Bisi bele bath

Bisi-bele-bath is a Kannada phrase meaning hot lentil rice. This is a Karnataka recipe. You can find this in restaurants that has Udupi cuisine. Amma makes this recipe at home occasionally when my bro and I were kids. Later I learnt some tips from our kannadian family friend and found it very easy and tastier. So this is a combination of Amma’s and Aunty’s version. Everytime aunty makes this and give to us we could find a different unique flavour and her tips helped me to get that flavour. I made this without adding any vegetables. You can use potato, onion, drumstick. Add these vegetables once the tamarind juice start to boil. This is a one pot meal and you can make it in a jiffy if you hav ebisi bele bath powder in hand.



Raw rice – 1 cup

Toor dhal – 1/2 cup

Water – 4.5 cups

For Seasoning

Gingelley oil – 3 tbsp

Mustard seeds- 1 tsp

Urad dhal – 1 tsp

Channa dhal – 1 tsp

Ground nut- 2 tsp

Curry leaves – few


Bisi-bele-bath powder –  2 tbsp

Tamarind – lemon size

Salt- As required

Turmeric powder- A pinch


Grated Coconut- 3/4 cup


  • Wash and pressure cook the rice and toor dhal with 5 cups of water.

  • Rice should be cooked well. It should be mushy.
  • Once the rice is cooked, mash it well.

  • Boil the tamarind with water and extract tamarind juice.
  • In a heavy bottomed vessel, add oil and splutter mustard seeds. Once they crack add channa dhal, urad dhal, groundnuts, curry leaves, asafoetida and fry till golden brown.

  • Now add the tamarind juice and allow it to boil.

  • Then add water, turmeric powder, salt, bisi-bele-bath powder and allow it to boil again.

  • Now simmer the stove. Also add the jaggery which is one of the most important ingredients for the Karnataka cuisine.

  • Once they start to boil, add the pressure cooked rice dhal mixture and mix well.

  • Mix everything together and keep it in low flame for five minutes.

  • Serve with salad, papad, vadam. I love it with Potato curry.

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