This my friends, is an authentic rice dish of my home state, Karnataka. The unique combination of rice and toor dal along with some exotic spices and vegetables makes this dish extremely nourishing and satisfying.
Don't get carried away by the simple and unassuming looks of this rustic dish. Getting the right blend of the spice mix which brings out the aromatic spicy flavour of the dish can be a little tedious. I myself have seen so many of my friends go wrong. Worse, I have even seen them trying to correct the mistake by adding the Garam masala. This to me seems like sacrosanct to the recipe. Luckily for me, my mom, grandmom and especially my MIL make excellent Bisi bele bhat. In fact this recipe is an amalgamation of all the three. So you can say that this is almost like sharing an heirloom recipe.
Bisi bele bhat might not be very photogenic but I assure you that it can make one of the most satisfying, healthy and nourishing one pot meal. Top this rice with a dollop of ghee and serve with onion and tomato raita and potato chips and you can see everyone around you falling in love with this down to earth dish.
Bisi Bele Bhat recipe
Preparation time: 30min
Cooking time: Almost an hour