Monday, 3 September 2007


I am back after a long break...yeah I had to.

I had a guest at home. My most hated guest, who kept me away from cooking. Wondering who? Fever :( I was sick for few days and had to balance with my work and home as well. Now back to normal routine life. I really need sometime to visit all my fellow bloggers. I did miss the great time.

Now a favourite one.

Bisibelabath is a famous dish in Karnataka. I am a bisibelabath freak. I am sure anyone who had tried it would definitely love to have it. While in India, whenever I go to a restaurant this is the default rice dish I order.

My sister had been to Bangalore for her project work few years ago. She stayed as a paying guest in a house. The aunty who stayed in there used to make this delicious dish. Here is her recipe slightly tweaked to my taste.

Rice - 3 Cups
Toor Dhal - 2 cups ( I sometime use Masoor Dhal too)
Small Onion - 1 Cup

Potato - 1 Cup (cut into small pieces)
Peas - 1 Cup
Beans (Cut into 2") - 1 Cup
Carrot (Cut into 2") - 1 Cup
Tomatoes(Large) - 2 Nos
Tamarind Juice - 1/4 Cup (or tamarind paste 1 Tsp as per your taste)
Red chilli powder - 3 Tsp
Salt As Required
Ghee - 3 Tbsp
Oil- 4 Tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 Tsp

For Masala:
Coriander seeds - 4 tsp
Fenugreek - 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon - 1"
Cloves - 3 nos
Cardamom 1 no
Dry red chilli - 6
Pepper - 10 corns
Gram dhal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Grated coconut 6 Tsp ( I prefer dry coconut)


  1. Dry roast the masala ingredients and grind it to coarse powder.
  2. Cook toor dhal with turmeric powder and keep it aside.
  3. Cook rice.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp of masala powder, onion, beans, carrot and potato, tomato and fry for sometime (until the vegetables are cooked).
  5. Add cooked dhal, tamarind juice, masala powder, salt and red chilli powder.
  6. Add some water and allow it to boil for sometime.
  7. Keep it aside. (I generally refrigerate it and take it just before serving)
  8. Just before serving, add the cooked rice to the above gravy and allow it to cook for 5 mins (so that the gravy mixes well with the rice).
  9. Garnish with Coriander leaves, ghee and coconut before serving.
  10. Enjoy the delicious dish. Goes well with papadam.

This is my entry to RCI-Karnataka hosted by Asha

Thanks to all those who pointed out this.


I have been given Rockin' Girl Blogger award by
Roopa of Recipe of Choice

and Zlamushka of Spicy Kitchen

and Power of Schmooze award by Srivalli of

Cooking 4 all seasons.

Thanks Girls !!! I am really privileged. It is really motivating when you receive such awards.

I would like to pass it on to all my fellow bloggers. I am sure most of you would have already received it. But to my satisfaction...

I pass on Rockin' Girl Blogger award to

Sharmi's Neivedyam
Shilpa's Aayis Recipes
The Yum Blog
Raaga's The Singing Chef
Sia's Spice Corner
Prema's Cookbook
Richa's As Dear As Salt
Roopa's Recipe of Choice
Saju's Chachi's Kitchen
Seema's Recipe Junction
Jeena's Kitchen
Mala's Nalapaka
Kajal's Kajaldreams
Srivalli's Cooking 4 all seasons
Suma Gandlur's Veggie platter
Swapna Susaralas Kitchen
Taste of Mysore
Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen

And Power of Schmooze award to

Asha's Foodies Hope
Archana's Luv 2 eat hate 2 cook
Coffee's The Spice Cafe
Dee's Ammalu's Kitchen
Jyothi's Andhraspicy
Jyothna's Curry bazaar
Lia's Spices Corner
Laavanya's Cookery Corner
Suganya's Tasty Palettes
TBC's The Budding Cook
Tee's Bhaatukli
Usha's Samayal Ulagam
Viji's Vcuisine

I really didn't want to miss anyone here. Each one have their unique way of presenting recipes. You ALL Deserve it.


shilpa(aayisrecipes) said...

Ohh BBB..its my all time favorite and appears once in a week in our lunchboxes :).
Congrats on the award and thanks a lot for passing it on to me.

Laavanya said...

Hey SeeC.. great to see you back. Hope you are doing fine now after the bout of fever. Your bisi bele baath looks great and looks like our presentations are kind of similar! :) *same pinch*

Taste of Mysore said...

Hi Seec,
I love BBB. Presentation is good. I like to eat BBB with raita and potato chips. Send this to RCI-Karnataka hosted by Asha of Foodies Hope.

Suma Gandlur said...

