Ready to serve Bisi bele bhath
In Kannada, Bisi means warm. Bele means pulses. This dish, a spicy dish with rice and pulses should be eaten warm or never be eaten at all. It is a delicacy from the state of Karnataka, more specifically from the Mysore area. The main dish for many of the get-togethers is often Bisi bele Bhath. In Bangalore area, this is a common breakfast dish. People relish it with either Potato chips, Boondi chips, or some Haldiram’s mixture or perhaps just tomato salad is okay too. Myself having grown up in Bangalore love it and so do both my kids.
I mention “from scratch” in the title because the powder which is integral to the preparation of this dish can also be prepared at home – please see my previous post. [ Or of course it can be purchased commercially ].
I am putting up this at the request of readers. The only downside about this dish is that it is rather time-consuming – but once every few weeks is not at all a bad idea.
What you need to have:
1. Toor Dal 1 cup
2. Fine Rice 1 cup
3. Green peas 1/2 cup
Toor Dal, Rice and Green peas
4. Mixed Vegetables – 6-8 cups
(More than 1/2 of it should be Ash guard(Kumbalkai in kannada) and the
rest should be the remaining vegetables )
A variety of cut vegetables
1. Mustard seeds – 3 Teaspoons
2. Blackgram Dal – 3 Teaspoons
3. Peanuts – 1/2 cup
4. Red chilly – 2
5. Curry leaves – 6-8 strings
6. Tamarind – Size of a big lemon
7. Copra – 1/2 cup
8. Bisi bele bhath powder – 8-10 spoons
Ingredients of Seasoning
What you do with what you have:
1. Wash and clean rice, Toor Dal, cut vegetables with one or two teaspoon of salt (depending upon the quantity you prepare) and cook altogether including a few groundnuts/peanuts in a cooker adding sufficient quantity of water. (Probably 15-20 minutes until cooked)
2. Soak tamarind in water and squeeze out the juice from it and set it aside.
3. Just run the Bisi bele bhath powder (refer to my earlier post) in the mixer with the grated raw copra.
4. Place a Skillet on the flame with 3-4 Tablespoons of cooking oil in it with mustard seeds. On sputtering add Black gram Dal to it. When the dal turns brown add peanuts, red chillies, Cashews and curry leaves to it.
5. Add Bisi bele bhath powder mix from step 3 to this mixture from Step 4 and stir well. Add salt (remember you have added salt earlier for cooking rice and vegetables) and the squeezed tamarind juice from step 2. Bring this to boil on a low flame till the water evaporates and oil remains on the side of the masala. It is as shown in the image below.
Bisi Bele Bhath Masala
6. Add cooked vegetables and the dal-rice mix from step 1. Again add some water and bring it to boil and let it boil on low flame. Stir it constantly so that it does not stick to the bottom of the bowl. Bring it to the consistency of semi solid as shown in the image below.
Ready to serve Bisi Bele Bhath
7. Decorate it with coriander leaves, grated coconut and also potato chips.
Serve it hot with butter as shown in the image below.
Bisi Bele Bhath decorated with chips, butter and coriander leaves ( cIilantro )
How long it takes: 90 minutes
Number of servings: 8-10