Whenever I voice chat with my parents I show them the recipes I make for their dear son-in-law :). Today morning I showed them some snaps along with this BBB too. My father asked me what is it, is it Biryani ? ;) I said hmmmm no and started giving hints saying that its a recipe I learnt from my friend Asha. It is a comfort food, a wholesome meal in itself a favorite one from Bangalore- Mysore area of Karnataka state in India.
After just telling him the name of the state you know he guessed it loudly - it is Bise Bele Bath is'nt it ? :D. I told yes Nana(that is wt I call him ;)) it is, how do you know about it? He said Oh! I very well know about it it tastes so good as I had a chance to taste it when one of my colleagues shared his lunch:).
It is just like our sambhar rice but with a different masala that is BB masala. I couldn't take any snaps the first time I made it because these days we are spending our time visiting parks and having lunch there nicely packed from home on one day of the weekends. So, I packed everything in a hurry and couldn't take a snap.
I thank Asha, for sharing this wonderful recipe with us.
Cooking and Preparation Time - 1 hr - 1.30 hr approx
For making the Bise Bele powder (these quantities mentioned will make around 1 cup of the powder which can be stored and used for future. Use as much powder as you need to make the Bise Bele Bath)
Dry Roast all the below ingredients until reddish brown and grind into a powder with 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
Coriander seeds - 8 tbsp
Dry Red chillies- 4
Pepper corns-1 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds-1 tbsp
Chana Dal-2 tbsp
Cumin seeds-1 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tbsp
Cinnamon/Patta/Dalchini - 1 inch
Poppy seeds-2 tbsp
Dry coconut-3 tbsp
For Gravy Preparation you will need
Onions - 2 sliced
Tomatoes - 2 big
Green beans, Carrots and Peas - 3 cups or according to your wish adjust it (cooked separately, I microwaved them for few mins. You can do whichever way possible to you)
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cashews, Peanuts - 2 tbsp each or more
Toor Dal - 1 cup cooked ( I didnt have it so used Masoor Dal for the second time I made it, taste was same)
Red Chillies - 2
Mustard seeds - 1tbsp
Few curry leaves
Jaggery - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Also, cook Basmati/Sona masoori rice 2 cups and keep aside separately.
- In a deep pan heat ghee, then add cahews, peanuts, mustard, dry red chillies, curry leaves, sliced onions and saute until they are brown. Now add, tomatoes, salt and fry they are half cooked(not mushy).
- Then add Tuar dal, tamarind juice, jaggery, cooked veggies, powder that we made and 10 cups of water.
- Boil until it is reduced to atleast half its amount until oil specks on top. Add more water to make the consistency thin if you want. Keep it in fridge overnight. Next day boil it again.
- Add the cooked rice and mix with the gravy. Cook on low heat until its thick.
- Garnish with coriander and serve hot with raita or by itself.
Cut the amount to half since it serves 8 people. Also, instead of using the gravy the other day I used it the same day itself keeping some in the fridge for next days use.
The recipe is an exact copy from Asha's blog except the dal. I used Masoor instead of Tuar. I also tried it with Tuar the first time I had made it. Both tasted the same with slight difference. So, you can use whichever you feel like :).
If you observe, Asha's blog's header banner has BBB snap ....;). Enjoy!