bisi bele bath recipe | bisibelabath recipe | bisibele bhath or bisibele rice


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bisi bele bath recipe | bisibelabath recipe | bisibele bhath or bisibele rice with detailed photo and video recipe. a traditional, flavourful rice and lentil based dish from karnataka or kannada cuisine. an authentic and tasty recipe for bisi bele bath rice with a recipe for bisibelabath masala too. it is often confused with other south indian cuisine recipe i.e sambar rice or sambar sadam but both are completely different recipes.
bisibelabath recipebisi bele bath recipe | bisibelabath recipe | bisibele bhath or bisibele rice with step by step photo and video recipe. the word bisi bēle bhāt literally means hot lentil rice mixture in kannada language. it is perhaps one of the most common recipe prepared in almost every households in south india. either for breakfast or lunch or even tiffin box, it is one of the most preferred rice recipe.

i personally a huge fan of this traditional rice recipe and is one of the frequent weekend breakfast recipe. in fact it is one of the common popular dish prepared and relished both in my family and husband’s family. my mother in law prepares it in a unique way using pressure cooker by mixing both rice and lentil in single pot. but i have another way of preparing it. basically i prepare the spice powder or bisibelabath masala in advance and add it accordingly when i prepare bisi bele bath recipe. also i cook the rice and lentil separately and then mix it with veggies and spice powder followed by simmering till it cooks perfectly.

bisi bele bath recipe

furthermore some important variations, tips and serving ideas for a perfect authentic bisi bele bath recipe. firstly, the choice of veggies is completely open ended and can be varied with drumsticks, radish, peas, capsicum, gobi, broccoli and even cucumber. having said that do not over do by adding more veggies and maintain the balance between rice and veggies. secondly, if you are in a hurry you can pressure cook the rice and toor dal in a single go instead of cooking it separately. lastly serve bisibele rice with fresh spicy boondi pearls topped on it for your early morning breakfast or lunch or dinner.

finally i would request you to check my other simple rice recipes collection with this recipe post of bisi bele bath recipe. it includes recipes like, masale bhat, fried rice, vangi bhat, puliyogare, veg pulao in cooker, schezwan fried rice, dal khichdi, corn pulao and lemon rice recipe. in addition i would request you to check my other similar recipes collection from my blog like,

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bisibelabath recipe

bisi bele bath recipe | bisibelabath recipe | bisibele bhath or bisibele rice

easy bisi bele bath recipe | bisibelabath recipe | bisibele bhath or bisibele rice
4.79 from 193 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course rice
Cuisine south indian
Servings 3 Servings


bisi bele bath masala:

  • 4 tsp coriander seeds
  • 4 tsp chana dal
  • 2 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp jeera / cumin
  • ¼ tsp methi / fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 pods cardamom / elachi
  • 1 inch cinnamon / dalchini
  • 4 cloves / lavang
  • 2 tbsp dry coconut / copra
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds / khus khus
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds / til
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 12 dried kashmiri red chilli
  • few curry leaves
  • pinch of hing / asafoetida

other ingridents:

  • ½ carrot (chopped)
  • 5 beans (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp matar / peas
  • ½ potato / aloo (cubed)
  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ tsp turmeric / haldi
  • tsp salt
  • ¾ cup tamarind extract
  • ½ tsp jaggery / gud
  • ½ onions (petals)
  • 1 cup toor dal (cooked)
  • cup rice (cooked)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter

for tempering:

  • 2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 1 tsp mustard / rai
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • pinch of hing / asafoetida
  • few curry leaves
  • 10 whole cashew / kaju


  • firstly, cook vegetables, 2 tbsp peanuts, 2 cups water, ¼ tsp turmeric and 1 tsp salt.
  • now add ¾ cup tamarind extract, ½ tsp jaggery and ½ onions. boil for 10 mins.
  • further add 1 cup of cooked toor dal, 2½ cup of cooked rice and 1 cup water.
  • add 4 tsp of bisi bisi bele bath masala and simmer for 20 mins.
  • pour the tempering and serve bisi bele bath with boodi or mixture.

