Bisi bele bath powder is an authentic Karnataka-style special spice powder that is used to make a rice lentils-based dish called bisi bele bath. Bisi translates to English hot, bele means lentils/dal, and bath is a rice-lentils dish that has loads of mixed vegetables in it.
Walk into any restaurant in Karnataka, you will find BBB on their menu. This dish is a hot-selling dish in many restaurants. Bisi bele bath finds a special place in every household in Karnataka, it makes its appearance at least once a week in the kitchen
Homemade bisi bele bath powder recipe
Today I’d like to share with you all a very simple and easy masala recipe that is very famous in South India, Karnataka.
Homemade masala powders are unbeatable. The fresh aroma of whole spices roasted and ground to powder makes the dish every more tasty. making homemade spice powders can be a bit time-consuming, but worth the effort and time. Nothing nothing comes close to so it’s homemade fresh masala powders.
This aromatic masala powder is used in the preparation of a rice dish called bisi bele bath. It’s even called Bisi bele huli anna(huli anna is a tangy rice dish). It is one of the most loved dishes by Kannadigas. The main ingredient of BBB is the bath powder or masala powder that goes into the rice-lentils-vegetables mix.
Rice-lentils-vegetables is cooked in a medley of aromatic spices and the end product is a spicy, tangy, slightly sweet, very healthy, and comforting dish that is served for breakfast/lunch/dinner!
Here’s what you’ll need –
- Dry Red Chilies
- Coriander Seeds
- Jeera/Cumin seeds
- Chana Dal/Split Chickpeas
- Urad Dal/Split black Lentils
- Black Peppers
- Methi/Fenugreek Seeds
- Cinnamon Stick
- Mace (I skipped)
- Poppy seeds
- Grated dry coconut(kopra)
All the ingredient’s exact measurements are mentioned in the recipe card below.
How to make
Heat a pan and dry roast the ingredients one by one. First, add dried red chilies and dry roast them on low flame. Next, add the rest of the ingredients and dry roast until the dal turns light golden brown and the spices are aromatic.
Remove from flame and let it cool completely. Transfer these roasted spices into a mixer and blend them into fine powder. Store this aromatic Bisi bele bath masala powder in a dry, air-tight container.
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📋Bisi bele bath powder
- 10-12 Dry red chilies I used a combination of Byadagi and normal spicy ones for color and heat
- 1½ teaspoon Coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon Jeera/Cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon Black peppercorns
- ¼ teaspoon Methi/Fenugreek seeds
- 1 tablespoons Channa dal/Split chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons Urad dal/Split black Lentils
- 2 inches Cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- Little Nutmeg
- 2 Mace I skipped
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- ½ cup grated dry coconut kopra
- Heat a pan and dry roast the ingredients one by one. First, add dried red chilies and dry roast them on low flame. Next, add the rest of the ingredients and dry roast until the dal turns light golden brown and the spices are aromatic.
- Remove from flame and let it cool completely.
- Transfer these roasted spices into a mixer and blend them into fine powder.
- Store this aromatic Bisi Bele Bhath Masala powder in a dry, air-tight container.
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I’m Jyothi Rajesh (Jo for short) and i’m the founder of the food blog, Curry Trail where I share my culinary Adventures. I live in Bangalore, India. I’m a mom of two beautiful kids. My passion is creating and sharing delicious and easy recipes for the home cook. I have been blogging since 2007 and many of my recipes have appeared in both online and print publications over the years. Learn more about Jyothi Rajesh.