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BisiBelaBath / Sambar Sadam is a very spicy, tangy and healthy onepot meal  from Karnataka, South India. This famous dish literally means,” Hot Lentil Rice”.
This is one of my favourite one pot meal recipe. My mom who by the way is an excellent cook, used to prepare it quite often in my childhood days and it would be so delicious, when served piping hot with a combo of papad and pickle. 
Traditionally, it is made with white rice, mixed vegetables, toor dal and a blend of freshly ground Indian spices.
Here we find how to prepare healthy and versatile BisiBelaBath recipe in a simple way..:)

·         Toor dal                   - ½ cup
·         Rice                         - ¾ cup
·         Tamarind                  - small lemon size
·         Oil                            - 2 tbsp
·         Ghee                        - 1 tbsp
·         Turmeric pwd            - ¼ tsp
·         Hing                         - a generous pinch
·         Onions chopped       - 1 cup
·         Mustard                    - ¼ tsp
·         Cumin                      - ½ cup
·         Split urad dal            - 1 tsp
·         Red chilly                 - 2
·         Curry leaves             -10
·         Bisibelabath pwd       -  2 tbsp
·         Jaggery                    - a small piece
·         Salt to taste
·         Fresh coriander leaves
·         Veggies chopped       - 2 cups ( vegetables like carrot, peas, broad beans, beans, potato, cauli flower, kolrabhi, brinjal, drumstick can be used)
Ingredients to make Bisi Bela Bath Pwd:
·       Urad dal                   - 2 tbsp
·       Chana dal                 - 3 tbsp
·       Coriander seeds       - ¼ cup
·       Red chilly                 - 3
·       Cinnamon stick         - 2
·       Cloves                     - 3
·       Cumin seeds            - 1 tsp
·       Fenugreek seeds      - 1 tsp
How to make Bisibelabath Pwd:
·       Take urad dal, chana dal, coriander seeds, dry red chillies, cinnamon sticks, mustard seeds, cloves, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and keep ready.
·       Heat oil in a pan.
·       Add all the ingredients except coriander seeds and saute for  few minutes or until chana and urad dal turn golden color.
·       Add coriander seeds and saute for another minute.
·       Turn off flame and allow to cool.
·       Add it to blender and grind it fine pwd.
·       Home made Bisibelabath pwd ready.
·       Store it in an air tight container for long shelf life.
How to make Bisi Bela Bath / Sambar Rice:
1.     Wash and soak toor dal and rice in water in two separate bowls for10 mins.

2.     Pressure cook rice with 2 cups of water, mash it and keep ready.
3.     Wash and soak tamarind in ½ cup of water and extract thick juice from it. Keep it aside.
4.     Chop all the veggies to fine slices and keep ready.
5.      Take toor dal in a pan, add turmeric pwd, hing, chopped broad beans, carrot, potatoes, kolrabhi and onions.  ( also veggies like cauliflower, brinjal, capsicum  can be added )
6.     Pressure cook for 3 whistles on medium high flame and simmer the flame for 3 to 4 mins.
7.     Once the pressure turns off, slightly mash the contents.
8.     Now heat oil in a pan.
9.     Add mustard, cumin, split urad dal, red chilly, curry leaves, hing and allow to splutter.
10.  Now add the bisibelabath pwd, thick tamarind water, salt, jaggery, 1 cup of water and allow to boil for 2 to 3 mins.

11.  Now add the mashed dal.
12.  Combine well.
13.  Now, this will be in sambar consistency.
14.  Add some more ( approx 1 cup ) water and allow to cook for another 5 mins in low medium flame.
15.  Now add the cooked and mashed rice. ( step 2 )
16.  Mix it well.
17.  Add ghee and give a quick stir.
18.  The consistency of the bisibelabath should be as shown in the pic. It should not be thick as it tends to turn more thick on cooling. ( add more water for a thinner consistency of Bisibelabath)
19.  Lipsmacking Bisibelabath with tempting aroma is ready.
20.  Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with papad, pickle and any curry of your taste.
21.  For added taste, you can also add roasted cashewnuts on top at the time of serving.
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