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Bisi Bele Bath |Sambar Sadam

Bisi Bele Bath is a flavorful one pot meal prepared with rice, dal, vegetables and freshly prepared spice mix. Flavorful protein rich sambar sadam can be prepared in pressure cooker/ instant pot.
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Course: Variety Rice
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Rice - 1/2 cup soaked and drained
  • Toor Dal - 1/2 cup soaked and drained
  • Mixed Vegetable - 1 + 1/2 cups I used carrots, beans, capsicum, potato and drumstick
  • Ghee - 3 tablespoon
  • Sesame Oil - 1/4 teaspoon
  • shallots - 15
  • Curry leaves - 1 spring
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Sambar Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Tamarind extract - 3 tablespoon
  • Roasted Peanuts - 3 tablespoon
  • Cashew - 2 tablespoon
  • Water - 3 cups
  • Salt - to taste
  • To temper:
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/8 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek - 1/8 teaspoon
  • For Bisi Bele Bath Powder makes Approx. 1/4 Cup
  • Chana dal split bengal gram - 1/2 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon powder - 1/2 teaspoon optional
  • Coconut - 3 tablespoon grated
  • Red chillies - 1 I used kashmiri chilli
  • Coriander seeds - 1/2 tablespoon
  • Peppercorn - 5
  • Fenugreek - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Fennel Seed - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Poppy seed - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Shallots - 3
  • Oil - 1 teaspoon I used coconut oil


  • Add oil to the pan, add all the ingredients (Except Coconut) listed under 'For Bisi Bela Bath Powder ' and sauté on low flame for 3-4 mins or till they turn golden brown in colour. Add coconut after switching off and keep aside to cool. After the ingredients are cooled, add zwater and blend in a mixer to a fine paste and keep aside
  • Add Ghee to the Pressure cooker. When ghee is hot, add the items under 'To Temper' and let the mustard seed crackle. Add shallots and saute for 2 minutes, then add vegetables and saute for 5 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, sambar powder and give a quick mix. Add the blended paste and mix well
  • Add rice, toor dal, tamarind and mix gently. Saute on medium flame for 2 minutes. Add salt, and 3 cups of hot water, mix gently. Let the water comes to a boilFinally add peanuts, cashew and sesame oil. Pressure cook on a high flame for 4 whistles
  • Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.Add 1 tsbp of ghee and Garnish with Coriander/Boondi/sev/Oma pudi and serve hot


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  1. Chop vegetables into big chunks so they won't became mushy while cooking
  2.  I soaked rice and toor dal together in hot water for 2 hour
  3. Instead of homemade bisi bele bath paste, you can also use bisi bele bath powder available in the stores
  4. If you are using Drumsticks boil them separately, and add it to cooked Bisi Bele bath rather than cooking along with other veggies. This would prevent Drumstick from breaking apart
  5.  Brinjal, chow chow, white pumpkin can also be added
  6.  Bisi bele bath can also be cooked in Instant pot. Follow all steps in saute mode and cook in manual mode for 25 minutes and open after the pressure release naturally
  7. Adjust spice level according to your preference
  8. If you are using store brought tamarind paste, use 1 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon of paste
  9. I have added little water in mixie and jar used that water, hence my water in the video looks brown
  10.  I have used capsicum in the recipe but while taking video I didnt have it so used chayote
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