Thursday 7 March 2013

Bisibelabath/Sambar Sadham

Bisibelabath is a one pot meal in which lentils and vegetables are cooked together and served hot. Bisibelabath/ sambar sadham is originally from Karnataka. Jaggery is usually added to it, but I have not added it. Bisibelabath mix is available in shops, but you can make it at home and store it for later. It is one nutritious meal which is simple and easy to make. Please check out other rice varieties here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…


2 cups
Thoor dhal
1 cup
1 large cubed
Drumstick pieces
Carrot, Beans and Peas
1 cup
Onion or shallots(10)
1 finely chopped
2 finely chopped
Tamarind pureed from
One small size ball
As needed
2 tsp
Bisibelabath mix
1 ½ tsp (or according to taste)
2 tsp finely chopped

For Tempering

Gingelly oil
2 tbsp
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Cumin seeds
½ tsp
Urad dhal
¼ tsp
¼ tsp
Curry leaves
Cashew nuts

I prefer to use gingelly oil but it can very well be replaced it with sunflower oil.
To Make Bisibelabath Mix

Red Chillies
10 – 15 according to your requirement
Coriander Seeds
1 tbsp
Urad dhal
1 tbsp
Channa dhal(kadala Paruppu)
2 tsp
Cinnamon sticks
1 inch piece
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Black pepper corns
1 ½ tsp
Methi seeds (Vendhayam)
½ tsp
Curry leaves


To make bisibelabath mix, heat a kadai and dry roast all the ingredients mentioned above. 

Cool it and grind it in the mixer. Then store it in a air tight container for later.

Wash the rice and dhal together and keep it aside.

In the stove place the pressure cooker, heat the oil add ingredients mentioned for tempering. After that add the onions and sauté until golden brown.

Now add the tomatoes and sauté until mushy.

Now add all the vegetables and sauté for 5 mins. 

Add 7 cups of water, salt and let it boil. 

Add the rice and dhal, when it starts to boil close the pressure cooker lid and wait for 3 whistles.

After the steam goes off open the lid, add the tamarind extract, bisibelath mix ,required water and mix really good.

Finally garnish with cilantro and ghee. Yummy “Bisibelabath” is ready to be served.
You can served bisibelabath with appalam and onion raitha

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  1. My all time favorite. Looks good!

  2. Its been a long time since I made this... have to make soon. looks so inviting

  3. My fav. I love this and its a wonderful to have with chips right.


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