Bisi Bele Baath, the traditional, much loved, one-pot dish of Karnataka is a healthy and spicy vegetable ‘kichadi’. Rice with lentil along with seasonal vegetables and a specially roasted and ground spice powder gives the distinct aroma and flavour to this dish.
Bisi Bele Baath must be slightly over cooked to mushy consistency to get the perfect taste. The use of boiled peanuts is something unique and different from similar preparations of other regions. Going through some images and recipes on the blog I notice that the Bisi Bele Baath is served with a topping of crunchy mixture or boondi. In out home, we prefer the rice without the mixture or boondi.
The bisi bele spice powder can be either roasted and ground at home or bought from the stores. I usually use the ready-to-use store bought ones of reputed brand.
Today being Sunday, had already decided last evening that it will be Bisi Bele rice for lunch. Just as I thought of writing a post on Instagram and also sharing the link to the recipe I noticed I had not published the recipe on the blog – it was still lying in draft stage and incomplete. I remember that I have some pictures clicked earlier and retrieved them from my laptop.
This rice preparation has a traditional name that the people of Karnataka call it by – it is ‘Bisi Bele Huli Anna’. In almost all restaurants across Karnataka this flavorful rice is available. There are various ways that people prepare this too, it varies from region to region.
Though this takes quite an amount of time to prepare it is much easier since no other side dishes are needed with this. So whether on a Sunday or weekday this is ideal also for carrying in lunchboxes.
We fry vadams or papadams to eat along with the bisi bele rice and also make a onion raita.