Recipes from Masterchef Moms

Published: 29th March 2013 10:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th March 2013 10:04 AM   |  A+A-


For a quick fix of a meal that’s spicy, sumptuous and filling, Bisi Bele bhaath is what you need to cook. Many may remember it from their childhood days and for those who’ve never had it, you’d want to try it. Also here’s a bit of trivia: the name bisi bele bhaath literally translates to hot daal rice.


* 100 gms Rice

* 75 gms Tuar Dal (Arhar Dal)

* ½ cup vegetables like carrots, beans, potato, peas (preferable but optional)

* 1 tomato (optional)

*  2 tsp Oil

*  a little pulp of Tamarind (Imli)

* ½ tsp Turmeric powder (Haldi)

* 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste (optional)

*  2 Onions (sliced)

* Curry Leaves

* 1 tsp Mustard Seeds

* 1 tsp Coriander Seeds (Dhania)

* 1 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)

* 3 Dry Red Chilies

* 1 tsp Aniseed/Fennel Seeds (Saunf)

* 1” stick Cinnamon (Dalchini)

* 4 pods Cardamom (Elaichi)

* 6 Cloves (Laung)

* 8 Peppercorns (Kali Mirchi)


* Wash rice and dal separately, and soak them for 10 minutes.

* Put the dal on heat till half cooked.

* Soak the tamarind pulp and keep it aside.

* Roast all the spices. Mix them with turmeric powder and ginger-garlic paste.

* Now grind the mixture into a thick paste using a little water. Keep this masala aside.

* Heat the oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves to it.

* When the mustard seeds start spluttering, add the sliced onions and fry till translucent.

* Add tamarind juice and 1 cup of water to the onions. Let the water boil.

* Now add the rice, vegetables, tomato, half-cooked tuar daal, masala and salt to the boiling water. Cook it on a low flame till done.

* Garnish Bisi Bele Bhaath with coriander leaves. Serve hot with a dash of ghee

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