Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi bele bath to me is a special vegetarian Sunday lunch. Sis and I will ask mom to cook this frequently. When my mom cooks Bisi Bele Bath, the aroma of ghee and the flavor of the dish fills the entire house. Mom cooks it in two ways – cooking rice and sambar separately and mixing both, or cooking everything together in the pressure cooker. I chose the second method as it doesn’t require me to be in the kitchen for a long time.


Bisi Bele Bath:

Soaking Time: 1 hour | Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 5

Recipe Category: Entree


Rice – 1 cup, soaked and drained

Toor Dal – 1 cup, soaked and drained

Mixed Vegetable – 2 cups (I used carrots, beans, capsicum, potato and drumstick)

Ghee – 3 tbsp

Sesame Oil – 1/4 tsp

shallots – 15

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp

Sambar Powder – 1/2 tsp

Tamarind – 2 tbsp

Roasted Peanuts – 2 tbsp

Cashew – 2 tbsp

Water – 6 cups

Salt – to taste

To temper:

Mustard Seeds – 1/8 tsp

Fenugreek – 1/8 tsp

For Bisi Bele Bath Powder (makes Approx. 1/4 Cup)

Chana dal (split bengal gram) – 1 tbsp

Cinnamon  powder – 1 tsp (optional)

Coconut – 3 tbsp, grated

Red chillies – 3

Coriander  seeds – 1 tbsp

Peppercorn – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek – 1/4 tsp

Fennel Seed – 1/4 tsp

Shallots – 3

Oil – 1 tsp (I used coconut oil)


  • Add oil to the pan, add all the ingredients (Except Coconut) listed under ‘For Bisi Bela Bath Powder ‘ and saute on low flame for 4 – 5 mins or till they turn golden brown in colour. Add coconut after switching off and keep aside to cool. After the ingredients are cooled, add zwater and blend in a mixer to a fine paste and keep aside


  • Add Ghee to the Pressure cooker. When ghee is hot, add the items under ‘To Temper’ and let the mustard seed crackle. Add shallots and saute for 2 minutes, then add vegetables and saute for 5 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, sambar powder and give a quick mix. Add the blended paste and mix well



  • Add rice, toor dal, tamarind and mix gently. Saute on medium flame for 2 minutes. Add salt,  and 6 cups of hot water, mix gently. Finally add peanuts, cashew and sesame oil. Pressure cook on a high flame for 4 whistles


  • Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Garnish with Coriander/Boondi/sev/Oma pudi and serve hot



My Notes:

  • Chop vegetables into big chunks so they won’t became mushy while cooking
  • I soaked rice and toor dal together in hot water for 1 hour
  • Instead of homemade bisi bele bath paste, you can also use bisi bele bath powder available in the stores
  • If you are using Drumsticks boil them separately, and add it to cooked Bisi Bele bath rather than cooking along with other veggies. This would prevent Drumstick from breaking apart

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33 thoughts on “Bisi Bele Bath

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  4. Eddie Two Hawks June 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM Reply

    Looks and sounds so very tasty! Bet it would be fun to make too!
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  5. thehungryartist June 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM Reply

    This dish sounds amazing! I bet it is so fragrant and delicious!

  6. Abbe@This is How I Cook May 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM Reply

    Bisi Bele. I just love the sound of it. But I bet it tastes even better!

    • Traditionally Modern Food May 29, 2014 at 10:19 PM Reply

      Thanks Abbe:) previously I like to eat Bisi bela bath but now. After you mentioned liking that sound too

  7. Gayathri May 29, 2014 at 5:26 PM Reply

    Healthy and yummy recipe. Looks delicious. Well explained.

  8. Joanne May 29, 2014 at 7:59 AM Reply

    Sounds like a super flavorful delicious meal! I would love to perfume my house with this fragrance.

  9. Sugar and Cinnamon May 29, 2014 at 4:25 AM Reply

    This looks really nice!

  10. kitchenriffs May 28, 2014 at 7:53 PM Reply

    Gosh, this looks terrific! I’ll bet the flavor is wonderful — thanks so much.

  11. swathi May 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM Reply

    Delicious ultimate comfort food, Love any time. my favorite.

  12. apsara May 28, 2014 at 1:12 PM Reply

    yummy! I use the mix from the store, but this you’ve made it sound so simple to make from scratch!

  13. shweta a May 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM Reply

    wow indeed treat to eyes and tummy:) Looks very delicious:)
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    • Traditionally Modern Food May 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM Reply

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  14. deelightfullyveg May 28, 2014 at 6:06 AM Reply

    I love Bisi Bele Baath and make it quite often. It is my go-to for comfort food 🙂

  15. Aiswarya @ My Kitchen Moments May 28, 2014 at 3:12 AM Reply

    Such a comfort food. Now your recipe make me want to try myself. So gonna try this weekend…

  16. chitra May 28, 2014 at 1:42 AM Reply

    Our fav lunch in weekends !!

  17. tastefortongue May 27, 2014 at 11:42 PM Reply

    I just love Bisi Bele Bath. Now that I have seen your mouth watering presentation I am definitely going to prepare this weekend 🙂

  18. Aruna Panangipally May 27, 2014 at 11:31 PM Reply

    “the aroma of ghee and the flavor of the dish fills the entire house”… truer words were never spoken. I love to make Bisi Bele just for the pleasure of the aroma. 😀

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