Apr 142015

Bisi bele bath is a healthy food from Karnataka that looks like south Indian sambar. It has got a special masala powder in it made with some aromatic spices used in India. It is yet again another easy homemade cooking recipes that can be prepared within minutes, if you have the bisi bele bath masala powder recipe. I have used the recipe from Veg recipes of India and modified it slightly according to my taste.

This is a quick rice preparation that can be made either in rice cookers or pressure cooker and also makes for a wonderful kids lunch recipes for school. A nice fry curry goes very well with this recipe but my favorite is papads or appadams 🙂

Bisi bele bath masala

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Makes: 1 cup masala

Preparation time: 15 mins


Coriander seeds /dhania /dhaniyalu – ½ cup

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds or menthulu – ½ tsp

Sesame seeds – 1 tbsp

Chana dal/senaga pappu – ¼ cup

Urad dal or minappapu – 1 tbsp

Whole dry red chili – about 15 (depending on the heat you desire)

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Black peppercorns – 6

Mace or javitri – 1

Green cardamom – 3

Star anise – 1

Bisi bele bath masala



  1. Dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds till the coriander seeds start changing color.
  2. Then add the sesame seeds and fry for few seconds and transfer to a plate.
  3. In the same pan, add the chana dal and urad dal and roast till the dal turns into golden brown color and leaves a nice aroma. Transfer to the plate.
  4. Into the same pan, add the red chili, cinnamon, peppercorns, mace, cardamom and star anise and fry till they leave their wonderful oils and bulge slightly. Transfer to the plate with the remaining roasted ingredients.
  5. Let them cool completely.
  6. Blend them together till you get a smooth and fine powder.
  7. Store in an air-tight jar and this can be used for a couple of months when stored perfectly without letting any moisture get into it.Bisi bele bath masala powder

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