Bisi bele bath powder recipe with step by step directions and short video. Bisi bele bath powder - is a unique blend of spices roasted and pounded together. It is used to make a traditional rice dish bisi bele bath.
Bisi bele bath is a traditional Karnataka dish made with lentils ( toor dal ) , vegetables , rice and special spice mix . This post shares on how to make authentic bisi bele bath powder.
About this recipe
Bisibele bath powder is a unique blend of spices . Premium quality spices are roasted till aromatic and pound together. This powder is then used to make a tasty rice dish called as Bisi Bele Bath . This rice recipe is not only delicious but its very nutritious and healthy too.
For those who doesn't know , how it looks and taste ; its looks like kichadi . But tastes entirely different because of this spice powder . This is authentic bisi bele bath powder recipe from Karnataka .
I don't prefer making it this powder in large batches and storing. Because nothing tastes as good as freshly roasted and powdered spices. But you can definitely make this powder and store . You can easily double or triple this recipe , if making in larger batches.
Ingredients for bisi bele bath powder
- Coriander seeds : Coriander seeds is one of the most important spice to make any spice blend. If coriander seeds are not available then substitute with 2 Tbsp of coriander powder . But don't dry roast instead directly add while blending other ingredients.
- Dry Red Chilies : Usually 2 variants of red chilies are used to make bisibele bath powder. Spicy variant called Guntur red chilies and Byadgi red chilies are used . Byadgi Red chilies are mainly used for its colour and guntur for spiciness. You can use 4 guntur red chilies and 2-3 byadgi red chillies . Using byadgi red chillies , gives deep reddish orange colour . If its not available substitute with 5 kashmiri dry red chilies . Incase if you wish to add red chili powder instead of dry red chilies then use about 1 to 1.5 tbsp kashmiri red chilli powder.
- Lentils : Equal quantities of Chana dal and Urad dal are used .
- Poppy seeds / Khus Khus : It's one of the important ingredient in bisi bele bath powder. ALso it helps in even thickening of bis bele bath.
- Cumin seeds and Fenugreek Seeds : Though in small quantities , its recommended to add these seeds as it gives good aroma and flavors to the dish.
- Cinnamon sticks and cloves are must in this spice blend.
- Marathi Moggu / Kapok Buds : is one of the most important and main ingredient , it looks similar to clove but bit longer than clove. This spice has a musky aroma and adds lot aroma and flavor to bisibele bath powder.
- Dry Coconut : Dry coconut is must here . Though some substitute it with desiccated coconut , dry coconut is recommended. In case if you want to increase the shelf life of bisi bele bath powder , you can skip this while making bisi bele bath powder . But more importantly without fail add powder and add dry coconut directly while making bisi bele bath.
Step by step directions to make bisi bele bath powder
Heat ½ tsp of oil in a pan
Add coriander seeds , red chilies, lentils, cinnamon stick , cloves and Marathi moggu
Dry roast on a medium heat until aromatic. It takes around 5-6 minutes , approximately.
Once spices turns light gloden in colour , add dry coconut , cumin seeds and poppy seeds.
Gently roast everything on a low flame , within 1-2 minutes cumin seeds starts to splutter. Take care not to brown or burn any spices. Incase , if spices turns brown , it imparts bitter flavor to the whole dish.
Now , turn off the flame . And immediately transfer roasted spices into a mixer jar or blender. Never keep roasted spices in the same pan as heat in the pan may burn the spices. Alternatively , transfer roasted spices on to a clean dry plate , keep in sun light for 30 minutes and then blend.
When spices cool down a bit, add turmeric powder and ground to semi fine powder.
Store in a glass jar and use as and when required. Stays good and fresh up to a month. Using this bisi bele bath powder , I made a delicious bisi bele bath.
Bisi bele bath powder
- ½ Tsp Cooking Oil
- 1 Tbsp Channa Dal
- 1 Tbsp Urad Dal
- 1 Tsp Khuskhus / Poppy seeds
- ¼ Tsp Methi/Fenugreek Seeds
- ½ Tsp Jeera seeds /Cumin Seeds
- 2 Cloves
- 1" inch Cinnamon Stick
- 2 Marathi Moggu
- 6-7 Dry Red chilies
- 1.5 Tbsp Coriander seeds
- ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
- ½ cup Dry Coconut
- Heat ½ tsp of oil in a pan
- Add coriander seeds , red chilies, lentils, cinnamon stick , cloves and Marathi moggu
- Dry roast on a medium heat until aromatic. It takes around 5-6 minutes.
- Once spices turns light gloden in colour , add dry coconut , cumin seeds and poppy seeds.
- Gently roast everything on a low flame , within 1-2 minutes cumin seeds starts to splutter. Take care not to brown or burn any spices.
- Now , turn off the flame . And immediately transfer roasted spices into a mixer jar or blender. Never keep roasted spices in the same pan, as heat in the pan can burn the spices.
- When spices cool down a bit, add turmeric powder and ground to semi fine powder.
- Store in a glass jar and use it when required. Stays good and fresh up to a month.