Bisi Bela Bath / Sambar Sadam Recipe

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In this blog we are going to see about the — Bisi Bela Bath / Sambar Sadam Recipe.



Raw Rice – 1 cup
Tur dal – 1/2 cup
Tamarind – small lemon sized ball
Oil -1 tbsp
Ghee – 5 tsp
Pearl onions -15
Beans – 4-5
Carrot – 2
Potato – 1


Peas – fistful
Tomato – 1
Capsicum – 1

For Grinding :

Oil – 1 tsp
Kopra/Dry coconut powder -1/2 cup
Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
Red chillies – 6-7
Bengal gram/Channa Dal – 2 tsp
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Fenugreek – 1/2 tsp


Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
Cloves – 2
Cardamom -1
Khus khus -1 tsp

For the seasoning :

Mustard -1 tsp
Fenugreek – 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves – little
Asafoetida/hing – 1/4 tsp



1.Soak the tamarind in the water and extract the tamarind juice.

2. Cook one cup of rice with half cup of thur dhal and pinch of turmeric. Add little more water than the usual water that you add for cooking the normal rice and allow one more whistle in the cooker.


3. Cut the vegetables lengthwise and cook them and keep it aside. For drum stick we can remove the outerskin and keep only the inner stuffs.

4. Cut the onion finely and keep it aside. Heat the tawa and add one spoon of Oil. Once the Oil gets heated, then add red chilli, dhaniya, channa dhal, vendhayam, Jeera, and fry them till the colour of the dal changes to light brown.

5. Switch off the flame and allow the mixture to cool. Add grated coconut, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom to the fried grinding ingredients

6. Grind the mixture in the mixer to a nice paste and keep it aside.


7. Add the tamarind juice to the cooked vegetables and keep in flame. Also add sambar powder, Asefotodia, salt and allow the mixture to cook in the low flame for about 5 minutes.

8. Add the ground masala to the tamarind and vegetable mixture and boil for 5 minutes. Finally garnish with chopped coriander leaves and remove from flame.

9. Heat the thawa and add a spoon of oil. Add the mustard and once the mustard started to sputter then add curry leaves. Add the onion and fry till its color changes to light brown. Then add these seasoned ingredients to the bisibelabath mixture.

10. Take the cooked rice+dal and slightly mash it with a ladle. Add the bisibelabath mixture to the cooked rice and dal and mix well. Finally garnish with roasted cashews and mix well.


The yummy Bisibelabath is now ready to serve with onion Raitha or just papad or chips.

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