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Bisi bele bath | Hot Lentil Rice

Karnataka Style Bisi bele bath | Hot Lentil Rice

Bisi bele bath or Hot Lentil Rice is a spicy, delicious and healthy recipe from the state of Karnataka with the goodness of vegetable and lentils in one.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Gluten Free, Lentil, One Pot Meal, Rice
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 3/4 cup toor dal
  • 1 cup rice sona masoori preferred, I have used Basmati
  • 8-10 nos of beans
  • 1 medium sized carrot diced
  • 1 cup cabbage chopped / Cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 Cup Brinjal diced 1 small - optional
  • 1/4 Cup capsicum optional
  • 1 potato diced
  • 2 tbsp soaked ground nuts
  • 2 medium sized tomato chopped
  • 1 small gooseberry sized tamarind
  • 2 tbsp soaked green peas / or fresh peas
  • 1 small lemon sized Jaggery
  • Salt as per your taste

Bisi bele bath masala powder

  • 2-4 red chilly
  • 1 tsp channa dal
  • 2 tsp Urad dal
  • 1/4 tsp meethi/fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp jeera/ cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • A big pinch of Gluten Free Asafoetida (Hing) ** Please see Notes
  • 1/2 finger length cinnamon
  • 10 cloves/lavang
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds/ khus khus
  • 2 tbsp dessicated coconut/grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp cooking oil

Ingredients required for tempering Bisi bele bath

  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp chana dal or gram dal
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 8-10 cashews
  • 7 - 8 curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 6 tsp ghee or cooking oil


Bisi Bele Bath masala powder

  • In a pan add 1/2 tsp of oil.
  • On medium add red chilis and fry.
  • When chilies are roasted add in the chana dal and urad dal.
  • Fry them until slightly roasted.
  • Now add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and coriander seeds.
  • Fry them for a few seconds.
  • Add in cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Fry again for few seconds.
  • Add in asafoetida and poppy seeds. Fry for few more seconds.
  • Do not bury them or else switch off the gas.
  • Once cooled, transfer it into a mixer jar.
  • Add in the coconut and grind everything to a fine powder.
  • Bise Bele Bath Masala Powder is ready.

Initial preparation for Bisi Bele Bath

  • Wash and rinse the toor dal well.
  • I soak the toor dal for 30 minutes, as it really takes time to cook, you can skip if required.
  • Now in a large size pressure cooker (5 ltrs or more capacity), add in the soaked toor dal.
  • Add a pinch of turmeric powder, 2 c ups of water and pressure cooke for 2 whistles.
  • We are cooking the dal only half at this stage.
  • Chop all the vegetables and keep it ready.
  • Clean the rice and soak it along with ground nut.
  • Once the dal is done and the pressure subsides, add in the rice, ground nut, peas and Vegetables.
  • Add in 4 cups of water, salt to taste and cook again for 2 whistles.

Tempering of Bisi Bele Bath

  • In a pan, add in oil.
  • Once hot add mustard seeds, channa dal, urad dal and cashews.
  • Once urad dal turns brown,add turmeric powder, curry leaves and switch off.
  • Add in the ground bisibele bath masala powder and mix.
  • Add in salt, jaggery, tamarind extract and mix.

Assembling the Bisi Bele Bath

  • Once the pressure subsidies, open the lid of the pressure cooker.
  • The rice, dal and the vegetables would be cooked properly.
  • Now either you can add the tempered masala to the cooker or you can add the cooked dal, vegetables and rice to the tempered msala.
  • I prefer the first one.
  • Add enough water and adjust to right consistency. Bisi Bele Bath is of thin consistency.
  • Mix everything, switch on the stove and bring tghe mix to a boil stirring continously.
  • Serve it with a dollop of ghee, with some papad and dahi.


  • Asafoetida (Hing) powder available in shops contains wheat and is not gluten free. Gluten intolerant people can either skip completely or opt for Gluten Free Asafoetida (Hing)
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