Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bisibele Bhat and Curd rice

Bisibele (bbb) is a traditional dish that I grew up on....lazy weekend afternoons with bisibele and curd rice along with crunchy papadums and fried chillies, followed by a nap and a movie. Sunday nites were movie nites .....those days we had only doordarshan and Sunday nite movies was a grand finale' to the weekend!! It is amazing that not much has changed, we have a variety of entertainment to choose from but Sunday afternoons are special when bbb is on the menu .....& extra special when shared with loved ones - be it family or friends and food is a big part of it, atleast in my home.

I have many variations of bbb. This is one of my favorites : a recipe given to me by my mother-in-law who is a fabulous cook!!

You will need :

1 cup : rice
3/4 cup : toor daal


 1-1/2 cup ash guard cut in cubes
1 cup beans cut - an inch long
3/4 cup   green peas

2-3 tbsp tamarind pulp

lemon size jaggery
pinch turmeric
salt to taste

For the masala
1 tbsp cumin
little  black pepper
4 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp chana daal
4-5 small pieces of cinnamon
3/4 tbsp fenugreek  seeds
6-7 whole dried red chillies
handful dry coconut

roast the masala in a few drops of oil and make a dry powder or a wet paste. Make sure you do not over roast the red chilly or the dry coconut, so add it only after the other ingredients are roasted.

Mix the daal and rice, wash and add 2 cups of water and cook in the conventional pressure cooker till the rice is done. To the cooked rice and daal add cooked vegetables, tamarind, turmeric, jaggery, salt and bbb powder/paste, bring to a boil, add water if required.

 Tempering: heat 1tsp ghee, add mustard, let it splatter now add cashew nuts, asafoetida(hing)and curry leaves pour over bbb and serve hot with papadums.

Curd rice

You will need

2 cups cooked rice
2-3 cups thick yogurt

finely chopped cucumber
green grapes halved or pomegranate
finely chopped cilantro
finely chopped ginger
fresh red/green chilli split
salt to taste

Mix all the above ingredients. For tempering in 1/2 tsp oil add mustard, let it splatter add 1 tsp chana daal and 1 tsp urad daal...asafoetida(hing), ginger and split red/green chilli, garnish with cilantro. Served chill with hot bisibele bhat .

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  1. both the bowls look so enticing, great presentation.

  2. Mouthwatering recipes & awesome clicks........Feeling hungry looking at these bowls.

  3. Wow, I so want to try this bisi bela bhat

  4. Mouthwatering and tempting clicks!!
    lovely recipe..

  5. I LOVE that fushia and gold in the background!

  6. One of my favourite rice dishes - bisi bele bhat. You have a wonderful recipe, and one of the simpler ones I have seen - usually moms and mom-in-laws are always the best sources of recipes. Isnt it? :)

  7. thanks for stopping by at Saji..
    This rice variety is really good and tasty

  8. I love BB but never knew how to make it... should try this ..

  9. My favorite bisibele and all time favorite curd rice..Awesome clicks..looks very tempting and love the presentation..

  10. My comforting foods, love both of them..

  11. Im so craving for BBB now..!! Fabulous clicks with a traditional touch!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. hey that looks so delicious and tempting...:)

  13. delicious rice thanks for sharing want to taste this will try this soon

  14. I love bbb although it was never made at home and if any of us wanted to eat it, it had to be ordered in . Good one.

  15. delicious and tempting dish .........

  16. ultimate comfort food the clicks are beautiful.

  17. Lovely click ...looks so beautiful and authentic simply love this comfort food:)

  18. Delicious combo.. Very comforting dishes for all seasons..

  19. Delicious tasty combo,clicks looks so tempting!


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