Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bisi Bele Bath (Hot Lentil Rice)

Bisi Bele Bath is one of the famous main dish of South especially in Karnataka. It is usually prepared using rice and dal along with vegetables and a special masala powder. The powder will be available in most of the Indian stores. There are many ways to prepare this special dish and this is one of the ways I follow.

Rice - 1 cup
Toor dal - 1/4 cup
Mixed vegetables - 1 cup (chopped lenghtwise)
Small onions - a few
Groundnuts - a few
Bisi bele bath powder - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Gingelly oil / Ghee
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Cashews for garnish

Wash rice and toor dal together. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and groundnuts. Fry for few minutes. Add small onions and the vegetables. Mix well. Add masala powder and salt. Fry for another 5 minutes. Lastly add the rice and dal and mix well. Add required amount of water. Pressure cook for 3 whistles. Garnish with cashews fried in ghee. Serve hot with raitha or boondi.

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