Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Back with Bisibele Bhath!

Hi all,

Sorry for such long absence. I must admit I've been having a sneek peep at most of the blogs every now and then :) Now on, I shall try and be as regular as possible in updating my recipes and also visiting your blogs. Happy Ramanavami and God bless!

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

Cloves- 2

Cinnamon-1" piece

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.


Ria Mathew said...

Hello Suparna, nice to see that you are back! I love Bisi Bele Bath, I have to try making this at home. Thanks!


Glad to see you back! bisibelebath powder looks nice and the recipe for BBB also is nice :)

Sathya Sankar said...

Nice recipe for home made bisiblebath powder!


Sush said...

welcome back Suparna. Bisi bele bhath powder looks nice.

Hari Chandana said...

Wonderful recipe.. Glad to see you back dear !!
Indian Cuisine

Indrani said...

you are back, where were you, nice to see u back with such authentic bisibele bath, thanks for the powder recipe..will try this for sure

AshKuku said...

Hey Suppi,

Welcome aboard.... That is one of my all time favorites, but where is the capture of that amazing prep for us to drool over???? Please post one at least.... I'm all Slurpee!!!!!!


Santosh Bangar said...

welcome back.tempting bisiblbhat
1s time here nice space do visit and follow

Mehjabeen Arif said...

Love ur recipe.. yummy..

new to ur space n happy to follow u..

Do visit me when u get time..

Kairali sisters said...

Hello Suparna, welcome back and hope to see you often, Bise bele bath is an att time fav to me adn thanks a bunch for the recipe...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Welcome back dear...love that spice powder.....BBB sounds extremely yum....

Kitchen Flavours said...

Hey Suparna u said u will be coming to Bangalore...r u here?

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Welcome back dear. Bisebille bath looks delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi

Now Serving said...

The bisibela podi recipe is great - very aromatic - can smell it here :)
Nice blog first time here :)

Cham said...

How r u Gal? So long.... Hope u re fine :)
I do the same way except the "Marathi Mooku +Dagda phool" in masala item! Delicious meal of course!

Anonymous said...

Yay...u are back :) The bhaat looks yummy! Can I make it with fresh coconut instead of khopra?

Ananda Rajashekar said...

yes i'm still hooked with MTR homemade versions are the best ...shall try next time i make!

Suparna said...

hey gals thanks for dropping by :)

@HC- not sure about using fresh coconut instead of copra...havent tried it, I guesss it would be interesting,but another point to note is that if fresh coconut is used for spice powder it cant be stored for long.

Nisha said...

Came here looking for bisi bele bath masala and loved going through your posts.

See you again

Viki's Kitchen said...

Nice recipe for that bisibelebath powder. welcome back dear!