Bisi Bele Bath : Grandma's Gourmet Recipe from Karnataka

A delicious mix of vegetable, rice and continental lentils to produce a wholesome dish




After a crazy week gone by and another coming up in line, the weekend has to be comforting and rejuvenating. Food definitely plays an important role in life and can impact your mood by either lifting it or making it sour.Looking at the weather outside, I was in search of something  spicy , nutritious , mineral and vitamin rich . After a long battle within the mind, I finally settled for the One Port Meal – Bisi Bele Bath.

I call it Grandma’s recipe because I have learnt it from a 75 + year Old Lady from Karnataka whom you cannot beat in making Bisi Bele Bath. The tempering pan she uses in 50 years old. Can you imagine her cooking experience is double my age.

This recipe tastes authentic and smells authentic and looks authentic.



Ingredients to roast with 2 drops of oil and ground to a fine powder:

2 tbsp urad dal
2 tbsp chana dal
2 cinnamon sticks
50 grams dry coconut powder
4 to 5 Bedke Chili
3 tbsp coriander seeds




Boil 1 cup of Toor Daal with 2 liters of water and 1 tsp turmeric powder. Cook till dal is soft. 


Fry the following vegetables with 2 tsp oil for 3 to 4 minutes on medium flame :
2 small tomatoes cubed
7 to 8 florets of cauliflower
1 big carrot cubed
3/4th cup green beans cut into 1/2 inch long (I used flat Indian Beans)
1 to 2 capsicum cubed
1/2 cup green peas


Add 2 cups soaked rice, vegetables, powdered spice made above, salt, few curry leaves and tamarind extract about 2 tbsp. Cook till rice is cooked thoroughly. Add more water if you think it is becoming too dry.



Prepare a tempering of the following:
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1  tsp cumin seeds
4 to 5 green chili
few curry leaves
chopped cashew nuts
2 tomatoes chopped
1 tsp hing


Add it to the cooked rice. Mix well.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves
Serve Hot with Papad


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