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Bisi Bele Huli Anna | Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi Bele Huli Anna is a famous dish of Karnataka. Some refer it as “Besi Bela Bath”, It should be pronounced as bele and not as bela 🙂 Bisi/Besi in Kannada means hot, Bele is dal/pulse, Huli is sambar (dish using tamarind), Anna is rice. There are varieties of ways we can prepare this dish. With veggies, without veggies, with masalas or without them. Though I have tasted most of these varieties (in various functions and restaurants), I love the bisi bele bath which amma prepares! My mom doesn’t add onions nor does she add Cinnamon sticks, cloves or garlic in this dish. I followed her recipe and it turned out gr8 🙂

Tanjore Maharastrians enjoy this recipe as “Mandi Sambar Bath”!

Bisi Bele Huli Anna | Besi Bele Bath
Bisi Bele Huli Anna | Besi Bele Bath

Ingredients:
Rice: 3/4 cup
Tuvar Dal (Pigeon peas): 1/2 cup
Copra (desiccated coconut): 1/4 cup
Vegetables (carrot, beans etc): 1/4 cup (Cut into medium size)
Red Chilies: 5
Dhaniya (Coriander seeds): 1 tsp
Urad dal (Black gram): 2 tsp
Channa dal (Bengal gram): 2 tsp
Methi (Fenugreek seeds): 1/4 tsp
Asafetida: a pinch
Salt: to taste
Tamarind: lemon size
Peanuts: fistful
Cooking oil: 2 tsps
Turmeric powder: a pinch

Preparation Method:

  • Cook dal with peanuts, rice and veggies separately.
  • Soak tamarind in water and extract the juice.
  • Meanwhile prepare the bisi bele powder:
    • Heat 1 tsp of oil and roast urad dal, channa dal, dhaniya, red chilies, asafetida and methi.
    • Add the grated copra and remove from the stove top.
    • Allow it to cool and then grind it in a mixer.
  • Add salt and turmeric powder to the tamarind extract.
  • Allow it to boil.
  • Add the bisi bele powder and 1/2 cup of water to the boiling mixture.
  • Allow it to cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Remove it from the stove top.
  • Now add the cooked dal + peanuts, rice and veggies and mix them thoroughly.
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil (this one preferably gingely oil).
  • Add the hot oil and curry leaves.
  • Bisi Bele Huli Anna is ready 🙂

Update: Am happy to send this hot Bisi bele Huli Anna to Monthly Mingle # 33 – Ravishing Rice event hosted by Nags which is the brain child of Meeta 🙂

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11 replies on “Bisi Bele Huli Anna | Bisi Bele Bath”

Love this rice and loved your version of it. I particularly love the fact that it does not seem to have as many ingredients as the version I usually make, am definitely going to try this soon 🙂

Thanks for your comments on my blog. Bisi Bele Bath is my absolute favorite dish and I also like my mom’s version best. Particularly her homemade masala. I’ve never tried it with peanuts before though. Sounds yum!! Will give your recipe a try next time around 🙂

THANKS A LOT FOR THE CORRECT PRONOUNCIATION OF BISI BELE BATH. MANY A TIMES UPON HEARING OR READING THE NAME ‘BISI BELA BATH ‘ WOULD PUT ME OFF LOOKING AT THE DISH LET ALONE TASTE IT.

THANKS A TON

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