Bisi Bele Bhath

Bisi bele bath (BBB) is a hot favorite of mine and I can't think of anything more nutritious, well balanced, easy to make and delicious. This is another dish with so many variations that it's quite hard to keep track but there's one version that I tried a few years ago and have stuck by it for most part. This recipe is from the master cook Hemant Trivedi who promises that this will be one unforgettable BBB. I have made some slight modifications to add a personal touch and cater to our culinary preferences ... so here it is...



Rice - 1 cup
Thuvar (Toor) Dhal - 1/2 cup
Potato - 1 small, diced
Green Beans - ~ 15, cut into 1 inch pieces
Green Peas - 1/2 cup
Lima Beans - 1/2 cup (optional)
Carrot - 1, big or 2 medium, cut into 1 inch pieces
Shallots - 10 or 15 OR Onion - 1 big, diced
Green Bell Pepper (capsicum) - 1 medium, diced
Tamarind - lemon sized (soaked and juice extracted)
Salt, to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Ghee - to taste

For the Masala:

Cinnamon stick - 1 inch piece
Clove - 1-2
Dried Red chillies - 10
Asafoetida - a couple pinches
Sambar powder - 3 tsp
Biryani Pulao Masala - 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp
Coconut - 1/4 cup, grated
Ghee - 1 tsp


1. Pressure cook Rice and Toor dhal with some Salt until soft.

2. Microwave the vegetables (potatoes, carrots, peas, lima beans and green beans) with some salt and about 1/4 cup water for about 7 minutes, or until almost tender.

3. For the Masala powder: in a small sauté pan heat 1 tsp of ghee and add the clove, cinnamon, asafoetida, red chillies and fry for a few seconds. When the red chillies start browning a bit, add the sambar powder and biryani pulao masala with the grated coconut and fry that for a couple minutes more. Cool and powder this in a mixie.

4. Heat 1 tsp of oil in the same sauté pan and fry the onions and capsicum with a pinch of salt till done.

5. Now, the grand mixing - Combine the cooked rice and dhal mixture, the vegetables, fried onion-capsicum, spice powder, tamarind extract and salt (if required) and let this rest for about 30 minutes to an hour.

6. Add water to this mixture until it reaches a semi-solid consistency and pressure cook it for 1 whistle. Add some ghee to taste (optional) and serve with vadaams and cool yogurt.
I would like to send this as my entry for RCI-Karnataka which is hosted by lovely Asha:)


  1. Nice one mom-inlaw is from Karnataka and she makes this dish....very very tasty......I love this one dear :-)

  2. Hi!
    This is a very nice recipe! I like BBB too! good entry!

  3. Laavanya, your bisibele bhaat looks mouth watering! There really are so many different versions for this...the way we make it in our family is completely different, will post it soon! :)

  4. I love BBB. Yours looks YUM.

  5. laavanya- looks so good. you are right when u say there are many versions...i like ur addition of lima beans. i am planning to make the BBH for JFI too, as this the only kannadiga dish i's tamilised by my amma ;)

  6. hi Lavanya....i hv one posted too...loved it. I dont use pulao masala , u cud chk it out.

  7. Nice recipe for BBB:) Good entry :)

  8. Looks interesting Laavanya. There will be many entries for this even I suppose. Viji

  9. Great entry. BBB always makes my mouth water and is my the most favorite food.

  10. What a coincidence. I too have posted BBB. I love it.

  11. Nice healthy dish you presented here with rice, dal, beans, carrot.....and lots of another things but it is absolutely delicious. Nice entry for RCI-Karnataka event hosted by Asha.

  12. Lavanay, My favorite I make this all the time for my friends too.Can eat this anytime

  13. pls visit
    amazing literature!! just chanced upon it!

  14. this is the fourth bisi bele bhath i am coming across today :) its raining karnataka cuisine!!

  15. Laavanya, thank you so much for BBB!:))
    I can't focus for too long but saying a quick thanks to all RCI entries today. hugs:))

  16. Hello Lavanya,

    Thanks for loving my BBB recipe.
    Try more of them from my website.

    Hemant Trivedi

  17. Most favorite of mine. Happy to follow u :)


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