Bisi Belle Bhaat

Ever since I wrote the post about my Top Comfort Foods in the July #BlogAlong, I have been dyyying to write this post. Writing this post would require me making the dish, which I hadn’t made.. until a few days ago. It couldn’t come at a better time as it is time for the next #BlogAlong, almost like a continuation! This is my opportunity to share one of my absolutely favourite dishes with you. Do go back and check out the post and you will know how much this one dish wonder means to me.

There are many ways of making Bisi Belle Bhaat, but what I share with you is the way I have grown up having it… the way my mommy makes it. It’s simple in flavours, easy to make, and if you like your vegetables (like me…) this sure is a treat.


..Ease: Um.. not really that easy. Requires a bit of practice.   
..Taste: Very very verrrrrryyyy tasty!
...Appearance: The dish isn’t much of a looker, but that hardly even matters.
..Pros: Simplicity and makes your tummy go aaahhh!!!
..Cons: Hmm… I can’t think of any. It’s healthy, easy… really.. no cons here folks.
..Would I make it again: I make it ALL THE TIME!

Bisi Belle Bhaat

Bisi Belle Bhaat


  • Onion.. 1 cut in large pieces
  • Potato.. 1 cut in large pieces
  • Carrots.. 2 cut in large pieces
  • French Beans.. a few cut in large pieces
  • Tomato... 1.5 cut in large pieces (you really don't need to cut anything finely.. the magic is when you can bit into the big chunks of veggies)
  • Rice.. 1 cup
  • Toor Dal.. 1 cup
  • Peanuts - 1/2 cup
  • Masalas : Haldi, Red Chili Powder, Sambar/ Bisi Belle Bhaat Powder, Salt... all to taste


  1. Mix the dal and rice and wash it. Cook the two together till it looks like a base for Khichdi. I usually pressure cook it - easy peasy.
  2. Add some oil in a Handi. Once the oil heats up, add some mustard seeds, Haldi and Red Chili powder. 
  3. Add the cut onions and other vegetables once the masalas are cooked. 
  4. Add some water and the peanuts. (If you like the peanuts a little roasted, then you can put it in with the oil, however, I like it boiled, and that's why I put it with a little bit of water while the veggies are cooking).
  5. Once the vegetables are almost cooked, add the tomatoes and 1-2 tbsp of sambar/ bisi belle bhaat powder and some salt (according to taste of course... I like it a little spicy hence my serving of the masala is a little generous). Allow the mixture to cook completely. Add water if required.
  6. As soon as the entire mixture is cooked, add the cooked rice and dal mixture, and almost half a litre of water.
  7. Allow all the ingredients to mix well and the water to start boiling.
  8. Check the seasoning and adjust it to your liking.
  9. Wait for about 5-7 minutes for the bhaat to boil well. Keep stirring to ensure nothing gets stuck at the bottom of the Handi.... and there you go!
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I complete this dish with pickled onions, raita and papad and have it HOT! Cuz that’s that way (ah huh! ah huh!) I like it! (ah huh! ah huh!)

This post is a part of the 3 Girls and a #BlogAlong monthly link-up party, co-hosted by Upasna from Life On My Plate, Shruti from Msz Knowitall and me, Pooja from A Bit of This and a Lot of That. This month’s theme is  Open House!

This post is also part of the series ‘The Kannadiga Thaali’ that covers recipes from Karnataka, primarily the north. I would love to have you share recipes, tips and tricks, anecdotes.. anything at all related to this cuisine. Do not forget to tag #TheKannadigaThaali. 

The 3Girls are sooooper excited to have the door wide open for you to post anything you like! Go craaazyy peps! 😀

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2 Replies to “Bisi Belle Bhaat”

  1. I lovvve this.. Reading bout it has got my mouth watering!!! 🙂

    1. Hehehe… try it out and let me know how it turns out 😀

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