One Pot Bisi Bele Bath Recipe

A very easy one pot Bisi Bele Bath recipe in pressure cooker. Bisi Bele Bath is a very popular Karnataka recipe. Easy, simple, nutritious and time saving. Bisi means “Piping Hot”, Bele means “Lentil” and Bath means “Rice”. This bisi bele bath is a sumptious meal rich in protein, carbohydrates, vegetables and healthy fat.

One Pot Bisi Bele Bath Recipe


  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 3 tblsp Moong dal
  • 1/4 Peanuts (Moong Phali) (Optional)
  • 10 Shallots (Baby Onions)
  • 2 cups Mixed Vegetables (Carrots, Beans, Peas, Potato, Drumsticks)
  • 1 Lemon Ball Size Tamarind
  • Small Lemon Size Jaggery
  • Tadka / Tempering:
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 – 2 Dry Red Chilly
  • 1 tblsp Cashewnuts
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 3 – 4 Garlic Pods
  • 10 – 12 Curry Leaves
  • 2 – 3 tblsp Ghee
  • Bisi Bele Bath Powder
  • 4 tblsp Coriander seeds – 4 tspns
  • 4 tblsp Chana dal – 4 tspns
  • 2 tsp Urad dal – 2 tspns
  • 1 tsp Jeera – 1 tspn
  • 1/4 Methi – 1/4 tspn
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida – 1/4 tspn
  • 10 Dry Red Chillies – 10
  • 2 tblsp Dry Coconut Copra – 4tspns
  • 3 Cloves – 3
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon- 1 small piece
  • Roast all the ingredients till you get a nice aroma, cool and make fine powder in a grinder.

How To Make One Pot Bisi Bele Bath :

  • Wash the rice 2 -3 times and soak in water for 10 – 15 mins while you chop the veggies. At the same time soak the tamarind for the pulp.
  • If you are not using readymade Bisi Bele Masala, then first prepare the bisi bele bath masala as given above.
  • Smash the garlic pods with the back of the knife or the fist.
  • Now take a pressure cooker or a big deep bottom pot, heat the ghee, add mustard seeds.
  • When the seeds begin to splutter add the asafoetida (hing), whole red dry chilly, curry leaves and smashed garlic. Stir fry for a minute on low flame and then add the cashewnuts and fry till the cashewnuts are brown partially.
  • Then add the shallots. If you do not have small onions you can replace them with big pieces of a regular onion. Stir fry for a min or till the onions become translucent.
  • Now add the chopped mixed vegetables. Fry for another minute.
  • Add 2 tsp of the Readymade Bisi Bele Bath Masala or the fresh prepared one.
  • Add the tamarind pulp, jaggery and salt.
  • Now add the washed dals and soaked rice and peanuts if using.
  • Add 6 -7 cups of water. Stir well.
  • Close the pressure cooker lid and cook for 4 whistles or if you are using pan, close the lid and cook till the rice and vegetables cook properly. Keep stirring occasionally and ensure that the rice does not stick to the bottom.
  • Let the pressure release naturally and then garnish with chopped coriander.
  • Initially till feel little watery but after resting for 10 – 15 mins the bisi bele baath will thicken.
  • Serve with curd, khara boondi, lime pickle, papad and a generous portion of pure ghee on the Bisi Bele Baath.