Millets Bisi Bele Bath

Millets Bisi Bele Bath

I can say that this is one of the most delicious recipes I have ever made using millets! Millets bisi bele bath is a one-pot meal made using little millets, lentils, vegetables, and spices. Although the ingredients list looks exhaustive, the dish is simple and easy to make. Especially on your busy weekdays, this one-pot, healthy meal can be a savior! Try it, and I hope you like it.

If you are not a millets person, check out bisi bele bath made using rice – it’s equally delicious! Continue reading to know how to make millets bisi bele bath.


Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: 3-4 servings


For Pressure Cooking:
100g little millets (1 cup)
50g toor dal (0.5 cups)
500ml water (5 cups or 3x times millets+dal)
½ cup of green beans, cut into ½ inch pieces
½ cup green peas, fresh or frozen
1 large potato, cut into 1-inch cubes
½ cup carrot, chopped
1 tablespoon cooking oil

For bisi bele bath masala:
3 tablespoons cooking oil
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
A pinch of Asafoetida(hing)
2-3 dried red chili, broken into halves
One sprig of curry leaves
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
¾ teaspoon red chili powder
2 – 3 tablespoons of MTR Bisi bele bath powder
2 tablespoons of tamarind extract
Cilantro, for garnish
Salt to taste

For garnish:
2 tablespoons of ghee
10-15 cashews
2 tablespoons of groundnuts/peanuts


Pressure cooking – Rinse millets, toor dal, and vegetables separately under cold running water. Drain and transfer them into a pressure cooker. Pour water, add a tablespoon of cooking oil, and pressure cook until the dal and millets are well-cooked. (normally, 3-4 whistles are sufficient). Allow the pressure to release naturally. After that, mash cooked millets and dal gently, ensuring that you don’t mash the vegetables.

Meanwhile, heat cooking oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and allow them to pop and sizzle. Add hing, dried red chilies, curry leaves, and sauté for 10 seconds. Add onion and sauté until transparent. Add tomatoes, sprinkle some salt over it, and cook covered until soft and mushy. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, Bisi bele bath powder, and sauté for 30 seconds on low heat. Then pour the tamarind extract, and combine. Pour 50ml of water, stir and cook for a minute or two to make a thick gravy, then turn the heat off.

Transfer this masala into the pressure cooker containing cooked millets, dal, and vegetables. Mix well and add water to adjust consistency. Turn on the heat and cook millet Bisi bele bath on low heat for another 3 – 4 minutes. Taste for salt, and adjust if necessary then turn off the heat.

Fry cashews and peanuts in ghee in a separate pan until light brown, then add into millets bisi bele bath and combine.

Serve right away with Khara boondi, potato chips, raita, or spicy mixture. Enjoy!

Millets Bisi Bele Bath


  • Add salt and spices according to your taste and preference.
  • Feel free to add other vegetables like drumsticks, capsicum, etc, if you like.

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