Bisi Bele Bath is a spicy vegetable rice and daal/lentil based dish from Karnataka. In Kannada ,Bisi means hot ,bele meaning daal. As this rice is prepared with dal and is served piping hot topped,its named as Bisi Bele Bath. 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 bisibele bath 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 this 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 it’s worth tasting  and also its very healthy too as many vegetables ,dal and rice are cooked together. It’s a one pot meal,you’ll  get your veggies – vitamins minerals ,dal- protein and rice- carbohydrates everything in a single serving,its a very healthy dish.
Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Karnataka Delicacy Bisibele bath is spicy, hot and sour one pot meal prepared with Toor Daal ,Rice and Veggies.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South India
Keyword: Karnataka
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 138 kcal
Author: Muktha Gopinath
  • 1/2 Cup Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Toor Dal
  • 1/4 Cup Dry Green Peas
  • 5 Cups Water refer notes
  • 1 Carrot large cut into chunks
  • 2 Capsicum large cut into chunks
  • 6 Green french beans
  • 2 Potatoes Medium cut into chunks
  • 2 Tomatoes large ,chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Tamarind Juice
  • 3/4 Tsp Jaggery powder
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 2 Tsp salt or as required
For Bisibelebath Powder
Dry Roast Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Channa Dal
  • 1 Tbsp Urad Dal
  • 1 Tsp Kuskus / Poppy seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Methi/Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Jeera seeds /Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 " inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Marathi Moggu
For Blending with dry roast powder
  • 1 1/4 Tbsp Redchilly Powder refer notes
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 cup Dry Coconut
For Tempering
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee/Clarified Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Cashews
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 2 Sprigs Curry leaves
  • 2 Dry Red Chilly broken to pieces
  • 1 Onion Chopped or Onion shallots 1/4 cup optional
  1. Wash and soak dry green peas in water for 5-6 hrs or overnight. Drain water and keep it aside.

  2. Wash and rinse toor dal and rice together twice. 

  3. Soak tamarind in 1/2cup warm water  and keep aside.

  4. In a pressure cooker ,add washed dal, rice and soaked green peas.

  5. Add all the cut vegetable chunks,1/4 cup oil, 5 cups water and pressure cook for 1 whistle.

  6. Meanwhile ,dry roast all the ingredients listed under " dry roast" ,one by one in order ,till you get nice aroma,Don't Brown any Spices

  7. Once it's cool down, in a dry mixer grinder make a coarse powder.

  8. Add Red Chilli powder, Coriander powder,turmeric powder and dry coconut to the above coarse powder and blend it together.

  9. Extract the tamarind pulp juice ,strain it through sieve and discard the residue.

  10. Mix the above blend powder with tamarind juice  and make a paste of it.

  11. Once the pressure releases on its own, add the above prepared paste, salt ,jaggery powder and 1/4 cup oil and cook on very low flame by stirring from the bottom,till it starts to thicken.

  12. Prepare tempering,heat 2 Tbsp ghee, add mustard seeds, cashews ,curry leaves, broken red chilly pieces,chopped  onions ,fry well and add hing.

  13. Pour the tempering over the prepared Bisibelebath.

  14. Serve hot topped with Boondi and ghee.

Recipe Notes
  1. Add 5 cups of water initially,if you find it thick then add 1/2 to 1 cup hot water .
  2. I use Everest Tikhalal , 1 1/4 Tbsp is perfect for this recipe as it will be bit spicier ,if you eat less spice use 1 Tbsp only.


Step By Step Directions:

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 ghee, khara boondi / potato chips.

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0 thoughts on “Bisi Bele Bath Recipe |Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style”

  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.


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