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Bisi Bele Bath Recipe, bisi bele huli anna, Karnataka Style spiced lentil with rice

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 3 People 1x


Recipe for Bisi bele bath. Bisi bele huli anna. Karnataka style recipe for spiced lentils and rice.



Dal Rice Mixture

  • 3/4 Cup Toor Dal
  • 3/4 Cup Raw Rice (I used Sona Masuri Rice)
  • 5 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Hot Water

For Bisi Bele Bath

  • 2 Tablespoon Ghee
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 10 Cashews
  • 2 Tablespoon Peanuts
  • 2 Sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Tamarind Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Jaggery
  • 3 Tablespoon homemade Bisi Bele Bath Powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Ghee to serve


  1. Wash the dal and rice and add it to a pressure cooker. Add in 5 cups of water and cook for 5 whistles. Remove from stove and wait for the pressure to release.
  2. Add a cup of hot water and mix well to loosen the rice dal mixture a little bit. Adding hot water at this stage makes the rice very creamy. Set aside.
  3. Heat Ghee in a pan and add in the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Let it pop. Add in the cashewnuts and peanuts. Fry till the nuts are brown.
  4. Add in the tamarind paste and jaggery. Add in a cup of water. Add in the Bisi Bele Bath powder and the salt. Let it come to a boil. Let it boil for 10 minutes on low flame to cook the tamarind and the masalas.
  5. Add in the cooked rice dal mixture. Mix well and let it simmer for a couple of minutes on the stove. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Serve hot with a good teaspoon of ghee for each serving.


I have not used any veggies in this recipe and have kept it traditional.
You can add veggies of your choice.
Optional: Fry some peanuts, cashewnuts and curry leaves in ghee and serve as a garnish.

  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Karnataka