Bisi Bele Bath recipe | Bisi bele bhaat

Bisibele bath is one of the most delicious and unique dish to Karnataka. I believe there is no one in India who never heard of this popular healthy wholesome rice dish. This bisibelebath has everything , protein, fiber, carbohydrates ..We use pigeon peas /toor dal as protein source, vegetables, peas and rice as main ingredients. You should try this bisi bele bath to know the taste 🙂

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This is an authentic Karnataka/Mysore style Bisibelebath recipe. This recipe is from mother, who prepares the dish with complete authenticity.


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  1. Method for preparing BisiBeleBath Karnataka style:
  2. First wash the dal and rice in a separate container.
  3. Add 2 cups of water to the washed rice and make it ready to keep in a pressure cooker.
  4. To the washed dal, add all cut vegetables along with the peas. Add around 3 cups of water and also the turmeric powder.
  5. Pressure cook both the rice and the dal with vegetables. (let it whistle twice on a medium heat)
  6. Let it cool before you open the lid.
For masala:
  1. Grind the coconut, the Bisibele bath powder and soaked tamarind to a fine paste.(add water if needed)
  2. Transfer this paste to a big pan and add water, salt, jaggery and curry leaves.
  3. Let it boil for few minutes.
  4. Now add cooked dal and the vegetables. Add a tablespoon of oil.
  5. Mix well and let it boil for few more minutes. Keep stirring in between.
  6. Finally, add rice and mix well. At this time add a tablespoon of ghee.
  7. Let it be on the stove for 5 more minutes on a low heat and then turn off the heat. Remember to stir in between.
Seasoning for Bisibelebath:
  1. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp oil in a ladle.
  2. Add hing and mustard seeds. Let it pop.
  3. Put this on the bisi bele bath and mix well.
  4. Enjoy the BisibeleBath with Boondi, chips or with raitha.


  1. I do not have Bisibele bath powder at home. Can I substitute with Sambar powder? Sambhar powder will not be a good substitute. Closest to Bisibele Bath powder would be, to mix Vangibath powder and Rasam powder, in 2:1 ratio.
  2. What vegetables to avoid for Bisibelebath recipe? Avoid Bell pepper (Capsicum) and tomato. They would take over the flavor of Bisibele bath. By avoiding these vegetables and using the right bisibele bath powder, your recipe will turn out to be the best bisibelebath recipe.
  3. Can I avoid onion? Yes. You can avoid onion.