Monday, August 27, 2007

Bisi Bele Bhath - Rice, lentils and vegetable medley

I was very excited when Sharmi of Neivedyam’s announced JFI-Rice . i excerisced all my grey cells to think of some wholesome rice dish. Finally after a lot of thought i finalised on BBB. BBB was my selection one for its a wholesome rice dish with tangy, spicy taste. Its excellent as one meal dish especially one days when you are lazy to cook but still crave for some nice piping hot home cooked food.
Its home is Karnataka and in kannada it literally means hot rice cooked with lentils. Traditionally its is served with papad , pachadi and/or pickle.

BBB is extremely rich in flovours. Fresh veggies give it the extra zing which adds to the wett-ish rice-dal-spices combo. I love this medley of rice, lentils and vegetables. Its a highly aromatic, flavorful dish which is very fulfilling on days I am low and need a hug. I am not sure why I didn’t post it earlier. My ex-roomies mom makes the worlds best BBB. V if u are reading this please pass this message to your mom (I know she already knows this :-)). Authentic kanadigas use sona masuri rice for BBB. Sonamasuri is quality rice which is low on starch, highly aromatic, easy to digest. I have been eating Sona masuri rice since a child, basmati rice was always reserved for Festivals and other such occasions. SM rice is largely grown in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. I did not have SM rice so I have used basmati rice. Now for the Bele-Lentils. I have used a mixture of polished moong dal and toor dal.
Another thing I like about BBB is its versatility, you can add any vegetable you like and subtract anything you don’t, and in spite of this its embraces the additions/deletions and give the rich flavorful taste like always. BBB masala is the only preparation that you will need before hand.
Lets start with preparation of BBB masala.

For BBB Masala

Coriander seeds-2tbsp
Methi seeds-1 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida- a pinch
Cinnamon-1 stick
Red chillies-5
Grated Dry coconut-1/2 cup
Oil- 1/2 tbl spn

Heat Oil, add all the ingredients except dry coconut powder. Cool them . Add dry coconut and grind to a fine powder. Store it in an air-tight container.
You could even use store bought BBB masala. They are also very good and flavourful. I have tried MTR - BBB masala and its good. But I still prefer the taste of homemade masala.

Now for the actual dish

Bisi Bele bhath
Rice - 1 cup
Toor Dal - 1/4 cup
Moong Dal- 1/4 cup
Vegetables- 1 1/2 cup
{ I have used Potatoes, carrots, peas, capsicum}
Onion -2
Tamarind extract - 1 tsp

For tempering
Ghee -2 tbl spns
Mustard seeds - 1 tbl spn
Asafoedita- a pinch
curry leaves- 4-5

{Simuteneously keep 7 cups of water for boiling. }


Wash rice, dal separately and keep aside.
Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add mustard seeds, asafoedita. Now add vegetables and fry for a minute. To this add rice and fry for 1 more min. Add dals to this and pre-prepared BBB masala, tamarind extract and salt. Add boiling water. cover this vessel with the lid, cook this on low flame till done. It takes approximately 40 mins on gas stove not sure about the electric stove.
When all the water evaporated your rice-lentils-veggie medley is all ready to be savored.

This is my entry to Sharmi of Neivedyam’s JFI-Rice & This is my entry to RCI-Karnataka hosted by gorgeous Asha of Foodies Hope.


Saju said...

Pooja, the BBB looks delish. Your write-up is easy to follow, thanks for sharing

Madhu said...

Hi Pooja,
very nice entry for JFI can send this to Asha's RCI- karnataka too.
BBB looks delicious.

Asha said...

Poojaaaa!!!! RCI Karnataka!!!(Wink, Nudge!):D
I love BBB, thanks for your version too.I have never used Basmati in BBB though,got to try.Looks delicious and great entry for JFI-rice:))

Pooja V said...

Hi saju, Thanks for visiting my blog.
Hi Madhu, thanks for stopping by. Yeah i just realised it after you mentioned abt RCI. I am now sending it for RCI-karnataka as well

Hi Asha Sweeti,
I have made the changes to qualify for RCi event. I am definitely sending this for RCI Karnataka. I will try something else as well, Thinking of some dish i haven't tried at all.

Suganya said...

How can there be an RCI Karnataka without Bisibele bath. Great entry.

Tee said...

yum! great entry for both events! I have made BBB with Basmati too...tastes good. Thanks for the Masala recipe...will try it out sometime.

