Bisi Bele Bhaat is a rice-based dish with its origins in the state of Karnataka, India. Bisi Bele Bhaa means hot lentil rice in the Kannada language. The traditional preparation of this dish is quite elaborate and involves the use of spicy masala, toor dal and vegetables.
Rice Dal Ingredients
Dry roast the masala ingredients till they are light brown.
After they cool down, grind them to a fine powder and keep aside.
Pour in soaked rice and dal with 5 cups of water, turmeric and 1 tsp of salt in a cooker. Cook on high heat till it whistles and then turn off the heat. Open when the steam dies down.
Slice onion, carrots, beans and drumsticks coarsely.
Heat ghee in a wok. Stir fry all the vegetables with salt for a couple of minutes. Add 1 cup of water and reduce the heat. Cover the wok and let it simmer until vegetables are tender but not mushy.
Add tamarind paste, sugar (optional) and all the ground masala. Cook for a minute and then turn off the heat.
Pour in rice mixture in the vegetable wok. Add 1.5 cups of water and cook till everything is mixed together to the right consistency. Turn off the heat.
Prepare tempering by crackling mustard seeds in ghee and then adding kari leaves, broken cashews and whole red chillies.
Pour the tempering on Bisi Bele Bhaat and it’s ready to serve.
Bisi Bele Bhaat