Chef Sanjay Thumma of vahrevah.com presents this classic South Indian recipe called Bisi Bele Bhat, which literally means “hot lentil rice” and is a rice preparation cooked along with lentils, veggies, and spices. It is a very healthy and satisfying meal and is best served fresh.
Bisi Bele Bhat is said to have originated in Karnataka state of South India, particularly in the royal palace of Mysore. The recipe gained popularity not only in the state of Karnataka but in other South Indian states. Bisi Bele Bhat is also known as ‘Sambar Sadam’ or ‘Sambar Rice.’
Bisi Bele Bhat is not difficult to cook, but the masala mix used in the recipe takes work if you are making it at home. You have to gather a good number of ingredients, including coconut and tamarind paste. As you will see in this recipe video, Bisi Bele Bhat should ideally be cooked with fresh homemade masala mix.
Of course, the spice mix used for Bisi Bele Bhat can be bought from a shop or online. But if you want to make it yourself, chef Sanjay Thumma has included that part of the preparation in this video.
You can adjust the quantity of the spice mix used in the recipe according to how hot you like it. Do use fried cashew nuts for extra crunch and flavor, and remember to serve it fresh.