Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Bisi Bele Bhath | Bisi Bele Bath Using MTR Powder - Bisi Bele Bhath with Pre-made Powder

Bisi bele bath has been the most popular post on this blog, to date. Here is a much quicker version of the Kannadiga classic, using MTR Bisi Bele Bhath powder. This is an easy one-pot meal using a pressure cooker. Including the prep time, this gets done in 30 minutes tops. And there is no grinding - woo hoo!

The consistency of the bisi bele bhath should be slightly runny. It tastes even better after a few hours (or the next day!), when all the flavors are well blended and heightened. This version of the dish tends to thicken with time, so just steam it before serving to get back the correct consistency.

Here is the link to the other Bisi Bele Bhath recipe. And here's the link to Bisibele bhath with quinoa using BBB powder.


1 cup rice, washed (sona masuri and the like. Not basmati)
1 cup tuar dal, washed
2 cups mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans, avarekalu (surti papdi lilva), corn etc)
1 heaped tbsp grated coconut (or copra)
2 tbsp pre-made bisi bele bhath powder (MTR or any other store bought brand)
3/4 tsp tamarind concentrate (about a small lime sized amount of tamarind)
1/2 tsp jaggery (or brown sugar)
7 cups water
salt to taste

For the tadka:
2-3 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
a few pinches of hing
1-2 dried red chilies
1-2 dalchini/cinnamon sticks
1 sprig curry leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric powder


In a pressure cooker, heat oil for the tadka and add mustard seeds. Once they pop, add the remaining tadka ingredients one by one and saute for a few seconds.
Add the chopped vegetables and mix well.
Stir in the remaining ingredients - rice, dal, the MTR bisibelebath powder, copra/coconut, tamarind, jaggery, water and salt.
Cover and pressure cook until the dal and rice are soft and slightly mushy. It takes 3 whistles in my pressure cooker, plus another 2 minutes of simmering on low.
Once the pressure in the cooker is released, taste and adjust the seasonings.
To serve, scoop to a bowl or plate and add some ghee on top. Serve with raita and boondi or sandigé (or papad) on the side.


Nagashree said...

Love BBB, if I have to make a quick version it will be MTR for me though I seem to always go back to the fresh ground masala :-)

Prathibha said...

I do prepare this pressure cooker version..but I add tamarind n jaggery after it is cooked to avoid under cooking of dal..yumm yumm

Veena Theagarajan said...

Who is not a big fan of easy versions.. I love this version

Vani said...

Nagashree - I can understand that. Though these days, it is the quicker versions that I seem to make more often.

Prathy - That is not a problem in a pressure cooker, though it totally would be on stove top. Good point.

Veena - you said it! :)

Shanthi said...

Very yummy...looks perfect. Would like to have it now...

Happy Cook / Finla said...

I never had this untill few years back when i wa sin B'lore and loved it this looks so good.

runnergirlinthekitchen.blogspot.com said...

I miss my 'masale bhat' but always come to BBB as my comfort food, any version is good for me:P

Chitra said...

Lovely BBB. u made it perfect !!

LG said...

Quick fix masalas are perfect for me, esp when I am cooking on weekdays. I will try this next time. Looks tempting..

Shama Nagarajan said...

inviting dear...lovely

Vani said...

Thanks, all :)

Kannada Cuisine said...

BBB looks perfect! should try the MTR powder sometime

Shweta in the Kitchen said...

Great, never tried the powder before but will give it a shot


Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow delicious bbb,luks too gud...

indiamap said...

The recipe is looking simple, But packet items are not good for health. What do you say ?

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Looks yummm..i had it this quick BBB in one of my friends place...i like the taste.

Aniket said...

Good one! Came out really well. Thanks. :)

Achinu said...

The best and easiest...love the process and taste...I refer to this when I make bbbb