Bisibelabath

I love bisibelabath, or bis-b as it is fondly referred to in our home. I always ate it and thought it must be such a difficult recipe to make. I asked my M-in-law to teach me her bis-b recipe when she came over, and as with all her recipes this one is easy and turns out amazing every time. The vegetables with a sour tamarind taste all cooked in the spice blend flavoured with krambu (cloves), aelaka (cardomom), and lavangam (cinnamon), mixed with rice and daal - definitely a comfort food for me. I usually make an extra quantity of the spice mixture so on lazy days I can utilize that, frozen toor daal, and rice made in the rice cooker to whip up bis-b in a flash. Frozen vegetables work perfectly for this as well.

Bisibelabath
1 cup rice, 1/2 cup toor daal, 1 tsp turmeric, 2 cups of diced vegetables (cauliflower, beans, peas, carrots, lima beans, yams, radish, pearl onions, potato, tomato), juice of 1 golf ball sized ball of tamarind, 1 tsp heaping of mustard seeds, a few curry leaves, 1 tbsp of cashewnuts, 2 tbsp of ghee


Spice Mixture
2 heaping tbsp channa daal, 2 heaping tbsp coriander seeds, 2 cloves, 2 cardomom pods (seeds only), 15 dried red chillies, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp of dry grated coconut OR 1 heaping tsp poppy seeds

1. Cook the rice and toor daal. You can cook them together in a pressure cooker, or separately.
Rice: Water - 1:2, Toor Daal: Water - 1:2. You can add a pinch of turmeric to the daal while it is cooking.
2. In a large pot, heat a little oil and saute the pearl onions until they caramelize slightly.
3. Add the remaining vegetables and salt them. Add the tamarind juice, and cover the vegetables with water and simmer.
4. Toast the spices on medium heat until golden brown and they release their aroma. Grind them in a spice grinder.
5. Add the spice mixture to the pot and continue to simmer until the vegetables are cooked and release a nice aroma.
6. Add the rice and the daal, and mix together. Add salt.
7. Splutter the mustard seeds in ghee, add the curry leaves and roast the cashewnuts in the ghee. Add this to the rice mixture.
8. You can add as much ghee to your taste.

Serve with a yogurt and tomato pachidi on the side.


Verdict: I took this dish to a dinner party the other night, and my friends liked it a lot. They did find it a bit spicy (they were not Indians). So I recommend reducing the chillies for people not used to the spice. My personal taste is HOT!.

16 comments:

Asha said...

BBB!! Every Kannadiga's dream dish!!LOve it and thank you for posting your MIL's recipe.Looks great.I would like some right now:))

Priya Bhaskaran said...

love this recipe...simply delicious

radhika said...

looking for long time.thanks.

Sumitha said...

Hi Kanchana coming here for the first time,a lovely blog you have,beautiful pictures of your wedding too.Dont mind me saying but I feel you resemble the beautiful Konkona Sen:)Cheers!

Manjula said...

Lovely pictures of wedding there..
BBB has become a new fad for me.
BBB has a great efficiency. 1 cup rice and 1/2 cup dal served lunch & sinner for 3 people, and next day breakfast for me!!

Nandita said...

Kanchana,
I learnt BBB from a fellow blogger - ANnasaarupalya and it turned out so fantastic - each time i made it, the recipe is memorised now! It is one of my favourite one pot dishes, with plain yogurt, it is heaven!

trupti said...

I tried this only once but it is so good...very comforting and filling. That picture of the little boy in your sidebar is adorable!

trupti

Sandeepa said...

Your Bisi Bele bhath is good but I love that cute little guy in a dhoti...totally adorable

Savithri said...

Mom saw your post and made Bis B that night! lol

Latha said...

Looks yumm Kanchana! We make it a lot at home,so much that i stoped making it! It's been a while and thanks to your pictures i'm craving some now. :-)

Sia's Corner said...

BBB...ah... nothing can beat this recipe. it gets better and better as the days go. so i usally love to eat this on 2nd and 3rd day:)

anusharaji said...

this was a sweetheart
it had a sambar taste when i had at aunts place but luv it abs.
pic looks yummy

Anonymous said...

Suggestion - it is really "bisi-beLe-bhaath"...note the "beLe", which means lentil in Kannada. :-)

anupriya said...

made it today n it came out good.thanks for the recipe.

Meera and Anand said...

I just made your Bis-B this afternoon and it was truly amazing. I have always used MTR mix thinking making it from scratch is a pain. but this recipe was so easy and tasted authentic. Thanks for sharing the recipe and photos.

JustAnotherBlogger said...

Hey there, you have a great blog. A quick thing - lavangam is another word for krambu. Cinnamon is pattai :)