Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi bele bath is a spicy, tangy, rice-based dish from Karnataka. The name ‘Bisi bele bath’ is in kannada and it literally translates to ‘Hot lentil rice‘. This wholesome dish is a popular breakfast/lunch, that has rice, lentils, variety of vegetables, spices, and ghee in it. The list of ingredients and the procedure may look exhaustive but the deliciousness of bisi bele bath makes everything worthwhile. Continue reading if you want to know how to make tasty bisi bele bath.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


For Pressure Cooking:

100g white rice(1 cup)
50g toor dal (0.5 cup)
500ml water (5 cups or 3x times rice+dal)
1/2 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
8-10 1-inch drumsticks, fresh or frozen
1 large potato, cut into cubes
1/2 cup carrot
1 tbsp vegetable oil

For Masala:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 tablespoons peanuts
2-3 dried red chilli
Curry leaves
Asafoetida – a pinch
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium tomato, sliced
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 tsp red chilli powder
3 tbsp Bisi bele bath powder
2 tbsp tamarind extract
Coriander leaves
Salt to taste


2 tbsp ghee
handful of cashews

  1. Rinse rice, toor dal, and vegetables under cold running water.
  2. Drain and transfer everything into a cooker. Pour water and add a tbsp oil. Pressure cook until dal and rice are completely cooked (usually 3-4 whistles are sufficient).
  3. Meanwhile heat vegetable oil in a medium sized pan. Crackle mustard seeds and then fry peanuts until light brown.
  4. Fry dried red chillies, curry leaves and a pinch a asafoetida for 10 seconds.
  5. Saute sliced onion until transparent and tomatoes until soft and mushy.
  6. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and bisi bele bath powder. Fry for 30 seconds on low heat (Make sure to not burn the masala powders). Then pour tamarind extract & add coriander leaves. Combine and cook for a minute. Turn off heat.
  7. Transfer this masala into the pressure cooker containing cooked rice, dal and vegetables. Combine well and add water if necessary to adjust consistency (do not worry if the cooked ingredients inside the cooker gets mashed, it in fact is good if that happens). Turn on heat and cook bisi bele bath on low for another 3 – 4 minutes. Make sure it does not get burnt.
  8. Check for salt, spice and sourness at this point. Adjust if necessary.
  9. Finally, fry a handful of cashews in ghee in a small pan. Pour this into the pressure cooker and give it a good mix.
  10. Serve right after with khaara boondi or spicy mixture as shown.
  • You can tweak the quantity of each ingredient as per your taste and preference.
  • You can also use others vegetables like beans, ridge gourd, etc. along with the ones used in this recipe.
  • Replace mixture with spicy potato chips if you’d like.
  • Bisi bele bath can be stored in refrigerator for a day. Add water and warm it before eating.

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Rating: 1 out of 5.

Happy cooking and happy eating ❤


  1. ragnarsbhut says:

    This does look tasty.


    1. Swaadista says:

      Thank you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. ragnarsbhut says:

        How easy is this dish to prepare and serve?


      2. Swaadista says:

        It is moderately easy.

        Liked by 1 person

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