Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bisi bele Bath | Bisibelebath Recipe - Rice and lentils cooked along with spices (in pressure cooker)

Today's recipe is Bisi bele Bath / Bisibelebath (pressure cooker version). It is the rice cooked with lentils and vegetables with some aromatic spices. Being a South Indian, I love Bisi bele bath a lot. I have had them in restaurants and functions but have never tried making at home. I wanted to try at home and was googling for the recipe, most of them had a lengthy process, but I wanted a simple and easy to make version, mostly as a one pot meal. Then I came across this recipe at Sangee's space. I tried this and absolutely loved it. If you are looking for easy to make, simple version of  bisi bele bath recipe, here it is. 

Bisi bela bath recipe

Recipe Source: Spicy Treats

What are the ingredients needed?

To roast & Grind
Methi seeds, 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon
Peppercorn, 7-8 nos
Coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon
Red chillies, 3-4 nos
Cinnamon stick, 1 small piece
Cloves, 3- 4 nos
Cardamom, 3 nos 
Poppy seeds/kasa kasa, 1 teaspoon
Grated coconut, 2 tablespoon

To temper
Oil, 2 teaspoons
Ghee, 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Red chillies, 2 nos.
Curry leaves, 2 sprigs
Asafoetida,a pinch

Other ingredients
Rice, 1 1/2 cup
Toor dhal, 3/4 cup
Mixed Vegetables, 3 cups (3 carrots, 2 potatoes, 12-15 beans) 
Capsicum/Bell pepper, 1/2
Pearl onions, 8-10 nos.
Tomatoes, 1 no.
Tamarind, a lemon ball size
Chilli powder, 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder, 1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder,1/4 teaspoon
Sambhar powder, 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

bisi bela bath in pressure cooker

How to make Bisi bele bath?
  1. Soak rice and toor dhal separately for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Then take all the ingredients listed under ' to roast & grind' and roast them and let them cool and grind them to powder.
  3. Soak the tamarind and extract the juice. Keep it aside.
  4. Pressure cook the dhal till its half done and set them aside.
  5. In a pressure cooker, heat oil+ghee, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and when they crack, add red chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida and fry them for a minute.
  6. Then add onions and fry till they turn lightly golden brown. Then add bell pepper,tomatoes and fry for a minute, then add sambar powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and mix well and saute for a minute. 
  7. To this add the vegetables mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Then add around 8 cups of water and bring it to boil.
  9. To this add the half cooked dhal, rice and mix well,  then add the tamarind extract and mix well. Then add the ground masala, required salt and mix well and close the lid and pressure cook it for 1-2 whistles.
  10. Then wait till the pressure releases and then stir well and serve it warm.
It serves 4 persons.

  • You can add any vegetables of your choice. I have added carrots, beans and potatoes.
  • Since the vegetables are being pressure cooked, I cut them in big chunks.
  • The amount of water added depends on the quality of your rice and dhal and also the consistency of rice you require. If you like the rice to be less mushy, reduce the water. So adjust it accordingly.


  1. Delicious looking bisi bele bath :) very flavorful rice variety :) lovely clicks dear :)

  2. Delicious Bisi bele bath.. Nice clicks Divya..

  3. Yummy and very inviting bisi bele bath !!

  4. i make it plain Divya. a classic karnataka dish. Your version looks so tempting with all those veggies peeking out. Will give it a shot sometime

  5. love it, very comforting and fulfilling rice dish.....

  6. Looks perfect Divya. Love the last pictures with chips

  7. ah comfort food Divya. love it anytime

  8. Very delicious bisibelebath Divya, One perfect bowl of healthy dish...
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  9. Looks delicious and mouthwatering.

  10. My first find when I came to Bangalore.. I can eat this for all the meals!

  11. Looks very yummy! One-pot dishes are my favorite.

  12. Delicious recipe and love to have with papads...Nice clicks

  13. Love this BBB..presented it very well!!

  14. Lovely clicks,superb one pot meal,love to have them.

  15. mouthwatering and healthy dish...

  16. Love this with the chips or a potato curry, neatly presented..

  17. Cant resist to this wonderful,flavourful one pot meal..Mouthwatering here, that last click is very terrific.

  18. What more to ask for ? Bowl of all the goodness on Earth...Awesome recipe Divya.

  19. I love this bii bele bhath .I pour lots of ghee on it nd just drown inside its taste so yumm.

  20. Delicious one pot meal, Love your version yumm.

  21. I have always wanted to try this.....n now maybe I will...thanks

  22. There is this restaurant, Sarvana Bhavan where we go for south Indian food and they have a dish like this. I also make something similar with mung beans.

  23. Hi.... I am just a beginner of cooking. Your website has saved me many a times. I have never found such a clear steps of making bisibelabath anywhere else and it proved to be fruitful many times to me. Awesome dishes. Enhancing your site with step by step picture would be helpful for learners like me. Keep rocking :)


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