Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style

Bisi bele bath recipe with step by step photos along with bisi bele bath powder recipe.

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 with ghee,its named as Bisi Bele Bath. Most important key for this dish is its  masala powder. Making bisi bele bath spice powder is quite easy . For making Bisi Bele Bath , I have dry roasted all spices except red chilli and coriander seeds , instead I have used readymade red chilli powder and Coriander powder , refer notes.


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 this bisibele bath powder ready in airtight container to use as and when required. You can also find ready 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. I also prepare Sambar powder , Puliyogare Masala Paste at home, which tastes absolutely delicious with authentic touch.

If you have not tried this, do give a try as  it’s worth tasting and healthy too . It’s a one pot meal where all veggies , lentils and rice are cooked together. With this Bisibele Bath get your veggies – vitamins, minerals ,dal- protein and rice- carbohydrates everything in a single serving, its a very healthy dish.

Also I would like to highlight many other Karnataka Style Dishes , which may interest you Tomato Bath , Vegetable BathKhara Pongal , Sweet Pongal , Akki Roti , Avarekalu Bath , Masala Lemon Rice and Puliyogare.



Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style

Karnataka Delicacy Bisibele bath is spicy, hot and sour one pot meal prepared with Toor Daal ,Rice and Veggies.
Print Pin Rate
Author :Muktha H S
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South India
Keywords: Karnataka
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings (change the number to scale) : 5 People
Calories: 152


  • 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


    • Wash and soak dry green peas in water for 5-6 hrs or overnight. Drain water and keep it aside.
    • Wash and rinse toor dal and rice together twice. 
    • Soak tamarind in 1/2cup warm water  and keep aside.
    • In a pressure cooker ,add washed dal, rice and soaked green peas.
    • Add all the cut vegetable chunks,1/4 cup oil, 5 cups water and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
    • 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
    • Once it's cool down, in a dry mixer grinder make a coarse powder.
    • Add Red Chilli powder, Coriander powder,turmeric powder and dry coconut to the above coarse powder and blend it together.
    • Extract the tamarind pulp juice ,strain it through sieve and discard the residue.
    • Mix the above blend powder with tamarind juice  and make a paste of it.
    • 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.
    • Prepare tempering,heat 2 Tbsp ghee, add mustard seeds, cashews ,curry leaves, broken red chilly pieces,chopped  onions ,fry well and add hing.
    • Pour the tempering over the prepared Bisibelebath.
    • Serve hot topped with Boondi and ghee.
    Subscribe to my YouTube ChannelClick here Palate's Desire !


    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.
    3. Orelse you can use 2 byadgi red chillies + 4 Guntur red chillies , dry roast along with 1.5 Tbsp of Coriander seeds and blend everything together.
    4. While serving , along with boondi add some ghee roasted peanuts and dry coconut slices for extra delicious touch.
    Tried this recipe? I would love to seeClick a picture and mention @palatesdesire or tag #palatesdesire in Instagram

    Step By Step Directions to make Bisi Bele Bath:

    Soak dry green peas overnight or minimum 6 hours.  You can also use fresh green peas or frozen peas directly without soaking . For one more variation , you can also use Avarekalu / hyacinth bean / vaal in place of green peas.

    Soak Tamarind  in warm water and extract juice out of it a set aside.Wash and soak rice,dal 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.

    Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style
    Roast all the ingredients under dry roast powder with a drop of oil.Blend it in a mixer.

    Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style

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

    Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style

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

    Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style

    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.

    Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style

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

    Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style

    Mix well and serve hot topped with ghee, khara boondi / potato chips.


    (Visited 1,453 times, 1 visits today)


    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.


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    error: Protected
    %d bloggers like this: