Tuesday, September 26


Bisibelebath/ Sambar sadham requires lot of patience.. .Though I like this a lot, I feel lazy to do this often, as it needs chopping, roasting , grinding and lots of work.The only relief is you dont need to prepare any vegetable curry with this .. It goes well with raitha and chips. Last week when I saw bisibelehuli anna in Nanditha's blog, I wanted to make it and so here is what I made..


Raw Rice- 2 cups
Thoor dal- 1 cup
Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
Asafoetida- ¼ tsp
Peas- ½ cup
Shallots- ½ cup
Tomatoes-2 cut finely
Carrot -1 chopped into small pieces
Beans- 10 chopped finely
Potatoes-1 chopped into small pieces
Drumsticks- 1 cut into 3” pieces
Brinjal – 1 cut into cubes.
Chowchow- ¼ cup cut into cubes
Garlic- 6 cloves
Green chillies- 3
These are the main veggies. U can add any vegetable u want to this except beets and bittergourd.The more the vegetables the better the taste. I added bottlegourd too with this.
Sambar powder- 1 tsp(optional. As I use very little red chilies ,I add this for better colour.I use sakthi masala)
Tamarind – 1 small lemon sized.
Salt to taste
Ghee- 5 tsp
Coriander leaves- 3 tsp chopped

To roast and grind

Channa dal- 2 tsp
Thoor Dal – 1 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Coriander seeds- 3 tsp
Jeera- 1 ½ tsp
Pepper- ½ tsp
Fenugreek seeds- ½ tsp
Saunf/Aniseeds- ½ tsp
Curry leaves- a few
Red chillies- 3( the one I have is very spicy so I add little) or acc to taste
Cinnamon- 2 one inch pieces
Cloves- 5
Coconut- 3 to 4 tsp

Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and add all the spices except coconut and fry for 2 minutes. Then add coconut finally and fry for a minute. Cool it and grind it to a fine paste by adding water.

For seasoning

Oil- 3 tsp
Mustard seeds- ½ tps
Broken urad dal- ¼ tsp
Fenugreek seeds- ¼ tsp
Curry leaves- a few


Pressure cook the dal with turmeric powder and asafetida and set aside. Soak the tamarind in water and squeeze the juice.
In a cooker or big vessel, add 10 cups of water(1:5 ratio) . when it boils add the rice and the vegetables(from peas to green chillies). When the rice is ¾ th cooked. Add the dal and salt.mix properly and add the ground paste , tamarind juice, sambarpowder and ghee. Partly Cover and cook for a few minutes in reduced flame.Heat oil in another pan and add the seasonings one by one. Now add this to the rice. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with raita and papad/chips and ghee on top.
This bisi bela bhath should be in a slightly semisolid consistency than the normal rice.

check out Shynee's, Deepz's and Sangeetha's and sudhav 's Bisibelabath.


Latha said...

Hi Prema,

Your bisi bele bhaat looks delicious! I make this a lot at home. I usually make Bisi Bele bhaat powder ahead and store (maybe once in 2 months). Once u have the powder it is a breeze to make this. My grandma used to make the best BBB. I still use her recipe!
I love that u blog everyday. I keep coming back to see whats cooking in your kitchen for that day :-)

FH said...

AHHH!!! My fav. dish!! That's a loong list of ingredients I must say!! :)) But I like your recipes, so I will try your's!!Thanks!!

Kavitha said...

this looks delicious.
perfect with raita and chips.
i have been frequenting your blog after I made the wonderful kurma using your recipe.

Krithika said...

Looks delicious !! Love it with chips and raita. Thanks for sharing

Prema Sundar said...

I think it will be a better idea to make BBB powder but as iam lazy, I make this recipe once in 3 or 4 months only.. if i make the powder may be i can do this more often .. thanks.
Yes Asha it sure is a long list of ingredients .. but tastes heavenly.
Thanks spicelover and krithika.

Anonymous said...

Prema, this is my favourite rice, but unfortunatly vinodh doesnt like this so much so i make them rarely...check out my version of bisibelabath here
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Its my fav dish too. But I make with avalakki(poha) to save time. Your dish looks lovely Prema :).

Anonymous said...

I love bissibellebath. Will try your recipe the next time. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have not made bise bela bath from scratch, cheated with the MTR powder, will try this one next time..looks awesome!

Lakshmi said...

Hi Prema,
looks so perfect. your blog is nice.

KK said...

Just last week I was thinking I should try Bisibelle bath and you posted :)
But seems like lot of work... :(

Anonymous said...

Wow, delicious BisiBelebath! Prema, this one is my fav,I love it's aroma which is so appetizing..your Bisibelebath with all the ingredients looks great !

Archana said...

I just tried this recipe and it came out great. Thank you :-)!

subha said...

Hi Prema,

I one day felt like having bisibelabath and browsed through the web. Saw your recipe and tried it and it came out very well. I have been cooking for the past one year. I think this is the best I have done so far. Thanks a ton. I really feel I should make this for my parents. Am sure my mom will be amazed to taste it. Thanks a lot once again.


bhuvanamukund said...

hi prema,

Thanks for the recipe. I tried this recipe posted in someother website and didnt come out well. When i followed yours it came out very well and it was tasty and delightful.

thanks again.

Unknown said...

Hi Prema,

Truly mouth watering receipe.. i simply loved the way u described this entire time consuming and a tedious process in simple steps.Yet difficult but neverth the less a yummy dish. i was generally browsing thru the site and to my surprise my eyes caught hold on your receipe and was reminded that i had totally forgotten BBB.Its been ages that my kitchen had thought abt it.

Im all ready to try this out and all my thanks to U.

Way to go prema, keep rocking with your such delicious receipes forcing me to visit your blog everyday.


kikavitha said...

hi prema,
i tried ur BBB receipe. it was delicious. thanks!!! pls can u give ur email id mine is kikavitha@yahoo.co.in
becz we both live in new jersey

c said...

Very nice recipe.....thanks.........

Shanthi recipie said...

hi prema ur BBB looks yummy.I going to change my menu to BBB.n lt u knw the result latr.bye.......

Unknown said...

The recipe sound great. You should post them on Samukam.com social network in the Tamil recipe/food section.

Poornima said...

Hi Prema,
Whenever i make bisibelabath, i search for your recipe. I just love this food. Thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe.

Anonymous said...

I tried and cme out pretty good. As i started cooking for jus four mnths back, this s my first try for sambahr satham. Thnx for sharing the recipe. Pls do post such recipes

workhard said...

Never had bisibele bhaat. just seen it in the restaurants outside..would love to try it out.. thanks for puttng uup the recipe

Work from home India

Senthil Velan Bhoopalan said...

Thanks for the recipe....I am in the US and it helped me a lot!!!!! Thanks once again...

Plusthirtee said...

hi prema,

actually i tried ur bisi bele recipe...couple of months back and it came out extremely fantastic...love you loads...u have such a wonderful blog...so lucky your hubby and kid...lovely cook they got..am ur gr8 fan...am addicted to your blog

lucky that i visited ur blog


anushiva said...

Hi prema,
I tried ur bisibelabath receipe .It came out very well.I saw other receipes also but urs was impressive.I added 2 tbsp rice and fried the ingredients in 1 tsp ghee and it gave a very different aroma.At the end i fried and add onion(sambhar onion) and it was too gud. Felt i could share with u.Plz view my blog http://anushivas17.blogspot.com/