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Bisi Bele Bath

Traditional South Indian style dish where rice and vegetables are cooked in tamarind water with some assorted Indian spices.
  Vegetable oil 1 Teaspoon
  Curry leaves 10 (8-10)
  Shallots 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped beans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped capsicum 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped carrot 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped potato 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Turmeric powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Rice 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), soaked in water for half an hour and drained
  Split red gram 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), soaked in water for half an hour and drained
  Tamarind water 4 Tablespoon (Tamarind paste diluted with water)
  Water 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Clarified butter 2 Teaspoon (Ghee)
  Salt To Taste
For the paste
  Split bengal gram 1 Tablespoon
  Split black lentil 1 Tablespoon
  Cinnamon stick 1⁄2 Inch
  Grated coconut 3 Teaspoon
  Whole dry red chilies 4
  Coriander seeds 2 Teaspoon

For the Paste:
1. In a blender add vegetable oil, split Bengal gram, split black lentil, cinnamon stick, grated coconut, dry red chilies and coriander seeds. Blend into a fine paste and keep aside.

2. In a pan heat vegetable oil, add curry leaves, shallots, carrots, potatoes, capsicum, and beans. Sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
3. Add turmeric powder, mix well and cook till the turmeric loses its raw smell.
4. Now add rice, followed by split red gram and mix gently.
5. Add the tamarind water, salt, prepared paste and mix well. Pour water, stir gently, cover and let it cook on a high flame till the water dries up.

6. Add ghee, mix well and serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 532 Calories from Fat 109

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 13 g19.5%

Saturated Fat 6 g30.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 13.4 mg4.5%

Sodium 242.2 mg10.1%

Total Carbohydrates 92 g30.7%

Dietary Fiber 13.8 g55.2%

Sugars 9.7 g

Protein 16 g32.2%

Vitamin A 143.8% Vitamin C 77.8%

Calcium 19.8% Iron 24.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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