Dec 28, 2011

Bisibelabath Recipe / Special Sambar Sadam– Iyengar Style (Comfort Food)

I am delivering you the recipe which I promised you yesterday. This  is one of the best one I have ever had. I will recommend you to try this dish as soon as possible.

You know that bisibelabath is one of the famous and tasty dish. The cool thing about this is, it is iyengar recipe and I got this from one of my friend in office. This is her mum’s recipe..One day we had a get together in office, she bought this along with papad and it was totally delicious. At that second itself I wanted to post this in my blog. So last week I called her mum and asked for the recipe and made it atonce…

The vegetables used in this recipe is entirely upto you..You could add or remove any vegetables as per your wish. Basically you are making a special sambar and adding rice to that. Please taste the sambar and adjust the tamarind, salt and sugar for your taste. This is best had piping hot right from the stove. You can put this in a bowl and eat it with a spoon, because the consistency of this should be semi solid which makes it a comfort dish.

I had it with brinjal fry and papad..So hope you love it and let me know the results..


Rice – 1 cup
Toor Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu / Split Pigeon Peas  –  ½ cup
Potato-1 large chopped
Onion-1 chopped(optional, though the original recipe didn’t call for this)
Tomato-2 chopped
Brinjals – 2 chopped
Carrot – 2 chopped
Long Green Brinjal – 1 chopped
Green Chilli-3 long ones (milder than small ones)
Cucumber – 1 small chopped
Tamarind Paste – 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
Sugar -1 tsp
Coriander Leaves / Cilantro – 1 small bunch

Spices 1:
Cinnamon – 1 small Stick

Spices 2:
Coriander Seeds-2 tblspn
Split Channa Dal-1 tblspn
Dry Red Chilli-3
Pepper-1 tsp

For Seasoning:
Cashew – 10 pieces
Curry leaves – 2 spring
Ghee – 2 tblspn
Oil-2 tblspn


Start by making bisibelabath powder. Take spices 1 in a dry roasting pan and roast for 3-4 mins until well roasted. Remove and set aside to cool. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a kadai and Take spices 2 in that. Roast it till it gets golden brown. Remove it and set aside to cool down.Now take both of this in a blender or coffee grinder and powder it finely. Bisibelabath powder is done.

Now wash rice till all starch goes away. Put it pressure cooker and add 4 cups of water and cook it for 3 whistles for about 15-20 mins until cooked. Let the pressure go all by itself. Remove and set aside.

Take all vegetables and washed toor dal  in a pressure cooker and cover it completely with water . Cook it for 3 whistles for about 15-20 mins until cooked. Let the pressure go all by itself. Remove it and transfer it into a large pan.

Bring that to a boil and add in bisibelabath powder, tamarind, sugar, salt and mix well. Let it simmer for 10 mins. If the mixture is too thick add some more water. The consistency should be like a thin sambar.Taste this to check for seasonings and adjust it accordingly.

Now add in rice and mix well. Let it simmer for 5-10 mins. Add lots of cilantro on top and mix well.

No make seasoning by heating ghee and oil in a small pan. Add cashewnuts and curry leaves and mix well. Pour this over the rice and mix well. The consistency should be like a thick dosa batter.

Serve this hot with brinjal fry and papad.

Take all your ingrediants..Add Sugar & Cashews in this list
Spice 1
Spcie 2
Assorted Veggies
Chop everything
Roast Spices 1 in dry pan
till light golden
remove it in a blender
add 1 tsp of oil for roasting spices 2
add it in
and roast till light golden
remove to the same blender
Powder it
Take washed rice in pressure cooker
Pour water
and cook
till done
Take Veggies and Washed Dal in pressure cooker
add water
cover and cook
till done
pour it in a big kadai
add the ground masala
mix well
Add Tamarind
salt and some sugar
and bring it to a boil
add rice
and mix well
throw in lots of cilantro
heat ghee and oil
add cashews
and curry leaves
pour that in
mix well
and serve
taste great with papad and quick brinjal fry
Enjoy friends


  1. Very flavorful dish. And BTW, bisibelebhath is from Karnataka. :)

  2. ¡Qué rico! ¡Te deseo todo lo mejor en este nuevo año 2012 que está a punto de comenzar! Besos. : )

  3. Bisibelabath sounds very interesting and delicious. You have explained the recipe very well. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I dont think I've ever had anything like this, but it looks pretty good! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great day and God bless! :)

  5. wonderful recipe,am drooling over here!!

  6. I love bisibelabath, looks very tempting :)

  7. Delicious rice, I like this type of one pot meals.

  8. this truly is yummy in my tummy. I had this for the first time from ready to make pack and it was delish and I was hooked. I do make it at home now. except use the MTR masala.
    Love Ash.


  10. Perfect Comfort food...have tasted this once and loved it.

  11. super delicious and flavourful sambar sadam..

  12. wow... fabulous recipe... sambar sadam looks delicious..

  13. Hi arthi thank you for following me.your blog has very nice and different recipes!will follow you too happy blogging!
    Yummy bisebela!

  14. This looks absolutely amazing! I especially appreciated the step-by-step instructions with the photos. The terminology of some of the ingredients made sense with the pictures. I can see why you love it! I would love to have some right now! Thank you for posting!

  15. Omg, makes me hungry,super delicious BBB,inviting.

  16. This sounds like a wonderful dish!

  17. This is making me hungry again...yummy comfort food...happy 2012 dear.

  18. This is a wonderful dish, can't wait to try it.
    We wish you a very Happy New Year.

  19. older posts are good than newer posts
    all r yummy

  20. Hi .. I recently stumbled upon your site.. And i became a frequent visitor from then onwards.. Today i tried this bisibela bath recipe (with very few changes in the spices) it came out so well.. I prepared it for a potluck dinner... It was an instant hit.. Thank you for posting such wonderful recipes..

  21. Hi

    It came very good except the smell of cinnamon (took only 5 no's of cinnamon) was too high. I heard from my mother that it will give too much smell if we make powder of it. Anyway cheers and keep posting..

  22. 'Split chana dal' looks like 'Pottu kadalai'? or is it regular 'kadalai paruppu'?

  23. The look of the dish reminds me of haleem! ! If you haven't posted the haleem recipe, please do so. I have tried few recipes of yours and they turned out well. I learnt lot of tips just be reading your recipes! ! Keep up the good work! ! You have magic in hands. .

  24. @Aarthi

    hi Aarthi... have been visiting your website for quite some time... doing really a great job. the pictoral representations are really helpful.

    btw was going thru this page and found that you have not added 'bele' (dhal) to bisi bele baath. usually thur dhal for this. is this a different style??

  25. nice food ! I like it .I have never eaten this type of roll.It is very testy and delicious.chinese restaurants in vijaynagar

  26. I tried this came out so tastyy tanku arthi sis...

  27. Today I tried this it came out so tasty...tnq arthi sisi for this recipe..

  28. I tried it. Today was. A we some thank u aarathi


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