Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BisiBelaBath/sambar sadam

Bisibelabath is a very popular dish in Karnataka. The name Bisi bele bhaath is a phrase, which literally means "Hot Lentil Rice", as in Kannada, Bisi means hot, bele means Lentils and bhaath means a dish made of rice (Def-wiki. Since it is cooked with lentils, vegetables and rice and it can be called a one pot meal. Many think it is a very elaborate process but actually it is very simple to make. I learnt this from my Kannada neighbour long time back. We used to go for walk together and the only thing that was common between both of us was cooking. So our conversation was usually about food and recipes. Once I asked her about this bisibela bath and she told me how to prepare it. The very next day I prepared it and liked it so much that I used to make this often. I am a great fan of this rice dish. It tastes great when served hot with papads and onion raita. This is her recipe and the only change I made was, to omit adding a little jaggery at the end. Bisi bele bath masala is available in grocery stores also. So if you do not have much time on hand, you can use the masala available, as that is also equally good. Today let us learn how to make bisi bela bath following this easy recipe.

Bisi bela bath
BisiBelaBath/sambar sadam

Bisi Bela Bath Recipe

bisibelabath-bisi bela bath

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves3-4
 Recipe CategoryRice Recipes
 Recipe CuisineKarnataka

   Ingredients needed

   Raw Rice - 1 cup
   Tur dal - 1/2 cup
   Tamarind - small lemon sized ball
   Oil -1 tbsp
   Ghee - 5 tsp

   Pearl onions -15
   Beans - 4-5
   Carrot - 2
   Potato - 1
   Peas - fistful
   Tomato - 1
   Capsicum - 1

   Bisi Bela Bath Masala (fry and dry grind)

   Oil - 1 tsp
   Kopra/Dry coconut powder -1/2 cup
   Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
   Red chillies - 6-7
   Bengal gram/Channa Dal - 2 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Cloves - 2
   Cardamom -1
   Khus khus -1 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Mustard -1 tsp
   Fenugreek - 1/4 tsp
   Curry leaves - little
   Asafoetida/hing - 1/4 tsp


Preparation

Heat a tsp of oil, roast the ingredients under Bisi Bela Bath Masala, adding coconut at the end. Roast everything until it becomes slightly brown in colour and dry grind it. You can prepare this a few days before if you are using kopra as it will not get spoiled. Store it in an airtight container.

Pressure cook rice with 4 ½ cups of water for 4 whistles.

Pressure cook dal with a cup of water and keep aside. Mash it well. I usually soak dal for 15 -20 minutes in hot water as it takes less time for cooking.

Cut pearl onions into 2-3 pieces. Cut beans and carrot lengthwise. Peel and chop potatoes into cubes. Cut capsicum into small pieces.

Soak tamarind in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Extract its juice and discard the pulp.

Method

Heat a tbsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add fenugreek seeds, hing and curry leaves. Saute for a seconds and add chopped onions.

Sauté onions until it becomes transparent. Then add all the vegetables (except capsicum) and sauté for a few more seconds. Sprinkle water and cook for 4-5 minutes.

Now add tamarind extract, needed salt and the bisi bela bath masala powder. Let it boil well until the raw flavour goes. By the time the vegetables will also get cooked well.

Add cooked dal, cooked rice, 4-5 tsp of ghee and mix well.

Heat a tsp of ghee and sauté capsicum until slightly cooked. It should be crunchy.

Garnish Bisibelabath with capsicums, coriander leaves and serve hot with chips or papads or onion raita.

I am sending this recipe to the WYF:Specialty Food event

how to make Bisibelabath Bisibelabath with onion raita and appalam

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66 comments:

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  2. Love the way u are garnishing the dishes..thanks a lot for this second delicious entry

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  3. This must be delicious. Love your presentation.

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  4. one pot meal which i always love.nice presentation..

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  5. thats a yummy yummy Sambar rice...looks delicious.

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  6. I have tried thair sadam but never a sambhar sadam.

    Looks great!!

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  7. Lovely platter..one of my favorites..

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  8. looks good with the papads and the raita; nice mat you've got there :)

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  9. Lovely presentation.....looks gr8.

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  10. Sounds delicious! And so much fun to say! ;-)

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  11. Yummy sambar rice. Nice click. Sambar rice and appalam, an all time favourite.

    Chitchat

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  12. Thanx for visiting my blog...never tried bisibele
    bath at home,looks yumm and i liked the way u carved carrots....

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  13. Beautiful presentation as always:)rice looks very delicious!

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  14. That looks so good! Sounds healthy and yummy! I love it:)

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  15. Have never tried making this from scratch... yours looks so tempting that i might try it as early as this weekend :-)

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  16. Beautiful my fav rice variety!

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  17. Such a great picture, you're making me very hungry. This looks sooooo good,

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  18. I've never had lentil rice before. Would like to try as it looks incredibly yummy.

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  19. awesome presentations....You are such an inspiration
    http://forkbootsandapalette.wordpress.com

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  20. looks good, nice presentation as always ...

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  21. This sure is a hardwork !! Hats off to you ..
    Btw ... I have shared Appreciation award with you .. do collect it :))

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  22. I too love this rice a lot...full of flavour and filling one pot meal....

