Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bise Bele Bath / Sambar Saadam

Bise Bele Bath

Bise Bele Bath has it origin in Karnataka. Bise means hot & Bele means Dhal.

Though it is v famous in Karnataka, in Tamilnadu also this dish is made well in many houses & Hotels. Worth mentioning is the bise bele bath you get in Hotel Saravana Bhavan - Damn tasty. This has to be had hot with Papad, Potato Subzi & Onion Raitha.

Ingredients :
Rice - 1 cup
Thoor dal - 1/2 cup
Onion - 3
Potato - 2
Green peas - 100 gms
Carrot - 2
Tamarind - a big lemon size
Mustard - 1/2 spoon
salt / oil / sambar powder / Asafoetida - as reqd
You may add any vegetable of your choice. Onion is a must though.

To Grind Together :
Red chillies - 5
Coriander seeds / Dhaniya - 2 spoons
Channa dal/ Kadalai Paruppu - 2 spoons
cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small piece
Clove / krambu - 1
grated coconut - 3 spoons

Preparation ::

Wash rice and dal together. Add 4 - 5 cups of water and cook in pressure cooker for 4 - 5 whistles. Add little tumeric powder to this. You may also add salt to this.(optional) The rice should be cooked well. Keep it aside.Do not open the cooker now.

In a pressure Pan, add oil and add mustard.When it splutters add the onion and fry for for few minutes. Then add all other vegetables, Asafoetida, 1 spoon sambar powder (if available), tamarind water, salt(depending on how much salt you have added to the rice) and let it cook for sometime. You may close the lid and let the vegetables cook. This need not be overcooked since the vegetables should not get mashed.

In a kadai add little oil and fry the ingredients before grinding. Add them one by one in the order mentioned above. Do not over fry. Add coconut at the end and fry for just few seconds and switch off the flame.

Allow it to cool a little and then grind the above ingredients to a smooth paste adding water little by little.

When the vegetables are cooked, add this ground mixture to the boiling sambar and mix well. This sambar should be more spicy and little salty since it is going to be mixed with rice & Dal which is completely bland. Also the sambar should be more watery since bise bele bath should not be hard.

Now that the sambar is ready, open the pressure cooker in which rice is cooked and mix well with a hard spoon or laddle. The rice should get mashed well. You may even add little hot water when mixing the rice if it is little hard.

Now add the sambar with the rice & Dal and mix well. Add ghee on top to enhance the taste.

Bise bele bath is ready to be served with Potato fry / Papd / Vadam / Raitha

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