Bisi Bele Bath / Hot Lentil Rice

BisiBele Bath / Hot Lentil Rice
Bisi Bele Bath is a spicy vegetable rice and daal/lentil based dish from Karnataka. As the name indicates bisi meaning hot ,bele meaning toor daal.This dish is served piping hot topped with lots of  khara bhoondi and
ghee.The main key for this dish is its powder.There are many ways of doing this dish but i try one of the simplest way and it tastes really delicious. You can prepare and keep the powder in airtight container and also you even get bisibele bath powder from MTR and Maiya's too,but as we all know homemade always tastes better ,i prepare the powder instantly and use it as we get nice aroma out of it and tastes better. You can try this for breakfast as well as for main course.If you have not tried this,please give a try its worth tasting  and also its very healthy ;) 

Category:Vegetarian|Cuisine:South India|Course:Main
PrepTime:10 Minutes|Cooking Time:40 Min|Serves:4-5

Toor Daal:1/2 Cup
Rice:1/2 Cup
Dry Green Peas:1/4 Cups
Carrot:1 Large-medium
Beans: 6 Regular
Potato:2 Medium
Green Capsicum: 2 Large
Tomatoes:2 Large
Tamarind Juice: 2 Tbsp 
Jaggery:3/4 Tsp
Oil: 1/4 Cup + 1/4 Cup

Bisi Bele Bath Powder:

To Dry Roast Powder
Channa Daal:1 Tbsp
Urud Daal:1 Tbsp
Jeera/Cumin Seeds:1/2 Tsp
Kuskus/Poppy Seeds:1 Tsp
Methi/Fenugreek Seeds:1/4 Tsp
Cinnamon:1 " Piece
Marathi Moggu:2

For Blending with  Dry Roast Powder
RedChilly Powder: 1Tbsp + 1 Tsp
Coriander Powder: 1 Tbsp
Haldi:1/2 Tsp
Dry Coconut/Copra:1/2 Cup

Ghee: 2 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds Black:
Asafoetidia / Hing : Bing Pinch
Curry Leaves: 2 Sprig
Red Chilly Broken :2
Cashews (Optional)
Onion: 1 Medium (Optional)

Soak dry geen peas overnight(6 hrs) . Soak Tamarind  in warm water and extract juice out of it a set aside.Wash and soak rice,daal for 10 minutes.
Take a pressure cooker, add rice,daal,peas and all cut vegetables.Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder,1/4 cup oil ,11/2 Tsp salt , 5 1/2 Cup of  Water and pressure cook for 1 whistle.

Roast all the ingredients under dry roast powder with a drop of oil.Blend it in a mixer.

To this add redchilly powder,haldi,coriander powder,dry coconut and blend it again.

Add this powder,jaggery to tamarind juice and mix well with little water to make a paste.

By now pressure will be released from pressure cooker,if not release it manually and add this tamarind paste,1/4 cup oil,salt to taste.Mix well and cook on slow flame for 5 minutes.

Temper all the ingredients under tempering one by one in order and pour over the rice.

Mix well and serve hot topped with  khara bhoondi / potato chips.


  1. Hi Muktha Gopinath,
    I did try your vegetable briyani, exactly following the instruction it turned out very delicious.
    All your recipes looks interesting,I will be trying many of your recipes later. Thanks for all your good
    collection of recipes.


    1. Hey thanks sandhya for visiting my blog and trying out a recipe .Hope i'll update my blog shortly