This past week, we had friends over- friends of ours who had moved recently- yeah and they are quite close to us now! The sambar sadam- thayir (yogurt) sadam (rice) combo sounded perfect for a houseful of 7 hungry people. This was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at bisibele bhath. As usual I turned to the trusted world of food blogs and there was I staring at this really simple recipe from Mysoorean.
2 cups rice (uncooked)1.5 cups toor dal (uncooked)
4 cups vegetables (potatoes, peas, beans and carrots)
lemon-sized tamarind, pulp squeezed
11 cups Water
1 cup grated dried coconut4 tsp Sambar Powder
4 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
2 tsp Khus Khus
Asafoetida1 sprig Curry leaves
3 Tbsp Oil6 Red Chillies
3 tsp Mustard Seeds
Fry the masala ingredients in about a tbsp of hot oil, I added the coconut and the sambar powder after I turned the heat off. Grind to a paste with a little water. Keep aside.
In a pressure cooker, do the tadka. Add the veggies and fry for a few seconds. Add rice and dal and fry for a few more seconds. Now put in ground masala, water, tamarind pulp and salt to taste. Cook in the pressure cooker.
Serve hot with chips/papad/raita/whatever you like!
I have never really made bisibele bhath, boy am I glad I made it finally. Now tell me isn't this a one pot wonder! I am sending this off to Nupur's Blog Bites- Potluck event.