Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Dalia Bisi Bele Bath Recipe | Broken Wheat Bisi Bele Bath

Dalia Bisi Bele Bath Recipe

Hi Supermoms,

Bisi Bele Bath is a popular Karnataka  rice dish. I was so lucky to taste the authentic Bisi bele bath in a traditional Kannadiga marriage function in Mysore two decades ago. The steaming  bisi bele ( hot lentils), the flowy texture and the aroma of cinnamon all made me fall in love with this dish. 
I have earlier shared the Bisi Bele Bath recipe with you all. But today, I am going to share a special recipe and different method of making this dish. I learnt it from my dear friend Shanthi Mukund. 

Shanthi used to make this tasty bisi bele bath for many of our get togethers  and the taste was always on point. So spicy , flavourful and yummy. I am so lucky to have her as my friend and  also as my colleague during my teacher days . As I am penning down this recipe, I am remembering our time together during lunch breaks in the school 'art room' where I used to enjoy food from her tiffin box and loads of  laughs. Shanthi is a bubbly, cheerful and the most sportive person I have met.

Shanthi cooking  tea time snack for her family


Extremely affectionate and always willing to help. It is no surprise that she  is  the most favourite teacher among her darling school  children. Now that Shanthi has moved to another city, I miss her and cooking her recipe just brought back so many memories. I am so happy to share the recipe with all of you.  You can make this recipe using your choice of millets also. 

Dalia Bisi Bele Bath Recipe

Recipe Courtesy : Mrs. Shanthi Mukund 

Dalia Bisi Bele Bath Recipe:

Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4
1 cup = 250 ml cup 

Ingredients :

Note : Vegetables are optional and you can use vegetables of your choice.

To be pressure cooked: 

1/2 cup dalia/broken wheat
1/2 cup tuvar dal/toor dal/pigeon peas
3 cups water 
1 onion ( thinly sliced)
1 tomato ( chopped)
1/2 capsicum/green bell pepper ( chopped)
1 carrot ( peeled and chopped)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt to taste

Other ingredients :

small gooseberry size tamarind ( soak in 1/2 cup warm water and extract juice OR 3/4 teaspoon of tamarind paste)
1/2 teaspoon sambar powder

To dry roast and grind :

4-5 dry red chillies ( You can use Byadagi ) 
1/4 cup coriander seeds
2 teaspoon channa dal/bengal gram
2 cloves 
2"cinnamon stick ( you can adjust quantity according to your taste)
2 teaspoon coconut ( grated, fresh or dry, optional)

To temper :

1 tablespoon ghee or oil 
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon urad dal
pinch of asafoetida
1 dry red chilli 
1 sprig curry leaves

Method :

1. In a pressure cooker lightly roast dalia/ broken wheat and toor dal.
2. Add water, salt ( adjust) and vegetables of your choice . 
Chef tip : You can omit vegetables or  add only tomatoes and onions . Also, instead of adding onions and tomatoes at this stage, you can add them with tamarind juice also and cook them in their juices. 

3. Pressure cook upto 4 whistles .

4. Dry roast the spices given for the same and grind them into a powder. 
Chef tip: If you are in a hurry and no time to grind , then you can add 1 and 1/2 teaspoon sambar powder, 1 teaspoon dhania powder, cinnamon powder and roughly crushed cloves. 



5. Soak and extract juice of marble size tamarind , add 1 cup water and bring it to a boil .

6. Add the ground spices, sambar powder and cook for just 2 minutes .
Chef tip : Do not boil the tamarind mixture after adding the spices for a long time. 
7. Add it to the cooked dalia mixture and add 1/2 cup water.
Chef tip : You can adjust water quantity according to your taste. After adding the tamarind mixture, the bisi bele bath will thicken even more. 

8. Cook for 5 minutes and switch off.
9. Temper with ghee/ oil, mustard, asafoetida , curry leaves and red chilli.
10. Pour it over the Dalia bisi bele bath and mix. 

Your delicious and wholesome Dalia Bisi Bele Bath is ready. You can serve it along with raita , boondi or papad. You can make this recipe with your favourite millets or rice too. 


Dalia Bisi Bele Bath Recipe

Happy Cooking !

With love,

Masterchefmom












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