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  23. nice presentation........ we usually call this combo vegetable khichri....btw thanks for stopping by at my blog....

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  24. Looks delicious and healthy. Love ur presentation. I have had Bisi Bela Bath.Its wonderful and a complete meal by itself.

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  25. I love this rice, yummy one. Lovely presentation, looks delicious.

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  26. Thanks a loott for visiting my blog.I went through ur blog...grt blog.
    Can I request u something? Saw ur sambhar recipe and in the click saw keerai kootu..It looks delicious...When u make it next can u pls share the recipe here..will be following u :)

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  27. thank you for the comment Padhu, I'm having you on my list already :):)

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  28. thanks for coming by at my place ..BBB looks so good and wonderful pics , makes me feel like having it right now :)...
    hugs and smiles

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  29. BBB as we call it is our all time favorite :)

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  30. Thank you for all your wonderful comments. They are so encouraging. Vineetha I will definitely blog the keerai kootu .

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  31. First time here!
    Nice blog, of course love BBB...

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  32. Slurp... Wonderful presentation for a equally wonderful rice.. As you said it surely looks like a lot of effort, but it is really easy to make! Loved ur version!
    You can also send this to EFM rice event dear; it is @ http://www.srishkitchen.com/2009/11/efm-variety-rice-series.html

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  33. Very nice presentation, no one could resist such yummy meal, right. Love bise bela bath...so yumm'

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  34. Perfect all in one meal,I like BBB :D

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  35. Sambhar sadham is an alltime fav in my family :)!..you have a lovely blog with a great collection of homely recipes! :)

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  36. Thanks for dropping by..Your presentation is beautiful!. I feel like eating it right now.

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  37. That is a filling meal right there.. I love the way you arranged everything on the plate. You have a wonderful blog with lots of yummy dishes. Will come back for more. Thanks for dropping by my blog, keep visiting :-)

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  38. very nicly presented....loved ur platter..

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  39. Thanks for coming to my site. Your is great and of course if I love sambar I also love bisibele bath. My mom just gave me some new pudi for a batch. Keep up the great work!

    -Chitra
    http://abcdsofcooking.blogspot.com

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  40. Haii 1st time to your site. Looks yummmy. When time permits pls visit my site. vidhya-ravikumar.blogspot.com

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  41. Looks great dear..I'm a regular visitor of ur blog...all the pics are damn cute and artistic...good work...:-)

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  42. Padhu,I have tried making bisibelabath many times earlier and it never turned out well not even once and by the time I served this it used become hard and the looseness would disappear. Honestly, this time it came out perfect and by husband enjoyed eating it. Thanks a lot. I am really happy about this.

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  43. Looks so yumm!! Wonderful combo and sure would have tasted good too.

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  44. thank u padhu for all ur recipes.iloved them very much

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  45. I tried it and it came out really superb. thanks for the recipe

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  46. Hi I tried this recipe and it came so well... My husband really liked it.... Thanks for such delicious posting... Looking for more....

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  47. Hi Padma.. You're blog is a saviour for people like me who are no good at cooking on their own. My big nightmare is that one day I'll wake up and find your blog gone. I never thought I could cook "advanced" dishes like this one.. but I tried it and was amazed at how well it came out.. Thanks a bunch.. I've decided to make one dish from your blog everyday.. :)

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  48. Thanks for the wonderful recipe Padhu! We made it today and it turned out awesome. We really liked the masala powder recipe you have provided here, made the dish so good. Keep sharing more such recipes.

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  49. Padhu, this recipe is awesome n came up really well today...thank you so much for such a nice post n these are exact measurements..kudoos... i appreciate ur hardwork n passion on cooking.. keep rocking..

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  50. very nice madem. thanks . i love bisibelabath very much.

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  51. Hi,

    I find your recipes very useful and easy to use. I have a question with your bisibelabath recipe. You said pressure cook rice with 4.5 cups of water. Are you sure about the quantity? Also, can we cook toor dal and rice together or is there a reason they should be done seperaterly?

    Thanks in advance.

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  52. AV3NG3R- Thanks a lot for liking my recipes.The measurement I have given is correct. I have used old rice so it needs that much water .Also bisi bela bath should be mushy. You can cook rice and dal together but at times certain variety of dal does not get cooked properly.So to avoid that I cooked it separately. Hope it is clear now.Thank you.

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  53. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. Should we cut all the vegetables lengthwise for this recipe?

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    2. Chop pearl onions into 2-3 pieces and all vegetables lengthwise thinly.

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    1. In the second step under method - I have written "Sauté onions until it becomes transparent. Then add all the vegetables" which includes tomato also. Add tomatoes along with the other vegetables.

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  55. Hi padhu
    I tried this recipe as well on a sunday. This came out very well. I shared this recipe with my mom also and she said it tasted awesome and its aroma was so tempting.

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  56. Hi!! I tried this today and my family loved it!! I always look to ur recipes whenever I try cooking anything for the first time.. ur procedure is perfect!! thanks a lot!!:)

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  57. I tried this recipe today and came out really great. Thanks Padhu :)

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