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May 3, 2009

Bisibele Bath

This is a Karnataka special, made with nice blend of flavors is always a hit. It tastes like sambhar bath but uses slightly different ingredients. One of my readers requested me to blog about this Bisibele Bath, I think 2 months ago (I know! I know!). I realized I didn’t blog about it, so decided to make Bisibele Bath this weekend at any cost, and I did.

I didn’t actually follow the traditional method (I mean making BBB powder) (I always want to escape from making something from scratch), so invented my own easy method. But trust me; it tasted just like the traditional BBB.

For your convenience, I will give both traditional and my easy methods. Of course, except for the powder part I mostly follow the traditional method.


  • 2 cups Rice
  • 1 cup Toor Dal (Kandi Pappu) (can be replaced with Masoor Dal)
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1 big Onion, chopped
  • 4 or 5 small pearl Onions
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • A small piece of Carrot, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 4 or 5 green Chilies, chopped
  • A handful of Mixed Vegetables (any of your choice)
  • 1 tsp Tamarind Extract
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Bengal Gram (Pachi Senagapappu, Chana Dal)
  • ¼ tsp Black Gram (Minapapappu, Urad Dal)
  • A few Cashews
  • A few Curry Leaves
  • A few Cilantro Leaves(Kottimeera)
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee (Neyyi, Clarified Butter)
To Grind into Powder: (Traditional)My Masala (No Frying and No Grinding)
  • Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Desiccated Coconut – ¼ cup
  • Khus Khus – 1 tsp
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cardamom – 4
  • Cinnamon – A small piece
  • 2 or 3 dry Red Chilies

(I always make sambar powder at home that

already contains red chilies and coconut,

but you can use store-bought Sambar Powder too!)

  • 4 Whole Cloves
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom Seeds


If you wish to follow the traditional method, roast all the ingredients under “To Grind” using little oil and grind into a fine powder.

Wash and pressure cook toor daal until 3 whistles. Go, read a book or watch your favorite TV program until all the pressure is gone.

In a pressure pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add cumin seeds + Bengal Gram + Black Gram + cashews and fry until the dals turn golden brown in color.

Then add curry leaves + cilantro and stir well. Later add all the vegetables and mix well (no need to fry them for a long time).

Later add turmeric + tamarind extract and mix very well. Finally add the ground powders (or add the ingredients listed under “I Used”, if you are following my method) and stir well.

Now it’s time to add rice and dal. Wash rice well and add along with the cooked dal and mix well. Pour water and add salt. Mix well and put the lid on the pressure pan along with the weight on top. Wait for 3 whistles and switch off the flame.

After all the pressure is gone, slowly remove the lid and add ghee and mix BBB well. You can experience the wonderful aroma filling your house while this BBB is getting cooked.

Enjoy steaming hot BBB with some chips/papads/yogurt on side or just like that.


Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

This is my fave & a Huge hot a home

Saritha said... [Reply]

Hmmmmmmmmm uma this is my fav, i like this a lotttttttttt :)
Looks great and yummmmmmy

Savi-Ruchi said... [Reply]

Me being a typical Kannadiga, this is my first love.., I absolutely adore bisibelebhath. Long time since I ate them, thanks for reminding. Will do it over this weekend.

Sanghi said... [Reply]

Mm yummy yummy spicy bisebellabath uma..! Will try out..!

Priya Sriram said... [Reply]

Traditional and comforting dish Uma! Looks great!

Unknown said... [Reply]

woow..that looks yumm..i love the ingredients for the masala..must create so many fresh flavours..i generally use the store bought powders..should try making a fresh one sometime..

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Real comfort food, i love BBB like anything, tempting me a lot:)

Shama Nagarajan said... [Reply]

nice favourite one..yummy

chef and her kitchen said... [Reply]

looking yummy...BBB is ofcourse my fav too uma..if i prepare i will make it in a huge quantity to help for the next serving also..its been a long time i prepared this..good that u reminded me...:)

Unknown said... [Reply]

I like single serving meals this one is a perfect single serving looks so delicious yum

sra said... [Reply]

This is The Spouse's favourite, and is growing on me too.

