Instant Bisi Bele Bhath

Bisi Bele Bhath is a medley of Rice, Dal and Masala with or without vegetables.

It is a popular one dish meal in Bangalore and Mysore. I am a great fan of this and can eat it for all the 3 meals.You can make it with rice or beaten rice. If you are regularly visiting this blog you must have seen the Instant Beaten Rice Mix and 4 types of Instant Dal Mix. I have used these to prepare Bisi Bele Bhath.

Though this requires a special masala called Bisibele bhath masala I am using Vangibhath Masala Powder as it is more versatile. You can use it to make stir-fry and other flavored rice too.
Too many types of masala just clutter your pantry, and they loose freshness after few months.
If you don't want to use this Masala you can use garam masala and chilli pd.

Serves- 1 hungry person
Cooking time- 20 mins
To make this you will need-
  • 1 tbsp Instant dal mix -2 (you can use Instant dal mix-1)
  • 1/4 cup (3 tbsp) Instant Beaten Rice Mix (Basic tempering/ South Indian tempering/ yellow or white  or 1 cup steamed rice (great way to use leftover rice)
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup frozen or fresh mixed vegetables(such as carrot, french beans, cauliflower, green peas)
  • 1 tsp MTR Vangibhath Powder /1/2 tsp each garam masala powder and chilli pd
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional, I don't use it)
  • 1 tsp jaggery powder or brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp tamarind or 1/2 cup finely chopped tomato (deseeded) or 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Let's start cooking-
1. If you are using frozen vegetables-thaw them for 10 mins outside the refrigerator. Otherwise
    the cooking time will increase.
2. Soak the Instant Poha Mix, in 3/4 cup (150 ml) water and keep aside.
3. Mix Instant dal Mix, masala powder, jaggery /brown sugar, tamarind in 3/4 cup (150 ml)
    water into this. Stir well and keep ready.
4. Boil the frozen veggies in 1 cup water in a thick bottomed vessel or rice cooker till french
    beans are tender. (about 10 mins). Always boil these vegetables without any sour ingredients
    (tomato, tamarind etc. Sour ingredients don't help some vegetables and beans to cook.
5. Add the dal paste and tomato (if using). Stir well so that dal and the vegetables have mixed
    well. Let this boil for 7 mins. Do not forget to stir after every 2 minutes.
6. Now add the soaked beaten rice flakes or rice into this and cook further. Check whether it
    requires salt (about 1/2 tsp).
7. Cook for 3 mins and when the mixture starts bubbling remove from heat.

Taste enhancer-
Heat 2 tsp oil and fry 1-2 tsp cashew pieces, when they turn golden add 1/2 cup green capsicum (bell pepper) fry for 2 mins. (If you are making this in the rice cooker -fry this first and transfer it into a bowl.)
Garnish this over the Bisi Bele Bhath.

Different ways of relishing this-
  1. Transfer this Bisi bele bhath into a bowl and top it with Crisp Potato Chips (This is known as Wafers in Mumbai) or Savoury boondi (Khaara Boondi in Karnataka)  and eat when it is still warm.
  2. You can eat with little pure ghee.
  3. I like to eat this with a bowl of yoghurt or Onion-Tomato-Cucumber raita.

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