Saturday, 25 June 2016

Bisibele Bhath
Prep Time          10 Minutes
Cooking Time  30 Minutes
Serves                  4

Ingredients :
Rice 2 cup
Toor Dal 2 1/2 cup
Tamarind 1 Lemon sized
Jaggery     1 Tablespoon – depending on the sweetness you wish
Sambar/Huli  powder 2 Tablespoon
Red Chilli Powder   1 Tablespoon
Ghee  2 tablespoons
Salt to taste

Vegetables :
The following vegetables cut in 1” length
Finely chopped methi leaves 1 cup
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Fresh peas or  Hyacinth Bean - Avarekalu 1 cup ( If you have neither, then you can use peanuts. But Avarekalu tastes best. In the season if you get Jackfruit seeds, you use them. After Avarekalu, they are the next best :-) )
PS : Here I would like to mention that the choice of vegetables is entirely yours. If there is a plus or minus, it is absolutely no problem.
For Tadka

Oil 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon

Preparation :
  • Soak tamarind in water.
  • In a cooker cook daal along with vegetables and rice in separate containers.
  • For rice generally we add water at 1:2 proportion. But here, you need to put a little more water so that the rice is cooked soft.
  • Once it cools down, in a thick bottomed kadai, heat oil and add mustard seed. Once they splutter, add turmeric powder and hing. 
  • Squeeze the tamarind pulp in it and add 2 glasses of water and let it come to a boil.
  • While it is boiling, add jaggery, red chilli powder, sambar powder, salt and curry leaves and let it boil for another 5-6 minutes till it gives some fine aroma.
  • Then add the dal cooked with veggies, add water if required and boil for five more minutes.
  • Add the cooked rice, mix well and taste to check if you need some more salt, chilli powder Sambar powder or jaggery. 
  • Cook on low fire.
  • The bisi bele bhath at this point should be quite liquid. If you make it solid at this point, later on it will turn still hard. The best option would be to get a right liquid consistency at this point and still add half a glass of water and cook for just a few seconds and turn off the gas. So even if you eat it after hours, it will remain liquid and light.
  • Add ghee and garnish with finely chopped coriander and cover for five minutes.
  • Serve hot with Raita, Boondi kaalu or chips.

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