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how to make bisibelabath recipe with step by step photo:

bisi bele bath masala recipe:

  1. firstly, dry roast 4 tsp coriander seeds, 4 tsp chana dal, 2 tsp urad dal, 1 tsp jeera, ¼ tsp methi.
    bisibele rice
  2. dry roast till the spices turn aromatic, keep aside transferring to blender.
    bisibele rice
  3. further dry roast ½ tsp pepper, 3 pods cardamom, 1 inch cinnamon, 4 cloves, 2 tbsp dry coconut.
    bisibele bhath
  4. dry roast till the spices turn aromatic, keep aside transferring to blender.
    bisibele bhath
  5. additionally, dry roast 2 tsp poppy seeds and 1 tsp sesame seeds. keep aside.
    bisibele bhath
  6. now roast 12 dried kashmiri red chilli and few curry leaves with a tsp of oil.
    bisibele rice
  7. roast till the chillis puffs up and curry leaves turn crisp. transfer to blender.
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  8. add in pinch of hing and grind to fine powder without adding any water.
    bisibelabath recipe
  9. bisi bele bath masala powder is ready. store in a airtight container for longer shelf life.

prepartion of bisi bele bath recipe.

  1. firstly, in a large kadai take ½ carrot, 5 beans, 2 tbsp matar, ½ potato and 2 tbsp peanuts.
    bisibelabath recipe
  2. add in 2 cups water, ¼ tsp turmeric and 1 tsp salt. mix well.
    bisibelabath recipe
  3. boil for 8 minutes or till veggies gets half cooked.
    bisibelabath recipe
  4. now add ¾ cup tamarind extract, ½ tsp jaggery and ½ onions.
    bisibelabath recipe
  5. boil for 10 minutes or till raw smell of tamarind disappears.
    bisibelabath recipe
  6. further add 1 cup of cooked toor dal and 2½ cup of cooked rice.
    bisi bele bath recipe
  7. mix well making sure to break if there are any lumps present.
    bisi bele bath recipe
  8. additionally add 1 cup water or more adjusting consistency.
    bisi bele bath recipe
  9. furthermore add 4 tsp prepared bisi bisi bele bath masala, ½ tsp salt, 1 tbsp ghee and mix well.
    bisi bele bath recipe
  10. cover and simmer for 20 minutes or till the rice and dal absorbs spices.
    bisi bele bath recipe
  11. now prepare the tempering by heating 2 tbsp ghee.
    bisi bele bath recipe
  12. once the ghee is hot, add in 1 tsp mustard, 1 dried red chilli, pinch of hing, few curry leaves and 10 whole cashew.
    bisi bele bath recipe
  13. saute and allow to splutter and pour the tempering over bisi bele bath.
    bisi bele bath recipe
  14. finally, give a good mix, and serve bisi bele bath with boodi or mixture.
    bisi bele bath recipe


  • firstly, add vegetables of your choice, but make sure to cook vegetables, dal and rice separately and later mix and simmer for more flavours.
  • shortcut:
    • heat oil / ghee in the pressure cooker over medium-high heat.
    • add veggies, salt, dal, rice and fry for a minute.
    • then add tamarind pulp, bisi bele baath powder, 5 cups of water and give a good stir.
    • pressure cook for 2 – 3 whistles.
    • prepare the seasoning and pour over prepared bisi bele bath.
  • finally, you can store the left over bisi bele bath in the fridge and have it next day. it tastes even better.

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  1. That was yummy..!! Thanks a million for a wonderful recipe..
    Had one query.. I felt the fragrance of the masalaa was a bit high though I measured all ingredients correctly. Is the dish supposed to this fragrance-some? I have not tasted an authentic bisi bele bath and hence the doubt.

  2. Thank you for sharing the recipe! In my blender i have to add water, is it ok to grind it with water?Please let me know!

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