Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bisibele Bath

Bisibele Bath is famous in Karnataka and is an easy single dish meal. It is very healthy and filling and can be made in a jiffy especially if you have guests visiting your place. This recipe serves 4.

  • 1/2 cup Rice (Sona Masoori or any short grain rice)
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 cups diced Vegetables (Carrots, Potatoes, Beans)
  • 1/4 cups Peas
  • 1/4 cup Lima beans
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp Tamarind paste (adjust as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Rasam powder
  • 2 tbsp Bisibele Bath powder
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard
  • A pinch of asafoetida 
  • 1 spring Curry Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Cashews/ Peanuts
  1. Wash and soak the rice and toor dal for 15 min
  2. In a pressure cooker, drain and add the soaked rice and toor dal, vegetables, peas, Lima beans, tomato and turmeric. Mix well.
  3. Add 5 cups of water, tamarind paste, rasam powder, bisibele bath powder and salt. Mix everything well and pressure cook for 4 whistles.
  4. Taste and adjust for salt/ spice/ sourness.
  5. Heat ghee in a small pan and add the mustard. When it crackles add the cashews/ peanuts and fry them till golden brown. Then add the asafoetida and curry leaves.
  6. Add the seasoning to the bisibele bath and serve it hot!
Suggestions/ Notes
  • The Rasam Powder and Bisibele Bath Powders can be either homemade or store bought.
  • The vegetables added to the Bisibele bath can be anything of your choice. But if you are adding, capsicum/ cauliflower/ broccoli/ any veggie that gets cooked fast, cook them separately and add it in step 4 and stir well. Cover and simmer for 5 min so that the veggies soak in the flavour.

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