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It has been such a long time since I posted the last recipe. Gosh! 20 days and counting. Before it touches a 3 week mark, I better post this one. To tell you the truth, BisiBeLeBath recipe has been in my drafts for over a fortnight. Office work, house chores, sketching, Project life and more recently a hectic but fun trip to Philly on East-Coast for a family wedding has kept me craving for some solitude to write. Finally, on a slow Sunday morning, with my better half T asleep, I found some time to bring BisiBeLeBath to you.

BisiBeLeBath is a known Karnataka dish where Bisi implies hot, BeLe is lentils and Bath is rice dish. The letter ‘L’ is capital in BeLe for a reason. Unlike Devanagari, in Kannada, there are 2 types of l pronunciation, one is la as in hindi and other is La (la with a d sound~ La). After multiple corrections by T, I finally get it right now. And now, when I reflect upon the struggle and time it took, I realize that it make so much sense to learn the words correctly as their lies the origin. Well, other than anna saaru, BisiBeLeBath is one of proper Bengaluru dish I have come to learn to prepare without constantly looking it up. I say, it is a medium difficulty level recipe because it takes a bit of your time. As a new comer to a South Kitchen, I believe any amount of time spent in preparing this one is less compared to it’s rewarding taste. So, enjoy this bisi bisi delicious, good looking and healthy food.

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  • Preparation Time: Lentils and rice soak time
  • Cooking Time: 20-30 min
  • Recipe Level:  Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Source: T, N
  • Cuisine: South Indian
  • ½ cup of yellow lentil or toor daal
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 onion
  • 200 gm of beans
  • 1 medium squash
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 tbsp of tamarind concentrate
  • Pinch of Asafoetida or hing
  • 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 2- 3 dried red chillies
  • 2 -3 curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp of BisiBeLeBath powder
  • 1 cup of ghee
  • Soak daal and rice in separate containers for atleast 45 min
  • Chop all vegetables – onion, tomato, carrots, beans, squash and keep aside
  • After soaking is complete, pressure cook daal to soften. Add a pinch of salt and oil so that daal does not stick or get mushy
  • Meanwhile, for seasoning, in a separate kadhai or pan, add oil, hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, chopped onion and saute
  • After onions turn translucent, add tomato, red chilly powder, heapful of BisiBeLeBath pudi (home-made or from MTR). Saute. Let tomato leave water from the side and turn into thick paste
  • Now unlid the pressure cooked daal, add the chopped vegetables and turn burner on high heat
  • As the vegetables tend to soften, add the onion-tomato-pudi paste to the daal and stir
  • Now crush the soaked rice and add to the boiling mix. Add peas
  • Add tamarind for sourness, salt to taste and spoonful of ghee
  • Boil until rice cooks completely and bath is evenly textured

Enjoy the ravishing taste of BisiBeLeBath

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Mad Notes:
  • Pressure cook for like 3 cooker whistles; don’t pressure cook too much as daal will become soggy
  • Serve with chips or rice-papad or yogurt raita (prepared with liquid-ish yogurt, chopped green chillies, onion and tomato pieces. And garnished with cilantro)