Pravs said...

Looks delicious pooja. Thanks for coming by and for the positive note :D

Pooja V said...

Hi Suganya Thanks for stoping by,
You are absolutely right, There cant be RCI_ K'nataka without BBB.

hey tee,
Try it with maharashtrian ambe
Mohar, Its tastes great as well, i got this Masala recipe from a friends grand-mom so its totally authetic.

hey pravs,
it looks delicious and tastes even better, try it sometime. Thanks for stopping by.

Taste of Mysore said...

Lovely Entry for RCI-K. I love BBB and love to eat with raita and potato chips...OMG..I am hungry now. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Laavanya said...

I love BBB and yours looks perfect. I like the cute decoration on top too :)

Pooja V said...

Hi Taste of Mysore,
Its true tht traditional delicacies always make you hungry even after a full meal. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Laavanya,
Thanks !! I love BBB.

Vcuisine said...

Thanks for dropping by Pooja. Bisi Bele Bath looks great. It's long time i had this delicious rice. Nice entries. The caramel post was excellent. Will keep visiting. Have a good day. Viji

Asha said...

Thank you ,Thank you , Thank you gorgeous Pooja!
You can send as many as you want, no problem!:)

TBC said...

I love BBB. Our neighbors from Karnataka used to make this regularly & I used to love it.Thanks for sharing.

bee said...

thanks for dropping by, pooja. it's great to discover and explore your blog. am adding you to our blogroll.

Aruna said...

Pooja, the BBB looks deliicous!!! its always my favourite....Nice entry for RCI!!

Sharmi said...

I love this bhath. I used to have it in India. but my hubby doesn't like it so I dont get a chance to make. will drool over your pics.

Pooja V said...

Hi Vcuisine, Thanks for dropping by. BBB and Caramel custard both are my fav.

Thanks & U r gorgeous too Asha.

TBC: thanks for stopping by. Now you can make this delicious rice too.

Bee: Gr8 that you liked my space and i am delighted to be on your blogroll; Thaks so much for that.

Aruna: Thanks!! Yeah the best part is it qualified for RCI too though initially i had planned it for JFI (Thanks to madhu and asha for reminding about the dual event dish)

Pooja V said...

Hi Sharmi I love this too :).

Mansi Desai said...

Oh God!! this is my husband's favourite!! and u've explained it so well, I'll have to make it for him now:)

Latha Narasimhan said...

Nice recipe pooja! Should be tasty using basmathi rice!

Vcuisine said...

Hi Pooja, Nice entry and thanks for dropping by. Good to know you. Viji

Pooja V said...

Hi Manasi,
I guess so...and i am sure u will love it.

Hi Latha,
With basmati it comes out nice but you cant beat the taste of sona masuri.

Hi Viji,
Thanks for appreciating and also stopping by.


hi u r invited for lunch today....u can come at anytime though...thank u for ur comment...and this is my first visit to ur blog and loved it....i'm adding urs in my blog.

Pooja V said...

Hi shanti, Thanks for the lunch invitation !! i m so happy to be on ur blogroll. And Tahnks for dropping by !

Priya said...

Hey Pooja...Lovely blog..the food looks yummy..will try it soon :)

Priya said...

Hey Pooja...Lovely blog...the food looks yummy..have never eaten it before..but am sure its going to be great..will try it soon :)

Sia said...

u have nailed it pooja:) what a beautiful entry for RCI and JFI. ek teer do nishan... lovely recipe and pic:)

Pooja V said...

Hey Priya ..Thanks....After u hv tried it let me knw how it turns out :).

Hey Sia Thanks for d sweet words...
haan ek teer do nishan, it wasn't intentional but turned out tht way thanks to Madhu n Asha. said...


I loooooove Bisibelabath. Family favorite of ours.


musical said...

Hey Pooja,

Its my all time favorite! I love it with crispies (spicy murmura) on top, like they used to serve it in Bangalore :).

Good one, Pooja!

Jeena said...

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Suma Gandlur said...

BBB looks wonderful. Great entry for both the events.

Pooja V said...

First of all Sorry for not publishing the comments and replying to them. But I was not at home so did not get a chance to moderate the comments.

Hi musical, I love BBB too. I have never tried it serving with spicy crispies on But I am sure it tastes wonderful.

Hi Jeena Thanks for dropping by.

Hi Suma Thanks for lovely words and also for visiting my blog.