Hot Lentil rice / Bisibelabath is a onepot meal and its a filling one. Here, rice is cooked in ghee along with the lentils, mixed veggies and a delectable spice powder in a single pot.
This is a popular dish in southern parts of India. This dish needs some pre-preparation. If all the ingredients are handy, it can be prepared easily. Do not avoid using the veggie drumstick in this recipe. It gives an unique flavour to this recipe and we can get the exact taste as given in hotels.
Topping it with a spoon of ghee before serving, enhances the flavour of the whole dish.
Rice – 200 gms (approx 1 cup)
Toor dhal – 100 gms
Pearl onions / Shallots – 15 to 20 nos
Tomato – 4 nos
Tamarind – lemon sized ball
Salt – to taste
Water – 2 1/2 cups
Ghee – 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Uradh dhal – 1/2 tsp
Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
Drum stick – 1
Carrot – 2 nos
Beans – 50 gms
Chayote – 1 (small)
White pumpkin – 100 gms (chopped)
Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
Chana dhal – 1tbsp
Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Dry red chilli – 4 to 5 nos
Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
Asafoetida – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
- For bisibelabath powder, In a small pan, add a tbsp of oil and dry roast coriander seeds, chana dhal, methi seeds, cumin seeds, red chillis, grated coconut and asafoetida. Cool this mixture completely and grind it in to fine powder (if not, little coarse)
- Rinse the toor dhal. In a cooker, cook it for 5 mins in medium flame with a cup of water. Keep it aside.
- Extract thick pulp from a lemon sized tamarind which measures about 1/2 cup. Keep this aside.
- Chop the veggies: drumstick, carrots, beans, chayote and white pumpkin. Chopped mix veggies measure about 2 to 2 1/2 cups.
These pre-preparations are to be done just before we actually start to cook. These are a must, to avoid last time hurry and to avoid messy kitchen countertop.
- In a cooker, add 1/4 cup of ghee (reserve remaining 1/4 cup ghee).
- Add in the mustard seeds, uradh dhal and methi seeds. Let its flavour arise.
- Then throw in curry leaves and 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves(reserve remaining for garnish).
- Now add the whole pearl onions and fry till transparent.
- Then add the chopped tomatoes and fry tilll mushy.
- Add the chopped mixed veggies now and mix well.
- Mix in the Bisibelabath powder (which we prepared already) now.
- Fry the mixture for about 2 mins.
- Now its time to add the washed rice to the veggie mixture.
- Along with rice, also add the cooked toor dhal and the tamarind pulp.
- Mix everything well and now add 2 1/2 cups of water. Add required salt.
- Close the lid of the cooker and cook in low flame for 20 mins.
- After 20 mins, bisibelabath is ready and top with remaining 1/4 cup of ghee.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
- Hot piping lentil rice is ready to be served with pappad or raita.