I have already posted about Bisi Bele Bath as I learnt from my mom. Bisi Bele Bath is a Kannadiga dish, fairly obvious given the Kannada name (Bisi = hot, bele = dhal/lentils). This is a different take on the same recipe, given by a true-blood Kannadiga and gets as authentic as it can. This post is in response to Mag of MagCreations request for this recipe, and what better time to post it than the eve of Ugadi. Happy Ugadi to all of you!
The first step in making a good Bisi Bele Bath is to make the Bisi Bele Bath Powder. This spice powder can be ground and stored in your pantry, this will stay well for months. I have stored mine for about 3-4 months, without any compromise in taste, quality or flavor. If you have this powder ready, making the rice is really a breeze and you can make it for weekday dinner or lunch, as it is neither time-consuming nor laborious.
1 cup – Channa (red gram) dhal
3/4 cup – Urad dhal
4 big pieces – Cinnamon
6 pieces – Marathi moggu
1 1/4 cup – Coriander (dhaniya) seeds
1 tsp – Cumin (jeera) seeds
1/4 tsp – Fenugreek (methi) seeds
1/2 tsp – Pepper (milagu)
1 – Red Chillies (or more depending on your spice level)
1/2 tsp – Khus-Khus
Roast all of the above ingredients in very little oil and grind it to a fine powder. Transfer to an air-tight container or mason jar, and store it for about 3-4 months.
Coming up: How to make bisi bele bath using this powder.