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Karnataka's fave one-pot meal that's hot, spicy and delicious

Feb 23, 2018

Karnataka's fave one-pot meal that's hot, spicy and delicious
Karnataka's fave one-pot meal that's hot, spicy and delicious: Bisi Bele Bath | Credit: Hebbars

Rice and lentil is a quintessential staple ingredient in every Indian household. Up north the signature Khichdi combining these two ingredients exists in many scrumptious forms while down south it’s a spicy rendition in Karnataka’s famous bisi bele bath , the preferred comfort food that's fiery and tasty in the Kannadiga style.

If you are hungry, looking for a high charged easy-one-pot meal that’s quick, healthy, simple and dependable; you can't go wrong with Bisi Bele Bath. Deeply satisfying and versatile for food lovers Bisi Bele Huli Anna, is the amazing Karnataka dish made with spiced lentil and rice for lunch and dinner.

The secret behind the great flavour: Bisi Bele Bath masala powder

Ingredients for 1 cup masala –

Byadagi Chillies / Kashmiri chillies – 6 nos

Guntur Chillies – 6 nos

Curry Leaves - 2 Sprigs

Coriander Seeds - 2 tbsp

Fenugreek Seeds - ½ tsp

Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp

Black Peppercorn - 2 tsp

Black Mustard Seeds - ¼ tsp

Chana Dal - 2 tsp

White Urad Dal - 2 tsp

Kapok Buds ( Marati Moggu) - 2 Black

Cloves – 2 nos

Cinnamon – 2 inch Piece

Desiccated Coconut Powder- ½ cup

The hottest ingredient for this masala is dried red Byadagi chillies that lend the redness and aroma to the dish. Dry roast Byadagi chillies and curry leaves until light brown and fragrant. Set aside. Next dry roast whole coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, black peppercorn and black mustard seeds until very fragrant. Set aside. Dry roast chana dal and white urad dal till brown and aromatic. Set aside. Dry roast Kapok Buds, Cloves, and Cinnamon. Set aside. Dry roast Desiccated Coconut Powder until slightly brown. Set aside. Grind all ingredients together to a fine powder. This can be stored in a dry container and used anytime.

Just follow this simple recipe to prepare spicy Bisi Bele Bath in 15 minutes

Serves: 4


Vegetables (Potato, Carrot, Green Peas, Capsicum, Drum Stick, Cauliflower, Cabbage, French beans) - 1 cup, chopped

Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped

Rice – ¾ cup

Toor Dal – 1/3 cup

Oil – 2 tsp

Tamarind – 1 tbsp, soaked in 1/3 cup water for 10-15 mins, mash and sieve 

Jaggery – 1 tbsp

Bisi Bele Bath Masala Powder – 2 tbsp

Turmeric (optional) – 1 pinch

Salt to taste

For tempering:

Oil/Ghee – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – ½ tsp

Dry Red Chilli – 1-2

Curry leaves- 1-2 sprig

Cashew nuts – 6-8

Asafoetida ( hing) - 1 pinch


1. Wash and soak rice and dal separately in water for 30 mins.

2. Cook rice and lentils separately or in stackable cooker compartment. For rice add 1 ¾ cups water and salt; for dal add 1 cup water and salt. Put rice container on the stand and toor dal container over rice. Cook on medium flame for 3 whistles. Turn off flame and bring out the containers one by one.

3. In a kadai/pan heat 2 tsps of oil over medium flame, add onions, sauté until light pink.

4. Add vegetables and sauté for 4-5 minutes.

5. Add 1 cup water and cook for 7-8 minutes till vegetables are soft.