Looks good. BBB is my favorite dish too. Infact, on every special occasion, my mom had to make this.
Congrats for the awards.
Thank you very much for giving me the award. I am really honored.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Even I like Bisibela bath, but not many places where I get it in the flavour I want. One of my aunts' used to cook it really well. As far as restaurants are concerned, I like the Bisibela bath served in Malgudi restaurants (Chennai/Hyderabad)

Vcuisine said...

SeeC, hope you are back to normal now. Had a great time? A nice entry all time favorite of everyone. Congrats on the award. Everyone is special in their own talent and presenting it. Well said. Have a good day. Viji

SMN said...

Hi ...

Very nice blog u hv.. and nice recipe of Bisibelebaath.. the step to step photos r really nice.. i lov the bisibelebath. thnx for sharing.

lakshmi said...

Good to see you back. Bisi Bele Bath is not just a favourite in terms oif "eating" but also "cooking" for me. It's such a super yummy super fast dish.

Yours looks mouth watering, esp after looking at those delicious small onions. :)

Try adding in one star anise to the spices that are grounded, it lends a lovely flavour. I recently started doing this and am completely in love with the flavour that it adds.

Lia said...

Seec thanks for the award really i appreciated it, happy to heard that u are ok now, welcome back and happy cooking ;)

Iam never heard about bisibelabath, but sounds really interesting!!

Retno Prihadana said...

welcome back seec!. So, you were in Germany. Nice to see ur posting again.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Welcome back dear! Hope you have recovered fully!
Congrats for the award!And thanks for passing it on to us!!
Bisibelebath recipe is simple and great!Thanks for the advice on copyright. We'll do something about it!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Seec, the schoomzer award picture is missing! Did you forget to copy?

Bharathy said...

Welcome back!First in your place..and I find fantastic Tamil recipes form your kitchen here!...Wonderful fit to be sent entry to RCI-Karnataka!

Srivalli said...

Good to have you back...and thanks for the award...and is it coincident or can send this to Asha for RCI: karnataka!..nice recipe

Sia said...

my all time fav and comfort food. i usually cook BBB for 3 days as it tastes better on the next day. wonderful choice for RCI girl.
and congrats for well derserved awards and thank u for passing one to me:)

sra said...

Hope you're feeling all okay now!

Raaga said...

Thanks for the award SeeC... even I got the masala written down from Amma on this trip home.

Lovely recipe and great tempting pics :-)

Isha said...

looks so delish, hope u'll b much better 2day.

Happy cook said...

Hey you should post this foor the RCI event Karnataka cuisine.
I might be wrong big time as it always thought Bisibelbath was a karnatake dish
Any ways the dish looks great

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Glad you are feeling better!

ushaprashanth said...

Pictures are beautifull! Congrats on your award!!!!!!

Tee said...

Good to have you back! Great recipe for Bisibelebath!
Congrats on the awards...I too have passed on these awards to you :) Thanks for another award! :)

Jeena said...

Hey Seec great recipe I love the pictures! Thanks for the award also :)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Hi seec.....great dish...My mom- in law is from Karnataka and she makes wonderful bisibele bath......
Ur pics are really good and ofcourse the dish looks yummmm :-)

Nags said...

nice recipe! shallots are very hard to come by in hyderabad. guess i will have to make do with onions!

Rajitha said...

BBB... yours looks delicious..

Asha said...

Hope this BBB is for RCI K Seec!:))
Sayingthanks to RCI entries today.

swapna susarla said...

Hi Seec
congrats for the award girl.thanku for passing one to me.

i do the BBB using the powder.never made this instant powder.worth a try.

TBC said...

It is good to have you back. Missed you. Hope you are feeling better now.
BBB looks delish:-)
Thanks for passing the award on to me too. That's so sweet of you.
Take care:-)

zlamushka said...

Oh, love this gravy. Looks sooooooo good. Perfect for work. I am glad you enjoyed the award, you really deserved it :)

Raaga said...

How do you out your name on the pictures? PPT and back to JPG?

Manasi said...

Congrats on ur award! U ROCK!!
LOVE the BBB! and it is very convenient to make such one pot meals! those small onions tase so much better than the regular ones!
Take care of u!!!

Richa said...

bbb looks so tempting, nice step by step pics. those mini onions look so cute :)
congrats on ur awards & Thanks for mine, that was so sweet of you!
btw, hope u r ntotally fine now.

Sharmi said...

that is such a perfect recipe!! Have to try out. the shallots look so pretty.
Congrats on the well deserved award!! Many many thanks for passing it to me.

Latha Narasimhan said...

SeeC, How are you? Hope all is well with you!

USHA said...

Hi Seec,

How are you feeling now?Yep i'm back from vacation, still not settled well,once i'm let me start blogging regularly....hey i love this recipe like any...its been long time i prepared...this time gonna try ur version....Thanks for passing the award.,...

bhags said...

