Quick Bisi Bele Bhath
The traditional preparation of this dish is quite elaborate and involves preparing the powder from scratch using various lentils and spices. However I use the store brought powder MTR brand which eliminates this step making the cooking easier. Also add any vegetables of choice.Ingredients
- 1 cup rice (raw)
- ½ cup Toor daal
- 1 medium onion
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 1/4 cup shelled peas
- ½ cup carrot (peeled & chopped)
- ½ cup beans (stringed and chopped)
- Tamarind juice (size of a small lime)
- 2 tsp mustard seeds
- 5-10 curry leaves
- A pinch asafetida
- 8-10 Cashew nuts
2 Tbsp MTR brand Bisi Bele bhath powder
- Soak tamarind in a little warm water and extract juice and keep it aside.
- Heat water in a vessel and add the chopped vegetables along with little salt and cook. Keep aside.
- Wash rice and daal separately and place them in pressure cooker in separate containers until cooked. Note: The rice needs to be soft and not separate unlike for the rice dishes. After the daal is cooked, mash it well.
- Take a heavy bottom pan and then heat oil.
- Do the seasoning of mustard seeds, curry leaves, asafetida, and broken cashew pieces.
- Add the chopped onions, after it turn light brown add the tomatoes and stir until the tomatoes are cooked.
- Add the cooked vegetables and give it a good stir.
- Add the MTR brand Bisi bele bhat powder, tamarind juice, salt and continue to cook.
- Add rice and daal mix well. Let this simmer on the stove for about 15- 20 minutes.
- Keep stirring in between so that the daal does not get stuck at the bottom.
- Serve hot with raita, chips/boondi. Add a small spoon of ghee, just before serving.
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