FH said... [Reply]

Slurp! What a treat for me this morning. Love it, looks as a BB should look like and must taste yum!:)

Finla said... [Reply]

Looks yumm, i ate this for the first time mast year when i was in B'lore as my upng niece was telling that her friends bring this for thie lunch and i was like what is that and she was shocked by my question and made my sis make this for me which i loved ofcoures :)

Vrinda said... [Reply]

Heard a lot abt this dish,never tried at home..thanks for sharing Uma, will try in traditional way...

Ashwini said... [Reply]

Wow my favourite. Seeing it in the morning, my mouth is watering and very hungry:-)

Laavanya said... [Reply]

I can never get enough of BBB.. i use the quick fix method too :)

Pooja said... [Reply]

That looks delicious! And quick too with Sambar powder. Good idea :)

Nandinis food said... [Reply]

spicy and yummy BBB! Love to have anytime.

Vishali said... [Reply]

looks delicious Uma...love it :)

Priyameena said... [Reply]

One of my favorite dish..Thanks for sharing the easy method its very helpful...

Cham said... [Reply]

My fami is fan of this bbb. Delicious Uma!


Hi Uma,

Ur BBB post and the pictorial looks so yummy that my mouth started watering since i love it the most!!!!!


Hi Uma ,

I am prathiba from indian food court and first time to ur blog. Beautiful post and my favorite infact!!!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said... [Reply]

Bisibela bath looks like restaurant served perfect pictures and so yummy and delectable...

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

yummy yummy bath.. hot from the stove, it's heaven!

Pavithra Elangovan said... [Reply]

wow its looking divine.. Loved it so much and consistency is also perfect.. feel like eating

Pooja said... [Reply]

Yummy bath uma..Chala bagundi..

Dhanya Ganesh said... [Reply]

Looks delicious Uma:0. Luv this

Archy said... [Reply]

Looks yummy Uma, one of my fav !!

Sujatha said... [Reply]

That pearl onion in your picture, makes me drool :) You are tempting me to make this for dinner tonight!

Indhu said... [Reply]

looks soo yummy would love to scoop it right off the monitor!:)

Unknown said... [Reply]

Looks yummy, dish from all food group. Veggies, protein and carbohydrate.

Homecooked said... [Reply]

Looks healthy and yummy Uma!

karuna said... [Reply]

i love bisebille bath. I use to have it a lot in india. Now I shall try making it myslef, thanks to ure yummy recipe.

Chutneytales said... [Reply]

your BBB looks perfect..i made this for lunch y'day!

Tina said... [Reply]

Looks spicy nd yummy...

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

I tated this at one of my friends house....Loved it a lot. When i asked her about the recipe she gave an elobrate process then i kept it aside......This looks yum.

AnuSriram said... [Reply]

Its a must make at our home every weekend... Looks spicy delicious!

Shreya said... [Reply]

wow, Uma! Love this anyday. Simple one dish meal, and my daughter loves it too. Your pics look awesome...

Madhavi said... [Reply]

Simple and delicious entry. Love to have with mango pickle!!!

Rama said... [Reply]

Looks delicious Uma.....

Sum Raj said... [Reply]

thanks uma for the sweet words...u dish looks ver tempting...will try this soon when i reach my place..miss u too

Usha said... [Reply]

Looks fantastic, loved the short cut method...

Juliana said... [Reply]

Wow, I love rice dishes...the one that you feature looks really delicious.

Nithya said... [Reply]

Nice dish and nice blog too. :) I am fresher to the kitchen and found your blog nice and interesting. Keep it going. :) Do visit my blog when u find time.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Your BBB must be delicious and I hope your family enjoyed with a tasty meal.
-Nature Lover

Vaishali said... [Reply]

I do love bisi bele bhath. What evocative flavors you have in there, Uma. Just delightful!

Vibaas said... [Reply]

yummy! i love this :D

Madhu's cooking gallery said... [Reply]

oh looks so yum! perfect color and presentation!!

Ishani said... [Reply]

Looks to be a nice and healthy recipe... will try it out..

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