Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bisi bele Bath Recipe



Well..I must say that I love this dish..I can eat it in mornings, eat it for lunch, eat it as evening snacks or eat during supper !!! Though preparing this takes more time than average, it is worthwhile...There are many versions of this bath and what I am going to share with you is the version, without onions and garlic...I will post my mom-in-law's version of bisibele bath soon

Here we go:

Ingredients:
Rice - 1 cup
Pigeon pea dal / Toor Dal - 1 cup - use the same cup what you used above :)
Mixed Vegetables - 1 cup (Carrot, beans, green peas, potatoes)
Tomato - 1
Tamarind - 1 (small lemon size)
Jaggery - According to taste
Salt - According to taste

Homemade bisi bele bath powder: About 1/4th cup

Ingredients for tempering (Tadka):
Ground Nuts - 1 table spoon
Cashew Nuts - 4-6
Ghee - 2 table spoons
Red Chilly - 1
Curry Leaves
Mustard Seeds
Asafoetida
Bell peppers/capsicum - 1 finely chopped (Optional)



Method:

For main dish:

Wash toor dal and cook it in pressure cooker with 2 cups of water for 4-5 whistles. You could cook the toor dal & vegetables together. 
 Cook the rice separately.
 In a pan, add water and tomatoes; cook until tomato is soft. 
To this, add tamarind water, jaggery, salt.


Add the bisi bele bath powder and the cooked vegetables and the dal. 


Keep it in a slow flame and boil it for 5 minutes until the flavors blend well. 
To this, add the cooked rice slowly. Keep mixing the rice in between to ensure there are no lumps. 

Add enough water to make it semi-solid
Cook the mixture in a slow flame for 10-15 minutes (Keep the flame very slow as all the ingredients are already well-cooked).
For tempering:
  • Add ghee to a kadai
  • When the ghee is hot, add mustard seeds
  • After the mustard seeds crackle, add asafoetida
  • Add ground nuts and cashewnuts
  • Fry till these becomes golden in color
  • Add bell peppers and fry for a while
  • Add curry leaves and red chiily (cut into 2 pieces)

Add this tempering to the main dish. 



The bisibele bath is ready to serve. Serve it hot with khara boondi / paapad / chips.

Congrats if you have come this far..I had warned you beforehand that the procedure is lengthy...anyways, the taste of the bath just makes you forget all the effort you have put...everytime, i just love to see my hubby and my son's expressions when they take their first bite of this :)

Also, this can be stored & used for 1 or 2 days. The best part of this recipe is..., it tastes better the next day!!



Notes:
I use MTR bisi bele bath powder whenever I am in no mood to prepare the powder at home. I am in no way affiliated with MTR.