-4 mins.

Step 04) Meanwhile boil 2 cups of water in a separate pan and when starts to boil, add it to the stir fried rice

Step 05) Cover the pan with a lid and simmer the flame

Step 06) Allow rice to cook on low heat for about 10 mins (until water is absorbed by rice)

Step 07) If you are using pressure cooker, then cook till 2 whistles only

Step 08) Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves

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