Bisi Bele Bath/Sambar Rice


Raw rice – 2 cups

Toor dal (Thuvaram paruppu) – 1/2 cup

Vegetables – carrot,potato,cabbage,peas,drumstick etc. (You can add any vegetable)

Chopped big onion – 1 cup

Chopped tomatoes – 4 nos.

Tamarind – 1 lemon size (need 2 cups of tamarind paste)

Turmeric powder (Manjal tool) – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon

Oil – 3 tablespoons

Salt – as desired

Mustard seeds (Kadugu) – 1 teaspoon

Urad dal (Ulutham paruppu) – 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves (Karuvepillai) – little

Coriander leaves (Kothamalli) – little

Ghee – 1 teaspoon

Fry and Grind 

Red chillies – 6 to 8 nos.

Coriander seeds (Kothamalli vidhai) – 1 tablespoon

Channa dal (Kadalai paruppu) – 1 tablespoon

Coconut gratings – 1 tablespoon

Fenugreek seeds (Vendhayam) – 1 teaspoon

Asafoetida (Perungayam) – little

Cumin seeds (Jeeragam) – 1 teaspoon

Poppy seeds (Kasa kasa) – 1 tablespoon

Cloves – 2 nos.

Urad dal (Ulutham paruppu) – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 1 teaspoon


1. Fry the ingredients listed under “Fry and Grind” with 1 teaspoon of oil. When ingredients turn light brown, switch off the stove.

2. Let the fried ingredients come to a room temperature then grind the ingredients coarsely without adding water.


3. In a cooker, add raw rice, toor dal, 6 cups of water, salt, and turmeric powder. Cook till the rice and dal are done.

  • Amount of water to cook both the dal and rice depends on the quality of the rice and dal. Make sure you add atleast  6 cups of water (4 cups for rice and 2 cups for dal).


4. Heat oil in a wide bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add urad dal followed by onions. Fry onions till they turn transparent.


5. Add the vegetables and saute for few minutes until they become little tender. Once vegetables become little soft, add tomatoes and salt and fry for few minutes.


6. Add tamarind paste (2 cups) and boil for few minutes. Then, add curry leaves and the ground paste.

  • Make sure you add tamarind paste only after the vegetables are cooked.


7. Add the boiled tamarind mixture to the dal and rice mixture present in the cooker. Mix well and then add 1 teaspoon Ghee to the Bisi Bele Bath and mix well once again.


Now, Bisi Bele Bath is ready!

Serve. Poriyal & Varuval

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