Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bisi Bele Bhat

Once my friend Jo's Mom and Dad visited her in TIFR. She used to make dinner for all of us. One day she cooked Bisi Bele Bhat and I literally got hooked to it. It was so mouth watering. However, until recently I never dared to cook it. Few days back I was reading Pooja's blog and saw this recipe . Inspired by this I made bisi bele bhat and it was great. DH just loved it.

I am mostly reproducing Pooja's recipe here.

Fenugreek seeds 1-1/2 tsp (breastfeeding Moms, be generous in adding fenugreek seeds as this increases milk supply :))
2 cloves
1 stick cinnamon
pinch of heeng
4-5 whole red chillies
1/2 cup grated dry coconut
2 tbsp coriander powder

1 cup rice
1/2 cup toor daal
1/4 cup moong daal
1-1/2 cup cut potatos, carrots, capsicum, peas
2 onions
1 tbsp tamarind extract
2 tbsp Ghee -2
1 tsp Mustard seeds
a pinch Asafoedita
curry leaves- 4-5
7 cup water.

In a pan dry roast fenugreek seeds, cloves, cinnamon, red chilli and heeng. When smelling nice, add coconut and coriander seeds. Switch off stove after 2 minutes. Let the mixture cool and grind it in coffee grinder.

Boil 7 cup water. Wash rice and daal separately.
In a pan heat ghee. Put a pinch asafoedita, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add veggies and fry for 2 minutes. Now add rice and fry for 2 more minutes. Add daal and masala and tamarind extract. Now add boiling water. Cover this vessel with the lid, cook this on low flame for around 40 minutes. Serve hot.

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