ಬಿಸಿ ಬೇಳೆ ಬಾತ್
Bisi Bele Bath is a very old and traditional dish of Karnataka. Almost every home in this part have their own method of preparing this dish. Though the ingredients list looks long, the method is simple and and at the end you'll know how worth it is to spend so much of your time to prepare BBB..................
Rice – 2 ½ cups, Toor dal( ತೊಗರಿ ಬೇಳೆ) – 3 cups, Carrot – 1 large peeled and cut into small cubes, Green beans – 10 to 12 cut into 1 inch long pieces, Potatoes – 2 medium sized cut into small cubes, Onions – 2 medium diced, Tomato – 1 large, Tamarind – lemon sized soaked in water, Jaggery (gud/ ಬೆಲ್ಲ ) – 3 spoons grated, Oil – 2 spoons, Ghee – 4 spoons, Mustard seeds – 1 spoon, Grated coconut – 1 cup, Curry leaves – 10 leaves, Red chilli powder – 1 spoon, and Salt as per taste.
Ingredients for Bisi Bele Bath Powder:
Dry red chillies (ಬ್ಯಾಡಗಿ ಮೆಣಸು ) – 8 to 10, Guntur Dry Red Chillies – 2, Coriander seeds (ಧನಿಯ) – 2 spoons, Bengal gram dal – 1 ½ spoons, Black gram dal – 1 spoon, Kapok buds (Marathi bud) – 1, Cloves – 2, Cinnamon – 1 inch piece, Cardamom – 1, Fenugreek seeds (methi seeds) – ¼ spoon, poppy seeds (ಗಸಗಸೆ ) – ½ spoon, Cumin seeds (Jeera) – ½ spoon and Turmeric powder – ½ spoon.

Preparation Method:
1.  Wash the rice and dal separately and cook the rice with 6 cups of water and dal with little turmeric and 6 cups of water separately in a pressure cooker.
2.   Boil the vegetables in the same pressure cooker but in a separate vessel with required amount of water, little salt and grated jaggery.
3.   Heat oil in a heavy bottom wide pan and roast chillies together, coriander seeds and jeera together, both the dals together, buds, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom together, fenugreek and poppy seeds should be roasted separately. All the spices should be roasted till a nice aroma arises and till the colour changes slightly.
4.   Grind the roasted spices with turmeric, tomato and grated coconut into a very fine paste.
5.   Squeeze the soaked tamarind extract all the juice.
6.   Heat the ghee in a deep bottom cooker and splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves.
7.   Add onions and fry till they become transparent.
8.   Add the tamarind extract, salt and ground paste to the fried onions and allow it to boil for 5 mins on a low flame.
9.    Add the boiled vegetables, rice and dal and mix properly.
10.  Add required amount of water (bisi bele bath is always of a pouring consistency, little lesser than  pongal.), red chilli powder and close the lid of cooker.
11.  Remove from the flame after boiling for 5 mins.
12.  Yummy bisi bele bath is ready and tastes mmmmmmmmmm.............. With chips or spicy boondi.

Serves: 10 persons


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