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BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi/Khichri)

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Born and brought up in Bangalore gave me some insight into traditional food of Karnataka.  Having a fabulous grandma-aunty who cooked like Julia Child was even better.  She was a lady of precision.  The smell that came from her kitchen literally pulled dad and I to the balcony.  We stood there discussing what she was making.  Everything smelled and tasted divine.  Ofcourse, we wanted a bite or more of everything she made. We had to refrain ourselves from going and knocking her door to start a conversation just for some food.  There were times she would pack some for us, and you  have no clue how happy we were whenever that happened.  I remember the moment, her grandson would come up to drop the plate and we would very politely take it and the moment the door was shut, hungry or not, gobble up the whole thing.

I remember I used to come home from school and pick up the keys from our tenant grandma-aunty.  She was too sweet at times to call me in to feed me some Akki Rotti(rice roti), some Chitranna(rice) or Semiya Upma(which was the best I’ve ever tasted).

One day I remember, she was making a spice powder and the smell was crazy intoxicating.  I asked her what it was for and she said it was for BISI BELE BAATH.  She told me she’ll share it with me when she cooks it.  Yes, I waited a whole 2 and a half days for that.  I still remember the moment she gave me a bowl with a generous dose of ghee and chips for the crunch. I remember I wanted to fall at a her feet or hug her. I was just a high schooler at that time. I was blown away at how good it was.  I was warm and happy from within.  It was that good, I remember that moment all too well.

I got my burgundy diary out and immediately had to write down the recipe.  She was so precise, so dedicated and so literal in the details.  I was/am always amazed at how perfect this turns every time I make it.

To my grandma aunty, wherever she is.  Thanks for this treasure of a recipe.

BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi) |foodfashionparty|

Hope you get to try it out.  It’s vegan, one of the most traditional ancient dishes, gluten free and super healthy.  Perfect for this cooler weather or anytime.

Have a lovely day my dear friends.

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BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi)
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A traditional vegan, gluten free healthy mix sure to comfort the tummy any time of the year.
Recipe type: Rice, Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 cup medium grain rice(sona masoori)
  • ½ cup toor/tuvar daal
  • lemon sized tamarind soaked in ½ cup of water and juice taken out and drained
  • VEGETABLES (beans, carrots, cauliflower, peas, moringa)
For the masala paste
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp channa daal
  • 2½ tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp urad daal
  • 8-10 red chilies(according to your spice level)
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds (meethi seeds)
  • 3 pinches asafoetida/hing
  • ⅓ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ fresh grated coconut or frozen (fresh is best)
  • Salt
For tempering
  • OIl
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • 10-12 cashew (broken)
  • 10-15 curry leaves
  1. Wash the rice and daal/lentil well and cook in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles or in a pan with 4 cups of water until it is completely cooked. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  2. Cook the vegetable in 2 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder until it is 90 percent cooked. Turn off and set aside.
For the Masala Paste:
  1. In a small frying pan on medium heat, add the channa daal, coriander seeds, urad daal and fenugreek seeds and fry until it is slightly browned and toasted. Add the whole red chilies, asafoetida, turmeric powder and saute for a minute and turn off the heat. Grind this a blender with coconut, ½ cup of water to a smooth paste and set aside.
Putting it together.
  1. Now, mix the rice with the vegetable, add the ground masala paste, the thick tamarind juice and check for salt. Mix, Simmer and cook the rice mixture for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. The mixture should be little runny and not very thick at all. This will solidify as it sits.
  1. In a small pan on medium heat, add some oil. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida cashews and curry leaves. Let it splutter and add it to the rice mixture. Mix well.
SERVE Hot with some potato chips, papad and generous drizzle of ghee.


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  • Reply A October 11, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    HiAsha, is Chana dal roasted or just the regular kind?

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar October 24, 2016 at 10:26 am

      It is regular kind, not the roasted kind. Thank so much.

  • Reply Amisha October 11, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    OMG! This was soooo good Asha! Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your grandma-aunty’s bisi bele bath with me! I feel so special 🙂 It was seriously amazing! I had it today for lunch as well! 🙂

  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes October 12, 2016 at 1:47 am

    This sounds like a very comforting and delicious treat. What is toor/tuvar daal?

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar October 24, 2016 at 10:40 am

      It’s called toor or tuvar. Thanks Angie and hope you are doing well. xx

  • Reply Shashi at RunninSrilankan October 12, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Asha, Your story-telling made me feel like I was on your balcony waiting with you and your dad for your grandma-auntie’s plate of food! You pain such a lovely picture of her and her cooking. By the way, this is my first time hearing of bisi bele baath (after seeing your IG posts). I want to say it sounds like Sri Lankan dal curry, veggie curry and rice all in one – but it is so much more as that masala paste sounds so good! Thanks so much for sharing this, sweet friend. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar October 24, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thanks so so much my dear for your kind supportive words always. Btw, I thinks it’s exactly the same as your Sri Lankan curry. I would love to hear how you make that. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a fabulous week ahead.

  • Reply Swarna October 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Loved reading the story about grandma-aunty and the source for this classic south indian recipe! Cant wait to try it! ????????????????

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar October 24, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Thank you so so much. It’s so good, you’ll love it. xoxo

  • Reply John/Kitchen Riffs October 18, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Wow! This looks like a wonderful dish. Great story, too. Thanks!

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar October 24, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Thank you so so much my friend. Hope you are doing well. xx

  • Reply Manali@CookWithManali October 24, 2016 at 11:51 am

    most comforting dish for sure! love it Asha 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Mir November 2, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    this looks amazing! a dear friend of mine makes it and i always pig out! btw I really really enjoyed your sambhar insta stories – keep stuff like that coming!

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