Bisi Bele Bhat is a spicy melting pot of rice, lentils and vegetables, common in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Text And Photos By Nandita Nataraj
Think Karnataka (state of south India) cuisine and the first thing that comes to mind is Bisi Bele Bhat. Bisi bele bhat literally translates to hot lentil rice in Kannada language. The preparation of this dish is quite elaborate and involves the use of spices like asafotida, cinnamon and cloves. These spices contribute to the unique flavor and taste of the dish. This rice is normally served as is or sometimes it consumed with a yogurt dip and potato wafers. This medley of rice and lentils is considered to be one of the most nourishing one pot meals in India.
Bisi Bele Bhat – Indian Spicy Lentil and Rice Pot Recipe
Nandita was born, bred and spread in India, but right now lives in Tanzania where her quest for simple and exotic pleasures of food led to the creation of the blog Paaka-Shaale. She believes that food is not just a means to feed a body. But it is also meant to appeal the mind and satiate the soul.