Bisi bele bhaath is a famous South Indian delicacy,most popular in Bangalore and in Mysore.Bisi means hot,Bele means grains that is rice and tur dhal here,bhath means kichdi, hope I'm right.The ingredients and the procedure looks lengthy but it isn't that difficult.Its been a while since I was thinking about this post and I was delaying it since I was not happy with the pictures that I had ,but then I thought will update it when I prepare it again...This can be had as a breakfast ,lunch or a dinner.This dish is also called as Sambhar rice since the masala is almost same as Sambhar and veggies are also used.
As a kid, I first tasted this in my best buddys home where her mom used to
still prepare s the best BBB,and why not shes from Mysore and has a very good hand in South Indian recipes and this recipe is also of Purnima auntys. And what do kids do exactly after the visit to their friends place?pester their amma that her friends mom had prepared this and that ,and wants her my amma also to prepare the same.And that is exactly what I used to do.And ,my granny (aayi)used to prepare the BBB for my sake ,and even that didn't taste less than auntys. Both of them prepared equally good.
Now my bhabhi has continued the tradition of preparing this yummy bhaath and she gives me often when she prepares it and my department is to parcel the dishes what I prepare especially sea food.And thanks to her again since the picture which I displayed here is what she had prepared.This dish is filled with the aroma of ghee,so forget your diet temporarily if you want to enjoy this dish.Best combination with this is curd rice.
red gram dal)-1 cup
Grated coconut-1 cup
Mixed vegetables- 1 1/2 cups(carrot,beans,green
peas,corn,potato,onion,tomato(chopped into small cubes)
Ghee(clarified butter)-2 -3 tbsp
leaves-few to garnish
Short red chillies-2-3
seeds-1/4 cup(a handful)
Jeera (cumin seeds)-1 tsp
split black gram dal)-1 tsp
dal (chana dal)-1 tsp
Khus khus(poppy seeds)-1 tsp
- Roast both
the chillies in a tsp of oil and keep it aside.
- Fry the
ingredients written under To be fried,one by one separately for eg heat the
oil,fry coriander seeds till brown and with the help of a spoon transfer it to
the bowl,repeat with all the ingredients same way,lastly fry khus khus.
- Dry roast
the grated coconut lightly until light brown or until you get a nice aroma.
- Powder the
fried ingredients,roasted coconut,garam masala,fried chillies and tamarind
together in a blender.
- You may
also grind it by adding water to a fine paste ,but I prefer to powder.
- Boil the
tur dal separately and keep it aside.
- Take a
pressure cooker add washed rice,water,turmeric powder,vegetables,ghee,raw
ground nuts,salt to taste and take 3-4 whistle.
- Once the
pressure releases open the lid,add tur dal and water if you want,add more ghee
if you like and take a boil.
- Heat ghee,splutter
mustard seeds,add curry leaves and cashewnuts and fry for a second and season it
to the Bhaat.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and a blob of ghee.
consistency should be watery and not dry(just check the picture).
Add hot water when you adjust adding water.
with boondi,curd rice or potato chips.
You may also use pearl onions or madras onions instead of normal ones.
Bisi bele bhaath should be cooked very well or may be said overcooked and all the grains should be smashed well.
You may also dry roast the ingredients or fry it together too.
You may also use readymade bisi bhele powder if you want or short of time.
You may also prepare this powder in advance and refrigerate for few days.