Avalakki Bisi Bela Bath | w Falttened Rice BBB

Bisi Bele Bath is a very famous dish from Karnataka – Udipi cuisine savored by everyone who has tried it. It looks similar to sambar saadam but has a special masala powder that gives it its unique taste. Bisi bela bath translates to hot lentil rice. Usually any bath is made with rice and has a very distinct flavor.
Here I have a made this very popular dish using avil ( avalakki ) instead of rice. Now a days we even get brown avil which can also be used for this preparation. The avil used should be the thick variety.
its easy to make if you have the ingredients ready.

Aval Bisi Bela Bath

  • Servings: 5 to 6
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:

Vegetables ( potato, beans, carrot, peas, drumstick, capsicum) =  1- 2 cup
Onion – 1 nos, cut into cubs ( optional)
Tomato – 1 nos
Avil – 1 cup
Split pigeon pea/toor dal – 1/2 cup
Tamarind paste – 1.5 spoons
Besi bela bath powder – 2 tbs
Salt to taste
Besi Bela Bath powder ( dry roast and grind)
To Temper
Ghee – 1 tbs
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – few

Method: 

1. Soak the avil /flattened rice in water for 1/2 hour and  pressure cook the toor dal. the toor dal should be well done and should not hold its shape.

2. Mix the the tamarind paste to one cup water.
3. In a heavy bottom  pan add  the tamarind water and all the vegetable and onions. Add the required salt to this mix and let the vegetables cook. You can  also pressure cook the vegetables but I like to cook it separately because it holds its shape better this way.

4. In a mixer add the 2 spoon of the bath powder and the cut tomatos and give it a quick beat. Make a thick paste.
5.When the vegetable are half way done add the paste to the pan and let the vegetables cook in it for 5-6 minutes. Add water if needed.
6. Now add the cooked dal to the mixture and cook for another 5 minutes. When all this comes together add in the  soaked avil to the pan and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

7. Temper with mustard and curry leaves. serve hot with potato chips or papad.

P.S.
1.Make sure that the liquid does not dry up. Add enough water before adding the avil to the pan. because Aivl soaks up water and the dis will quickly become thick.
2. Do not add cold water to the hot mixture. It slows down the cooking process and the taste too. Heat the water little bit before adding to the dish.
3. If you really want a quick one. Simply pressure cook all the in a cooker instead of in a pan. Taste differs.

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