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Today's recipe is a treasured one. I've been preparing bisibele bhath with MTR ready mix for the past 3 years. My land lady Mrs. M is an excellent cook. She had invited S and me for lunch one day, the menu was a great spread with a traditional vermicelli payasam for dessert. The show stealer in the menu was Bisibele bhath for me without doubt. I took down the recipe for the powder and made it at home. Undoubtedly, it was awesome. Since then it's been one of my favourite recipes. Read on....
For the powder:
Oil- 2 tsp
Red chillies (byadgi)- 5-6
Chana dal- 3 tsp
Udad dal- 1tsp
Coriander seeds- 1/2 tsp
Green cardamom- 1-2
Methi seeds- 4-5 seeds
Maratha Moggu- 1
Dagda phool- little
Copra (grated)- 1/4 cup
Khus khus (poppy seeds)- 1 tsp
Curry leaves- 1 sprig
In a Kadhai / Tawa heat the oil and dry fry each ingredients on a medium flame, till it gives out aroma. Cool it and powder it. Store it in an air tight container.
To prepare Bisibele Bhath:
Rice- 2 cups
Toor dal- 1 cup or (Toordal 1 cup and rice 1/2 cup)
Mixed vegetables- beans, potato, peas, cauliflower, carrot, onion ( cut the veggies into bite size pieces, onion quartered)
Bisibele bhath powder- 2-3 tbsp ( according to your taste)
Coconut grated-1/2 cup (optional)
Tamarind paste- 1-2 tbsp
Jaggery crushed- 1 tbsp
Ghee- 1-2 tbsp
Salt- as per taste
Ghee/oil- 2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Chana dal- 1 tsp
Red chillie- 1-2, broken into halves
Note: You can temper it with fried cashews in ghee, after the above mentioned basic tempering
Cook the dal and rice with enough water and 1/4th tsp turmeric powder. Once cooked mix it well with a ladel so that both dal and rice combine well.
Cook the vegetables seperately.
Take a kadhai/wok place it on medium flame and put tamarind paste and boil for about a minute.
Add cooked vegetables, dal and rice mix, bisibelebhath powder, salt, jaggery. Add some water if necessary.Mix the contents well.
Boil for 5 minutes
In a Tempering utensil, heat oil/ghee and add chana dal, udad dal fry till it browns a bit.
Throw in the red chillies, mustard seeds and curry leaves let it splutter for a couple of seconds.
Pour the tempering ingredients over the simmering bisibele bhath. Mix well.
Sprinkle the grated coconut over the bisibele bhath and it's ready to serve.
Best accompaniment : salted/ spiced potato chips (waffers) or onion raita.