BisiBelaBath(Sambar Rice)


Bisibelabath has been my favourite karnataka dish.I learnt this recipe from one of our neighbour aunty in Bangalore, when i was doing my graduation.I still remember the way aunty explanied to me..she was telling me that i should remeber that we use 12 ingrediants for it.I still remember them in that order.Here goes the recipe for it.

Rice-1 1/2cup
Tuvardal - 3/4 cup
Vegetables - 1 cup ( carrot, beans & peas)
Tomatoe - 1 medium sized
Onino- 1 medium sized
Tamrind - small lemon size
Sambar powder- 1tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2tsp
Salt - To taste.
Water - 4cups'

To Fry and Grind:-

Dry coconut(copra) - 2tbsp
dhania - 1tbsp
red chilli - 4-5(kashmiri chillies)
bengal gram - 1tsp
Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
kuskus - 1/4tsp
elachi - 2
clove - 2
cinnamon - 1" piece(optional)
jeera - 1tsp
pepper - 1tsp
hing - a pinch

1) Pressure cook the Dal along with Diced tomatoe, onion and cubed vegetables.
2) Fry and Grind all the ingrediants of To Fry and Grind.

3) Mix this paste along with the rice to the cooked dal
4) Add tamarind water to this along with sambar powder,turmeric powder,salt and 4
cups of water.
5) Pressure Cook this for 5 whistles.
6) Finally add Ghee and serve hot with bondi or mixture.

This rice really tastes very good when served steaming hot as the name indicates Bisi in kannada means Hot.:-)
I have used shreeded coconut instead of copra as i couldnt get hold of copra.Use of copra enhances the taste.

Comments (49)

Nice BisiBelaBath. I like to have this with papadam.Thanx for sharing.

hi sudha,

for this receipe i went through all the blogs,but today finally i got from ur blog.thanks for posting this receipe.

thank u

nice bisibelabath, l luv this dish.

Looks very delicious!!!!

HI Sudha,
Bisbhela bath mom used to prepare but i never dare to try it coz i dont whether hubby likes are not.
Wanna going to try it one day by following your recipe.

i tried it..came out well..thanx for sharing

Thanks for sharing this recipe. This is made in different ways. I like your way of making it. Just to let you know, it is Bisi-bele-bath meaning, bisi as you said in kannada is hot, bele is dhal, there is no word as bela! isn kannada and bath of course is rice dish. Thanks agian.

Hai Sudha,
Thank you for a detailed recipe with Clear photo. My wife love BisiBelaBath, but does not know how to make it.
She is going to try it now.

Hi Sudha,
Thanks a lot for the receipe. I tried and it came out very well.
Thank U

Hai sudha,
I tried and it came out well..
Thanks for sharing

Hai sudha,
Nice recipe..
Thanks for sharing


Thanks for sharing the recipe. i tried and it was yummy. the bowl was empty and i got the same taste of my moms recipe. thanks so much

Hi Sudha,
Thanks for sharing your recipe. I tried and it came out well. I've just tasted bisi bela bath in hotels in b'lore. I was a bit hesitant while trying it. However, it turned out to be really good and my husband liked it. I'm newly married and i have one recipe in my list which i could be confident of...And yeah your presentation was cool..Thanks..:-)

When you say Fry and Grid, is it dry roasting or frying in oil?

Really ur recipe is superb.I tried many times.Friends also said that its good taste.Now a days if any friends are coming i will prepare this with so confidence.Thanks for sharing ur recipe.

Hi Sudha,

Superb receipe. I tried it out, it has come out very tasty.

Thanks Loads!

Sirisha K

hi sudha

i tried it today...and it came out extremely well. thanks a ton

hail sudha ;)


This sounds good and thanks for posting. I am bound to cook now as parents have gone to India. I am ZERO in cooking. Can you you tell me, if we need to precook the rice before we mix the paste? sorry for my ignorrence.
would be happy if you could mail me to tony.freddy@yahoo.com

Hi Sudha

Thanks for the recipe. Can you confirm if the rice is partially cooked (like the dal and vegetables) as well please? Raring to try it out.

Hi Sudha,
Thanks for the recipie.. I am student and have never made this.. Just wanted to surprise my friends with something spl and ur blog was of Great help!!! the dish tasted good..

nice & delicious.

Hi Sudha
Thanks for sharing the recipe.I tried and came out very well.


Thanx for the wonderful recipe :) I like Bisibela very much :) tried your recipe and it came out superbly :)

I tried this dish and it came out very well.Thanks for giving this "tough to cook recipe" in an easier way, so that even a beginner can do it perfectly. You are good at explaining to the point. Thanks a lot sudha.

unga recipe pramaadham. Jus' tried and it was Wow! :)


thanks for posting this receipe.........thx for sharing

Thanks soooooooooo much!!!! I culd have never done it without ur help! :)

Thanks..was in search for a long time after I tasted it during my last visit to B`lore..going to try soon..


This is brilliant!!!! Thanku! :)))

I don't think one must boil the vegetable and dal first in the pressure cooker. I tried this and when I put the rice, it got burned!!!


I tried out this one today..wow..it was yummy..thnx for posting..!

we are going to do it tomorrow. But our gut feeling says that this will be ok.please give a better pictorial representation of the food

ur dish is supereb.thanks for sharing

can u guide me here...do u say we have to mix dhal, ground paste and raw rice and tamrind water and 4cups of water, sambar powder ? to pressure cook?
or i hv to boil tamrind water separately like we do for sambar. and add the stuff after the tamrind water leaves raw smell.pls clarify for me.
im planning to do this in a party this weekend.

this looks yummy!!!
but can someone get me the recipe similar to the bisibelabath that we get in hotels esp. hotel sangeetha in chennai.
thank u

Usually the rice & dal are soaked in water for 20 minutes and cooked in cooker with 3times of water for 5-6 whistles. Then heat a big kadai or thick bottom pan, pour oil & ghee. add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fry vegetables. Then add sambar powder and the ground masala. Fry till the raw smell disappears. add tomato and tamarind water and boil for 10 minutes till the vegetables are cooked. Add more water to make it watery and after it boils add the rice dal mixture and mix well. Now heat a small pan, pour oil & ghee, mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chillies, cashew nuts. Pour this to the rice mixture and serve hot. This will give a similar taste as in sangeetha hotel.

Awesome Sudha. Thanks a lot

Thanks for ur recipe.I was searching for a easy way of making bisibelabath and found urs interesting.Tried out yesterday and came it out good.


hi sudha,
in this preparation need not to add oil? thalika venama? very healthy food. thanQ for sharing.

hi sudha,
in this preparation need not to add oil? thalika venama? very healthy food. thanQ for sharing.

nice food....thank u

I love this recipe. It came out very well. Thanks for posting it.

Bisi bella bath is my all time fav. Yummy. love to eat it with fried appalams/papads.
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Thank you so much for this awesome recipe. I followed it, and it is the best bisibelebath I have had:D!!

very intresting, i have even tried , came good. Thanks Mrs.Sudha..

nice tempt to eat

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Great recipe. I have made this a few times and it comes out great. Thanks very much.

Great recipe. I have made this a few times and it comes out great. Thanks very much.