Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi Bele Bath is one of the famous recipes of the cuisine of Udupi from the state of Karnataka, India. The name Bisi Bele bath trans for “Hot lentil rice” in the Kannada language. They used to say it with another name as Bisi Bele Huliyanna, which means “Hot Lentil Sour Rice”.

The basic preparation of this dish involves the use of spicy masala, Toor Dal, and vegetables. The spicy masalas, vegetables, and tamarind pulps makes the dish to flavor the different taste. We can eat along with papad, potato chips or some mixture of your choice.


  • 1 cup of Rice
  • 3/4 cup of Toor Dal
  • 5 Cups of Water
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups of mixed vegetables
    (You can use of your choice like brinjal, ash gourd, capsicum, carrot, potatoes, Green Peas, Drumstick, Yam, Beans, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash etc)
  • 1/4 tsp of Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 cup of Tamarind Juice or as you need
  • 2 tbsp of Ghee
  • 1 tbsp of Sesame Oil
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for Bisi Bele Bath Paste

  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp Channa Dal
  • 1 tbsp Urad Dal
  • 5 Dry Red Chilies
  • 4 Black Peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp Corriander seeds
  • 3 tbsp of  grated dry coconut powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 spring Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Poppy Seeds (optional)

Ingredients For whole garam masala

  • 1-inch piece cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 Cardamom

Ingredients For Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 10 Cashews
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • a pinch of Asafoetida
  • 2 Dry Red Chilies



  1. Wash rice and Toor dal, and soak them for 15 minutes.
  2. Wash and chop all the vegetables in big chunks, with that they don’t get completely mashed up.
  3. Now take a pressure cooker and add rice, Toor dal, 1 tbsp sesame oil, onion, tomatoes and all the other vegetables.
  4. Add 5 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder. Close the cooker and cook for 3 – 4 whistles.
  5. In meantime, in a pan dry roast all the ingredients under “Bisi Bele Bath masala” on low flame till everything turns light brown, cool them and make the smooth powder. Add some water to make the paste.
  6. After the pressure has gone over from cooker, then open the lid and turn on the gas.
  7. Pour the Bisi Bele bath masala paste and tamarind juice with rice.
  8. Heat the ghee in the separate pan and pour the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cashews on low flame for 30 seconds, then add curry leaves, dry red chilies, and asafoetida to this.
  9. Add these hot ingredients to Bisi Bele Bath. Mix well and let it cook on low flame for about 6 to 7 minutes till the flavors blend up.
  10. Finally, add 2 tsp of ghee and garnish with coriander leaves, then turn off the gas.
  11. The hot spicy and sour Udipi Bisi Bele Bath recipe is ready to eat.
  12. Serve it with some potato chips, papad or some fry.

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