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Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Hot Lentil Rice -Karnataka Style

Karnataka Delicacy Bisibele bath is spicy, hot ,sweet and sour; one pot meal prepared with lentils , rice and Vegetables
Course Main Course
Cuisine South India
Keyword Karnataka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 212kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • ½ Cup Rice
  • ½ Cup Toor Dal
  • ½ Cup Green Peas ,fresh or frozen
  • 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
  • ¼ cup Tamarind Juice from 1 tablespoon tamrind pulp
  • ½ tablespoon Jaggery powder
  • 4 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 teaspoon salt or as required

For Bisibelebath Powder

    Dry Roast Powder

    • 1 tablespoon Chana Dal
    • 1 tablespoon Urad Dal
    • 1 teaspoon Khuskhus / Poppy seeds
    • ¼ teaspoon Methi/Fenugreek Seeds
    • ½ teaspoon Jeera seeds /Cumin Seeds
    • 2 Cloves
    • 1 " inch Cinnamon Stick
    • 2 Marathi Moggu
    • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
    • ½ cup Dry Coconut
    • 1.5 tablespoon Coriander Seeds

    For Tempering

    • 2 tablespoon Ghee/Clarified Butter
    • ½ teaspoon Mustard Seeds
    • 2 tablespoon Cashews
    • ¼ teaspoon Asafoetida
    • 2 Sprigs Curry leaves
    • 2 Dry Red Chilly broken to pieces
    • 1 Onion Chopped or Onion shallots ¼ cup optional
    • 6 Dry Red Chillies , 4 guntur + 2 byadgi


    • Roast all ingredients under bisi bele bath powder , ground to semi fine powder and keep it aside. Can refer my separate post on how to make bisi bele bath powder.
    • Rinse toor dal and soak for 30 minutes or more. But I prefer to soak lentils for 4hrs-6 hrs because it helps to leaches out anti nutrients.
    • Drain out , wash with cold water and set aside.
    • Rinse and soak rice for 30 minutes.
    • Soak lemon size , tamarind in ¼ cup warm water for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, squeeze and extract tamarind juice and discard residue.
    • In a pressure cooker, take soaked toor dal, pinch of salt, 2-3 drops of oil and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Dal should be well cooked and completely mashed.
    • In a pressure cooker, add 1tablespoon of oil , curry leaves and hing. Add all vegetables and green peas , give a quick stir . Can add pinch of turmeric too. I have not added because I didn’t wanted bisi bele bath to turn more yellowish in colour.
    • Add ½ cup of soaked rice , 3 cups of water and ½ teaspoon salt and pressure cook. Alternatively, you can separately cook rice and vegetables. As it doesn’t make any difference to taste and texture of the dish, I cook vegetables and rice together.
    • Pressure cook for 1 whistle. When pressure settles down on it’s own, open the lid.
    • Now keep the cooker on low flame, add cooked dal , bisi bele bath powder , tamarind water, jaggery and salt to taste.
    • Combine everything, add 3 tablespoon of oil or ghee.
    • Mix well , cover lid and cook on simmer for about 6-8 minutes.
    • Whilst prepare tempering, in a pan heat 2 tablespoon of Ghee /clarified butter.
    • Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chillies ,peanuts and cashews.
    • Fry well until peanuts starts to change colour, move all tempering ingredients to one corner.
    • Add chopped onions or shallots, hing/asafoetida and fry till translucent.
    • Pour this tempering over prepared bisi bele bath and mix well.
    • Turn off the stove, serve bisi bele bath piping hot with ghee and top with khara boondi and potato wafers.



    • You can separately cook dal , rice and vegetables. As I found it easier to cook vegetables and rice together, I do it this way. But traditionally, everything is cooked separately and later mixed together.
    • If you find it to be more thickening, you can add more water about ½ to ¾ cup later. But always add hot water only.
    • Once dal is mixed with rice, keep on simmer. Never regulate to high or medium flame as bisi bele bath tends to thicken from bottom.
    • I have mixed dry coconut directly while making bisi bele bath powder. In case if you are using store brought bisi bele bath powder then add ½ cup of grated/ blend dry coconut along with 4 tablespoon of bisi bele bath powder.


    Calories: 212kcal