Bisi Bele Bath (Sambar sadam)

BisiBele bath !! Am sure most of you guys start drooling when I say this. Yes this is rice based dish cooked with lentils & vegetables with the combination of unique spicies.It is a easy one pot meal and can be cooked in jiffy especially in a lazy day :)

Actually it tastes even better after a few hours of cooking (or even good in next day), when all the flavours are well blended. This dish tends to get thicken with time, so remember to stream it before serving to get back the correct consistency. In this recipe, I used white rice. You can try with either oats or brown rice with the same ingredients. Am sure it will take you to heaven !!

Lets go for the recipe :

Ingredients :

Rice - 1/2 cup
Toor dhal - 1/3 cup
Tamarind - a small lemon sized
Mixed vegetables  - 3/4 cup (Carrot, beans )
Shallots -12-15
Potato - 1
Brinjal -1
Tomato -1
Green chillis -2
Hing -1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Sambar powder -1 tbsp
Curry leaves - 1 spring 
Oil -2 tsp
Salt to taste

Dry Roast and grind

Methi seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Peppercorns - 5 to 6
Corriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Red chillis - 2 to 3
Cinnamon stick -1 small piece
Cloves - 2 to 3 nos
Cardamom - 2
Kasa kasa -1/2 tsp
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp

To temper

Oil - 1 tsp
Ghee -1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red chillis -2 nos
Hing - a pinch

Method :

Soak rice and toor dhal for 30 minutes. 

Dry roast all the ingredients mentioned above. Let them cool and grind them to coarse powder.
Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract the juice. Keep it aside.

In a pressure cooker, add oil and ghee (of 1 tsp each). Splutter the mustard seeds, cumin seeds followed by adding red chillis, hing and curry leaves. Fry them for a while.
Now saute shallots till they turn golden brown. Add tomatos, sambar powder (I used MTR sambar powder & turmeric powder and saute it for a minute. Now add the tamarind extract and bring it to boil. To this mixture, add the vegetables and cook it for 2 - 3 minutes till it saute completely.
Now add the soaked dhal and rice followed by adding 3 cups of water. Add the required salt and pressure cook it for 4 whistles in a low medium flame. 

Once the rice,dhal and vegetables are cooked well, add the dry grinded masala and cook it for 5 minutes in a low flame.  Garnish with corriander leaves and enjoy Bisi bele bath with a dollop of ghee.
Serve hot with raitha or fryans. Enjoy your perfect sunday lunch !!


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