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Bisi Bele Bhat – Indian Spicy Lentil and Rice Pot Recipe

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  • Author: Nandita Nataraj
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4


A spicy melting pot of rice, lentils and vegetables


  • Long grained rice- 1 cup or 16 Oz
  • Pigeon peas- 1/2 cup of 8 Oz
  • Carrot- 1 large, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • French beans- Chopped into 1″ pieces
  • Fresh or frozen peas- 1/2 cup
  • Potato- 1 small, cubed
  • Onion- 1 med, cut into strips
  • Tomato- 1, copped fine
  • Capsicum-1, cut into strips
  • Tamarind paste- 5 tbsp or 2.5 Oz
  • Salt- to taste
  • Jagerry- 1tbsp or 0.5 Oz
  • Clarified butter- 2 tbsp or 1 Oz
  • Mustard- 1tsp
  • Curry leaves- 15
  • Asafotida- 1 large pinch
  • For the Spice mix
  • Bengal Gram-1-1/4tbsp
  • Black gram- 1tbsp
  • Poppy seeds- 1-1/2tsp
  • Coriander seeds-1-1/2tbsp
  • Dried Red chillies- 4-5
  • Cumin seeds- 1tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds- 1/4tsp
  • Cinnamon- 1″ piece
  • Cloves- 2
  • Oil- 1tsp
  • Grated fresh Coconut


  1. Pressure cook the pigeon peas and the rice separately and keep aside.
  2. Steam cook the vegetables till 3/4th done and set aside.
  3. For the spice mix, Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and add the cinnamon and cloves and fry for a min.
  4. Once the cloves puff up, add the cumin seeds and the fenugreek seeds and saute till they are lightly browned.
  5. Add the bengal gram and the black gram and fry for a min more.
  6. Add the coriander seeds and poppy seeds and fry till the poppy seeds sputter.
  7. Stir in the red chillies and fry till they are crisp.
  8. Turn out the heat and add the grated coconut and mix well.
  9. Cool the mixture completely and grind the mixture to a fine paste along with some water.
  10. In a large vessel, mix the cooked rice and the pigeon peas along with the steamed vegetables and mix well.
  11. Add the ground paste, tamarind extract, salt and jagerry and allow the mixture to stand for 30min
  12. Heat the clarified butter in a large wok and add the mustard seeds.
  13. Once they pop, add the curry leaves and the asafoetida and fry for a min.
  14. Add the onion strips and fry till they are tender.
  15. Add the tomato and the capsicum and fry till the tomato turns mushy.
  16. Add the rice and vegetable mixture and mix well.
  17. Add about 5 to 6 cups of water and allow the mixture to simmer on a low flame for 15mins till the consistency of thick porridge is achieved.
  18. Check for salt and take off the heat. Serve hot with curd or curd dip of your choice.


If fresh coconut is not available, then dried coconut can be used in it’s place.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
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