Thursday, June 10, 2010


Bisibelebath means Hot lentil rice. It is very famous in Karnataka, India and has become the favorite of all others too.

This is my most favorite lentil rice and I always look for an opportunity to insert it in our menu:) Narrating this one for you all and especially for my friend Pushpa. Enjoy!

Rice - 3/4 cup
Red gram (Thuvar dhal) - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
salt - to taste
Bisibelebath powder - 3 tsp

Vegetables: (Usual combination)
Beans - 20
carrot - 1
fresh green peas - 1/2 cup
potato - 1
Tomato - 1 (optional)
(I added some cherry tomatoes for fun, but the authentic recipe does not call for tomatoes)
Lemon - 1/4 (or) tamarind extract - from 2 inch tamarind

ghee - 3 tbsp
mustard (kadugu) - 1/2 tsp
finelly chopped onion - 1 tbsp (optional)
curry leaf - 1 sprig
channa dhal - 1 tsp
Asafoetida (hing / perungaayam) - a pinch

Wash and soak the dhal for at least 10 minutes. In the mean time chop the vegetables into small pieces.

Start cooking the dhal with a drop of oil, turmeric and 3 cups of water. I prefer doing it 'stove top' to get the native touch. We can pressure cook also.

When the dhal is 75% done add the rice and cook almost completely.

Now add the chopped vegetables and continue cooking. Add water now and then accordingly. The final product should be of very loose consistency, otherwise the bisibelebath gets solidified after cooling.

When the whole mixture is well cooked (almost 45 minutes), take 3 tsp of the bisibelebath powder, mix with a 1/4 cup of water and add to the rice. Bring it to a boil.

Mean while, heat the ghee in a wok and splutter the mustard seeds. Immediately add channa dhal, curry leaf, onion and saute well.

Pour this over the prepared bisibelebath and take off heat. Add lime juice and serve very hot.

Serving suggestions:
The above said quantity would be enoug for 2 adults and a child.
Always use 3 tsp of the bisibelebath powder for the above said quantity.
Always serve BBB very hot with lots of ghee.
Boondhi raitha or potato chips or pappad are best combinations with BBB.
Some people strew some karaa boondhi over the bisibelebath and enjoy.
I usually prepare Arbi yam (seppan kilangu) fry along with this.


chow and chatter said...

looks yummy my hubby would like this one

Swathi said...


Bisibele bath and its powder looks really good. I love to have some.

Prema said...

My all time fav.,love this ever.Very tempting...yummy

Soma Pradhan said...

looks yummy..ultimate comfort food

Sushma Mallya said...

i love this one too...yummy and nice with all the vegetables..

Ms.Chitchat said...

Yum yum bbb:):)Loved ur simple recipe and a quickie too. Would love to try ur version.

Life is beautiful !!! said...

Looks very good. I have tried once but it never was perfect. I will try ur procedure.

Ash said...

Awesome prep..... I guess for everyone... If I am not wrong.... Everyone likes it.... Various methods of preparing it with different names.... Still they all taste the same.... YUM!!!!!!


Nandinis food said...

We love it with chips too! If you'd give me a bowl with it, I'll quickly finish it no time!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Vry comfort food. Going through your last post about the powder. Thanks for sharing

Hamaree Rasoi

Priya Suresh said...

Yummm!!my all time favourite, home made BBB powder also looks prefect Viki..

FH said...

Slurp! Drool!! EVERYTHING!!!! I love BBB, looks yummilicious.

Hari Chandana P said...

Mmmmm.. yum yum yummmm...very tempting clicks.. thank you.. :)

Niloufer Riyaz said...

My favorite dish would just have it with papad

Rachana said...

Looks absolutely delicious!

Have a lovely weekend!

Panchpakwan said...

This is one pot meal, so filling, healthy and delicious too:)

Satya said...

bisibelebath is my favourite dish and ur's looks so tasty i can't resist myself.....

Suja Manoj said...

Bisibele bath looks great..i have never got it right..will try now which home made powder :)

GayathriRaj said...

Hey that is really looking yummy dear....and that too these descrption is really helpful along with the powder recipe is too good one...will surely try and let u knw...

Alessandra said...

Lovely recipes, I also like lentils :-)

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I’m sure going to love making my all time favorite food.
Love, Pushpa.

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thanks Pushpa....I can't explain my happiness on seeing your message here. This mean a lot to me. Take care da.

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