Karnataka Bisi Bele Bath
A Satisfying One Stop Dish

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Karnataka Bisi Bele Bath

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TABLE 1 (Making bisi bela bath powder)
2 tsp Coriander seeds
2 tsp Chana dal
1 tsp Urad dhal
1 tsp Cumin seeds
½ tsp Pepper cons
⅛ tsp Fenugreek seeds
3 counts Cardamom
3 counts Cloves
1 inch Cinnamon
1 tsp Sesame seeds
4 tsp Desiccated coconut / Dry coconut powder
½ tsp Oil
6 counts Kashmiri red chili
2 strands Curry leaves
TABLE 2 (Other ingredients)
½ cup Carrots chopped
½ cup Beans chopped
½ cup Potato cubed
¼ cup Green peas
¼ cup Onions petals
1 cup Toor dal cooked
2.5 cups Rice cooked
1 cup Tamarind extract
1½ cups Water
½ tsp Turmeric powder
3 tbsp Coriander leaves
1 tsp Jaggery
2 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Ghee / Clarified butter
TABLE 3 (For Tempering)
1 tsp Oil
1 tbsp Ghee / Clarified butter
½ tsp Mustard seeds
1 count Dry red red chili
¼ tsp Asafoetida / Hing powder
1 strand Curry leaves
10 counts Cashew nuts

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  • Spicy
  • 45 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Hard


  • TABLE 1 (Making bisi bela bath powder)

  • TABLE 2 (Other ingredients)

  • TABLE 3 (For Tempering)



What is it?

Karnataka Bisi Bele Bath by the name takes us on to the state of karnataka, India is a popular traditional main course. It’s a one stop rice dish which contains spices and vegetables can fulfill one’s meal. Papad, pickles are great sides to bisi bela bath. This has spread its popularity across the country. It is little compared to what sambar rice from Tamilnadu but cooking process is different altogether. I do tons of cooking with sambar but bisi bela bath I consider as a special dish on occasions or for parties. Truly every recipe and cooking process has its own strength and from the time of cooking to finish one can find what’s being made.

What is tastes like?

A spicy ghee flavored on lentils and veggies mixed with rice

Although it tastes like sambar there’s definitely a variation of taste. The smell of ghee, aroma of spices, the taste of lentil linger your tongue and makes to eat more. Unlike other foods, this is often magical and can satisfy the craving as its rich in ingredients that’s added. I even have also listed the way to make bisi bela bath powder as its key to bring that taste. You’ll also catch on from stores but I always prefer making hand-crafted masala that runs for weeks or months that my tongue buds will satisfy.

Karnataka Bisi Bele Bath

Goes well with?

Pickle, papads, fryums

As I discussed before this Karnataka Bisi Bele Bath is a one stop food that stops craving. Adding pickle, papads, fryums elevates its taste along side spicy, tangy, crunchy sides. Taste are often boosted if more ghee is added and hot water to form soggy. You’ll also notice it gets hardened as time passes but to not worry add bit of boiled water (not too much) to combine it well to bring back the consistency.

Upon reading the recipe if you have enjoyed it, try it, taste it and comment below. Love to hear from you.

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Roast the Table 1 ingredients ( coriander seeds, chana dal, urad dhal, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, pepper cons, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, sesame seeds, dry coconut powder ) until it turns light brown. Let it cool completely.


Heat oil in a pan. Add kashmiri red chili and curry leaves. Grind all the roasted Table 1 ingredients in a mixie blender to make a fine powder and keep aside.


Firstly, cook vegetables with water, turmeric powder and salt. Cover the pan with a lid. Then let it cook for 10 minutes.


Now add 1 cup of tamarind extract, jaggery, onion petals and boil until it is cooked completely.


Further add a cup of cooked dal and 2.5 cups of cooked rice and water followed by 4 tsp of prepared bisi bela bath masala to it and simmer for 10 minutes.


Adjust salt, add a tbsp of ghee and cook until the raw smell goes. For seasoning, heat oil and ghee in a pan when it is hot. Add Table 3 ingredients and fry till it turns golden brown.


Pour the seasoning to the prepared bisi bela bath, combine well and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


It goes well with papad, fryums etc.


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