Bisi bela bath recipe | Sambar rice | சாம்பார் சாதம்

Bisi bela bath recipe | Sambar rice | சாம்பார் சாதம் is nothing but a little different version of our Sambar sadham. It will be a perfect lunch box recipe for office and schools. While young I used to think ‘what’s the difference between a rice mixed with ordinary sambar and bisibelabath?’ There is little difference in preparation, taste and that this lasts for a long time. Know about – Rice.

So bisibelabath can be prepared for carrying and during travel. It is healthy as it contains all vegetables, dal and rice together in a single dish. Everyone likes this dish. It tastes good with any raita and papads. Try this recipe once and you’ll love it.

Preparation Time – 30 minutes

To Serve – 3-4

Bisi bela bath recipe – Ingredients:-
  • Raw rice – 2 cups/400gms (I used brown rice. You can also use white rice)
  • Toor dal – 1 cup/200gms
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind – lemon size (soak in water and extract juice)
  • Bisibelabath powder – 2 tblsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Sambar onions – 10-12
  • Tomato – 1
  • Other vegetables – 3 cups chopped (carrot, potato, beans, radish, peas. In Tamil Nadu most of them use drumstick)
  • Ghee – 3 tsp
  • Cashew nuts – few
Ingredients to prepare bisibela the powder:-
  • Red chillies/ vara milagai – 7-8 number
  • Coriander seeds/ malli – 3 tsp
  • Bengal gram/channa dal/ kadalai paruppu – 2tsp
  • Urad dal/ ulundham paruppu – 1tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds/ vendhayam – 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon/ pattai – 1 inch
  • Cloves/ kirambu – 3 number
  • Cardomom/ elakkai – 1 number
  • Poppy seeds/khus khus/ kasa kasa – 1 tsp
  • Dry coconut – 4 tblsp (can use grated coconut also)
  • Oil – 1 tsp

Fry all the above ingredients in oil, cool down and grind into a fine powder in your mixie. You can grind it and store for a month.

Bisi bela bath recipe – Ingredients for Seasoning:-
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds/ kadugu – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds/ vendhayam – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida/ perungaayam – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
Bisi bela bath recipe | Sambar rice | சாம்பார் சாதம் - ingredients
Bisi bela bath recipe | Sambar rice | சாம்பார் சாதம் – ingredients
Bisi bela bath recipe – Method of preparation:-

1. Firstly cook Toor dal with a drop of oil, turmeric powder and enough water in a pressure cooker for one whistle.

2. Secondly cook rice with 5 cups of water in a pressure cooker or electric cooker separately.

3. Thirdly heat oil in a fry pan add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves.

4. Further add the chopped vegetables and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

5. Sprinkle some water and close and cook for 4-5 minutes.


6. Add tamarind extract, bisibelabath powder and required salt.


7. Again close and cook for 4-5 minutes. By this time all vegetables will be cooked well.


8. Now add cooked toor dal.


9. Finally add cooked rice, and mix well in low flame. Check for salt. Heat ghee in another pan and roast cashew nuts. Garnish with cashews. Serve along with any raita and papads.

Bisi bela bath recipe | Sambar rice | சாம்பார் சாதம்
Bisi bela bath recipe | Sambar rice | சாம்பார் சாதம்

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