Now that the first step in making bisi bele bath has been completed successfully, the next step is to prepare the rice. With little preparation ahead of time, making bisi bele bath can really become a breeze. I usually have cooked rice and toor dhal in my fridge, which saves me a lot of time on weekdays, when we constantly are running short of time.
2 ripe Roma tomatoes, mashed to a pulp
1/2 cup onion, choped
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup carrot, chopped
1/2 cup radish, chopped
1/2 cup peanuts
You can add any other veggie like drumstick, pumpkin, chayote squash too.
2 Tbsp bisi bele bath spice powder
2 Tsp tamarind paste
1 cup rice, cooked with
1/2 cup toor dhal
1 tbsp ghee
Stir-fry the chopped vegetables with tomatoes and peanuts in a tsp of oil. Add the spice powder and tamarind to this veggie mixture, add some water, if need be, and cook till the veggies are fork-tender.
Add the cooked rice & dhal to this mixture, mix it well and add water to loosen it up. Cook till the rice and veggies are mixed well, add ghee and take it off the stove and serve hot with appalam (papad) and curry (that is South Indian / Tamil for dry vegetable side-dish, a topic for another post).