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Dec 27, 2006

Bisi Bela Bhath

I often relish this Delicious Delicacy with all the Vegetables in it. My Mom used do Bisi Bela Bhath with only Pearl Onions and its Heavenly taste has always been my favorite since childhood. I wanted to try the same Bisi Bela Bhath with 'No Vegetables' including the Pearl Onions. I did not find any major difference in taste as it still had the same Terrific Taste. Here is the recipe for the Bisi Bela Bhath with no Vegetables.


Rice – 1 Cup (I used Ravi Sona Masoori)

Thoor Dal (Red Gram Dal) – ¾ Cup

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Mustard Seeds – 1 tablespoon

Urud Dal – ½ tablespoon

Tamarind Concentrate – ¾ tablespoon

Turmeric Powder



Curry Leaves

Ghee – 1 tablespoon

Gingili Oil (Nallennai) – 2 tablespoons

Peeled Small Onions (Pearl Onions) – 1 Cup (Optional)

Ghee Fried Cashews (Optional)

Roast Separately and Grind Together:

Coriander Seeds (Dhania) – 1 tablespoon

Fenugreek seeds (Mentha) – ½ teaspoon

Urud Dal (Black Gram Dal) – 1 tablespoon

Channa Dal (Bengal Gram Dal) – 2 tablespoons

Cinnamon – 1-inch stick

Cloves – 3

Desiccated Coconut – 2 tablespoons

Red chillis - 3 or as per the heat you want


Mix Rice and Thoor Dal together and Cook in Pressure Cooker or Cook Rice and Thoor Dal Separately and Mix together, whichever method is Convenient. Keep it aside. When Cooking Together Use a little Extra Water.

Heat Oil in a Large, Deep, Heavy Bottomed Kadai, Tamper Mustard Seeds, then add Urud Dal. When it turns light Brown. Fry the Pearl Onions for two minutes and add 2 Cups of Water and Let it Boil until the Onions are tender. If No Onions are used, directly add 2 Cups of water to the Seasoning.

When it starts to boil, add Tamarind Concentrate, Turmeric Powder, Curry Leaves and Asafoetida and let it Boil for 5 minutes.

Add the Ground Powder and Let the content Boil for a Couple of Minutes.

Now Reduce the Heat and Mix in the Cooked Rice and Dal Mix and Add Salt. Mix gently until even Distribution. Mix in the Gingily oil and Ghee. Garnish with Cashews. Serve Warm with Raitha and/or Chips.


USHA said...


I like this bhath very much.I use to prepare with vegetables(carrot,beans,drumstick,peas,potato).

Its been long time, let me prepare your version this time.

swapna susarla said...

hai mythreyee
i am alover of this dish as i stayed in bangoloore.i add mixed veg. also fo this one..normally i use the mtr powder .thanks for giving us the preperation of powder too..looking delicious..a very happy new year..

jayakarthik said...

hey mythy
i just prepared two days back
missed trying urs
anyway will try ur too very soon
thanks for sharing it

Mythreyee said...

Usha: Its my favorite.

Swapna: thanks and happy new year to you.

Jaya: Give this version a try when you make it next time and thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am Priya Raju from Adelaide, Australia. My hometown is Bangalore, and your recipe almost gave a 'hotel' flavor to it and was very easy and convenient. I used to add tomatoes along and allow everything to cook to give that extra zing to the flavor.

Mythreyee said...

Hi Priya, nice to see you here. Happy to note that you liked it. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Another awesome recipe girl!!
I used it to make it with vegetables[In-laws style] and somehow didnt relish it.
Ur recipe reminded me of my mom[She never adds veggies] and came it out great.
Thanks a ton!!