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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bisibele bhaath

This dish from my home state Karnataka , is a complete meal in itself.A very popular dish -my hubby loves this & so do I.

Ingredients :1 cup rice,3/4 cup tur da,1/2 cup carrots -diced into 1/2 " pieces,1/2 cup beans -diced into 1/2 " pieces,1/2 cup peas( optional ),1 tbsp peanuts,2tsp rasam powder,2 tsp sambhar powder,1-2 byadgi mirch ( dry red chillies ), 1-2 green chillies( optional ),2 sprigs curry leaves,1 tsp urad dal ,1tsp mustard seeds,1tsp hing,,1tsp haldi,2 tbsp oil,salt to taste,1 lemom ball sized tamaraind soaked in 1 cup water.

Method : Pressure cook rice & tur dal  - in different vessel s for 2 whistles.After the second whistle ,slow down the gas & pressure cook on low flame for 5-10 minutes.Put off the gas.

In a kadhai,warm the oil.When it has heated up ,add mustard seeds .After the mustard seeds have popped up add urad dal & peanuts.After the peanuts & urad dal have changed colur add byadgi mirchi. followed by the curry leaves.Put off the gas..Then add hing & turmeric.

Now  ,in the kadhai,add the diced carrots& beans, peas,vertically split green chillies & stir fry on a low flame.Sprinkle some water  on the veggies till they get tender.Squeeze the soaked tamrind into the water & strain it.Add the filitered tamrind water to the kadhai.One can again soak the same tamarind in water & squeeze to get more pulp & again add the pulp after filtering it to the kadhai.Then the remanants can be discarded.Boil the mixture.

Mash the cooked tur dal with spoon to get an even paste.Add this mashed tur dal paste to the kadhai.Mix nicely.Now add the rasam & sambhar powder.Let it boil.Add salt & then add rice.Mix nicely.The bisi bele bhaath is ready .

The consistency has to be watery.As the day progresses ,this bisi bele bhaath becomes semi solid & by night ,it is like a solid lump.As the day progresses ,the bisi bele bhaath gets more tasty as well.

Serve bisi bele bhatth with banana chips/potato chipsor fried papads or any fried vegetable like aloo fry,bhindi fry etc.In the alternative ,a raita can be served as an accompaniment.

Tips : Instead of putting peanuts in the oil after the mustard seeds,they can be added to the tur dal & pressure cooked.

One can put the chopped veggies ...carrots , beans & even peas in tur dal & pressure cook veggies & tur dal together.

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