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Bisi Bele Bhaath (rice with lentils)

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Wholesome Bisi Bele Bhaath from South India can be eaten all by itself. Add a tangy pickle for extra flavour.


  • 1 cup long-grained rice
  • 1 cup toor daal
  • 2 cups mixed frozen vegetables (carrots, beans, potatoes, peas)
  • 1 cup tamarind juice (soak golf ball-sized lump of tamarind in 1 cup water for 15 minutes. Squeeze out juice.)
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • 1 tsp aniseed/fennel seeds
  • 1" stick cinnamon
  • 4 cardamom
  • 6 cloves
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsps vegetable/canola/sunflower cooking oil
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 onions sliced thin
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves to garnish


  • Wash the toor daal and add 1 1/2 cups of water to it. Half cook it in a pressure cooker. Keep aside.
  • Roast all spices, mix with coconut, turmeric powder, ginger and garlic and grind into a thick paste using a little water at a time. Keep this masala aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. When they stop spluttering add the onions and fry till soft.
  • Add the tamarind juice and 1 cup of water to this and bring to a boil. Add the rice, vegetables, toor daal, masala and salt to taste and cook till all ingredients are done.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
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 5 out of 5
bisi bele baath, Member sabiraiqbal

It was delicious, it was very tasty appetizing, healthier, liked by every one and it was wonderful.

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