Monday, February 16, 2009

Bisibele Bath

My Cousin has come to Huntsville, Alabama on a long term assignment and when i told him about my blog, he gave me a list of items to post
one among them is Bisibele bath.This is one of the dishes i have learnt from my mom, way back when i was in my plus 2.


For Bisibele bath powder:

1/2 cup Chana dal
1/4 cup urad dal
3 tbsp Coriander seeds
8-10 red chillies
1 inch cinamon stick
8-10 cloves
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup dry coconut powder

for the rice

1 cup rice
1/2 cup thoor dal (kandipappu)
2 cups mixed vegetables (peas, beans, carrots, potato,cauliflower) (boiled)
3 green chillies
1 large tomato
1 medium onion (sliced)
2 tbsp Tamarind paste
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

For the seasoning

2 tbsp ghee
hand full cashews
few Curry leaves
one pinch hing


Dry Roast all the ingredients listed in the bisibele bath powder in the same order till dals are golden brown and rest until nice aroma picks up.
Mix all of them and let it cool.Make a coarse powder out of this mixture.
Pressure cook rice and thoor dal together.
Heat oil in a pan and add 2 tsp oil. add onions and when they get transparent add tomatoes , turmeric powder and let the tomatoes cook well.
Add the tamarind paste and let it cook for a minute.Now add the ground bisibele bath powder and mix well. add water and bring to a boil
Now add the boiled vegetables to this and salt and cook for a couple of minutes.
Now add the boiled rice and thoor dal to this. Mix well. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.
Heat the ghee in another pan, add hing, cashews and curry leaves and pour it on the bisibele bath.
serve bisibele bath while hot with potato chips, curd raita and boondi.

For those who dont have a mixer grinder (like my cousin) can use MTR Bisibele bath powder. :-)

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