Bisi Bele Bath, Bisibele Bhath, Bisibela Bath, Bismillah Bath (lol), and Bis-(something new that’ll come up in future) will continue to mean the same Bisi Bele Huli Anna that is prepared in almost every Kannadiga’s home every other day! Just walk past the door of your Kannadiga neighbour to sniff-in what actually is the best Vegetarian food discovery of that State. For the unacquainted, this dish may look like regular old Sambhar rice but pictures don’t do justice to what makes up this Vegetarian super delight!
I’ll let you in on a teaser – the essence is in the supremely aromatic and spicy Masala Powder! Can literally feel the taste, in your saliva, no? #DinnerItIs!
This stand-alone meal involves a very elaborate cooking process. Before set your mind to making this one for lunch or dinner, do take a look at some of the spices that are key taste-makers. One of the key flavors of this Masala comes from the use of Poppy seeds and dried coconut (kopra)/ dessicated coconut. The bright red color of the Masala comes from generous use of red chilies. Please note that this Masala is meant to be mild tasting (although looks a little more on the spicy side), adjust the use of red chilies based on your taste (Be wary of use of red chilies- spice levels depend on the region they were grown). I refer to this Bisibele bath Masala recipe for my preparation. I prefer not grinding in bulk and storing for future use. Typically, I make Bisibele Bath at home only when I have guests over or during special occasions. For obvious reasons of shelf life, I tend to grind it fresh then and there. Honestly, I’m sure freshly ground powder enriches the taste and aroma of this dish.
If you do not have time for preparing this Masala, I would recommend buying MTR’s Bisibele Bath Masala powder/paste – as it is closer to authentic taste.
This aromatic dish can be prepared within an hour once you have all the ingredients ready.
A fan of Bisi Bele Baath? You love Sambar too, I presume? – If yes, you should check out 20 different Sambar recipes you can cook. Let me know what you think!
PS: Best served HOT with a dallop of Ghee and fresh spicy Boondi Pearls topped on it. I rejoice eating this rice with Vadaam/Vetthal or Potato Chips on the side
Similar process can be followed in making Oats/Quinoa Bisibele Bath as well