Sunday, March 25, 2007

Besi Bele Bhaat

Besi Bele Bhaat

Besi Bela Bhaat

Besi Bela Bhaat is a very traditional recipe from Karnataka , Meaning Hot Daal(lentil) Rice , Learnt this recipe for my friends mom during one of my visits to Bangalore , not only is the dish delicious but highly nutritious too ,since lots of dal and vegetables go in the making of the dish. It might seem like lot of work to get going on this dish ,but masala for this can be prepared ahead and saved in air tight jar and this reduces the preparation time . When prepared authentically lots of Ghee (clarified butter) is used , it practically oozes out ,but for heatlh reasons I just add a tsp at the end to get the flavor. This is a three part process , first masala is fried and grounded , second rice ,dal and vegetables are cooked and third all this mixed together and seasoned.

This makes for about feeding 10 people or more

Ingredients for making masala
2 big tbsp Chana dal
2 big tbsp Dhania
2 big tbsp Urad Dal
1 big tbsp Methi seeds
6-8 Red chilies (adjust according to taste and spice level)
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
1 cup of tamrind juice/pulp
1 tbsp sugar

Process to make Masala
1. Heat a pan , when hot add all the above masala ingredients ( except sugar and tamrind juice ) fry till coconut is light brown .you get a very nice aroma when frying ,careful not to over fry and burn
2.grind the above into a fine powder
3.take a bowl add the ground powder , tamrind pulp and 1 tbsp sugar and mix well and keep aside

Ingredients for rice
1 cup rice
1 cup toor dal
1 big potato peeled and cubed
1 cup carrots,peas,beans
1 big tomato cut into cubes

1.add all the above in a pan and add approximately about 3 cups of water ,salt and haldi , pressure cook until 3 whistles and keep a side

Ok we are there ..
Ingredients for seasoning
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp mustard seed
1 tbsp urad dal
1 tbsp Jeera
10-12 curry leaves
10-12 cashew nuts
pinch of hing
5 Red chilies

Process a big pan on the stove when hot add oil and all the above ingredients for seasoning
2. add boiled rice and vegetables and then add the grounded masala paste
3.mix all the ingredients well , I use a potato masher to mix rice ,this also give a good texture for the dish
4.add water to make the consistency a little thin and adjust salt accordingly.
5.let it cook on high heat for about 2-3 minutes of with a tbsp of ghee and serve hot

This is usually served hot with sev ,raitha and chips.


Rashmi Gopalakrishna said...

Besi Bele Bhaat is one is the most preferred and enjoyed lunch in our house over the weekend. If you are in a hurry MTR BBB powder can be substituted instead of dry powder (it is closer but not as great as home made). To get the right taste, I pressure cook dal and veggies together, make rice seperately, mix masala, tamarind juice,salt (pretty much like sambar) and then boil the cooked rice in this mixture at medium temperature for 15-20min. This takes a little time but gives that all day cooked yummy taste.

Asha said...

YUMMY! Of course,I am a pure Kannadiga and LOVE BBB! Thanks for this version.I made few weeks for my blog too.Looks great:)

Jyothsna said...

BBB looks great! You have a nice blog here :)

Subhashini said...

Sridevi, thanks a lot for this recipe. I tried twice and it has come out very well. Till now I have been trying the bisi bele bhaath powder from the store and it was not tasty as the one I prepared with your instructions. Your instructions were superb and everybody liked it. Everyone started asking me about the instructions.

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