How to make Bisi Bele Bhaat-SK Khazana -

You can call this a Karnataka style khichdi – bursting with myriad flavours it is irresistible

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Ambemohar rice, Split pigeon peas (tuvar dal)

Cuisine : Karnataka

Course : Rice

Bisi Bele Bhaat-SK Khazana

Bisi Bele Bhaat-SK Khazana Recipe Card


Karnataka cuisine comprises of many vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are full of flavour and taste. It is one of the oldest surviving cuisines and its origins can be traced back to the Iron Age. 
The varieties in Karnataka cuisine have influenced the neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. The cuisine also reflects influences from these four neighbouring states on its food habits. 
Being a coastal state, coconut is grown in abundance. Needless to say coconut in its various forms like oil, milk, fresh and dried coconut is put to excellent use in its cuisine.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Bisi Bele Bhaat-SK Khazana Recipe

  • Ambemohar rice soaked and drained` 1 1/2 cups

  • Split pigeon peas (tuvar dal) soaked and drained 3/4 cup

  • Hulianna masala 2 tablespoons

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Large onion sliced 1

  • Green chillies slit 3

  • Curry leaves 18-24

  • Sambhar onions 10-12

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Dried red chillies 6

  • Medium tomatoes quartered 3

  • Asafoetida (hing) 1/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Tamarind paste 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Ghee 4 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cashewnuts 10-12

  • Fresh coriander sprig for garnish


Step 1

Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add onion, green chillies and 6-8 curry leaves, mix and sauté till fragrant.

Step 2

Add sambhar onions and turmeric powder and mix. Break 3 dried red chillies, add to the cooker alongwith tomatoes, asafoetida and chilli powder, mix well and cook till the tomatoes turn soft and pulpy.

Step 3

Add hulianna masala and mix well. Add rice, pigeon peas, salt, 5-5½ cups water and tamarind paste, mix well, cover and cook under pressure till the pressure is released 3-4 times.

Step 4

Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seeds and sauté till the seeds splutter.

Step 5

Add remaining curry leaves and remaining dried chillies, mix and sauté for 30 seconds. Add this to the cooked rice mixture.

Step 6

Heat remaining ghee in the same pan. Add cashewnuts and fry till browned. Add this to the cooked rice mixture and mix well.

Step 7

Garnish with coriander leaf and serve hot.

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