BisiBele bhath !!!

Bisibele bhath a rice based dish of Karnataka state in India ..
Bisi means hot , Bele means lentil and bhath meaning rice...
   My co.sister belongs to Karnataka and she was the one who introduced me to this wonderful spicy lentil rice...since the first time i tasted it,  i have become a huge fan of it...all we need is just some curd n papad to go along with it...
So soft n comforting food !!!

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup sona masoori rice
  • 1/3 cup red lentil / Masoor dal ( u can use toor dal as well...(we prefer masoor dal as its kind of light on tummy )
  • 2 tbsp oil 
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 cup chopped veggies ( carrots, beans , potato  etc )
  • 1/4 cup green peas ( fresh / frozen )
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 2 dry red chillies broken into pieces
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • A golf ball sized tamarind ( soak n extract juice )
  • Red chilli powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp dhania / coriander powder
  • 1tbsp MTR sambhar masala ( this works fine for me ...never bothered to make sepearte masala )
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2tsp cumin seeds
  • Few curry leaves
  • A pinch hing / asoefetida
  • 4 cups Water
  • Few sprigs cilantro / coriander chopped
  • Few roasted cashew for garnish ( optional )

                              Method :
Wash n soak dal n rice..for 15 mins..

  1. In a pressure pan / cooker add the oil ,once hot add the mustard , cumin seeds..allow them to pop ...
  2. Next add in the hing ,curry leaves ( i did not add ) chillies and red chillies..fry for a min..
  3. Then add the sliced onion ...fry until translucent..
  4. Now add the turmeric and chopped veggies along with peas and tomato...
  5. Fry n cook for a minute or two..
  6. Now add the soaked rice n dal...stir well ..
  7. Add in the water n pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles...

  8. Once the pressure is released the cooker / add in the tamarind extract along with dry spices i.e..salt , red chilli powder , dhania powder , sambhar masala  and stir until well mixed...
  9. Add little water if its thick....mix well n heat for a while ...
  10. Now add the ghee n chopped coriander leaves..
Stir...Garnish... n ....serve hot...
Lip smacking comfort food loaded with proteins n nutrients ready to dive in !!!


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