Bisi Bele Bath: an Elevation of Your Khichdi!

By First Posted: Jan 26, 2018 Fri 5:40 AM Updated: Nov 3, 2018 Sat 7:22 PM
Bisi Bele Bath: an Elevation of Your Khichdi!
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If you are tired and bored of Khichdi or Dal Rice, here is a new dish to try. Bisi Bele Bath is a very popular dish in Karnataka - you can easily find this at any restaurant or kitchen. BBB is basically an elevation of your khichdi by adding more flavour, ingredients and taste.

Traditionally, BBB is not an easy dish to make. This is because the 3 main ingredients - rice, dal and vegetables are all cooked seperately. But there is an easier and quicker way to do everything, right? Shortcuts are especially important when you are a working mom or have little children who demand all your time and attention! So here is an esy way to prepare BBB for your family.

Bisi Bele Bath Recipe

Ingredients: Rice - 1 katori, Toor (Arhar) dal - 1/2 katori, assorted vegetables cleaved and chopped. Onions, Ginger, Garlic, Oil, Mustard seeds, Hing, Imli, curry leaves, dry whole chillies, BBB powder and chilly powder.


Wash and soak the rice-dal for 30 minutes. 

Soak imli in hot water for 30 minutes.

Transfer the rice and dal to a pressure cooker with enough quantity of water to make a khichdi like consitence when cooked. Add chopped ginger and garlic and a pinch of hing along with salt. Now pressure cook the khichdi for 10 minutes or till cooker gives first whistle.

Now cool the cooker and open lid when it is safe. Add chopped vegetables like carrots, beans, potatoes, peas etc and close the lid again. Cook for another 5-7 minutes and then turn off the stove.

Remove all fibre and seeds from soaked imli to get pure tamarid paste.

It is now time to prepare the tampering. In a pan, heat some oil (or ghee if you want more flavour) and add mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to slutter, add 5 whole red chillies and fry for 15 seconds. Now add in finely chopped onions and a bunch of curry leaves. Fry these onions till golden brown. 

Add tamarind paste, salt, chilly powder and BBB powder to the tampering. Transfer to the pressure cooker and mix into the boiled rice-dal-veggies.

Your Bisi Bele Bath - quick version is ready to serve!


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