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Bisibellabath


Haven't you tried Bisibelabath? The hot lentil rice melts in mouth like butter and pleases your palates with rich flavors. Give it a shot. You will love it.


Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: < 30 minutes
Serves: 3-5
Bisibellabath

Bisibelabath/ Sambar rice is a one pot meal cooked with lentils, rice and vegetables. It’s origin is from Karnataka and is served as a main. This is one of my family’s favorite dish. Are your kids fuzzy about vegetables? Bisibelabath is the right option to feed your kids with all the nutritive vegetables. You can replace white rice with quinoa or brown rice.

There are many recipes for the same dish out there on internet which are authentic and time consuming. As for us we don’t have time to cook any authentic recipes and we don’t prefer compromising on the taste as well. This one is my husband's version of Bisibelabath and the most easiest way to cook it, Still maintaining the same flavor and taste. Even a beginner can easily replicate and it's hard to go wrong.



Ingredients Required:

Basmathi rice 1 cup
Toor dal 1/2 cup
Water 5 cups
onion, diced (whole Small onions preferred) 1 big (5-8)
Tomatoes, diced 1 big
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
Butter/ ghee 1-2 Tbsp
Oil 1 tsp
Mustard 1 tsp
Dry red chilies 1-3
Peanuts (optional) 2 Tbsp
Cashews (optional) 10
Asafetida/ Hing pinch
Salt To taste

Vegetables of your choices:

Carrot , small chuncks 1 big
Cauliflower, small florets 1 cup. Aprox.
Potatoes, diced 1-2 medium
String beans, 1 inch bits 1 cup
Drumstick , 2 inch pieces 10-15
Bottle guard, cubed 1 cup

Bisibellabath Powder:

Dried red chilies 3-4
Coriander Seeds 1 tsp
Chana dal 2 tsp
Coconut Shredded (Optional) 2 – 3 tbsp
Cumin seeds ½ tsp
Pepper corns ½ tsp
Cinnamon Stick 1 inch
Cloves 3-5


Directions

One-pot method:

1. Soak rice and dal for at least 15-30 minutes.

2. Dry roast all the ingredients of Bisibelabath powder, then allow it to cool and grind it into a powder.

3. Heat 1 Tbsp. of butter and 1 tsp of oil in a large pot. Add mustard, red chilies, peanuts, cashews, asafetida/ hing and sauté till the cashews change color. Add Turmeric, onions, ginger garlic paste and continue sautéing for till onions become translucent.

4. Then add tomatoes, vegetables of your choices, salt for veg's and cook them in medium high flame until the veg's become soft roughly for about 3-5 minutes.

5. Add water, increase the flame to high and bring it to boil. Then add rice, dal and cook until soft and mushy with the lid closed on a medium low flame for about 10 minutes.

6. After 10 minutes add tamarind juice and cook for 3-5 minutes stirring continuously.

7. Finally add salt, Bisibelabath powder, butter and mix all to a mushy semi liquid state.

8. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot.


Pressure Cooker method: Pressure cooker must be at least 3.5 - 4 liters size

1. Soak rice and dal for at least 15-30 minutes.

2. Dry roast all the ingredients of Bisibelabath powder, then allow it to cool and grind it into a powder.

3. Heat 1 Tbsp. of butter and 1 tsp of oil in a pressure cooker. Add mustard, red chilies, peanuts, cashews, asafetida/ hing and sauté till the cashews change color. Add Turmeric, onions, ginger garlic paste and continue sautéing for till onions become translucent.

4. Then add tomatoes, vegetables of your choices, salt for veg's and cook them in medium high flame until the veg's become soft roughly for about 3-5 minutes.

5. Now add water, rice, dal and pressure cook in a medium flame for about 3 whistles, or for about 10 minutes.

6. After 10 minutes allow the pressure to escape and then keep the pressure cooker over a medium heat and add tamarind juice and cook for 3-5 minutes stirring continuously.

7. Finally add salt, Bisibelabath powder, butter and mix all to a mushy semi liquid state.

8.Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot.


Tips

• If it gets thick just add little water and reheat the dish.
• Best served with pappad, raitha or any sides.
• If you have a smaller pressure cooker try to reduce the ingredients to half the amount given and it will make Bisibelabath for 2 servings.


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Posted by Surekha on July 12, 2014, 6:17 p.m.


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2 comments

Shakeela Feb. 17, 2015, 1:19 p.m.
Tried this recipe..very tasty..my.kids loved it



Surekhascookhouse March 15, 2015, 7:09 p.m.
@Shakeela: thanks :)