Wednesday, January 13, 2016

BisiBeleBath Powder

Bisi Bele Bath is a popular Karnataka Dish which needs no introduction. It is made out of vegetables, lentil and rice and is a wholesome meal in itself. You use BBB powder for flavoring, which is a special blend of spices roasted and ground to a fine powder.

The Bisi bele bath powder available in Indian stores is pretty good and serves the purpose very well. But if you want to take it up a notch, try homemade BBB powder. Homemade is always homemade. You can smell and taste the freshness... 

I found this recipe in a FB group. The only change I did was to reduce the red chili quantity, otherwise everything else is the same. The blogger has other authentic Karnataka recipes, which I intend to make sometime soon. Check out her link below.


Ingredients(Makes 2 cups of powder)

Channa Dal - 1/4 cup
Urad Dal - 1/4 cup
Dhania/ Coriander seeds - 3/4 cup

Jeera/ Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
Methi seeds/ Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Gasgase/ Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp

Cinnamon - 10 to 12 1 inch pieces
Cloves - 6
Byadagi Menasinakayi(Red chillies) - 10(original recipe asks for 45!)
Guntur Menasinakayi(Regular red chillies) - 10(original recipe asks for 20-25)

Oil for sautéing


In a wide and deep pan take some oil. Sauté in medium flame everything expect Dhania and Gasgase. Fry until urad dal and chana dal change color. Add dhania and gasgase. Fry for a minute or so till dhania is well roasted.

Let it cool. Grind to a fine powder and store it in an airtight container. 

  • Some brands of byadagi menasinakayi in USA can be really spicy. Add accordingly. 

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