Bisi Bele Bath Recipe, how to make bisi bele bhath at home

Easy Bisi Bele Bath REcipe with Stepwise Photos

Bisi bele bath OR Bisi Bele huli anna is most famous or i can say one of the signature recipe of Karnataka. Bisi bele bath is made with rice,lentils and mix veggies.
Bisi means hot (temperature), bele means lentils and huli translate to
sour and anna means rice
. Bisi bele bath is dal and rice cooked together
with tamarind and spice powders. As the name suggests it has to be
served hot. It tastes best when seasoned in ghee and served hot.

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Bisi bele bath is very unique dish. The flavors and the taste makes all the difference. the flavors come from the bisi bele bath masala and the tempering added towards the end. the bisi bele bath masala is a special spice blend which gives a lot of depth and flavor to this dish.
You can use readymade bisi bele bath masala or make the spice blend at home.My previous post was Bath Masala mix. Now, here comes the main dish,”Bisi Bele Bath”. Actually making bath and making masala are two continuous one day process . I have prepared my masala quickly and then bath. But for your convenience, I have shared separate procedure.


Traditionally Rice and lentils are cooked separately. but i have cooked both together with veggies.
Other Similar recipes you may like to check
Rava dosai
Tomato Rice
Mysore masala dosai
Tomato paruppu rasam
Toor dal rasam

Recipe Details for making Bisi Bele Bath below:

  Recipe Bisi Bele Bhath-how to make Bisi Bele bath

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  • 1 cup Raw rice
  • 1/2 cup Tur dal (pigeon peas)
  • 2 tbsp Bisi Bele Bath Masala Powder 
  • Tamarind – 1 small lemon size
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Jaggery
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Salt to taste

Mixed Vegetables to add:

  • 8 to 10 Shallots (sambar onions) OR 1 large size onion,chopped
  • 2 medium Tomatoes
  • 1 Drumstick
  • 2 Brinjals,chopped
  • 3 tbsp spinach,chopped [optional]
  • 8 nos Avarakkai (Broad beans)
  • 5 nos French beans
  • 1 medium Carrot,chopped
  • 1 small Capsicum,chopped [optional]

For Seasoning:

  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Whole dry red chilies – 3
  • Asafetida – 1/8 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Ghee – 1 tsp


  1. Soak tamarind in warm water. Extract pulp and keep aside.
  2. Wash tur dal and rice together. Keep it aside.
  3. Peel
    shallots, cube the tomatoes. Chop drumstick, French beans and brinjals
    into finger length size. Chop carrots, capsicum, avarakkai (broad beans)
    and keep aside.
  4. Heat Oil in pressure cooker,Add Mustard seeds, Cumins. when they crackle add Asafoetida and curry leaves.
  5. Add shallots OR onion and tomatoes.Mix well.
  6. Add rest of the vegetables and cook over low flame for 2-3 mins, stir well.
  7. Add ½ cup water, salt, mix well and let it come to a boil. Cook over medium flame for 3 to 4 mins.
  8. Add tamarind extract and reduce flame. Add Rice and Toor dal in pressure cooker.
  9. Add 2 tbsp Bisi Bele Bath Masala Powder,
    turmeric powder, jaggery mix well and let it cook over low flame for 10 to 15
    mins  OR 4-5 whistlestill the water gets absorbed and the bisi bele bath thickens
  10. Check for salt and spice at this stage. If less add them, adjusting to your taste.
  11. Heat a pan with ghee.
  12. Add asafetida, broken whole dry red chilies and curry leaves and sauté till the leaves become crisp.
  13. Pour this tempering over the simmering bisi bele bath and mix well.
  14. Drizzle more ghee on top.
  15. Serve piping hot with potato chips or Raita.
  • I have used Regular Onions here.
  • Use regular raw rice. Avoid basmati rice.
  • You can use all types of vegetables like turnip, yellow pumpkin, chow-chow, potato etc., I personally avoid potatoes.
  • You can use colored bell peppers. Avoid vegetables rich in water like white pumpkin as it will disintegrate.
  • You can use legumes like peas, double beans, green tuvar etc if you have on hand.
  • Bisi bele bath should neither be dry
    and looking separate like biryani nor hard and lumpy. But it should be
    loose and when you place it on a plate it should spread around.

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  1. Love your version dear. Looks so delicious. I am hungry now 🙂

  2. I am not familiar with the name of the recipe, but I love what I am seeing,

  3. This is my all time favorite recipe which I try making at least once a week.these pics are making me drool

  4. So Tempting… I think I will try this recipe on this weekend. 🙂

  5. Your clicks making me hungry now….Yummy!!!

  6. My favorite favorite dish of all time.. looks delicious!

  7. This is really such a comfort food..looks delicious