Nice to see you back Seec....BBB looks nice...good presentation

Timepass said...

BBB looks very yummy. U have a nice blog

TBC said...

Hope all's well at your end and the break in blogging is only'cos you are busy.

Asha said...

Hi SeeC, how are you feeling now? Just checking up on ya, hope you have recovered!:))

SeeC said...

Thanks Shilpa, Very true, I make it once in a month atleast.

Thanks Laavanya, I am doing good now.
I did check yours too.
May be that is how it is :)
It is not my own recipe anyway ;)

Thanks Taste of Mysore.
Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely send this to RCI-Karnataka.

Thanks Suma. Pleasure is mine.
BBB is our all time fav.

Thanks for stopping by Shrinidhi.
I will give it a try in Malgudi Res. when I go to Chennai.

Thanks Viji. I am doing well now.
Having a tough time in balancing things.

Thanks for stopping by SMN.
Happy that you like the pictures too.

Thanks Lakshmi. Yeah it is really superfast.
Thanks for your suggestion. I will give it a try.

Thanks Lia. It is a south indian dish.
Tastes very good though.

Thanks Retno. Yeah I had been to Black Forest (Germany)
sometime during the last week of August.
Very nice place.

Thanks Latha.
I am OK now. Thanks for considering my suggestion :)
I know am responding too late...
Since I had already posted the Schmooze award picture
in my earlier post I did not add it in here as well.

Thanks for stopping by Bharathi.
Very nice to know that you liked this place.
Keep coming.
I am sending this to RCI-Karnataka. Thanks for the suggestion.

Thanks Srivalli.
Yeah it is a coincidence :)
Actually I took a long break to posting.
I did not see Asha's blog before posting this recipe.
I will send this to RCI-Karnataka :)

Thanks Sia. It generally does not stay for more than 1 day for me.
I will check up with you on this in your blog.

Sra, I am completely alright now. Thanks much.

You are welcome Raaga. It is simple and easy as well.
Do post your mom's version soon.

Thanks Isha. I am really better now:)

Thanks for stopping by Happy Cook.
Yeah yeah this is going for the RCI-Karnataka :)

Thanks Jenn.

Thanks for stopping by ushaprashanth.

Thanks Tee. I will check out your blog.
Thanks for passing it to me :)

Thanks Jeena. You are most welcome.

Thanks Sirisha,
Nice to know about you MIL.
Should be tasting great.

Thanks for stopping by Nags.
Oh really ! We get shallots in London :))

Thanks for stopping by Rajitha.

Oh Asha!!...happy to see you here.
Hope you are doing well now.
I am coming to your blog :)

Thanks Swapna. Its my pleasure.
I always prepare instantly for the fresh aroma.
Try it this way, you will like it.

Thanks TBC. So nice of you :)
I too missed you all.
I am perfectly alright now.

Thanks Zlam, It tastes great as well.
You will like it.

Raaga, You must be using Corel Draw or Photoshop.
I will leave more info in your blog.

Thanks Manasi.
Good to know that you liked it.

Thanks Richa.
I am fine now.

Thanks Sharmi. Do try out and let me know how it turned.

So nice of you Latha.
I am perfectly fine now. Hope all is well at your end too.
I am so glad that you dropped in :)

Hey Usha !!!
Glad that you are back.
Hope you had a great time in India.

Thanks Bhags.

Thanks for stopping by Timepass

Very happy to see you TBC.
Yeah have been held up with other work.
..more on your blog :)

So sweet of you Asha.
I have completely recovered.
Held up with work and did'nt find my time to login here.
Hope you are doing good. Coming to your blog....

dahlia said...

very neatly done site - great pics. I am not a cooking fan, but got me interested. Trying the dish now. Will be great if somebody post soem recipes not requiring grinding,not requiring coconut etc.

dahlia said...

Neatly done site. Great pics. Wish somebody could post some simple recipes which do not need grinding.

SeeC said...

Thanks for stopping by Dahlia.
Thanks for your lovely words too.
Will try to post some recipes that doesnt need grinding...but then it would add much to the taste.

supersamayal said...

Good one!

Dee said...

ok Seec, I apologize, I am a tad late!! Thanks for the award!! Im so sorry for not noticing this

vitya balaji said...

hi i jus searched for bisb recepe & ended up in ur blog i found ur bisb recep to be karanatak authentic. i hated bisb all my life before i tasted one (wen i was pregnant) in a frends place who was a kanadika. that was the first time i loved bisb & few times asked 4 her recp but never i rememberd perfectly, but once it came out well for my trial. but this one is really nice. & one thing i want to appreciate u is that, u have given all the other bloggers which i havnt seen in any others. oh be blessed & continue hope i would grab a lot of recep from u.