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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi Bele Bath is rice and toor dal mixed with tamarind, jaggery and special spice blend. The dish is from Karnataka.
The rice tastes best when served hot. Using fresh ground spices gives the an authentic flavor. Store bought Bisi Bele Bath masala can be used though.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 45 minutes 
Serves: 5-6


Bisi Bele Bath Masala:
Dry Red chilies: 9
Cinnamon: 2" stick 
Cloves : 5
Cumin/Jeera: 2 teaspoons 
Urad dal/Minappappu: 2 teaspoons 
Chana dal/Senagapappu: 2 teaspoons 
Coriander Seeds: 3 tablespoons 
Methi seeds: 1/2 teaspoon 
Dry coconut powder: 1 tablespoon

Rice : 1 1/2 cups 
Toor dal : 1 cup
Tamarind: Small lemon size
Jaggery: 2 teaspoons 
Peas: 1/4 cup
Green beans: 4-5 cut into 1" pieces 
Capsicum: 1/2 diced
Carrot: 2 medium diced
Ghee : 2 teaspoons 
Water : 2 cups 

For Tempering:
Ghee : 4 teaspoons 
Dry red chili: 1
Hing/Inguva: A pinch 
Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon 
Curry leaves: 1 sprig 

Pressure cook rice with 3 cups of water and toor dal with 2 cups of water separately. 
Dry roast all the ingredients listed for the masala except coconut powder for 3 minutes until the aroma comes out and the seeds are golden. Add coconut powder and turn off the stove. Let them cool off and blend into a fine powder.
Heat ghee in a pan and add all veggies and fry for 3-4 minutes. Pour 1 cup of water and cook until the veggies are done. Add tamarind extract, jaggery, salt and masala. Mix well and add mashed toor dal and cooked rice. 
Heat ghee in another pan and add all ingredients listed under for tempering and add that to the rice. 
Serve hot.

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